President and Chief Executive Officer
Email Josh 612-355-2602 – Direct
As President and CEO, Josh Krsnak oversees all facets of the company. Specifically, he is intimately involved with the company’s acquisitions, capital raises, and investor and lender relations. Josh joined Hempel Companies as employee #1 and ultimately bought the firm from its founder, Jon Hempel. During his 16 year tenure, he has overseen the purchase and development of more than $750 million in commercial real estate. Josh was named one of the 2016 recipients of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award. Josh is active in his community and serves on the board of advisors for Avivo (a chemical dependency nonprofit) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Prior to entering the commercial real estate development industry, Josh was a financial analyst at Honeywell and a business consultant for Accenture.
Chief Financial Officer
Email Jesse 612-355-2626 – Direct
Jesse joined Hempel in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer. He manages and oversees the financial risks, planning, and reporting of the company. He graduated from the University of Saint Thomas (MN) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Financial Management and Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Jesse has spent the majority of his career in public accounting at local and regional firms working primarily with real estate developers and investors on strategic planning and compliance.
Email Randy 612-355-2652 – Direct
As Principal, Randy McKay is engaged in asset acquisition and development for Hempel. Randy joined Hempel in 2014 having previously been a principal (owner) for 23 years at Frauenshuh Companies, another national developer/investor based in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to Commercial Real Estate, Randy was a CPA with KPMG in Houston, TX and Minneapolis, MN. In more than 30 years in real estate, Randy has either developed or acquired over five million square feet of property, including major transactions with Lawson Software, Ecolab, Farm Credit Services, Minnesota Mutual (now Securian), HealthEast, Ellerbe Beckett (now AECOM), National Car Rental, BNSF, Park Nicollet/Methodist/Health Partners, Catholic Health Initiatives, Allina, Century Health, Adventist Health System and the Franciscan Health System. He was also part of the development team that developed LaSalle Plaza, a $130 million redevelopment in downtown Minneapolis and the Lawson Software Building, a $56 million re-development in downtown St. Paul. Randy is from Hibbing, MN and is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
Executive Vice President
Email Brent 612-355-2609 – Direct
Brent Jacobson is an Executive Vice President at Hempel, where he is responsible for brokerage services at the firm. Brent specializes in leasing and sales in the Twin Cities Metro Area and oversees the marketing of the Hempel portfolio and representation for his clients. With more than 15 years of experience in tenant and landlord representation, Brent effectively shares his in-depth real estate expertise and market knowledge with clients. Prior to joining Hempel, Brent was responsible for more than three million square feet of real estate transactions as a Senior Associate at Colliers International. He has also occupied a role as a research director at a real estate consulting and valuation firm. Brent is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) candidate in the Minnesota – Dakotas CCIM Chapter. He’s a member of both the Minnesota and National Association of Realtors (MAR and NAR respectively) and the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR).
Executive Vice President - Brokerage Services
Email Ben 612-355-2608 – Direct
Ben Krsnak is an Executive Vice President at Hempel, where he is instrumental in creating property enhancement and development strategy. Ben has over 15 years of experience working on behalf of both landlords and tenants. Past landlords and clients include REITs, hedgefunds, private equity investors, and private individuals. Current clients include Artis REIT, LS Capital, and MLG Capital. Since joining Hempel, Ben has been involved in development and leasing of more than one million square feet of real estate properties throughout the Twin Cities. His portfolio includes Class A CBD office, suburban office, retail, industrial, and undeveloped land. Ben is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Ben also earned his MBA from the Carlson School of Management. He is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); the Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA) ; the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP); and the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR). Ben has completed multiple courses for his CCIM designation.
Vice President of Asset ManagementEmail Lynne 612-355-2620 – Direct
Lynne Dahl joined Hempel in 2017 as Construction Project Manager. Lynne oversees all of Hempel’s construction activities; she interacts with the executive team, leasing agents, architects, tenants, and property managers. By managing contractors, sub-contractors, and vendors, Lynne ensures projects are completed on-time, within scope, according to budget, and with the highest quality. Lynne brings more than 20 years of experience to her role. Prior to joining Hempel, Lynne was the director of site development & property solutions for an international not for profit company. She oversaw the property management staff, portfolio management, and process analysis & continuous improvement.
