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Re/Max Realty Pros adds owners, appoints CFO

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at 10:45 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at 9:46 p.m.

Re/Max Realty Professionals has added two new owners and appointed a chief financial officer.

Kirk Short, broker of the 34-agent firm, said Wednesday that Jeff Bennett has joined as an owner and managing partner. The second new owner is a silent investor, Short said.

Bennett is a real estate investor and former owner of Goentzel Construction. He said he also has been involved in commercial development and multi-family projects.

“It’s very different than what I’ve done, no doubt,” Bennett said.

But Short had been “pursuing” him for some time to partner and help manage the operations of the firm that has offices at 10100 Maple and 8411 E. 21st St.

“Ultimately, I just love real estate,” Bennett said. “It was a natural progression to stay involved in real estate.”

He added that his real expertise is in managing businesses, and that’s where he will concentrate his efforts.

“That’s my involvement, making sure that things run smoothly and that we grow at the right pace,” Bennett said.

The firm also hired Guy Blankenship as its chief financial officer. Short said Blankenship’s experience in accounting “helps to ensure a company that is there for the long haul” and that it’s situated to meet its goals for expansion.

“From my standpoint, everybody brings something different, a specialty, a benefit, to the organization as a whole,” Short said.

Short is also an owner of the firm. He took over the business on Jan. 1 from his father, Wayne “Shorty” Short, who retired.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com.

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