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Spotlight: Real Property Management Founder Kirk McGary

As the founder and CEO of Real Property Management, Kirk McGary has led the company from inception to being the largest residential property management company in North America.  Under his leadership, Real Property Management continues to grow with offices in 45 states and Canada, managing over $6 billion in assets.

Kirk’s introduction to property management came in 1983 while in college, when friends approached him with an offer to join their property management business. “At the time I was working a ‘traditional’ college job delivering pizza. I knew being an entrepreneur was in my blood,” McGary said.

Shortly after Kirk graduated, his father was laid off, and Kirk suggested they start a property management company together to utilize his father’s handyman skills and his own experience in property management.  Kirk quickly found property management to be an underserviced industry, and after only two years, the company became the biggest property management company in Utah.

In 2002, Kirk’s business partner Doug Oler proposed franchising to expand Real Property Management. The effort was unsuccessful until a visit to a trade show in San Francisco – where they sold their first franchise within ten minutes. Real Property Management now has over 240 franchises across the nation.

Kirk has been instrumental in driving the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that has made Real Property Management the leader in residential property management.  Under his leadership, the company has initiated new technologies and proprietary processes that have made them successful.

His soft spoken and quiet style masks a fierce competitor who has earned the respect and loyalty of his staff and hundreds of franchisees.  He is a role model for all, particularly because of his high ethical standards and integrity. Kirk’s commitment to hard work, professionalism, entrepreneurship, and a pursuit of excellence has led to dozens of awards and special recognition including:

  • 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inc. 500 Fastest growing companies – 2010, 2011, 2012; 2013
  • Franchise 500 – 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Top 100 Franchises for Veterans – 2013
  • Utah 100 – 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012

Real Property Management commits to dealing with honest people and treats clients, franchisees and tenants with said honesty. We strive to remain customer centric, entrepreneurial, innovative and authentic.

The future of Real Property Management is bright as the company continues to grow. McGary says, “We’ve had a lot of success over the years.  I founded this company to help someone out, and we’re still helping people 26 years later.” Real Property Management and its independently owned franchises provide employment to over 2,000 people, and Kirk says he is very proud to be able to offer everyone in his organization the opportunity for a good quality of life and career.

Article written by Rachael Wachstein

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