Professional Profiles


Executive Managing Director, Principal - Investment Sales and Capital Markets

As executive managing director of investment sales and capital markets, Mike VanBuskirk, SIOR, CCIM, CRE, is responsible for acquisition and disposition of investment properties throughout Missouri and Kansas for individual investors, regional investment groups and institutional clients. In this capacity, Mr. VanBuskirk assists clients with the identification, evaluation, marketing and negotiation of all investment property types including office, medical office, industrial, retail, multihousing, hospitality and land. Mr. VanBuskirk has been a principal with the firm since 2006, and is a member of the executive management team.
Mr. VanBuskirk has an active consulting practice and represents several prominent corporate service clients in all aspects of their commercial real estate portfolios, including lease evaluation and negotiations, tax appeals, expert testimony and sale/lease back transactions. He has successfully completed projects in over 15 states.
Since joining the firm in 2004, Mr. VanBuskirk has handled the acquisition or disposition of more than $355 million of investment properties representing more than 6.3 million square feet. He has also completed leases and sales of more than 5 million square feet in transactions valued at more than $250 million. In addition, he has completed the sale of more than 1,000 acres of development ground, representing a transaction volume of more than $41 million. A partial list of corporate clients served includes: Arvest Bank, BKD, Cereal Ingredients, Hallmark Cards/Crown Center Redevelopment, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Scarbrough International and Wachovia Bank. Mr. VanBuskirk also has extensive experience in assisting nonprofit clients including the Arbor Day Foundation, Community of Christ, John Knox Village, the Menninger Foundation and Unity School of Christianity.
Mr. VanBuskirk is active in development activities including build-to-suits and business park development. In this capacity, he has been involved with the development of more than 1 million square feet of commercial buildings with a combined value of more than $175 million. He has been involved with the development or project management of more than 1,300 acres of business parks. Mr. VanBuskirk also has extensive experience in the negotiation and placement of commercial mortgages which represent a combined total value in excess of $150 million.
  • Commercial Broker of the Year, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR), 2015
  • Largest Total Volume Award, KCRAR, 2008
  • Home Run Award, KCRAR, 2008
  • Home Run Award, CCIM Institute, 2008
  • Broker of the Year, The Opus Group, 2008
  • 40 Under Forty, Ingram, 2006
  • Commercial Realtor Salesperson of the Year, KCRAR, 2003
  • Advisory committee, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, 2012 – present
  • Executive committee, University of Missouri-Kansas City Lewis White Real Estate Center, 2007 – present
  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)–Western Missouri/Kansas Chapter
  •     - President, 2015
  •     - Vice president, 2014
  •     - Treasurer, 2007
  •     - Development Day chairman, 2004
  • City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  •     - Chairman, Tax Increment Financing Commission, 2006 – 2015; vice chairman, 2001 – 2005
  •     - City Hall Task Force, 1999 – 2000
  • Board of directors, Platte County Economic Development Council, 1998 – 2000, 2013 – 2014
  • Centurions Leadership Class Graduate, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, 2000
  • Leadership Class Graduate, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1996
  • Member, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
  • Member, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR)
  • Member, The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE designation)
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member designation, CCIM Institute
  • Licensed real estate broker/salesperson, states of Missouri and Kansas
Mr. VanBuskirk holds a graduate degree in real estate from the University of Texas at Arlington and an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 


Executive Managing Director, Principal - Investment Sales and Capital Markets
Kansas City
Newmark Grubb Zimmer
1220 Washington Street
Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64105
T 816.474.2000
D 816.512.1010
M 816.679.4954
F 816.421.6666
Independently owned and operated
Areas of Specialization
  • Investment Brokerage
  • Real Estate Consulting
  • National Tenant Advisory
  • Global Corporate Services
  • Tenant Representation
  • Owner Representation
  • Project Management
  • Development
Years of Experience
23 years