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––– Joanna B. Shawver –––
The Shawver Group is a commercial real estate firm that specializes in the Kansas City metro area and Midwest region. We invest our decades of experience to maximize the value of our clients’ commercial real estate portfolios — whether that requires professional leasing and sales, strategic development and repositioning, or efficient management services.
The Shawver Group is uncommonly dedicated to deeply understanding each client’s real estate goals and challenges — from their unique perspectives — to deliver creative solutions.
Smart negotiations, exceptional communications and efficient transactions are critical to our success. Yet we believe commercial real estate is much more than a transaction. Our guiding priority is to create long-term value for clients by cultivating relationships built on a solid foundation of integrity and trust. And along the way, we take pride in our passionate focus, boundless energy, and unwavering commitment that is tangible in everything we do.
Shawver Group is adept at dedicating its expertise to manage all facets of your commercial real estate needs or we can extend our services to support your in-house real-estate team.
As experts in the growing Midwest market, we connect clients to our expert network of architects, construction firms, financing partners, property managers and marketing teams.
We believe in the power of collaborative
partnerships that work. For everyone.
PRINCIPAL and FOUNDER
Trusted expertise. Collaborative leader.
Joanna founded the Shawver Group, LLC, to devote her track record of success, trusted expertise — and passionate focus — to achieve client goals. With decades of experience, Joanna has earned a stellar reputation in the commercial real estate industry as a dynamic and collaborative leader. Known for her personable persistence, Joanna dives into every project with a meticulously smart and vibrantly creative approach.
Since forming the Shawver Group, Joanna has helped national brands expand their footprint in the Midwest — including recent work with Helzberg Diamond Shops, McAlister’s Deli, Limited Brands, Woof’s Stay & Play and Smoothie King. She also provides strategic consulting to clients on new commercial real estate developments as well as solutions to reposition existing real estate assets. Joanna also advises and collaborates with in-house real estate teams and brokerage companies on a variety of projects. Along with her national and regional work, Joanna guides local first-time owners, entrepreneurs and new franchisee buyers on commercial real estate investments.
Prior to founding the Shawver Group, Joanna was recruited to the executive team of the RED family of companies. As Senior Vice President of Leasing for LEGACY Development, she led leasing teams for major Kansas City area redevelopments including Liberty Commons, Truman’s Marketplace and Wyandotte Plaza. As Vice President of Leasing for RED Development, she supervised leasing teams for dozens of high-profile Midwest retail centers. including Village Pointe (Omaha, NE), SouthPointe Pavilions (Lincoln, NE), SummitWoods Crossing (Lee’s Summit, MO), and the Legends Outlet (Kansas City, KS). Joanna began her career in commercial real estate with Copaken White & Blitt before being recruited to Kessinger Hunter.
Throughout her career, Joanna has been an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is recognized as a Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX), Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS), Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) and has completed all Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) courses.
Joanna is also a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and received the 2017 Excellence Award from CREW KC. Joanna is an original member of W.I.R.E.D., a mentoring group for women in real estate development. She is a licensed broker in Missouri and Kansas and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
As a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Joanna lives in the Northland with her husband, Kirk, and is a proud mom to two adult daughters. When she’s not enjoying free time with family and friends, Joanna volunteers her time to support Sleepyhead Beds, The Giving Tree and other charitable organizations.
Disciplined focus. Competitive drive.
Parker Maher brings his unwavering integrity and competitive drive to the Shawver Group as a sales associate. Since joining the firm in March 2020, Parker devotes his disciplined focus to efficiently manage client projects and build win-win relationships.
Prior to joining the Shawver Group, Parker was an assistant property manager for Maxus Properties, LLC, where he managed a large, multifamily, tax-credit property. The role demanded exceptional leadership in managing tenant relations, leasing and contracts, as well as critical daily operations.
Parker credits his commitment to success in the commercial real estate industry to his life-long passion for competitive sports. While playing Division I Soccer at Missouri State University, Parker earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Recruited to the professional leagues, he joined the St. Louis Football Club where he played soccer for two years before joining Sporting Kansas City for another two years. This invaluable experience in professional sports has fueled his goal-oriented work ethic and competitive drive that Parker brings to Shawver Group clients every day.
Originally from Joplin, Mo., Parker now resides in Kansas City and holds a real estate license in both Missouri and Kansas. When he’s not enjoying time with his wife, Alyssa, and their two dogs, Parker enjoys coaching youth soccer and volunteering his time to support charitable organizations including “A Turning Point” in Kansas City.