Chris K

Chris Kennelly, CEO/President

Chris Kennelly is a founding Partner and President of Bluewater Properties. In this capacity, he oversees all real estate services provided by Bluewater including asset management, brokerage services, property management, investment services, development, and financing. Chris is a twenty-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and has experience in every asset class of real estate including office, industrial, retail, condominiums, multi-family, and hospitality.

Prior to Bluewater, Chris served as a Vice President at the Excelsior Group where he was responsible for management and turn-around of a $30 million portfolio of distressed assets. Chris’s professional experience includes roles as a Vice President with Welsh Companies, a full service real estate company in Minnetonka, MN, and Chief Operating Officer at The Lander Group, an urban real estate development company in Minneapolis, MN. Throughout his career, Chris has developed and managed over one million square feet of real estate investments valued at approximately $100 million.

Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Kalamazoo College and an MBA from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. He and his wife live in Northfield with their two energetic young boys. They enjoy staying busy with sports and spending time outdoors with their Goldendoodle, Otto. A strong believer in giving back, Chris is an active member in the Northfield and Minnesota real estate communities, including:

  • Chair, Northfield YMCA Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee, Urban Land Institute of Minnesota
  • Volunteer Hockey Coach, Northfield Youth Hockey Association
  • Volunteer Teacher, Urban Plan curriculum
  • Volunteer – Laura Baker Services Association, Three Links Care Center, Northfield Rotary