Julie Kimble 1041basic2.jpg

Julie kimble

Founder and President

Where is your favorite place to travel? Too many to name. Italy. South of France. Oman. Salzburg Austria.

What can’t you live without? My faith in God.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Chili

What would you do if you were not in real estate? Run a zoo.

Describe yourself in four words or less. Driven, responsible, balanced.

CliftonStrengths: Communication, Arranger, Activator, Futuristic, Woo


Throughout her 30 plus-year career in commercial real estate – and living on three continents – Julie has honed her innate ability to connect people and build lasting relationships. That skill, coupled with unwavering integrity, has made her name synonymous with delivering outstanding results and impeccable follow-through. 

Julie has amassed vast expertise in real estate development, economic development, corporate real estate outsourcing, and business and general management. Her accomplishments include the development of numerous industrial and office parks, and over 4 million square feet of office, industrial and multi-family housing across the U.S.

Prior to launching KimbleCo in 2014, Julie was vice president/general manager at Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions. Her tenure there included a London-based role with P&L accountability for a $350M Fortune 100 customer account; leadership of a 600-member team in 32 countries; national leadership for a $200M U.S.-based portfolio, and global business development. 

Julie has won numerous awards, most recently recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Minnesota Chapter, as the 2019 Disruptor of the Year; recognition for operating in a primarily male dominated industry and challenging the status quo by breaking down gender barriers and broadening opportunities for future women business owners.  She is also honored to be a Women of Influence, Hall of Fame winner as awarded in 2018 by the national publication Real Estate Forum, a 2018 Women Who Lead Honoree, as awarded by Minnesota Business magazine and a 2017 Top Women in Finance as awarded by Finance and Commerce.  KimbleCo was voted in the 2018 Finance and Commerce Reader’s Choice Awards as one of the best leasing companies.

For 13 years, she was vice president at Opus, a nationally recognized commercial real estate development firm. Earlier real estate development roles included positions at the St. Paul Port Authority, Northland Development and Boisclair Corporation.

Julie proudly maintains WBE, WOSB and CERT certifications for KimbleCo. She is a native of the Twin Cities, where she resides with her husband. They enjoy spending time with their adult children, and family trips remain a highlight.

Get to know Julie

Notable roles and designations

  • Licensed Minnesota Real Estate Broker

  • Board member, National Association of Women Business Owners - MN, “NAWBO”

  • Planning commissioner for the city of Roseville

  • Junior Achievement volunteer

  • ULI Urban Plan facilitator

  • Multi-term board member, Feed My Starving Children

  • Past board of governors, UMORE Development, a U of M company

  • Past president, MN chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (MNCREW)

  • Past national chair, CREW Foundation (philanthropic arm of CREW)

  • Member:

    • MNCREW

    • MNCAR

    • Power of 100, Twin Cities Women Who Care

    • ULI

    • Association for Corporate Growth

    • Chambers: St. Paul, Minneapolis Regional, Edina

    • Ellevate Network

  • Education: St. Catherine University, LaSalle College (Philippines), Brown College