C. DALE WILLIS, JR.
Founder | Associate Broker
Mr. Willis, a 5th Generation Arizonan, began his real estate career with Sellers Realty & Development in 1982 then joined Farnsworth Development in 1985. In 1989, he founded Willis Property Company specializing in commercial real estate brokerage and masterplan community development. Over the past 30+ years Mr. Willis has been involved in the development of many well-known master-planned communities in Maricopa and Pinal Counties. One of the largest communities that Mr. Willis assisted in the development of was the Spectrum at Val Vista Masterplan Community, which included multiple residential neighborhoods, San Tan Motorplex, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and more. He and his business partners have invested in land, ranches and commercial properties throughout Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Georgia and Texas.
Mr. Willis resides in Mesa with his wife Shellie and has four children and 10 grandchildren.
JON D. WILLIS
Mr. Willis, a Sixth Generation Arizonan, began his commercial real estate brokerage career in 1999 where he specializes in all forms of commercial real estate including land, office, industrial, retail, self-storage and development. He was instrumental in the growth of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, located in Southeast Gilbert, with the development of the Medical Plaza at Spectrum by brokering roughly 100,000 sf of medical office space on campus as well as an additional 150,000 SF of office space within a mile of the hospital.
In 2011 Mr. Willis represented the Sorenson Group Management of Salt Lake City in the partial disposition of their $701 million structured portfolio purchased from the FDIC. The portfolio Mr. Willis represented and subsequently sold included the former UTAZ Development office portfolio which totaled over 250,000 SF of grey shell office condos in over a dozen locations. The portfolio also included multiple land parcels, located throughout Metro Phoenix, and over 3 dozen improved office condo pads. Mr. Willis became the youngest instructor at the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business in 2009 where he currently teaches the real estate licensing courses. He was awarded Educator of the Year in 2014.
Mr. Willis is the Executive Vice President of Legacy Sports USA, LLC. He and his partners are developing a 400 acre, $260 million, family sports and entertainment park in the Phoenix Metro Area. Once complete it will be the largest sports park in the United States and will have the largest variety of sports in the world. Mr. Willis was instrumental in securing the funding for the development.
Mr. Willis currently lives in Mesa with his wife and three children
Mr. Schemitsch has been working with Willis Property Company since 2005. His primary focus has been in land development, entitlements and commercial real estate brokerage. Mr. Schemitsch has experience in the development of master-planned communities, medical campus and charter schools. Using his past experience with land development, Mr. Schemitsch has the ability to assist buyers with site selection and preliminary evaluation of the development process to help determine the overall feasibility of constructing a new project. He was instrumental in many developments in Pinal County as well as parts of the Southeast Valley.
Senior Sales Associate
Ryan, a sixth generation Arizonan, started his career at Willis Property Company in 2011 after graduating from Arizona State University. Ryan specializes in the acquisition and disposition of land parcels, in Maricopa and Pinal County, for both public and private home builders, developers and investors. Ryan has worked with many of the top local and national home builders in acquiring and entitling land in Gilbert and Chandler. He is currently involved in the planning and entitlement of multiple residential sub-divisions in the Southeast Valley.
Ryan currently lives in North Mesa with his wife and three children.
Sales Associate | Attorney
Mr. Langford earned his B.S. in Psychology at Brigham Young University and his J.D. from University of Denver – Sturm College of Law. He practiced law at Snell & Wilmer for 4 years, and was General Counsel for Arizona Nutritional Supplements for over 10 years. In 2015 Mr. Langford started his own Law Practice and Consulting firm, Pro Side Consulting. He joined Willis Property Company in December 2015 where, in addition to his law practice and consulting firm, he will be able to serve his client’s commercial real estate needs.
LANCE L. SHERWOOD
Mr. Sherwood brings more than 25 years of experience in land development, design and construction to Willis Property Company. His diverse background will be focused on the education sector, providing clients expertise in site selection, due diligence and feasibility analysis for their real estate needs.
Prior to joining Willis Property Company, Mr. Sherwood was the Senior Development Manager for a national real estate investment trust. For 11 years, he was involved in all facets of multi-million-dollar developments in the Western half of the United States. Before that, Mr. Sherwood worked in the architecture field for 14 years. Projects covered every major market sector in the United States as well as international work.
Mr. Sherwood earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He also holds a real estate salesperson license in the state of Arizona and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).