Jan Robertson

Chief Operating Officer

4949 Meadows Road, Suite 490
Lake Oswego, OR  97035

Career Summary

Jan Robertson joined the company in 1981 and has enjoyed incredible opportunities for upward mobility within the firm ever since. She became a partner in 1993, the first female partner since the company’s formation in 1932, CFO in 2005, and CEO in 2011. Over the years, Jan was directly responsible for a variety of areas including property management, litigation, accounting, personnel and contracts. When the company reorganized in 2015, she subsequently negotiated the sale of their brokerage and property management divisions. Her current role as Chief Operating Officer of Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies, LLC, the holding company, includes operations management and board oversight for that entity which is the parent company to four wholly-owned operating companies: Morrison Street Capital, Norris, Beggs & Simpson Financial Services, NBS Real Estate Consulting, and The REFF Group.


Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) since 2002, 2008 President, first woman in Oregon to hold position
  • Portland Metropolitan Association of Building Owners & Managers (BOMA)
  • Commercial Association of Brokers – Oregon/SW Washington
  • International Women’s Forum: IWF Oregon
  • Member of Portland Business Journal’s Bizwomen Coalition

Community Organizations

  • City of Vancouver appointed – Downtown Redevelopment Authority Board Member (since 8/17)
  • Portland State University – Center for Real Estate Advisory Board (since 2017)
  • Young Audiences, Incorporated – National Board (Member since 2000) Vice President, Conference Committee Chair, Network Policy Committee Co-Chair, serves on the Executive and Audit Committees
  • Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, Inc. – Advisory Board (Board Member 1996-2016)
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council – Resource Council (Board Member 2009 – 2017)

Awards & Recognition

  • National Honoree – Young Audiences Arts for Learning New York Gala – 2018
  • PSU Center for Women’s Leadership “Lifetime Achievement Award” – 2016
  • Real Estate Forum’s Woman of Influence – 2014
  • The Daily Journal of Commerce’s Woman of Vision – 2014
  • Portland Business Alliance’s “A Place with No Ceiling” – 2014
  • The Daily Journal of Commerce Newsmaker of the Year – 2012
  • Multnomah County Volunteer Award – 2009
  • Portland Business Journal Orchid Award – 2008
  • IREM Outstanding Service & Dedication Award – 2007 – first recipient
  • The Columbian’s “Clark County’s Most Powerful Women” List – 2007
  • CAR – Oregon/SW Washington Humanitarian of the Year – 2004
  • Young Audiences National Board Member of the Year – 2004
  • Portland Business Journal “Exceptional Woman” List – 2002