Jonathan Blakley

Jonathan Blakley

School of Communication

Greg Taylor


2011 Alumni Academy Inductee

Greg Taylor is co-owner of Phoenix Properties, LLC, a successful 30 year old commercial real estate firm based in Kalamazoo. Phoenix Properties has expertise in the ownership, development, financing, management and leasing of commercial / investment real estate and currently owns or manages a portfolio of properties worth in excess or $200 million.

A native of Marshall, Michigan, Mr. Taylor started his career as an intern for Phoenix Properties while an undergraduate at WMU.  After graduation in 1987 with an organizational communication major Greg spent four years as an Associate Broker with Kalamazoo based Kersten-Morris Real Estate & Leasing Co. specializing in the development, leasing and sale of commercial properties throughout southwest Michigan.  
In 1991, Greg joined National City Corporation (formerly First of America Bank Corp.) as its Manager of Real Estate Transactions for the bank. In 1998, Greg returned to Phoenix Properties as its Director of Leasing and Acquisitions and soon became a partner in the firm.  Since becoming a partner Greg has had exclusive responsibility for all commercial properties within the Phoenix portfolio. He remains involved in the acquisition, disposition, development and consulting activities for Phoenix Properties and its select clients.  These projects have included multiple commercial projects including several luxury student
housing developments that serve the students of WMU such as The Arboretum Apartments.  Phoenix Properties current projects include the development of a 200,000 square foot, $25 million, mixed-use, development in downtown Kalamazoo known as 'The Exchange'.  This project will be an 8-story high rise building located at the corner of W. Michigan Avenue and Rose Street and will include retail, office, and living spaces.

Greg has served on several local boards and is active with the Friends of WMU Political Action Committee, other volunteer boards at Western Michigan University, and multiple volunteer boards in the Kalamazoo area.  He is also active in the Kalamazoo Rotary Club as well as many other local organizations.


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