Each year, Midwest Real Estate News inducts a new class into its Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. This year, we’re also profiling these newest members on REjournals.com. Today, we highlight the busy career of Robert Busch, executive vice president with St. Louis’ Gundaker Commercial Group.
It takes talent, desire and knowledge to succeed in commercial real estate. Past experience helps, too. That’s certainly been the case with Robert Busch, executive vice president with St. Louis’ Gundaker Commercial Group.
Not only is Busch a top commercial real estate professional, he’s also a licensed attorney. That background has helped. Busch has significant experience in contracts, negotiations, 1031 exchanges, lease agreements, financing and zoning issues.
Busch’s talents have led to plenty of success in his field. In 2008, 2009 and 2015, Busch ranked as the number-two producer in his company. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, he was even better: In those years, he was his CRE company’s top producer.
Today, Busch specializes in the office market throughout the St. Louis area, representing tenants as an exclusive tenant representative. This eliminates the conflicts of interest that arise when brokers represent both landlords and tenants.
During his career, Busch has represented some of the largest local and national companies throughout the St. Louis area. This list includes DataServ, Liberty Mutual, the Missouri Housing and Development Commission, FDIC and LS Power.
“For my business, which is 90 percent office tenant representation, the biggest challenge is finding the real estate solution to best fulfill the real estate component of a client’s business,” Busch said. “This often takes into account not only the traditional factors such as location and price but also culture, employee experience, recruiting and retention.”
Outside of the office, Busch makes sure to give back to his community. He is a member of the St. Louis Priory Alumni Board, has served on the boards of Places for People and the St. Louis Arc and has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Busch is also an avid golfer, runner and triathlete. He has competed in more than 100 races across the country.