President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark Whatley, CCIM, a native of East Texas, holds an Associates Degree in Real Estate from Trinity Valley Community College (1980) and a B.S. from Texas Tech University (1983). Mark completed and received his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 2004 and maintains memberships in the Texas Associations of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, CCIM, and ICSC.
Mark is the owner of Burns Commercial Properties, LLC and during the past 32 years Mark has been involved in all aspects of the East Texas real estate market, from title insurance to real estate development. Since joining Burns Commercial Properties (formerly Burns & Noble) in 1992, Mark has completed numerous brokerage and leasing transactions including site selection for large scale retail developments (Village at Cumberland Park), leasing assignments on all of the Tyler area retail centers and office buildings, brokerage of many of the retail shopping centers, office buildings, multi-family properties, industrial buildings and development sites in the Tyler/East Texas area. Over the past 15 years he has averaged over 100 commercial transactions per year.
Locally, Mark has served on the City of Tyler Planning and Zoning Board (2004-2009), the Tyler Retail Development Task Force, member of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and Tyler Economic Development Corporation, City of Tyler Councilman for District 5 (2009-2017), Chairman of the Half Cent Sales Tax Board for the City of Tyler (2014-2019), Grace Community School Board, East Texas Crisis Center Board, Fair Foundation Board, East Texas Communities Foundation board, and local bank board. Mark’s background and experience allows him to provide his clients with a full range of high level of service necessary for them to be successful in the local commercial real estate market.