Rob Kost

Rob Kost, CCIM

Director of Commercial Services

Direct  Mobile: 868.1868
Email 50 South 6th Street | Suite 1418
Minneapolis, MN | 55402
Main: 612.332.6600 | Fax: 612.376.4489


B.A.—Business Administration St. John’s University
University of Salzburg / University Mozarteum (Austria)
Harvard Business School / Executive Real Estate Program

  • Member, Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate/ RELATORS (MNCAR)
    -2014 Past President of REALTORS
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
    --Past Board Member
    Retail Brokers Network (RBN)

Representative Tenant List
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Buttered Tin Restaurant
  • Dollar Tree
  • Ecolab
  • Foot Locker
  • Health East/Fairview Medical/M Health
  • Lumber Liquidators/LL Flooring
  • McDonald’s
  • Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Saint Dinette
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestr
  • St. Paul Companies/ Travelers
  • Summit Orthopedics
  • The Good Clinic
  • Trader Joe’s
  • University of Minnesota Physicians
  • US Bank

Representative landlords/ developers
  • Ackerberg
  • CA Ventures
  • Continental Properties
  • Hamm Building
  • Harlem Irving
  • Kmart
  • Perkins
  • Reuter Walton
  • Roers Companies
  • Seritage/Kmart
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • The Dubin Group
  • Yellow Tree

Rob joined Upland Real Estate Group September 2017. As Director of Commercial Services he works on business development and brokerage in many areas of commercial real estate--retail, office, medical, land and multi-family development sourcing. Rob has over 30 years commercial real estate experience in property management, consulting, corporate services, development and brokerage. Throughout his career, Rob has leased, sold, consulted on and purchased more than 5 million square feet of multiple product types.

Rob started his career with Frauenshuh Companies. He then moved to United Properties. Most recently, as Vice President of Commercial at Sherman Associates for 12 years, Rob was responsible for all office, industrial and retail leasing in the firm’s portfolio. Sherman Associates is a regional, urban developer. He also was accountable for sales and property management division activity. Additionally, he was charged with finding new opportunities for general acquisition, development or redevelopment—including historic, affordable and new market tax credit projects.

Rob is a licensed real estate broker in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois with North/South Dakota pending. He has served on numerous committees and boards—both business and civic related. Rob is the immediate past Secretary/Treasurer for the St. Joseph’s School of Music in Saint Paul, MN, current Class Chair for Saint John’s University and 2014 Past President of the Minnesota Commercial Association of REALTORS (MNCAR). He has served as a board member and/or committee chair for the local chapters of NAIOP, BOMA and CCIM. Rob was on the board of the Grand Avenue Business Association Saint Paul and was a publicly-elected board member of the Summit Hill Association (SHA) - District 16 Planning Council for the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He and his family have been residents of the Summit Hill/Crocus Hill neighborhood in Saint Paul for many years.

Rob has been a sought-after speaker regarding the development/lease-up process and the historic tax credit/affordable tax credit process. In the past several years, he has been a presenter at MNCAR, (St. Cloud and Rochester), BOMA (St. Paul) and the University of St. Thomas Graduate Level Real Estate Program (three times at UST).

Rob enjoys spending time with friends and family biking, boating, swimming and walking in the city, or at his cabin in northern Minnesota. He also enjoys reading, music, politics, architecture, art and too much food.