or over 35 years, Fred L. Merrill, Jr. has been actively involved in the commercial real estate business. During this time his objective has been to finance and/or develop quality, investor grade properties and establish long-term business relationships by successfully completing projects with expertise and integrity. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Political Science from Kansas State University, he graduated with a real estate and finance M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
His initial entrance into the commercial real estate business was in the mortgage banking area where he arranged permanent financing, construction loans, equity placement and joint venture agreements in Dallas. Over his entire career, Mr. Merrill has arranged financing for or developed over 4,000,000 square feet of office buildings, mixed-use, retail, industrial and multi-family projects.
Development supervision responsibilities also included site and architectural design, the entitlements process, and construction contract negotiation and administration. Mr. Merrill directed the marketing, leasing and management efforts for all projects and has extensive experience on either side of a real estate transaction.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and currently serves on the Urban Land Institute’s Entertainment Development Council. Mr. Merrill serves as Chairman of the 2011 Overland Park Economic Development Council. In 2009 he was named the Kansas State University College of Business Advisory Council ‘Business Leader of the Year’.
He has been an active member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, Building Owners and Managers Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, and various civic organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital. He maintains real estate broker licenses for the states of Arizona and Kansas, as well as brokerage associations with companies in several other states.