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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Kennedy Family at the 1994
Phoenix Open (Mike - Chairman)
Rusty awarded with USA Gold Medal at
2000 World Championships in Japan