Richard Hurd, President
Richard Hurd began his career in real estate investment in 1973, specializing in single and multi-family residential properties in the Central Iowa market. In 1981, Richard founded the regional commercial development, investment, and brokerage firm known today as Hurd Real Estate. Richard has provided strong leadership and focused the Hurd Real Estate team on acquisition and development of office, retail, medical, residential, multi-family, and industrial properties.
On the brokerage side of the business, Richard managed the largest commercial brokerage firm in Iowa from 1986 to 1993. He was selected to represent Central Life Assurance Company (now known as Aviva Life) in the repositioning of their national commercial real estate portfolio. He was also a Senior Associate with CB Richard Ellis, specializing in investment and retail properties for 10 years.
Richard has been the Central Iowa preferred developer for Walgreens since 1999. He has had the pleasure of working with a number of regional and national companies either through sale-leaseback or build-to-suit transactions since founding the company 30 years ago. Currently, Richard owns 85 properties in nine metropolitan markets: Des Moines, IA; Chicago, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; St. Louis, MO; Dallas, TX; Omaha, NE; Indianapolis, IN; and Kansas City, MO.
Richard's professional designations include CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors), and CRE (The Counselors of Real Estate).
Believing in sharing his time and experience to help build a strong community, Richard serves on the Grand View University Board and Banker's Trust Company Advisory Board. He is a former Door of Faith Mission Board Member and an active member of Valley Church in West Des Moines.