Each year, Midwest Real Estate News runs its Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame issue, highlighting the careers of the industry’s most successful pros. This year, we are running those profiles online, too. Today, we look at the career of John Sweeney, senior broker associate with the Overland Park, Kansas, office of Reece Commercial Real Estate.
Double threat: John Sweeney has sold $150 million of investment property in and around Johnson County, Kansas, and also developed more than 1.5 million square feet of commercial space. Knowledge like that comes in handy around fast-growing suburban Kansas City.
A long career: Sweeney just completed his ninth year with Reece Commercial Real Estate Company. In a 33-year career, he was a partner with Terra Venture for 17 years, and also a broker at both Leo Eisenberg Co. and Zimmer Steinbach Brokerage Company.
Trophy case: A senior broker associate at Reece Commercial, Sweeney was a top producer every year from 2010 through 2016. He was the Kansas City Business Journal’s 7th Top Producer in the metro area in 2015 and Ingram’s 2017 Rainmaker. In 1988, he was Kansas City Metropolitan Board of Realtors Salesperson of the Year.
It’s that kind of experience that got him selected as the exclusive leasing and sales agent for the $400 million, 240-acre mixed-use Gateway Sports Village of suburban Grandview, Missouri.
He’s also arranged for the purchase of 250 acres of raw land valued at over $50 million in south Johnson County.
Hard work pays off: “I work hard, but I also believe I work smart,” Sweeney said. “I set a routine which I try to follow daily, but the routine is usually altered by the time the phone rings for the first time of the day. So, I become flexible with my routine and I prioritize items to be completed.”
Making the deals: Among other recent transactions he’s handled are those involving Sam’s, Home Depot, La-Z-Boy, Firestone, Builder’s Square, Hilton Hotels, IHOP, Menards, Arvest Bank, Grain Valley School District, Party City, Hamburger Mary’s, Leawood Fountain Plaza office complex, Arvest Bank, Individual Assurance Company, Historic Katz Building, Centennial Park, Belton Office Complex, Northland Park Industrial, Belton Days Inn, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership at Legends and University of St. Mary. Sweeney has also handled a dozen church sales.
Church is important to him: Sweeney is active at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Leawood, Kansas.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri’s Rockhurst University and his Certified Commercial Investment Member designation.