Walt Clements, director of the Lewis White Real Estate Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has created a formidable commercial real estate lobby by assembling leaders of a dozen local organizations into a Presidents Club.
The all-star cast, which will weigh in on state and local economic development initiatives and other political issues, gathered for the first time May 12 at developer Charles Garneys residence in the tony Briarcliff development. It includes the likes of Dan Musser, the Zimmer Real Estate Services LLC principal who is leading development of a new $673 million nuclear weapons parts plant in south Kansas City; Tim Weaver, the Lane4 Property Group Inc. principal who helped put the $400 million-plus Wizards stadium and Cerner Corp. office deal together in Kansas City, Kan.; and David Brain, CEO of a $3.5 billion real estate investment trust.
About 2,500 commercial real estate people pay dues to the organizations represented in the club, Clements said. And each one of those people who are in the brokerage business has a database of at least 500 or 1,000 people, Clements said.
Kansas City Business Journal
by Rob Roberts Staff Writer