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Walton Group announces new senior vice president

Kip Gilleland

Kip Gilleland

The Walton Group of Companies, with U.S. headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced that Kip Gilleland will join Walton’s land acquisitions and institutional relationships group, Walton Asset Management, as Senior Vice President. In his new role, Gilleland will oversee land acquisition and new market research in the Southwest United States in strategic growth areas like Arizona, California, Denver, Salt Lake City and Reno.


Walton currently administers over 88,000 acres of land in North America, including over 12,000 acres and nearly two dozen master-planned communities in the Southwest. Gilleland will carry on Walton’s practice of acquiring properties in the path of growth and working with local stakeholders to design master-planned communities where people live, work and play.


“With his extensive experience in real estate, acquisitions and land development, Kip is the perfect person to join our growing group at Walton and help us realize our long-term growth strategy,” said Ed Steffelin, President, Walton Asset Management (USA). “Kip’s unique skill set and exceptional project management expertise will be an asset for Walton and we look forward to him joining our team.”


Prior to joining Walton, Gilleland served as Division President for Taylor Morrison in the Denver Division overseeing all operations, some of which included acquisitions, land planning and development and strategic planning for Taylor Morrison. While there, Gilleland effectively grew the division in community count and helped increase overall revenue by 100 percent during his tenure. Before that, Gilleland was with Tousa Homes out of their Phoenix office.


“I am thrilled to be joining Walton, one of North America’s premier land asset administrators and look forward to continuing their practice of acquiring strategic properties in the path of growth and developing master-planned communities intended to benefit all local stakeholders,” said Gilleland. “There are few real estate investment groups with Walton’s experience, proven track record and positive growth potential and I look forward to joining their talented team.”


Gilleland holds a BA from the University of Utah and is a member of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, Home Builders Association of Denver and is a former instructor of the Land Development Council for the City of Phoenix Task Group.

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Myron Spencer Named VP of Operations at Walton Group

The Walton Group of Companies (Walton), a family-owned real estate investment group with U.S. headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, announced today that Myron Spencer has been named Vice President of Operations, Walton Development and Management (WDM).

Mr. Spencer will help to oversee land planning, development and project services for Walton’s more than 83,000 acres of land under administration and 18 development projects. Using more than 25 years of experience, he will help Walton continue its successful track record of taking land through the pre-planning, entitlement and development process.

Prior to joining WDM, Myron was the Vice President of Land at Beazer Homes where he was responsible for the acquisition and development of land for the Arizona Division of Beazer. During his time at Beazer he negotiated and closed over 50 land transactions totaling more than $250 million. Prior to his tenure with Beazer, Myron was responsible for the acquisition and development of apartment land in the Western US for American Property Development, Inc., facilitating multi-million dollar transactions as a Commercial Real Estate Investment Agent at Pacific Realty Advisors.

“Myron brings a unique combination of knowledge in respect to homebuilding, multi-family development and commercial/retail brokerage that will assist Walton in positioning our assets for the market,” said Rob Leinbach, President of Walton Development and Management, North America. “As more of our properties move through the entitlement process, Myron will be essential to achieving Walton’s long-term strategic growth plan.”

“I’ve been in the real estate industry for over 25 years and look forward to using my experience to continue Walton’s successful process of land investment and development,” said Myron Spencer. “With four new U.S. development projects and more on the way, this is an exciting time to join Walton.”

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Robert Laak Joins Walton Group of Companies

The Walton Group of Companies, a Canadian real estate group, with U.S. headquarters based in Scottsdale, announced today the appointment of Robert Laak as chief financial officer for Walton Development and Management (WDM).

Laak joins Walton after serving as corporate vice president for a national publicly traded homebuilder.  He will oversee corporate finance for Walton Development and Management and its six regions throughout North America.  WDM has nearly 78,000 acres of land under management and 14 master planned developments underway in strategic North American growth corridors.

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Bob’s talent join Walton,” said Rob Leinbach, WDM President.  “Bob joins at an exciting time for Walton and will help guide our strategic plans throughout North America.”

Laak most recently served as corporate vice president, mergers and acquisitions, for Meritage Homes Corporation, a top 10 publicly traded homebuilder. Laak also served as corporate vce president for finance at Meritage, where he led company real estate and joint venture financing activities.

Laak started his career in public accounting with McGladrey. He holds an active CPA license in the state of Arizona. Laak graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and Urban Land Institute.

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Ed Hadley Named Southwest Region President of Walton Group

The Walton Group of Companies, a Canadian company with U.S. headquarters in Scottsdale, has hired Ed Hadley as president of the Southwest Region for Walton Development and Management, Inc.

Hadley’s responsibilities include overseeing entitlement and development activities in Arizona and California for new and existing residential, commercial and industrial projects. He also collaborates with regional agencies, government representatives, landowners and other stakeholders, and manages the land-acquisition and disposition process.

Hadley, a Tucson native, joins Walton from William Lyons Homes, where he was vice president of land acquisition for the Arizona Division.  His diverse real estate industry career includes time spent in both the commercial and residential sides of the market in the disciplines of brokerage, finance, residential and commercial project management, planning and entitlements, and land acquisition and disposition. He has been involved in the planning, entitlement and horizontal development of more than 10,000 residential lots throughout his homebuilding career.

“Ed’s well-rounded background and wealth of industry experience are a perfect match for Walton as we move forward with developing meaningful places where people will live, work and play in Arizona and California,” said Rob Leinbach, president, Walton International Group. Walton has more than 10,000 acres under management in Arizona and 1,500 acres in California.

Hadley holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Northern Arizona University and attended the University of Arizona. Active in the community, he also is a member of the Urban Land Institute, The ASU Real Estate Council, Desert Valleys Builder Association, and a board member of Pinal Partnership and TREO. He is also a licensed broker in the State of Arizona.