Each year, Midwest Real Estate News inducts a new class into its Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Today we look at the busy career of David Wilson, vice president of real estate development with the Davenport, Iowa, office of Ryan Companies.
David Wilson’s 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry stretch over a proven track record of success in leading multi-million-dollar real estate projects nationwide. He currently serves as vice president of real estate development for Ryan Companies’ Midwest Region.
During his career, Wilson has closed more than $600 million in transactions for development projects in 15 states. A committed leader with high integrity, he forges powerful, strategic relationships and excels in connecting the right people with the right deals, and the right deals with the right people. With a vast network both nationally and internationally, Wilson knows how to get things done and brings the right people together to do so.
“By far, what I like best about the business is networking with other commercial real estate practitioners and doing deals,” Wilson said. “I am a deal junky—I love figuring out ways to make a deal happen and see it through until completion. Being a developer gives me the opportunity to create something from nothing and see the results come to fruition. That excites me each and every day.”
In 2018, Wilson served as president of the CCIM Institute traveling to seven countries and 29 states to help promote the CCIM Designation. In 2018, the CCIM Foundation honored him with the David P. Wilson, CCIM-Named Endowed Scholarship which allows individuals to apply for the annual scholarship in order to complete their designation, and/or take CCIM leadership courses.
Wilson currently serves as a Grow Cedar Valley Ambassador; Grow Cedar Valley Chamber Council Member; Regional Opportunities Council Member for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce; an advisor to a commercial real estate technology start-up company called Stratafolio and is an elder at Bethany Bible Chapel in Cedar Falls.
“There is not one person that is better than another,” said Wilson. “I think that practicing servant leadership on a daily basis has helped me succeed in this business.”