Derek Hennen

Management Director

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Mr. Hennen joined the DRG executive leadership team in July of 2021 as Managing Director, bringing over 20 years of professional experience in the real estate investment & property management industry to the company. He is a highly respected and accomplished executive in the industry with extensive expertise in all aspects of property management including residential (single family homes, multifamily complexes, associations, etc.), Commercial (Office, Retail, Industrial, Warehouse, Medical, etc.) and Land Development assets. He is dynamic, energetic and highly experienced with a solid history of professional success, including oversight of multimillion-dollar properties & large scale portfolios. He is a steadfast leader and mentor with a proven track record of steering improvement projects, building & guiding top-performing management & leasing teams, and optimizing internal operations. He has a special talent for cultivating, galvanizing & maintaining relationships with stakeholders, tenants vendors and management teams, effectively leading to high occupancy & renewal retention rates, minimizing turn rates & operating costs and providing financial insight to maximize returns for investors.

A native and current resident of Minneapolis, Mr. Hennen attended Minneapolis Southwest HS and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2001 with a B.A. in Business Management. He attained the LEED AP & CMCA designations and is currently a (CPM) candidate with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). He was also elected as President-Elect at NARPM MN Chapter and the Executive Board of IREM MN Chapter. Past accomplishments include selection as a MADACS Awards Judge, 2017 CIC Midwest Sustainability Partnership Award Winner. Mr. Hennen is the former chair of BOMA St. Paul’s Energy & environment Committee and Brokers Group. He currently is an active industry member of CAI, MHA, NARPM, BOMA & IREM (Education & Social Committee Member).

After work, Mr. Hennen spends his time serving through this local church and volunteers with People Serving People, Feed My Starving Children and the Animal Humane Society & Sanctuaries and Big Brothers & Sisters of Greater Minneapolis. He also is a member of the Minneapolis Athletic Club’s Business Round Table. A former founder & 3-time captain of his High School Rugby team at Southwest HS leading them to win 3 consecutive undefeated state championships and 2 national championship tournaments, achieving All-American honors his senior season, touring Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales the summer following HS graduation. He is an avid sportsman and outdoorsman who loves to golf, travel, play basketball, football, rugby, hockey, tennis, workout at Lifetime Fitness in Edina, hike, read, boating, skiing, photography, music venues & concerts and enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

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