Darin Ferguson (CCIM, SIOR)

President

As the founder of Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services, Darin began this company in 1999 with the realization of his dream to own a full-service commercial real estate company. Darin began his career in 1994 with the largest commercial brokerage firm in Iowa, where he was named the top producer for sales and leases in just 4 years. Representing both buyers and sellers of commercial real estate assets across all market segments, Darin is involved in conducting complex negotiations, planning growth patterns for clients with expansion goals, conducting comprehensive market surveys and developing targeted marketing plans for available properties. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day brokerage business, Darin’s entrepreneurial drive has led him to expand his expertise beyond brokerage to include successful forays into property management and development.

Education/Designations

  • - University of Northern Iowa, 1994 B.A. in Finance and Real Estate
  • - Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • - Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)

Professional Designations & Affiliations

  • - International Council of Shopping Centers
  • - Urban Land Institute
  • - National Association of Realtors
  • - Iowa Association of Realtors
  • - Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association

Community Involvement

  • - Iowa Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Man of the Year" for fundraising efforts in 2001 and 2010
  • - Past recipient of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon's Outstanding Business Leader
  • - Member of the Des Moines Business Record's second annual "Forty Under Forty" class

Pat Schneider

Associate

As a native of Des Moines, Pat Schneider’s influence does not simply come from her real estate  brokerage work – instead, Pat is driven by her involvement in the community. She supports several non-profit organizations and impressively, was appointed by Governor Branstad in 2008 to serve on the Board of Directors of Iowa Title Guaranty, which is a division of the Iowa Finance Authority. Prior to her career in real estate, Pat served as the head of the United Way Foundation of Iowa and spent more than 23 years with US West Communications in sales and marketing.

Market Focus

  • - Office
  • - Medical
  • - Retail

Community Involvement

  • - Animal Rescue League
  • - Title Guaranty

Charitable Interests

  • - Proud supporter of the Des Moines Art Center
  • - Des Moines Public Art Foundation
  • - Eyerly Ball Mental Health

Mike Macri III (CCIM)

Vice President

Mike Macri joined Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in 2002 and quickly developed into a top-producing agent with the firm. Mike’s experience provides him with an expertise in all market segments, helping him to represent numerous properties and complexes in the Des Moines metropolitan area on behalf of various investors and property owners. Further, Mike serves as the Director of Real Estate for Myriad Advisor Solutions and as a consultant for Economic Development with the City of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, City of DeSoto, Iowa as well as Mills County, Iowa.

Real Estate Experience

  • - Complex lease negotiations
  • - Site analysis & selection
  • - Development
  • - Build-to-suit
  • - Buyer/Tenant representation
  • - Landlord/Seller representation
  • - Project feasibility studies
  • - 1031 exchanges
  • - Economic development consulting

Education/Designations

  • - University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, 2002 B.A. Finance
  • - Tippie College of Business, 2002 Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  • - Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM)

Community Involvement

  • - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Candidate for Man of the Year, Runner-up in 2015
  • - Board Member for Iowa Gold Sports Complex and Road Rally Charities
  • - Des Moines Business Record "40 under 40" Class of 2008

Craig Crossland

Senior Property Manager

Craig Crossland joined Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in 2004 after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa’s real estate program. He has established a solid reputation based on his success in representing buyers, owners, and tenants across all property types in lease and sale transactions. In 2011, Craig assumed the position of Senior Property Manager for Ferguson Property Management Services. Since then, the team’s management portfolio has grown to over 2.3 million square feet across all property types under management.

Market Focus

  • - Property Management
  • - Brokerage
  • - Industrial

Education

  • - University of Northern Iowa, 2004 B.A. Real Estate

Community Involvement

  • - Past President and current Trustee of the West Des Moines Elks Lodge #2752
  • - Board Member of the Housing Corporation Board of Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at UNI
  • - Volunteer Coach for the Johnston Soccer Club

Aaron Hyde

Vice President

Aaron Hyde, a native of Waterloo, started at Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in 2006 with a blue collar attitude that continues to serve he and his clients well. Aaron has developed an impressive roster of clients including the US Army Corp of Engineers, Sally Beauty Supply, Louie’s Wine Dive, Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, and Hurricane Grill & Wings. Such notable clients have established Aaron as an expert in the real estate disciplines of retail and retail development and accordingly, he serves on the Xceligent Retail Advisory Board and has been a contributor to the retail trade publication Heartland Real Estate Business.

