Shenehon Center for Real Estate

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2014 Inductee: Jim Stanton

Jim Stanton is among the few who can take credit for shaping the terrain of a large metropolitan area. From Coon Rapids’ Riverdale Village in the north to Prior Lake’s Wilds Golf Course in the south, Stanton has developed more than 6,000 home sites in 28 different metro area cities. His numerous commercial and residential buildings dot the Minneapolis skyline.

A real estate veteran of more than 52 years, Stanton currently has residential and commercial projects in 10 different cities within Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition, he has developed nine lofts projects in downtown Minneapolis.

A role model for students and industry practitioners alike, Stanton combines a keen ability to envision the future markets—even in down economies—with a straightforward, “tell it like it is” approach that brings projects to fruition.

Stanton strongly believes in giving back to the industry that has brought him success. He is an active REALTOR® Emeritus member of the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS®, serving on the governmental affairs committee for 38 years. In addition to serving as president of his local association twice and president of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® once, he has held numerous roles with the National Association of REALTORS®.  He frequently teaches courses and gives presentations on land development and related topics.

A 37-year member of the Builders Association, Stanton served on and chaired the Governmental Affairs/Public Policy Committee. He also served on the board of directors for both Builders Association of Minnesota and National Association of Home Builders (NHAB). He was state president for two terms and is currently a director at NHAB. He is also a founding member and contributor to the Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities’ legal action committee.

Stanton’s commitment to the Real Estate industry also includes giving it a voice in the political arena. He is presently one of the top three REALTOR® Political Action Committee contributors in the nation and is a Platinum member of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee.

A quiet supporter of his local community, Stanton is a generous contributor to Toys for Joy, a nonprofit organization supporting Anoka County families. He is also a patron of Bethlehem Academy, the Faribault, Minn., school he attended as a child. A supporter of the North East Minneapolis Arts Association, Stanton provides affordable rent to more than 190 artists and arts related businesses and another 30 entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in his Northrup King Building.

During his long career Stanton has made a significant contribution to the real estate industry through the projects he has completed and through his extraordinary service work with industry-related organizations.