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President & Chief Executive Officer
Walt joined Dean Realty Co. in August of 2017, transitioning from serving on the company’s Board of Directors to becoming president and chief executive officer. Walt was instrumental in arranging the joint venture between Dean Realty Co. and Copaken-Brooks, which was completed in May of 2019. He will remain with Dean Realty Co. to manage sale of specific company assets. Walt was a member of the Dean Realty Board of Directors since 2007. He has been in the real estate business since 1970, and received his CCIM designation in 1975. He has participated in exchanges, syndications and development, including marinas, mini-storage and fast food commercial real estate brokerage, as well as a development and management company in St. Joseph, Michigan. Walt moved to Kansas City in 1983 to lead a 40-person commercial real estate company for seven years, and then spent 15 years with Colliers Turley Martin Tucker where he became a senior vice president and principal of a firm leading nine Midwestern offices of 200 commercial brokers and 900 employees. In 2008 Walt was asked to become the director of the newly formed Lewis White Real Estate Center in the Block School of Business at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He started the Master’s Degree Program in Entrepreneurial Real Estate and served as the director and assistant professor at UMKC for five years. As of January 2015, Walt has become the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the CCIM Institute, an international commercial real estate education association with 13,000 members in over 30 countries headquartered in Chicago. Walt has served as the president of the Realtors Commercial Alliance for the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors and sat on the Board of Directors of KCRAR. He also served as an active member of the Board of Directors for the CCIM Institute. Walt has served as president of the Southwest Michigan Board of Realtors and as president of the Kansas City CCIM Chapter. He also has chaired numerous committees for the CCIM Institute on a national level. He has been a CCIM instructor since 1980 and has received the Instructor of the Year Award for the highest student ratings as well as the Instructors Choice Award. He has led rewrite teams for the CCIM Institute on several of their courses and has written several one-day seminars for continuing education for his local Board of Realtors. He has taught in nine countries and is an adjunct professor for the University of Denver, University of St. Thomas and New York University. Walt received his Certificate in Real Estate from the University of Michigan, a B.S. in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver.