Mr. Paulsen has been involved in the real estate industry since 1988 and directly involved in the buying, selling, brokering, managing, developing and auctioning of over $10B in assets across the United States in all product types.
Mr. Paulsen joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2017 as Managing Principal, responsible for the Company’s Orange County and Inland Empire offices. His responsibilities will include oversight of approximately 150 employees in 6 different customer service lines consisting of Agency Leasing, Capital Markets, Property Management, Appraisal, Global Occupier Services, and Project and Development Services.
In 2016, Mr. Paulsen returned to Auction.com, re-branded Ten-X Commercial, as Executive Managing Director, responsible for the 65-member Business Development team. He left the Company upon its sale to Thomas H. Lee, a private equity firm out of Boston in 2017.
Mr. Paulsen joined Prism Realty in 2015, as Senior Vice President, responsible for a variety of activities, including acquisitions, dispositions, entitlement, debt and underwriting of commercial real estate for the Company.
From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Paulsen was engaged as Co-Chief Executive Officer to form Auction.com Commercial, an entity focused on transacting third party, non-performing loan and commercial asset sales utilizing an online based auction platform. Mr. Paulsen sat on the Board, with responsibilities including all aspects of forming a semi-startup venture from mission statements through business plans and forecasting. In addition, Mr. Paulsen was President of Rockwood Real Estate Advisors, an in-house, boutique investment sales brokerage firm.
From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Paulsen was Vice President-Acquisitions/Dispositions for LNR Property Corp with the responsibilities of acquisitions and dispositions nationwide, sourcing transactions, underwriting cash flows, performing due diligence, and closings. In this capacity, Mr. Paulsen sat on the Investment Committee and oversaw all acquisition/disposition financial underwriting, the LNR Marketing Group and related analysts and administrative staff. In his 10+ years at LNR, Mr. Paulsen was involved in the acquisition or disposition of over $3 B in commercial real estate.
Prior to joining LNR, Mr. Paulsen was a Vice President at CB Richard Ellis for 12 years focused on investment sales of commercial real estate. At CBRE, Mr. Paulsen was involved in the sale of 96 properties consisting of over 10.5 million square feet with an approximate market value of $1 B.
Mr. Paulsen holds a California broker’s license (BRE-01001040), is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and sits on the board of HomeAid Orange County. Mr. Paulsen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California @ Los Angeles.