Chairman, President & CEO - Independent Financial

What is your best childhood memory?

Sunday lunch at my grandparents’ house on their farm in Missouri. The best part was following my grandfather all around the farm.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

I feel like I live my bucket list every day!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Be willing to invest in yourself -- every chance you get!

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person?

The glass is full with me almost all the time—I’m a hopeless optimist!

What personality trait do you value most in others?

Being candid, transparent and honest.


Quarantine Edition

Amy Floyd

"I learned my husband is actually the extrovert, and I am more of an introvert. After 28 years of marriage, this had never occurred to me."

Chad Jackson

"Access to your fridge/freezer 24/7 is problematic."

Debra Velez

"The most important lesson I learned during quarantine is the importance of faith and family first. Slowing the pace of your day and taking time to be present in each moment, whether it be work or play, can be the one thing that has the biggest impact on someone's day."

Jeff Marcus

"Always turn off your son's dinosaur themed Zoom background before beginning an online meeting."

Mike Rosamond

"I learned how to properly load the dishwasher. (I've dodged that one for 44 years)."

Chris Urquhart

"With no out of town travel, sleeping in my own bed for an entire week is a luxury!"

David Fisk

"I've been working on improving my 5k time."

Mayra Acosta

"I learned to enjoy cooking. But don't tell my kids that because they'll want it all the time!"

Tyler Ross

"I've been enjoying the opportunity to do PE with my boys!"

Walt Mountford

"I've been learning how to play the piano."



Our fearless leader, Steve Van Amburgh, often says the DFW area has given all of us in the commercial real estate industry so much, so we have a responsibility to give back to the community. In the last few years, we have used our development expertise and business relationships to help local nonprofits build new facilities that will enable them to serve their clients more efficiently.


One of our first projects in giving back was collaborating with several of our industry friends to build a new facility for Dallas 24 Hour Club, which provides safe, sober transitional living for homeless men and women, seeking a new life away from drugs and alcohol. The new facility replaced a 100-year building that was no longer functional, so the 24 Hour Club can now serve even more people.

KDC Project Team: Kurt Peterson, Bret Creel, Ignacio Herrera, Alicia Shwarts

We are currently working on a new facility for Magdalen House, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that has helped alcoholic women in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex achieve sobriety and sustain recovery since 1987. The new facility will increase the organization’s overall space by 44%, meaning more alcoholic women will be able to receive comprehensive recovery services at no charge.

KDC Project Team: Hector Patino, Alicia Shwarts



Development is also underway for a 25,000-square-foot patient-centered facility for McKinney Family Health Center, the region’s first self-sustaining solution to providing underserved populations in Collin County with medical, dental and other services. We have also started work on another facility for Collin County Advocacy Center in McKinney.

KDC Project Team: Mike Rosamond, Ignacio Herrera, Debbie Countryman

We’ve recently completed a renovation project with Our Calling. KDC served as the project manager and was able to pull in all of the project partners to do a full build-out of the second floor, equaling 16,000 SF, in the existing Dallas facility. The second floor is a woman-only daytime drop-in center, providing a safe place for women to get the help they need. The center has 20 on-site service providers to help in various areas, including medical, psychological, domestic abuse, sex trafficking, addiction, rehab placement, exit strategy, etc.

KDC Project Team: Kurt Peterson, Tyler Ross, Debra Velez



KDC has worked with Dallas CASA for more than five years but recently took on the role of Grand Marshal for the Parade of Playhouses showcased at North Park Mall. KDC coordinates the creation of the playhouses, including forming the build teams, with an end result of raising money and bringing awareness to advocacy for children.

KDC Project Team: Kurt Peterson, Tyler Ross, David Fisk, Tracie Frazier

KDC has recently started working with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County to build a second location in McKinney. As development manager, KDC is overseeing the project that is currently in the design phase with plans to break ground in 2021. The Advocacy Center offers critical services for children victimized by abuse or neglect, free of charge, through safety, healing, and justice. The new McKinney location will bring these services closer to children and families in northern Collin County.

KDC Project Team: Mike Rosamond, James Williams, Gary Steele


We always want to focus on the community around us. We are privileged to work with these great organizations and are thankful to the many business partners that work with KDC to make these projects happen.


Creamy Pasta Salad


• 1 pound package of your favorite pasta (I use elbow mac) • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 half medium diced red onion • 2 large green onions finely chopped • 3 stalks of celery (green stalks only) chopped • 1 ½ cups mixture of green, yellow and red bell pepper chopped • ½ can of sliced black olives (more if desired) • 1 cup thin sliced baby carrots • 1 cup of mayo (add more if needed for creaminess) • 1 ½ cup sour cream • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese


1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Remove and strain when pasta is tender. (Keep in mind: the pasta will soak up the mayo and sour cream, so you dont want to overcook the pasta.)

2. While the pasta cooks, mix together the mayo, sour cream and red wine vinegar in a large bowl. 3. Rinse pasta with cool water, and toss in a separate bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. 3. Toss in the onions, celery, bell peppers, olives, and carrots. Combine the pasta and vegetables with the mayo, sour cream, and red wine vinegar and mix. Finally, add the cheese and mix well.

4. Allow pasta salad to sit in refrigerator overnight. And enjoy!



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