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While having a successful Valley lawyer as a father would naturally lead 

many young men to follow the same path, Rusty felt compelled to go in 

a different direction – first golf and then commercial real estate. 

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 The 

decision has paid off in spades as the CBRE First Vice President is currently 

a member of the Phoenix office’s market leading Industrial and Logistics 

team. As part of the team, Rusty focuses on landlord and tenant representation 

throughout the Valley and has shown a knack for helping reduce operating costs 

by assembling an efficient real estate portfolio. 

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 Rusty’s journey to real estate did 

not follow a straight path, though. In fact, it took a rather significant detour that 

many of his colleagues probably find enviable. Prior to joining CBRE, Rusty spent 

two years pursuing his dream of becoming a professional golfer by competing on the 

Gateway Pro Tour and the Canadian Golf Tour. 

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 Following his foray into professional 

sports, Kennedy jumped into CRE due to a wealth of contacts he had in the industry. 
The business graduate was fortunate enough to earn a spot on the team of respected 
industry veterans: Joe Porter, Pat Feeney and Dan Calihan when he joined CBRE in 
2007. With them as mentors, he gained invaluable hands-on experience and quickly 
proved his worth. 

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 The team’s list of high-profile clients is impressive and includes 

tenants such as Amerisource Bergen, Home Depot, Nestle Water, PepsiCo., Vitamin 
Shoppe, Inc., , and landlords like Clarion Partners, Cohen Asset Management, EJM 
Development, First Industrial, LBA Realty, Lincoln Property Company, Merit Partners, 
Trammell Crow Company USAA and Wentworth Property Company. 

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 Rusty has won 

a number of awards in his still-young career, including NAIOP Emerging Broker of 
the Year in 2013; NAIOP AZ Developing Leader of the Year in 2011 & 2012; NAIOP 
National Developing Leader of the Year in 2012  and NAIOP AZ Industrial Broker 
Team of the Year in 2010, 2011 & 2015. 

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 Rusty also currently serves on the Board 

of NAIOP AZ and several NAIOP AZ committees, including Corporate Sponsorships 
and is the Co-Chairman of the NAIOP Golf 
Tournament. 

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 Like his father, he still finds 

time to golf on occasion, though that free time 
is hard to come by between his commitments 
to work, the community and his own family 
– which includes having to chase around an 
17-month-old daughter.

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It looks like Rusty, despite passing up becoming a lawyer, did learn a thing 
or two from his father. He also learned another important skill: juggling. 
Somehow the father and son, manage to dramatically affect the Phoenix 
landscape through their separate business endeavors and philanthropic 
efforts while still finding time to take a breath, enjoy a round of golf,  
and spend time with family.

Despite that busy work schedule, he always made an effort to 
achieve a home/work balance. That effort included nurturing  
all three of his children’s (Jennifer, Rusty and Kevin) 
passion for sports by coaching, traveling to tournaments 
and games, while never missing a meeting. 

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 Mike’s 

dedication paid off with all three children and, in 
Rusty’s case, he attended The University of Texas at 
Austin on a golf scholarship which eventually led to 
him playing golf professionally. 

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 In addition to his 

work and home life, Mike is also extremely active 
philanthropically in the Valley, having given time to 
The Thunderbirds, Greater Phoenix Leadership 
and several educational institutions, including 
Xavier and Brophy College Preparatory. 
He has also served as the President of the 
Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation since 
1998, and for those same past 20 years 
has been Tournament Chairman of the 
Thunderbird International Junior, which 
is consistently ranked as the most 
competitive junior golf tournament 
in the world. 

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 The commitment 

to bettering the community is 
something that the father passed 
onto his children. Middle-child 
Rusty has followed in his 
footsteps in this aspect and 
has served with  The Junior 
Golf Association of Arizona, 
AZ Disabled Sports, Wild 
Canyon Games, Young 
Life at Camelback 
High School, and is 
a member of The 
Camelback Society 
and GenNext.

Kennedy Family at the 1994  

Phoenix Open (Mike - Chairman)

Rusty awarded with USA Gold Medal at  

2000 World Championships in Japan