Kirk Garza, MAI, CCIM, CMI, joined Popp Hutcheson in 2013, and he has over 10 years of commercial real estate valuation experience. His primary areas of concentration are retail, office, and industrial properties, but he also assists other practice groups when his valuation expertise is required. Kirk is involved throughout the start-to-finish property tax process; he advocates on our clients’ behalf at Appraisal Review Board hearings, reviews property tax budgets, and supports litigation proceedings. Kirk helped create the firm’s Volunteering and Community Outreach Committee, which he now chairs. He also serves on the Team Development Committee, and as part of his service, he developed the Popp Hutcheson Appraisal Academy to instruct PH team members on the three approaches to valuation and how each applies to various commercial property types. Prior to joining Popp Hutcheson, Kirk was the senior director for a privately owned commercial real estate appraisal company, and he was responsible for the valuation of various property types, including retail, industrial, multi-family, office, and healthcare properties.
Kirk has moderated several property tax industry panels, presented on valuation at professional seminars, and authored several articles on property tax valuation. To stay up to date with commercial real estate valuation and market issues affecting our clients’ portfolios, Kirk frequents events hosted by the Appraisal Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM Institute), and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT). He also stays current on commercial real estate news through various subscriptions and social media outlets.
Kirk received his B.S. from Texas A&M University in 2006, and he graduated with his Master of Land Economics and Real Estate from Texas A&M in 2007. He is a Certified General Appraiser in Texas and holds the MAI designation of the Appraisal Institute. Kirk has also earned the CCIM designation through the CCIM Institute and the CMI designation from IPT. He is active in the ULI Young Leaders and Next groups, and he serves as the vice president of the Appraisal Institute Austin Chapter as well as on the board of directors for the Aggie Real Estate Network. He also leads the Central Texas CCIM Chapter’s Education Committee and is an advisory board member for the Master of Real Estate program at Texas A&M University. Kirk places high value on community service, and he is a “Friends of the House” member at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas, where he volunteers his time to support the families staying there.