Arden Karson is Senior Managing Director of South Florida for CBRE, which encompasses four
offices – Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and West Palm. In this role, Mrs. Karson takes a
unique approach to driving strategy across every segment of our business. While actively deploying
CBRE’s world-class resources and its full service platform, she challenges each of the 400+
employees to think beyond the transaction to deliver a client-centric model of integrated solutions
aimed at achieving our client’s complex real estate objectives. She is laser-focused on building
maximum advantage and creating exceptional client outcomes and experiences.
Mrs. Karson is a lifelong resident of South Florida and a third generation real estate professional.
She has an extensive background in sales and marketing, development, acquisition, asset
management, leasing and financing of commercial properties across all asset types. This deep
knowledge combined with 25 years of experience and passion for commercial real estate make her
a servant leader dedicated to elevating the CBRE professionals she serves and developing longlasting
relationships with clients. Prior to joining CBRE, Mrs. Karson served as Senior Vice President
for The Related Group, where she was responsible for sales and development of approximately $1
billion of mixed-use real estate assets. She also oversaw acquisitions of distressed debt and
strategic opportunities. Over the course of her career, Mrs. Karson has held positions with leading
real estate companies and financial institutions including Lennar/LNR, Tate Capital, Barrow Street
Capital, Bank of America and PWC.
Mrs. Karson serves on the executive committee of Friends of The Underline and works closely with
volunteers, government officials and stakeholders to ensure the project is effectively touching all
socioeconomic levels of the community while creating an important attraction and amenity. She is
an active participant in the annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge and has been part of its “Heavy
Hitter” group since 2013. Mrs. Karson is member of several commercial real estate advisory
boards and supports South Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by being an advisor to startups in
the region. She also hosts a monthly segment called “CBRE’s The Edge with Arden” on the “Fried
on Business” podcast, which can be found on iHeart Radio.