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Calvin Frese

Calvin Frese, Jr.

Senior Executive

Professional Experience

Cal Frese has been a senior executive at CBRE for more than 20 years. In August 2018, he announced plans to retire. He continues to serve CBRE in an advisory capacity through the end of 2019.  

Previously, as Global Group President, Mr. Frese had direct oversight of the Americas region, Capital Markets and Valuations business lines, as well as Research and Marketing. He also partnered with CBRE’s Corporate Development group to coordinate the efforts of CBRE’s geographic and business line leaders in the pursuit and execution of M&A activity. Mr. Frese served as a member of the company’s Global Operating Committee.

Earlier, Mr. Frese served as Chief Executive Officer, the Americas, with responsibility for all the firm’s business lines within the region. Earlier, he had operating responsibility for several of the company’s global business lines, including Global Corporate Services (now known as Global Workplace Solutions), Asset Services and Valuations. Mr. Frese previously served as President, Americas; Chief Operating Officer, Americas; and Executive Managing Director of the Central Region. In his earlier Americas leadership roles, Mr. Frese was responsible for the integration of CBRE’s acquisitions of Insignia/ESG and Trammell Crow Company.

From 1989 to 1998, he was General Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Whittier Partners, a New England-based-full-service real estate company and joint venture partner of CBRE. Mr. Frese also gained considerable financial management and real estate experience in the 1980s as Senior Vice President of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, a real estate development company, and as a certified public accountant for Arthur Andersen & Company.



 Professional Accreditations 
  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Trinity College, BA Economics
  • New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, MS Accounting