Specialties: Industrial, Office
Background & Experience
Doug Taatjes, Partner and Associate Broker at NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, has thirty-plus years of West Michigan commercial real estate service and is active in the Industrial, Office, and Retail specialty groups. He has given strong leadership and direction to the overall philosophy, programs, and processes by which NAI Wisinski of West Michigan operate. He has founded two companies and served as President and Chairman of both. In May of 2006, Taatjes & Tol joined forces with Grand Real Estate to form NAI West Michigan. Again in 2011, Doug facilitated another merger between NAI West Michigan and The Wisinski Group to create NAI Wisinski of West Michigan.
Concerning Corporate Solutions, Doug has represented, and given executive oversight to such accounts as Lake Michigan Credit Union, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Agility Health, MVP Sportsplex, Shoemaker Inc., Kregel Books, Mel Trotter Ministries and Spectrum Health.
Doug played important roles in both the Grand Rapids Commercial Alliance of Realtors (CAR) and Grand Rapids Association of Realtors (GRAR), acting as President on the Board of Directors for both organizations. Currently, he sits on the Finance Committee and the Professional Standards Committee. Doug is also a 2010 Commercial National Award Recipient by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and was named the 2010 Realtor of the Year by the CAR.
Doug is one of only 3% of Commercial Realtors to be a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) SIOR's form a 2,800 member network of like-minded professionals who share business referrals and collaborate on their continuing education.
In addition, Doug is one of only 5% of Commercial Realtors to earn the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. The 240 hours of graduate-level curriculum, which leads to this designation represents the finest education available in real estate. CCIM's exemplify the real estate industry's highest professional and ethical standards.
Doug believes integrity and personal credibility are the corner stones of a successful and meaningful career. These are not just words put on a marketing piece because it is “the thing” to do this year. They are words that are earned by keeping your word, putting your client’s interests before yours and seeking what’s best for them time and time again. This is what sets apart a great real estate advisor. Doug attempts to provide unique commercial real estate solutions and always provides straightforward “answers”. Challenging yet rewarding, this continues to make each day at work satisfying.
Prior to beginning his Commercial/Industrial Real Estate career in 1979, Doug spent 9 years coaching high school and college basketball, giving him an exceptional leadership and team building foundation. In addition to advising clients in real estate, Doug serves on the Advisory Board for Grotenhuis Company, Board of Directors for Living Waters Prison Ministry, Board of Directors for Eastown Ministries, and he attends Crossroads Bible Church.
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Bachelor of Science
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Professional Associations & Designations
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)
Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
Grand Rapids Commercial Alliance of Realtors (CAR)
- Board of Directors, Past President (2004)
- Finance Committee Member
- Regional Task Force, Past Vice Chairman
Michigan Commercial Alliance of Realtors (MiCAR)
- Board of Directors, previous member
Grand Rapids Association of Realtors (GRAR)
- Board of Directors, previous member
- Professional Standards Committee, previous member
- Commercial/Industrial Committee, Past Chairman
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- Doug is a member of ICSC which is a global trade association of the shopping center industry.
National Association of Realtors (NAR)
Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR)