Knapp Properties Inc.
Des Moines's premier real estate developement, management and brokerage

Des Moines real estate experts

Summary
Founded in 1992 to manage William C. Knapp’s real estate holdings, Knapp Properties, Inc. has grown into a team of trusted experts offering central Iowa’s broadest real estate portfolio coupled with a flexible continuum of services.

Holdings
Knapp Properities, Inc. owns over 7,000 acres of real estate and manages 2.5 million square feet of commercial property, including office, retail and warehouse space, over 350 mutilfamily units and over 10 residential townhome/condo associations .

Services
Full-service real estate firm, leading real estate development, management,and brokerage services in central Iowa.

Headquarters
5000 Westown Parkway, Suite 400, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266-5921

Staff

Executives

William C. Knapp

William C. Knapp is Chairman Emeritus of Knapp Properties, Inc. His title only begins to provide a representation of his legacy in the real estate business and the community of Des Moines.
After two years in the United States Navy and graduating from the American Institute of Business, Bill Knapp founded Iowa Realty in 1952 and gradually built the company into the premier real estate company in Iowa. Knapp Properties, Inc. was formed by Bill Knapp to continue the development and management of his real estate business.
Bill Knapp's professional accomplishments are equaled by the honors he has received for his various community activities. Among them are the "Humanitarian Award" from the Variety Club of Iowa, the "Distinguished Iowa Citizen Award" from the Mid-Iowa Council-Boy Scouts of America, the "Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser" award from the Central Iowa Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, and the "Citizen of the Year" award for community service and leadership from the Des Moines Real Estate Board.

William C. Knapp II
William C. Knapp II is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Knapp Properties, Inc. With over thirty years in the real estate industry, his experience and knowledge are paramount to the continuing success of the firm.
Bill Knapp II earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1974 and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1977. He first joined the Wimer Law Firm in 1975 while still in law school. In 1978, Bill became Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Iowa Realty Company, Inc. In 1992, he assumed the position of President of AmerUs Properties, Inc., as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of Knapp Properties, Inc. He also served as President of Iowa Realty Commercial from 1992-1997.
In addition to his professional activities, Bill has served on the Boards of Directors of several Iowa-based, private and public service organizations: Des Moines Neighborhood Revitalization Board; Des Moines Neighborhood Development Corporation (President); Iowa Housing Corporation; Good Samaritan Urban Ministries Development Board; Governor's Infrastructure Advisory Committee (Co-Chair); Federal Home Loan Bank-Affordable Housing Council; Capital Value Corporation; Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (2000 Committee); Iowa Association of Realtors (Chairman, Legislative Committee); Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (Chairman, Governmental Affairs Executive Committee); Boatmen's Bank of Urbandale; Midland Financial Mortgage Corporation; United Way of Central Iowa;  Westminster Presbyterian Church (Chairman, Board of Trustees); Polk Des Moines Taxpayers Association; Racing Association of Central Iowa; Central College Board of Trustees; Greater Des Moines Partnership and Choose Des Moines Communities (Chair).
Bill currently serves on the Board of the following organizations: Drake University and Life Care Retirement Communities, Inc.

Gerry Neugent
Gerry Neugent is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Knapp Properties, Inc. His strong background in real estate law gives him a solid foundation for the management and development of the firm.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in 1973 and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1976, Gerry joined the Des Moines law firm of Wimer, Hudson, Flynn & Neugent. There for 13 years, he practiced primarily in real estate and title matters. In 1989, he joined another Des Moines firm - Belin, Harris, Lamson, McCormick - as a partner and real estate expert. He was designated in The Best Lawyers in America, 1993-94 edition.  In 1993, Gerry assumed his current role as President and Chief Operating Officer of Knapp Properties, Inc.
In addition to his executive duties at Knapp Properties, Gerry enjoys participating in many community, civic, and professional activities. He currently serves as a Director of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation, Drake University Law School Endowment Trust and Chair of the St. Anthony Parish Foundation.  He is past President of the Des Moines Community Playhouse and has served on many other city and community boards.  Gerry was named the South Des Moines Citizen of the Year in 2000 and 2003 Outstanding Alumnus of Drake University Law School.

Chris Costa
Chris is the Senior Vice President of Knapp Properties, Inc.  His responsibilities include the oversight of several departments within Knapp Properties including property management, accounting, information technology, human resources and administration.

After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1987, he joined the Des Moines office of Deloitte & Touche, where he also attained the designation of Certified Public Accountant.  In 1993, he joined Knapp Construction, a residential construction company, and served as its Chief Financial Officer.  In 1997, Chris joined Knapp Properties, Inc., serving the last 2 years in his current role.
In addition to his activities at Knapp Properties, Chris is involved in several civic and community organizations including the 2007-2008 Greater Des Moines Leadership Class, West Des Moines Development Corp, Dallas County Housing Foundation, Waukee Citizens for Excellence and Education, and Waukee Schools Parent Advisory Council.

Jake Lundgren
Jake Lundgren is the Vice President of Property Management for Knapp Properties, Inc. 
Jake earned a BA degree in finance with an emphasis in real estate from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998.  After graduation, Jake joined R & R Realty Group as a Construction Manager.  During a three and a half year tenure in this position, Jake managed over 200 tenant improvement projects of many scopes and sizes.  He also gained valuable knowledge of the construction process as well as learning computer aided drafting.
In December of 2001, Jake joined Knapp Properties, Inc as a Commercial Property Manager.  This role included property management of over 2.5 million SF of office, retail and warehouse space.  Jake also assumed the construction management responsibilities for all tenant improvement projects as well as space planning duties.  In October of 2006, Jake accepted his current role of Vice President of Property Management.  He currently oversees all aspects of the property management department including commercial properties, residential and home owners associations.

Aimee Staudt
Aimee is Director of Development for Knapp Properties.  After earning her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, Aimee joined Ryan Companies US, Inc. as a Construction Project Manager.  She also worked for Principal Real Estate Investors as Senior Asset Manager for the development and management of over 5 million square feet of properties in the Eastern United States.  In 2006, she joined Knapp Properties.  She has since earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Lesley Sweet
Lesley is the Company’s Residential and Association Portfolio Manager.  She began her career in the property management field in 1990 with Schneider & Associates and has been with Knapp Properties since 1994.  Lesley is a CPM Candidate and serves on the board for the National Apartment Association Des Moines chapter.  Lesley resides in St. Marys with her three children, where she enjoys countless hours of sporting events and volunteering for several organizations.

Jeff Saddoris
Jeff Saddoris has been in the commercial real estate brokerage and development business for 17 years.  Jeff graduated from the University of Iowa and has worked for Norwest Financial (now Wells Fargo Financial), The Principal Financial Group and Knapp Properties.  He is a board member of the South Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the Polk City Development Corporation.  Jeff, and his wife Karen, reside in Ankeny with their four children.  When he is not working, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his children in football, basketball and baseball. 

Dennis Galeazzi
Dennis Galeazzi is the Company's CFO.  He began his career in public accounting with KPMG and has been with Knapp Properties since 1993.  Dennis is a CPA and holds an MBA degree from Drake University.  In addition to a number of nonprofit boards, Dennis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Polk-Des Moines Taxpayers Association.  Dennis and his wife, Nancy, have two adult children and reside in Des Moines.

Mary Schaeffer
Mary Schaeffer is the Controller for Knapp Properties. After earning her Business Administration Degree in Finance from Iowa State University, she began her career with Coldwell Banker at their corporate headquarters in Los Angeles.  In 1994, Mary moved back to Iowa and joined Knapp Properties. Mary heads up Knapp Properties’ United Way Campaign.  Mary and her husband James live in Grimes, they have three children.

 
Corporate Profile

Des Moines real estate experts
Founded in 1992 to manage William C. Knapp’s real estate holdings, Knapp Properties, Inc. has grown into a team of trusted experts offering central Iowa’s broadest real estate portfolio coupled with a flexible continuum of services.
Knapp Properities, Inc. owns over 7,000 acres of real estate and manages 2.5 million square feet of commercial property, including office, retail and warehouse space, over 350 mutilfamily units and over 10 residential townhome/condo associations . We offer unparalleled real estate development, management, and brokerage services.