Market Focus

  • - Retail
  • - Development
  • - Investment

Education

  • - University of Northern Iowa, 2005 B.A. Real Estate

Professional Affiliations

  • - Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association (ICREA)
  • - International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • - National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • - Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR)

Ben Brackett

Associate

A Des Moines native, Ben Brackett returned to Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in 2014 after working for the State of Iowa’s Department of Administrative Services. His experience, effectively as their corporate real estate representative, included managing a portfolio of 225 primarily office leases comprising of over 12M square feet in over 70 different markets statewide. Additionally, Ben led the Iowa Lottery Authority’s acquisition/disposition process as they transitioned into their new headquarters, and notably, represented the state in the relocation and redevelopment of the historic Norden Hall from the Capitol Complex to the East Village.

Market Focus

  • - Retail
  • - Office
  • - Buyer/Tenant representation

Education

  • - Brown University , 2007 B.A. with a concentration in Public and Private Sector Organizations

Community Involvement

  • - Board Member: Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • - Chair: City of Des Moines' Neighborhood Revitalization Board
  • - Head Coach: Des Moines Menace Academy (2001 Boys)
  • - Volunteer: Special Olympics Adult Soccer

Michael Shindler

Associate

Michael Shindler, a Des Moines native, joined Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in 2014 when he returned home to begin his career in commercial real estate. His knowledge of the Des Moines area has helped him settle in, but more important to his adaptation has been his previous business development experience at a Kansas City venture capital firm. While there, Michael facilitated an investment volume of $50M through projects ranging in focus from multifamily real estate portfolios to pharmaceutical companies.

Market Focus

  • - Retail
  • - Office
  • - Sale-leaseback investments

Target Markets

  • - Des Moines
  • - Minneapolis
  • - Omaha
  • - Kansas City
  • - Austin

Charitable Interests

  • - Child Protection Center
  • - Truman Medical Center
  • - Scope for Hope
  • - Make-A-Wish Foundation

Ben Digmann

Associate

Ben Digmann joined Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in 2014.  Ben acts as an advisor, advocate and partner to ensure that his clients make informed decisions that align real estate requirements with financial and operational objectives.  Ben takes pride in his detailed approach, determination and expert negotiation skills in securing terms and conditions that permit his clients to thrive.  Prior to joining Ferguson, Ben spent several successful years as an independent Long-Term Care Planning Specialist. He serviced hundreds of clients and managed a book of business totaling approximately $1M. This experience has led him to become a highly organized and efficient professional. Accordingly, he has 15 years of extensive knowledge in sales – Ben upholds the highest standards of integrity in his work and believes in establishing a loyal, long-term relationship with clients.

Specialities

  • - Strategic Advising
  • - Land
  • - Industrial
  • - Retail & Office

Professional Affiliations

  • - Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association
  • - Ankeny Young Professionals

Community Involvement

  • - Membership Chair, Board of Directors : Ankeny Rotary Club
  • - Member of the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce
  • - Public Affairs Ambassador Committees: Urbandale Chambers of Commerce
  • - Ambassador Club of Des Moines

Fred Adams

Associate

Fred Adams joined Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services during the spring of 2008.  Fred’s many years of experience includes the successful management of facilities and building services for several of the nation’s largest distribution and customer service companies; such as Meredith Corporation, Neodata Services, and Electronic Data Services.

Being a property manager, as well as a lifelong central Iowa resident, Fred has an unparalleled knowledge of the commercial real estate markets in the Des Moines metro area and throughout Central Iowa.   During extensive business travels throughout the country he gained an advantage of property needs outside our neighboring area as well.

Fred possesses the ability to clarify the needs of his clients, along with enthusiasm and outstanding service to conquer each of their goals. These attributes make him an invaluable partner in helping clients satisfy all their commercial real estate and property acquisition needs.

Market Focus

  • Industrial, retail, office

Cory Hamling

Associate

Cory Hamling, a Des Moines native, recently joined Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in 2016 after completing his degree at Iowa State University. Cory’s entrepreneurial passion began when he started a lawn and landscaping service business, which he owned and operated. Introduced to commercial real estate through an internship with the firm in 2015, Cory’s experience encouraged him to pursue brokerage in the Des Moines market and leverage his local connections and enthusiasm for the business.

Market Focus

  • Buyer/Tenant Representation
  • Retail & Office
  • Industrial
  • Development
  • Investment

Education

  • Iowa State University, 2016 B.A. Business Finance, emphasis on commercial real estate investment and development

Community Involvement

  • Member: Delta Tau Delta - JDRF philanthropy, Volunteer
  • Coach and member of Lake Panorama ski team

Mitch Phillips

Associate

Mitch joined Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in 2017 upon his return from his final semester at the University of Northern Iowa where he completed a double major in Finance and Real Estate.  Mitch first found in interest in commercial real estate through a co-op at Principal Financial Group where he worked in the commercial mortgage underwriting department for the southeast region.  Subsequently, he worked at Situs/Real Estate Research Corporation in the appraisal department appraising commercial properties all over the U.S.  Mitch is excited to experience the brokerage world and leverage his experience analyzing and evaluating investment properties.