Construction Project Manager
Email Kristen 612-355-2610 – Direct
Kristen Oliver joined Hempel in 2019 with the role of Construction Project Manager. Kristen oversees Hempel’s construction and design activities as they pertain to tenant improvement projects within our Minnesota portfolio. She works most closely with Hempel’s Vice President of Asset Management; along with leasing agents, architects, tenants, contractors, and property managers. Prior to joining Hempel, Kristen was a Project Manager and Historic Preservation Specialist for a Minnesota architecture, engineering, and interiors firm, working on historic properties throughout Minnesota and greater Midwest. She has a Master’s from Pratt Institute in Historic Preservation with a Minor in Facilities Management and a Bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota in Business and Marketing Education, Mass Communication, with Minor in Design. Kristen is a member of Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (MNCREW) and serves on the Events Committee. She also serves as Volunteer Chair for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s yearly fundraiser gala and is active with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
Director of Accounting
Steve McKenna joined Hempel in 2018 as the Director of Accounting. He oversees accounting and financial reporting of the company. He graduated from Minnesota State (Mankato) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. Steve has spent the majority of his career (18+ years) in real estate development at local and regional companies.
Email Sheri 612-355-2616 – Direct
Sheri Boyland is the Corporate Controller at Hempel. She manages the property accounting system as well as the monthly financial reporting process. A crucial part of her involvement includes cash management, accounts payable and receivable, and she works closely with the executive and property management staff at Hempel. Sheri also directs the annual budgeting process, ensuring accurate and timely planning to increase the value of each property in Hempel’s portfolio. Sheri brings more than 30 years of experience to her role. Prior to joining Hempel in 2001, Sheri was the regional financial manager for a national commercial real estate firm. She oversaw the accounting staff, budget and reporting process of a territory spanning five states.
Financial AnalystEmail Tim 612-355-2601 – Direct
Tim Krsnak joined Hempel in 2017 as an Analyst. He works closely with Hempel’s Senior Analyst to help underwrite and analyze new acquisition and development opportunities. He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Business with majors in Finance and Accounting and he is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Hempel, Tim was an Operations Analyst at a Twin Cities-based hedge fund. Tim is currently pursuing his Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Senior Property Accountant
Email David 612-355-2615 – Direct
David joined Hempel in 2016 as a Staff Accountant. He assists with accounts payable and receivable, cash management and financial reporting, and tax preparation. David has 6 years of experience in real estate accounting, having previously worked in default servicing, property management, and property accounting.
Property AccountantEmail Beth 612-355-2614 – Direct
Beth joined Hempel in 2017 to support accounting operations, particularly accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash management. Her varied background includes accounting support, business operations support, and over ten years within medical private practice. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
AP SpecialistEmail Marisa 612-355-2600
Marisa joined the Hempel team in 2017 to support the Accounting Department. She works with accounts payable and accounts receivable. Marisa graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and a minor in Screen Printing.
Email Doug 612-355-2607 – Direct
Doug is the Marketing Specialist at Hempel and is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson. He is responsible for creating and coordinating all of the marketing collateral for the leasing department. Prior to joining Hempel in 2014, Doug worked at a political consulting and public affairs firm in St. Paul. Doug is a graduate of Saint John’s University (MN).
Email Emily 612-355-2651 – Direct
Emily joined the Hempel team in 2017 and is the Executive Assistant to Josh Krsnak. She provides administrative support and works alongside Josh to coordinate and implement business development. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Biblical & Theological Studies from Bethel University (MN). Prior to joining Hempel, Emily supported business and event operations at a nonprofit organization.
Transaction CoordinatorEmail Kelsey
Kelsey joined Hempel in 2018 as the Transaction Coordinator. She manages the leasing process and provides support to the leasing department. Kelsey is graduate from Bethel University (MN) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Prior to joining Hempel, she assisted with business operations at a nonprofit.
Administrative AssistantEmail Connie 612-355-2613 – Direct
Connie joined Hempel in 2017, having previously worked as a Corporate Receptionist for a local commercial real estate and property management firm. Connie attended the University of Wisconsin – Marshfield.
Seamus is a summer intern at Hempel. He is currently attending Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and is pursuing a degree in Finance.