Raul Walters Founder
Raul Walters founded Raul Walters Properties in 1966 in Columbia, Missouri. After college, Raul was drawn to the Missouri real estate industry where he amassed a great wealth of experience in buying, selling and financing residential and commercial real estate.
The pivotal affiliation in building his successful commercial and multi-family real estate development company was his relationship with Sam Walton. Raul built and financed most of the early stores for the Wal-Mart Corporation under a coalition he formed with five S & Ls. It was a time when million dollar deals were built only on a handshake with Sam.
Walters’s personal life is just as impressive. As a great competitor, he had a passion for riding, shooting and living life on a large scale. He was a member of the Master of Foxhounds and his love of the sport was featured in Sports Illustrated. He was also a member of the California Steeple Chase and United States Pistol Team, where he was ranked as the top U.S. shooter for five years and the top 45 shooter in the 1977 World Competition. Because of his love for shooting, Raul founded a shooting academy in Columbia, Missouri, which provided firearms training to Navy Seals, in addition to government and military branches. Raul was also a Gold medal winner in a downhill ski racing team.
Married at the old Las Vegas courthouse in 1967, Raul and his wife, Vicki, shared a commitment to philanthropy. They have donated an Olympic-style youth bike trail in Columbia, Missouri, as well as the Walters Boone Country Museum, which houses the largest collection of early 19th and 20th century black and white photographs in the country. Raul and Vicki also support Cedars Sinai Medical Research Center among other charitable organizations. They have three children and two grandchildren.
After fighting a courageous battle with cancer, Raul Walters passed away in February of 2009. His legacy lives on in the company he founded, the charitable organizations that Vicki Walters continues to support on their behalf, as well as his positive impact in the real estate industry, his many contributions to the betterment of the Los Angeles community and his beloved home state of Missouri.
Arthur King President and CEO
Directly trained and mentored by Raul Walters, Arthur has since lead the Company’s Strategic Planning for growth and diversification through Commercial Real Estate Development, Acquisition, and Sales. In addition, he is the Lead Director on the Board of Advisors for Raul Walters Properties and the Family Office President overseeing all business and succession for the Walters Family.
Commitment to integrity and teamwork has served Arthur’s professional success, however, his willingness to go the extra mile and ‘never quit’ attitude is what sets him apart. Having cultivated invaluable relationships with Major National Credit Retailers along with his vast knowledge of Finance, Construction, Leasing, and Overall Industry knowledge has given Arthur the foresight to be risk adverse while having created extremely successful values and outcomes for Raul Walters Properties.
Steven Wendling Board Advisor
Steve has over 32 years of experience including 9 years with a Big Four firm, during which he served both publicly-traded and privately-held companies in various industries. Steve also spent 8 years in industry, both as a Controller and Chief Financial Officer. As Client Accounting Advisory Service practice leader for UHY’s Midwest Region, Steve manages a team of highly skilled professionals providing quality financial reporting and advisory services. In addition to his experience as a Controller and CFO, Steve has extensive experience serving the real estate industry, funds and investment companies.
Bob Bauer Board Advisor
Bob works with investment funds and other institutional real estate investors that invest in real estate partnerships. Bob serves on UHY’s Real Estate and Personal & Estate practice teams. He consults with clients in all federal income tax matters including partnerships, Limited Liability Company and entity selection as well as asset acquisitions, like-kind exchanges, development, dispositions and liquidations.
He assists Private Equity Real Estate Funds with:
Structuring preferred returns for investors, timely annual compliance reporting to investors, structuring promote incentive returns for managers, managing allocations to avoid issues with UBTI for tax-exempt investorsDebt/equity structure planning to minimize effectively connected income for foreign investors and cost segregation studies
Thomas P. Melcher Board Member
Thom Melcher is a Managing Director and Glenmede’s Director of Private Wealth. He leads the Company’s planning, advisory and investment professionals who are responsible for delivering comprehensive wealth management to individuals and families across the country. In addition, he oversees the sales and marketing teams as well as The Center for Family Philanthropy and Wealth Education.
As a member of Glenmede’s senior leadership team, Mr. Melcher is one of 9 professionals responsible for the development and execution of corporate strategy. He also serves as Chair of the Private Wealth Operating Committee and a voting member of the Investment Policy Committee.
Mr. Melcher earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and has pursued graduate work at Drexel University in investment management.
Mr. Melcher is Chair of the UHNW Institute Advisory Board, member of the Board of Councilors for the USC Shoah Foundation, advisory board member of the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. and investment committee member of the Annenberg Foundation at Sunnylands. Prior community work includes serving as a corporate council member of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Greg Pearson Board Member
Greg is a Managing Director in the Tax Department of the St. Louis office of UHY Advisors MO, Inc. and a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri. Greg has over 10 years of experience providing tax and consulting services to various closely-held businesses, shareholders and families.
- Oversee and review federal and state tax returns for a variety of clients,
- Private Foundation
- Gift Tax
- International tax reporting for controlled foreign corporations and
- Estate planning and wealth transfer analysis
- IRS and state audit defense
- Consultation on acquisition of existing businesses, including asset purchase,
stock purchase and Section 338(h)(10) election purchase
- Consultation on exit strategies, including sale to related party, sale to 3rd
party, asset sale, stock sale, Section 338(h)(10) election, and sale to ESOP
- Tax credit and deduction analysis, including:
- Research & Development
- Fuel Tax
- Qualified Business Income Deduction
- Various additional Federal and State Initiatives
- Consultation on self-employment tax minimization
- Consultation on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, CARES Act, and other recent
- Consultation on executive compensation alternatives, including phantom
stock plans and nonqualified deferred compensation agreements
- Multi-state tax compliance and planning for businesses and individuals
- Joined UHY Advisors MO, Inc. in January 2012
- Member of the Missouri Society of CPAs
- Member of the American Institute of CPAs
- Licensed CPA in the state of Missouri
- Certificate of Taxation from University of Missouri, Columbia
- MAcc (Master of Science in Accounting) from University of Missouri,
- BSAcc (Bachelor of Science in Accounting) from University of Missouri,