Midwest Real Estate News Hall of Fame December 2012 : Page 67

www.rejournals.com December 2012 Midwest Real Estate News® 67 HALL OF FAME 2012 RICHARD WOLK It's an amazing streak: For the last 15 years, Richard Wolk has ranked as the top overall producer for the Chicago region of Coldwell Banker. That's a string of success that would be the envy of any commercial real estate pro. For Wolk, senior executive with Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT in Northbrook, Ill., the streak is just a byproduct of a familiar formula: He works hard, studies his market and does whatever he can to exceed the expectations of his clients. It’s a formula that has turned Wolk into one of the most respected, and successful, commercial real estate pros in the Midwest. And the best news? Wolk continues to produce at a high level, and has shown no indication that he is losing his taste for closing deals. During his career, one that stretches for 35 years, Wolk has sold and leased millions of square feet of commercial property. It's not surprising, then, that he's earned inclusion in the Coldwell Banker Commercial Circle of Distinction an impressive 10 times. "Richard understands the importance of each transaction to every client, whether large or small, and is thoroughly knowledgeable in both sales and leasing of commercial properties," said one nominator. Not surprisingly, Wolk's peers regard him as a leader in the commercial real estate industry. This was highlighted in 2006 when Wolk was awarded Platinum status --the highest level of achievement --at Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT's global conference in Las Vegas. Because of his commitment to service and his in-depth market knowledge, Wolk has earned many clients who have Senior Executive stood with him for years. Again, this is something that doesn't surprise Wolk's fellow commercial real estate practitioners. "He is seen by his clients as an advisor, and has drawn praise from his peers due to his consistent achievement irrespective of market and economic circumstances," said a nominator. Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT Northbrook, IL MICHAEL WOLKEN How respected is Michael Wolken in the St. Louis real estate community? Consider this comment from one of his nominators: "Mike is a pillar of St. Louis." What has this senior vice president with St. Louis-based NAI DESCO done to earn such praise? He's closed some of the biggest deals in the St. Louis area. And he's done it while contributing his time to the St. Louis business and philanthropic communities. In fact, his volunteer work alone would feel like a full-time job to most other commercial professionals. Wolken has built a thriving commercial real estate business during his 37-year career, during which time he has both worked for several local brokerages and run his own commercial firm. His impressive client list speaks volumes about his success in the business. Big names on this list includ Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Ameren UE, Duetsche Financial, Brinker Interna-tional and LaBarge, Inc. Wolken has kept these impressive clients by always exceeding their expectations. His market knowledge and hard work help, too, as Wolken always makes sure that his clients receive the best deals possible. Wolken's peers have been quick to recognize this commercial pro's talents. The St. Louis Association of Realtors, as an example, has honored him as its Commercial Realtor of the Year. Wolken has earned praise, too, for his volunteer efforts, with Big Brothers Big Sisters having named him Volunteer of the Year. Today, Wolken is heavily involved in the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, where he is a past chapter pres-ident; Missouri Real Estate Commission, a commission that he once served as chairman; St. Louis Association of Re-altors --he's a founding member and past president of this group --and the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where he is a member of the properties and finance committee. Wolken is a former volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and was a foster parent for 15 years with Catholic Services for Children and Youth. Senior Vice President NAI DESCO St. Louis, MO

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