Ryan Hoveland began his career in commercial real estate in 2006, just at the beginning of the recession. He had previously worked with the Boy Scouts of America in various counseling and educational roles. At the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, he obtained his degree in Marketing as well as Psychology. Ryan is still involved in some activities with the U of M through his fraternity and other Alumni events.
Before forming Apex Commercial Properties, Ryan worked at a different agency for nine years, serving as the Senior Associate where he represented landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers of all different commercial properties around the Twin Cities, as well as being a mentor and guide for the newer agents in the office, providing training for them as well as assisting in their day to day processes.
Although Ryan has sold everything from a 75,000sf industrial property to a 1,500sf retail building, he has an active focus on the advisory services for the investment properties, as well as being an advisor for small to medium businesses in the lease or sale of office properties. He also has a focus on the Healthcare industry, understanding the need for an educated representative for his clients, and knowing that the negotiations for Healthcare related businesses takes a specialized knowledge to do correctly.
Diane began her commercial real estate career in 2008 at the peak of the recession. Previously she worked in the hospitality industry in the management and sales of large events focused in the corporate, educational and entertainment fields. She brings years of sales, management, negotiation and relationship building experience to the table.
Prior to joining Apex Commercial Properties, LLC, Diane worked for six years at other brokerage firms successfully representing buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants in all types of transactions including office, retail, industrial and multi-family.
Diane has a focused interest in the Healthcare industry as representative and advisor for clinics and independent practices. She has relationships with banks, attorneys, contractors, architects, developers that specialize in healthcare, equipment suppliers, and more. She has an understanding of the market, of lease renewal and acquisition negotiations, and a strong understanding of a clients' need for visibility, access and tenant mix, and she provides analysis for expansion, site selection, demographics and competition.
Locally homegrown and cultivated, Ben Lucius grew up in Apple Valley, MN but now claims St. Paul as home. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2014 then decided to uproot and plant himself in the rich soil of Western North Dakota. Brief but life-changing, Ben experienced the adversity the Bakken Oilfield provided, working for a small water and oil hauling company, positively impacting efforts with recruitment, sales, and safety before and during the decline of oil price. Bringing his experiences back home, he continued to work in the transportation industry, recruiting drivers for a trucking company out of Northeast Minneapolis. These experiences have been the fertilizer to Ben’s professional maturity, making him a well rounded communicator with a unique perspective.
Ben is a bold, enthusiastic, and naturally curious person making it easy for others to connect and engage with. Passionate about the Twin Cities, the migration back to St. Paul made perfect sense given his familiarity and love for the community. Ben focuses on giving back when he can and since April 2016 he has enjoyed spending time as a mentor through Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. Another community Ben is also a big supporter of is the Lacrosse community as he is an advocate for growing the sport in the state of Minnesota. His competitive and sports minded personality not only help teams play at a high level when he coaches but this also translates well into commercial real estate by understanding motivations and managing expectations to bring clarity to situations. From working in a fast paced environment prior, Ben entered the Commercial Real Estate Industry in 2017 bringing a fresh perspective and understanding that the only thing constant in life is change.