Gary L. Christensen, SIOR, CPM, CCIM
Gary Christensen is currently the President and CEO of Calson Properties and has been in this position since 2016. He oversees the real estate holdings of the Lindsay family, with the majority of their holdings within the San Francisco South Bay area. Calson Properties opened its door for business on February 4, 1948, and Mr. Christensen proudly continues to carry on the vision of the original founders of hard work and ethical business dealings.
Prior to his time with Calson Properties, Mr. Christensen owned and operated Pacific Commercial Management, which specialized in the asset management of real estate in the Western United States. He founded the company to provide investors and clients the benefit of his extensive experience and knowledge of real estate and its management. Before he formed PCM, Mr. Christensen was Senior Vice President of a San Francisco based boutique real estate investment company with holdings primarily in the southern and western United States that was valued near 750 million dollars. Over the years, Mr. Christensen has been involved in many aspects of real estate asset management, including acquisition, due diligence, formation of partnership vehicles, loan financing, construction management, investor relations and the strategic positioning of properties to achieve maximum asset value. He also oversaw the operations of third-party leasing and management companies and has negotiated and executed thousands of leases on behalf of various ownerships.
In his 30 years of professional experience, Mr. Christensen has contributed greatly to the profitability of a variety of property types. These include retail, office, industrial and multi-family residential. His handling of commercial buildings with both single- and multi-tenant users has made him adept at dealing with the requirements of both. His “hands-on approach” includes personally visiting each property and establishing rapport with each major tenant. He has been very successful in maintaining relationships between principals, tenants, architects, building contractors and city building and zoning officials. In representing various ownerships, he has negotiated lease transactions with national tenants, including MetLife, GE Government Systems, Time/Warner, General Dynamics, Finisar, State of California, Cable Data Computer Systems, Ampex, Polo, United Stationers, Blockbuster, Hoya Electronics, Tuesday Morning, Payless, Restaurants Unlimited, Super Save Drug, and Albertson’s, just to name a few.
Mr. Christensen has been awarded the Certified Property Manager (“CPM”) designation by the Institute of Real Estate Management, a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (“CCIM”) and a designation within the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (“SIOR”). He has been actively involved with the Institute of Real Estate Management (“IREM”) for over 35 years, including 2 years on the National IREM council and twice as the President of the Southern Colorado local IREM Chapter. In both those years, the Southern Colorado Chapter 53 received national merit awards for outstanding performance. Mr. Christensen is a licensed real estate broker in both Colorado and California.
As an individual member, Gary L. Christensen is proud to have earned the following distinguished real estate designations:
A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM®) is
a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and
investment real estate and is awarded through the
Institute of Commercial Real Estate. A CCIM® is an
invaluable resource to the commercial real estate
owner, investor, and user, and is among an elite corps
of 7,500 professionals across North America who hold
the CCIM® designation.
The Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS© has
certified almost 2,500 of its members with the prestigious
SIOR® designation, a professional symbol of the
highest level of knowledge, production, and ethics in the
real estate industry.
Commercial real estate professionals
who hold the SIOR designation, are recognized
by corporate executives, commercial brokers, agents,
lenders, and other real estate professionals as the most
experienced and capable brokerage practitioners in any
market. The “SIOR Network” includes 480 cities in 20
countries on six continents.
The Certified Property Manager (CPM) is awarded from
the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®). With
81 U.S. Chapters and over 17,500 individual members,
IREM® has been the source for education, resources,
information and membership for real estate
management professionals for more than 70 years.
Collectively, IREM® Members manage more than 6.5
billion square feet of commercial space and more than
11 million residential units, totaling over $848.2 billion in
real estate assets.
What clients are saying about Gary L. Christensen and Calson Properties, Inc.
"We appreciated your help relocating our Sunset Magazine Advertising offices. Being in the advertising business, we didn't know where to start when it came to meeting our real estate needs. It was wonderful having you look out for our interests. Your professionalism and expertise are unparalleled. I would not hesitate recommending you and your company to anyone in need of a real estate advocate."
Advertising Manager, Sunset Magazine/Time Warner
“Your personal involvement from the beginning of the lease negotiations until the final walkthrough was greatly appreciated. Our move was accomplished through your sense of organization and follow through. We appreciate your continued personal involvement. Thanks for your professionalism, expertise and persistence.”
Chief, State of California Real Estate and Design Services
“I’ve worked with Gary for 30 years and he is one of the best in the business. I’ve seen his team deal with difficult challenges and have been amazed at their knowledge and negotiating skill and expertise. They always maintain a genuine concern for their client’s best interest.”
David L. Lowe, Attorney
“I have seen Gary and his team, address some complicated tenant and property issues and have been impressed with their knowledge and ability. They have been extremely responsive, professional, and ethical. I can truly say that Gary is one of the best”
Robert J. Feld
Senior V.P., Cornish & Carey Commercial
“I have worked with Gary Christensen for over ten years and have found his staff to be extremely knowledgeable in the complex world of real estate finance. They have always had an excellent understanding of their clients' needs and were extremely efficient in their ability to accomplish their goals and objectives.”
Senior Director, Northmarq Financial