Stephen N. Critchfield, CCIM
Commercial One Brokers LLC.
Stephen Critchfield began his real estate career more than thirty-six years ago in Wichita, KS. After graduating from college, he spent the next six months in basic training and advanced training for the Kansas Army National Guard. After completing his active duty, he spent the next two years in the advertising business. He was then recruited to join the management team of Landmark Communities as Vice President of Marketing. This land development company was responsible for the re-development and marketing of the 3500-acre planned community of Comotara for the owner, Citibank of New York. Steve’s responsibilities included the preparation of the marketing plans and the organization and management of the in-house sales team who sold the commercial, industrial, airpark and residential land portions of the project, including two residential golf course developments.
After successfully liquidating the Comotara project ahead of schedule, Steve formed his own real estate company, Critchfield Inc. Critchfield Inc. developed and sold land both on its own account and through joint venture relationships established with area landowners. The company also provided consulting services to other landowners, financial institutions and builders in the region. Steve later added a residential construction company that built from thirty to fifty homes per year each of the next seven years. During this time, Steve was elected to two terms as the President of the local builders association as well as serving as a Director of the National Association of Homebuilders. The Sales and Marketing Executives also awarded Steve the Sales and Marketing Manger of the year Award during this period.
Following twelve years of operations in Kansas, Steve and his family relocated in 1994 to the rapidly growing resort and family-friendly town of Branson, Missouri. Steve and a partner formed Milton Critchfield Inc. that specialized in commercial/investment real estate sales and land sales. Steve later purchased his partner’s interest in the company in 1999. In September 2001, CJR Commercial Group invited Steve to join their new Branson office. Steve successfully closed from ten to nineteen million dollars per year in sales during this time at CJR Commercial Group. In the summer of 2005, Steve and Bob Huels Jr. left CJR to form their own company, Commercial One Brokers LLC.
Commercial One Brokers specializes in commercial sales, leasing and consulting in Southeast Missouri. In August 2007, Commercial One formed a property management company with a long time Springfield management firm, Maples Properties, as a partner. Maples Properties of Branson now manages over 550,000 sq ft of commercial properties in the Branson market.
In addition to his real estate duties, Steve serves on the CVB District Marketing Council as the 2012 & 2013 Chairman, Advertising committee, Board of Directors and is the 2014 Chairman of the Board of the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB, Past President and Board Member of The Tri-Lakes Board of REALTORS, The Branson Hollister Rotary Club, Board Member of The Taney County Community Foundation and Board Member of the Taney Country Business Development Partnership .
As a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Steve is a recognized expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry. The CCIM lapel pin is earned after successfully completing a designation process that ensures CCIMs are proficient not only in theory, but also in practice. This elite corps of CCIMs includes brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors, commercial lenders, attorneys, bankers, and other allied professionals.
A CCIM is part of a global commercial real estate network with members across North America and more than 30 countries. This professional network has enabled CCIM members to close thousands of transactions annually, representing more than $200 billion in value. CCIMs have completed a designation curriculum that covers essential CCIM skill sets including ethics, interest-based negotiation, financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, and investment analysis for commercial investment real estate. CCIMs have completed a portfolio demonstrating the depth of their commercial real estate experience. Finally, they have demonstrated their proficiency in the CCIM skill sets by successfully completing a comprehensive examination. Only then is a designation candidate awarded the coveted CCIM pin, joining the ranks of highly skilled commercial and investment real estate experts.
Over 15,000 commercial real estate professionals have earned the designation. Currently, 5,500 professionals are pursuing their CCIM designation.