Board of Directors

William C. Knapp
William C. Knapp is Chairman Emeritus of Knapp Properties, Inc. His title only begins to provide a representation of his legacy in the real estate business and the community of Des Moines.
After two years in the United States Navy and graduating from the American Institute of Business, Bill Knapp founded Iowa Realty in 1952 and gradually built the company into the premier real estate company in Iowa. Knapp Properties, Inc. was formed by Bill Knapp to continue the development and management of his real estate business.
Bill Knapp's professional accomplishments are equaled by the honors he has received for his various community activities. Among them are the "Humanitarian Award" from the Variety Club of Iowa, the "Distinguished Iowa Citizen Award" from the Mid-Iowa Council-Boy Scouts of America, the "Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser" award from the Central Iowa Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, and the "Citizen of the Year" award for community service and leadership from the Des Moines Real Estate Board.

Gerry Neugent
Gerry Neugent is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Knapp Properties, Inc. His strong background in real estate law gives him a solid foundation for the management and development of the firm.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in 1973 and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1976, Gerry joined the Des Moines law firm of Wimer, Hudson, Flynn & Neugent. There for 13 years, he practiced primarily in real estate and title matters. In 1989, he joined another Des Moines firm - Belin, Harris, Lamson, McCormick - as a partner and real estate expert. He was designated in The Best Lawyers in America, 1993-94 edition.  In 1993, Gerry assumed his current role as President and Chief Operating Officer of Knapp Properties, Inc.
In addition to his executive duties at Knapp Properties, Gerry enjoys participating in many community, civic, and professional activities. He currently serves as a Director of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation, Drake University Law School Endowment Trust and Chair of the St. Anthony Parish Foundation.  He is past President of the Des Moines Community Playhouse and has served on many other city and community boards.  Gerry was named the South Des Moines Citizen of the Year in 2000 and 2003 Outstanding Alumnus of Drake University Law School.

William C. Knapp II
William C. Knapp II is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Knapp Properties, Inc. With over thirty years in the real estate industry, his experience and knowledge are paramount to the continuing success of the firm.
Bill Knapp II earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1974 and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1977. He first joined the Wimer Law Firm in 1975 while still in law school. In 1978, Bill became Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Iowa Realty Company, Inc. In 1992, he assumed the position of President of AmerUs Properties, Inc., as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of Knapp Properties, Inc. He also served as President of Iowa Realty Commercial from 1992-1997.
In addition to his professional activities, Bill has served on the Boards of Directors of several Iowa-based, private and public service organizations: Des Moines Neighborhood Revitalization Board; Des Moines Neighborhood Development Corporation (President); Iowa Housing Corporation; Good Samaritan Urban Ministries Development Board; Governor's Infrastructure Advisory Committee (Co-Chair); Federal Home Loan Bank-Affordable Housing Council; Capital Value Corporation; Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (2000 Committee); Iowa Association of Realtors (Chairman, Legislative Committee); Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (Chairman, Governmental Affairs Executive Committee); Boatmen's Bank of Urbandale; Midland Financial Mortgage Corporation; United Way of Central Iowa;  Westminster Presbyterian Church (Chairman, Board of Trustees); Polk Des Moines Taxpayers Association; Racing Association of Central Iowa; Central College Board of Trustees; Greater Des Moines Partnership and Choose Des Moines Communities (Chair).
Bill currently serves on the Board of the following organizations: Drake University and Life Care Retirement Communities, Inc.

R. Michael Knapp
R. Michael Knapp serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iowa Realty Company, Inc. while serving on the board of Knapp Properties, Inc. His title represents the culmination of a richly diverse and successful 25-year career in real estate brokerage.
After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1972, Mike entered the real estate profession as a sales agent with Iowa Realty. Five years later he was promoted to Manager of Iowa Realty's Beaverdale office. In 1984, he became General Sales Manager of the residential division of Iowa Realty, and in 1991, he was promoted to Senior Vice President. During his tenure as President of Iowa Realty, Mike has negotiated three major real estate brokerage acquisitions - Byers & Happel in Cedar Rapids, Carol Jones Realtors in Springfield, Missouri, and First Realty/Better Homes & Gardens in Des Moines.
When he's not buying and selling, Mike devotes a great deal of time to community, civic and professional causes and organizations. He is a former President of the Variety Club Of Iowa as well as past President of the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors. Mike is a long-time member of Pacesetters and The Vision Group, an organization comprised of the top real estate brokers and owners from across the nation.

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