Robert Duncan is Founder and Chairman of Transwestern, a global, diversified real estate organization actively involved in real estate investment, development, and services.
Transwestern provides acquisition services, portfolio and asset management, property management, agency leasing, tenant representation, investment sales, financing, development and research for owners, investors and users of real estate in 34 cities across the country. With specialized competencies in office, retail, industrial, multifamily and healthcare asset classes, Transwestern's mission is to be the #1 real estate value creator in America.
Combining macro-market research and local market reconnaissance, Transwestern designs and executes creative investment strategies for investors and users of real estate. Through co-mingled funds and separate accounts, Transwestern has invested more than $5 billion of private equity capital and acquired more than $12 billion of real estate properties. Through its development company, Transwestern has developed over 150 projects across the country with values exceeding $10 billion.
As Founder and Chairman of Transwestern, Robert has directed the company's expansion from a small Texas development company in 1978 to a diversified global real estate organization today.
Robert is an active member of The Real Estate Roundtable and the World Presidents' Organization. He serves on the Development Board of the University of Texas at Austin, is a Lifetime Member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Committee, is a founding member of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas Real Estate Center, and a founding member of the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business Real Estate Program.
Robert is a lifetime member of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and past Director of the Greater Houston YMCA and the St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital System.
In 2010, Robert was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, recognizing his impact on commerce in Texas and his contributions and service to communities and institutions in Texas. In 2011, Robert was honored by the Cornell Real Estate Review with its Industry Leader Award for creating an exemplary national operating model for serving real estate investors and users synergistically. In 2015, Robert received the Houston NAIOP Howard Horne Legacy Award and was named Visionary Leader of the Year by Scenic Houston.
Robert earned a BBA degree in the Business Honors Program, an MBA degree in Finance, and a LLB degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Robert and his wife, Marcy, reside in Houston and are actively involved in the lives of their six sons.