Marty founded the company in 1983, following a successful commercial real estate career during which he held a variety of positions with both state and federal government as well as with publically traded corporations. His position just prior to forming the company was as Real Estate Director for the Kansas City Division of Safeway Stores, which was the world's largest grocery chain at the time. In this capacity he directed the company's real estate program throughout the states of Kansas and Missouri. This effort included: new store site selection, acquisition and development; disposition planning for closed stores; long and short term strategic planning for the Division's expansion in new and existing markets. Earlier in his career, he served as an appraiser for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, a Project Underwriter for a mortgage insurance company and a Real Estate Specialist for the US Postal Service.
He earned a Business Degree from the University of Wisconsin where he majored in the university's highly regarded Real Estate and Urban Land Economic program. Marty has also completed additional course work in real estate appraisal and other industry related topics.
Marty has handled assignments throughout the Midwest and beyond, for a wide range of clients. These assignments have included site selection and acquisition for a wide range of clients, ranging from those that are giants in their specific industries to others experiencing growth for the first time. He has represented buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in the negotiation of transactions involving a wide range of real estate types.
When moving to Kansas City in 1976, Marty expected to relocate again within 2 or 3 years. However, by mid-1978 he had met and married his wife Debby. Thus, the anticipated move no longer looked so inviting and they elected to make the Kansas City area their permanent home. The Kansas City area has also proven to be a great area to raise their son Adam.
IN 1983 Marty and Debby agreed that starting a new business held certain risks but they decided that Marty could always find a "real" job if running the new business stopped being "fun"! Needless to say, after 35+ years the business continues to be both fun and a continuing source of new and interesting challenges.