Joel S. Thomsen



Mr. Thomsen has served as President of the Trust since 2020, has been renamed Chief Investment Officer as of 2023 and Chief Financial Officer since 2024. He has over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting and strategic leadership that benefits the Trust.

Current Experience

  • President, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer – Sterling Office and Industrial Trust
  • Chief Executive Officer – Sterling Management, LLC

Previous Experience

  • Chief Investment Officer – Sterling Multifamily Trust, Sterling Office and Industrial Trust, Sterling Management, LLC
  • Chief Executive Officer – GOLDMARK Property Management, Inc.
  • Founder and CEO –  Black Arbor Group
  • Managing Director – Bell Wealth Management
  • Equity partner – Eide Bailly LLP, Fargo

Education and Designations

  • Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of North Dakota
  • Certified Public Accountant in Minnesota and North Dakota
  • Certified Financial Examiner
  • Accredited Reinsurance Administration
  • Registered representative of Gardner Financial Services, Inc.
  • Real estate agent in North Dakota
  • Holds 7/66 securities licenses