Commercial real estate magnate next up in entrepreneurship series

Contact: Stacey Markin
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KALAMAZOO—An expert in commercial real estate brokerage, development and management, and founder of a local boutique commercial real estate firm will speak at February's Entrepreneurship Forum at Western Michigan University.

Rick DeKam, principal and director of asset management for Midwest Realty Group, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in 2150 Schneider Hall.

The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kayla Hunt at (269) 387-6059 or Free parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Rick DeKam

DeKam is a recognized expert in commercial real estate with additional background in investment analysis, debt structure, contract negotiations, entitlement and other related issues. He has represented a number of corporate clients, completed numerous large land assemblage and entitlement projects and developed a wide variety of commercial facilities. He also serves as a consultant on numerous industry issues.

Midwest Realty Group

Midwest Realty Group, a boutique commercial real estate firm with a focus on helping clients achieve their objectives, was founded in 1998 by DeKam, whose goal was to focus on buyer and tenant representation—a segment of the market which he felt was vastly underserved. The firm's clients include regional and national companies throughout the Midwest and the United States. While the core of the business is corporate buyer and tenant representation with a focus on site selection and large tract assemblages, the varied industry experience of team members and focus on collaborative, out-of-the-box thinking positions the firm to provide solutions for clients on a variety of projects.

The Entrepreneurship Forum is sponsored by Educational Community Credit Union and hosted by the Haworth College of Business.

For more information, visit or call (269) 387-6059.