- people on the move
Real estate investment firm opens doors
A new real estate investment firm is planting roots in Grand Rapids.
Vision Real Estate Investment said today that the firm is the culmination of 18 months of set up work done by founder and CEO Tim Engen, who hopes to use technology to help the firm make quick decisions.
Engen spent the past 17 years in the technology industry, including the previous two-and-a-half years as a VP at Netech in Caledonia.
In his spare time, Engen invested in properties during nights and weekends and has decided to take that full passion full time.
“Everyone I spoke to advised me to follow my passion and to surround myself with the best individuals in the industry,” Engen said.
Engen hopes he and his staff are able to improve the community one project at a time with “core values driven by innovation, integrity and commitment to Grand Rapids and West Michigan.”
“We see the big picture, and we take the long view, spotting real estate trends and focusing on opportunities to shape the future of the community we live and work in,” Engen said.
Engen added that the firm, located in downtown Grand Rapids at 140 Monroe Center St. NW, is staffed with a team of professionals with “diverse backgrounds” and “deep roots in the Grand Rapids area.”
Bradley Hartwell, senior development executive
Hartwell spent three years as a development associate and associate broker for Rockford Construction. In his time there, he assisted in more than 1 million square feet of projects worth $100 million, including Fulton Place, New Holland Brewing and Twelve Weston.
Kyle Sischo, controller
Sischo previously co-owned Prim Property Management, which managed properties in Big Rapids, Detroit and Greenville.
Jessica Geerling, director of marketing
Geerling was previously marketing manger for the Centre for Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids and also worked in marketing for Locus Development, which also included accounting, event management, design, leasing and property management, helping with projects such as 38 Commerce and the Flat Iron Building.
Stephanie Seube, staff accountant
A graduate of Calvin College, Seube was previously the staff accountant at Prim Property Management.