John S. Ross is CEO of Summit Real Estate Group and leads both the fund and development platforms. He began his career in commercial real estate in 1985. As CEO of Summit, Mr. Ross manages strategy, growth capital and investor relations.
Mr. Ross founded Summit in 1999 with a focus on the development platform. Since its inception, the development platform and its affiliates have developed or acquired over 3.5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties valued in excess of $400 million. In 2009, Mr. Ross expanded Summit’s business to include a Fund platform and has since raised two Funds in excess of $110 million.
In 2005, Mr. Ross formed Cushman & Wakefield | Gateway Commercial as a result of acquiring the St. Louis Cushman & Wakefield branch office. Gateway is a Cushman & Wakefield Alliance Partner and has the resources and global reach of the largest privately held real estate services company in the world. He maintains an advisory board position locally. Additionally, Mr. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of Parkside Bank & Trust which he helped found.
His philanthropic focus has been on children with a focus on education. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Churchill Center & School for an eight year period during which he was Chairman from 2007-2010. During his tenure, Mr. Ross oversaw the development of the new 45,000 square foot school. Additionally, he has served on the Board of the Magic House where he oversaw the $10 Million expansion.