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, multifamily housing, hospitality and land. Mr. VanBuskirk has been a principal with the firm since 2006, and is a member of the executive management team. 

Since joining the firm in 1994, Mr. VanBuskirk has handled the acquisition or disposition of more than 6.8 million square feet of investment properties valued in excess of $382 million. He has also completed the lease and sale of more than 6.9 million square feet in transactions valued at more than $357 million. In addition, he has completed the sale of more than 2,000 acres of development ground, representing a transaction volume of more than $63 million.

Mr. VanBuskirk has an active consulting practice and represents several prominent corporate service clients in all aspects of their commercial real estate portfolios including portfolio analysis, lease evaluation and negotiations, tax appeals, expert testimony and sale/lease back transactions. He has successfully completed projects in over 15 states.

A partial list of Mr. VanBuskirk’s corporate clients includes: Arvest Bank, BKD, Hallmark Cards, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Scarbrough International and Westlake ACE Hardware. Mr. VanBuskirk also has extensive experience in assisting nonprofit clients with maximizing the value of their real estate portfolio. including the Arbor Day Foundation, Community of Christ, John Knox Village, Menninger Foundation, Unity School of Christianity and University of Kansas Hospital Authority.

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 1.9 million square feet of commercial buildings with a combined value of more than $212 million. He has been involved with the development or project management of more than 1,700 acres of business parks. He also has extensive experience in the negotiation and placement of commercial mortgages which represent a combined total value in excess of $150 million.

w  Top Producer, Newmark Grubb Zimmer, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2016
w  Commercial Broker of the Year, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR), 2015
w  Largest Total Volume Award, KCRAR, 2008
w  Home Run Award, KCRAR, 2008
w  Home Run Award, CCIM Institute, 2008
w  Broker of the Year, The Opus Group, 2008
w  40 Under Forty, Ingram, 2006
w  Commercial Realtor Salesperson of the Year, KCRAR, 2003
w  Advisory committee, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, 2012 – present
w  Executive committee, University of Missouri-Kansas City Lewis White Real Estate Center, 2007 –
w  Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)–Western Missouri/Kansas Chapter
    President, 2015
    Vice president, 2014
    Treasurer, 2007
    Development Day chairman, 2004
w  City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri
    Chairman, Tax Increment Financing Commission, 2006 – 2015; vice chairman, 2001 – 2005
    City Hall Task Force, 1999 – 2000
w  Board of directors, Platte County Economic Development Council, 1998 – 2000, 2013 – 2014
w  Centurions Leadership Class Graduate, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, 2000
w  Leadership Class Graduate, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1996
w  Member, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR) 
w  Member, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
w  Member, Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM)
w  Member, The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
w  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
24 years