Ted Campbell came into the Property Management world by way of Civil Engineering. He received his degree from the University of Minnesota, but realized he had no real interest in the engineering part of civil engineering. He put the degree to work as a Project Manager for Stahl Construction doing commercial construction until he and his wife moved to Denver and he took the opportunity to transition into property management with JLL. Returning to Minneapolis to start a family, he joined CBRE at the Fifth Street Towers and from there he was hired by Hines to help with the 225 South Sixth (now Capella Tower) team. He remained on site and continued his tenure with Ryan Companies staying there for 10 years until he recently left Capella Tower following the sale of the building. He is continuing his career with Ryan Companies where he now oversees a portfolio of properties and is enjoying a host of new challenges.
Ted and his wife Patty have been married for 17 years and have two wonderful daughters, Halle who is 15 and McKenna who is 13. Last Fall, they added a bird dog to the mix, so now with three girls in the house, there is never a dull moment!
Now let's get to know Ted with some fun Q&A:
Kristin Longhenry: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Ted Campbell: Easy! I was going to be an air force fighter pilot!! From age 4 to 17, I was going to be a fly boy. My dad was an officer in the Air Force and I spent hours on the flight line and in empty cockpits day dreaming.
KL: Do you have a secret talent that no one knows about?
TC: About five years ago, I got into knife making. My workshop time is limited, but I enjoy creating some handmade kitchen and hunting knives.
KL: What was the last book you read?
TC: I'm a huge Lee Child fan so the Jack Reacher series is always at the top of my list.
KL: What's your favorite place in the world?
TC: There are so many, travel is a passion. One that pops into my mind is an aspen grove in the Rocky Mountains a few miles south of Vail, Colorado at about 10,000' elevation...in September, it's just stunning.
KL: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
TC: Night Owl. I've always wanted to be a morning person, but I can't lie...it's a struggle! No coffee, no workie!
KL: Who would you like to switch places with for one day?
TC: US Air Force fighter pilot!!
KL: Favorite form of exercise?
TC: Road biking.
KL: Best concert you've ever attended?
TC: I'm a metal-head, there I said it...I saw a show last year at the now defunct Triple Rock Social Club in 7-corners with a Swedish metal band called Insomnium. We happened to meet the band in the bar before the show and shared some "international relations". Great guys that ROCK! If you like that kind of thing.
KL: What is your favorite memory?
TC: Too broad, but if I must...Our honeymoon in Maui is top of the list!
KL: What word (or words) would you use to best describe you?
KL: When you plan on retirement, what does it look like?
TC: Fun! Travel with my spouse, biking, skiing, hunting, hobbies, visiting kids, coffee coffee coffee!
KL: Who are your role models/mentors?
TC: Honestly, I've been fortunate in my life and career to have a host of mentors. Starting with my parents, I've benefited from professional mentors and mentors that took me under their wing and allowed me to explore life skills like hunting and cycling. I've tried to give this same gift back whenever I can.
KL: If you had to give a 10 minute speech on any topic, what would it be on?
TC: Tolerance and understanding - it's a lost art in society today. The anger and polarity prevalent today wears on me.
KL: What would be your super power if you can pick anything?
TC: Warp speed flight...just think of the time savings. You could have lunch in Munich and be back for a 2:00 PM meeting!
KL: What drives you everyday?
TC: Starting my life in construction and engineering, I like the physical aspects of real estate. Walking down the street, I can't help but appreciate the structures around us. I like to envision the hands that built the projects, the creativity that went into the design, and the vision that conceived the project originally. Geeky, I know!!