Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate and Capital Markets Advisory Board

Walker Smith


JES Holdings, LLC

Walker is a recent addition to the executive leadership team of JES Holdings, LLC. He began his career in real estate as the founder and CEO of JWS Developments, LLC, where he purchased, renovated marketed and rented residential real estate. He broadened his experience at The Kroenke Group, a leading U.S. owner and developer of shopping centers and apartments and at Planigrupo, the largest developer and manager of shopping malls throughout Mexico and Colombia.

Prior to joining JES Holdings, Walker worked for Rialto Capital Management, a real estate investment management company in NYC where he financed commercial real estate through CMBS lending and securitization. He brings these experiences and expertise to his executive role with JES Holdings, LLC.

Walker graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College with a concentration in Finance.

In addition to volunteering with The United Way, he honors his family’s commitment to provide educational opportunities in real estate and finance students through the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate’s annual business venture and the University of Missouri Investment Group. Founded in 2005, the Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate and Capital Markets operates within the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri.