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Commercial real estate president retires
A prominent figure in the local commercial real estate industry has crossed the career finish line.
Jim Decker, president and chief financial officer of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, has announced he is retiring soon.
Decker plans to leave his current position at the end of February and then share his experiences in business management with nonprofit companies and organizations.
Commercial real estate path
Decker brought his management skills to the industry in 2000 when he joined Taatjes & Tol.
Prior to making that move, he served as president of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, vice president of the Bertsch Co. and president of the Bertsch Supply Co.
Taatjes & Tol merged with Grand Real Estate in 2006 to form NAI West Michigan. Decker became the new firm’s president and chief financial officer.
Then in the spring of 2011, NAI West Michigan joined The Wisinski Group to become NAI Wisinski of West Michigan.
Decker has been NAI Wisinski of West Michigan’s only president, is a partner in the firm and a broker in the development, industrial and office markets.
Decker brought the consumer’s view of commercial real estate to the business through his experience outside of the industry with commercial lending, mergers and acquisitions, the purchase and sale of properties and project management.
Decker was given the Chairman’s Award from NAI Global in February for his “outstanding business accomplishments and significant contributions” to the international NAI Global Network, which is an international community of 500 offices.
Decker has been a member of the Commercial Alliance of Realtors and the Grand Rapids, national and Michigan associations of Realtors.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a master’s degree from Michigan State University.