About X Ventures

X Marks Your Spot!

What makes you tick gets us pumped.

We are devoted commercial real estate consultants who help our clients locate, purchase and develop the right investments. We love our industry and we know and embrace the nuances of the West Michigan commercial real estate market. It’s this passion that drives us deeper to understand what makes each client tick and to develop investment and brokerage strategies centered around those needs.

Discerning agents get results.

We’re nimble, responsive and we know when to take risks. Above all, we promise we’ll never tell you merely what you want to hear; but rather what you need to hear. Because we’re not in this for just another deal. We’re in it because we get excited when we help our clients reach their goals.

Chip Bowling

Chip Bowling

President

Chip Bowling created X Ventures in 2013 and brought with him nearly two decades of experience in commercial real estate, which has earned him a level of unmatched expertise in the sale and lease of office properties. The deals in which he’s been integral throughout his career translate to over $600 million in volume. Chip’s aggressive standard of performance has earned him respect within the industry and with his clients who range from large real estate portfolio owners, building owners, entrepreneurs, and many of Grand Rapids’ top business leaders.

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Bill Bowling

Bill Bowling, SIOR

Consultant

Depth of industry experience and unique perspective are attributes found in Partner Bill Bowling. With over four decades of commercial and industrial real estate expertise, Bill and his teams have represented some of the most influential clients and largest transactions totaling over $2 billion—mostly in the West Michigan market. Bill is known among his peers for his leadership, vision, and creative deal-making. The many solid, lasting relationships he has made are with people he would sooner call friends than clients.

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Steve Penfield

Partner

Steve joined X Ventures in 2014 where he quickly excelled in the commercial real estate industry. He was recognized as CARWM’s Rookie of the Year, a popular award which recognizes only one agent annually. After two years at the company, Steve became an owning partner and has been integral in growing the company’s bottom line as well as the sales and administrative teams. Steve’s input and collaboration with his partners has been invaluable in the areas of investmentdevelopment consulting, landlord representation, land acquisition, and equity placement.

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Shelby Reno

Associate

Shelby Reno is marketing strategist for X Ventures and has 20 years of experience directing corporate marketing functions in the franchising, moving and storage, banking, and shopping center verticals. She holds an MBA from Lawrence Technological University and a graduate degree in banking from University of Wisconsin-Madison. For fun, Reno enjoys racing mountain bikes and teaching group fitness.

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W.W. (Bill) Bussey, CCIM

Real Estate Retail Director

Bill has been a leader in retail related consulting, site selection, development, and leasing for over 30 years. He studied architecture at Georgia Tech and graduated as an industrial engineer. He was a partner and Vice President/Retail at Colliers/Grand Rapids (and predecessor companies) for 15 years and is well known for his expertise in consulting, site selection, development, land assemblage, and land disposition.

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Ken Long

Partner

Ken takes pride in delivering X Ventures clients superior value in site assembly, attention to all aspects of due diligence, and underwriting expertise connected with their commercial real estate project. In addition to providing services through his eponymous company, Ken has been a contributing member of the X Ventures team since inception.

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Tad Dobre

Associate

Tad Dobre is X Ventures youngest team member, impressively sitting for his real estate license and joining the team shortly after graduating from East High School in 2015. Tad’s primary efforts at X Ventures include a broad spectrum CRE research and assisting in all aspects of the business at the busy XV office.

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Michelle Walworth

X Homes Residential Director

Michelle joined X Ventures in late 2016. She brings 26 years of real estate experience to the team, as well as experience in the architectural industry. Heading our new division, X Homes, Michelle has already proved her experience and knowledge in residential real estate with closing multiple deals and marketing our new division in just a few short months!

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Katie Lovley

Office Manager

Katie joined X Ventures in December of 2016 and has already taken on a huge role within the company. Her educational background alone shows her dedication and passion for knowledge, learning, and growth. She graduated from Northwood University in 2014 with a BBA, and then received her MBA in 2015 from DeVos Graduate School of Management- all before the age of 22!

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Gavin Mills

Currently attending Central Michigan University and studying real estate, Gavin joined X Ventures as an intern over the summer of 2017 and plans to continue tackling projects while going to school full-time. His experience in the industry at such a young age has propelled him for success at XV and we are exctied to see how he excels in the industry.

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Keegan Balk

Keegan Balk teamed up with X Ventures after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Upstate New York in 2017. While out on the East Coast Keegan gained experience in real estate by working for Manhattan-based company, The Next Step Realty, where he promoted the brand to new college graduates looking to enter the bustling housing market in New York City.

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Fred Steiner

Associate

Fred Steiner is the newest member of our team. Fred relocated from South Bend, Indiana to Grand Rapids, MI in 1971 to begin his 45+ year career in the Foodservice Industry. Beginning in the distribution segment and moving on to owning several successful Foodservice Brokerage companies. As his companies prospered and grew, the need for larger space allowed Fred to identified and developed new sights for his business to relocate.

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