Keith Earnest

Executive Vice President, Phoenix

Keith Earnest joined VanTrust in 2014, already having more than 30 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate and more than 22 years of experience as a Developer.

At VanTrust, Keith oversees all phases of the real estate development processes in Arizona, Southern Nevada, Colorado, and California. Specific responsibilities include project feasibility, market analysis, site acquisition, entitlements, design and construction oversight, as well as leasing and sales. 

Prior to joining VanTrust in 2014, Keith was Executive Vice President with RED Development where his primary focus was the development of the CityScape project in Downtown Phoenix. CityScape is a mixed-use urban project that includes more than one million square feet of class A office, retail, restaurants, a Kimpton Palomar hotel and residential apartments. Keith also spent 11 years with Opus West Corporation where he was responsible for the development of more than five million square feet in Arizona, Nevada, California and Utah. During his tenure with Opus, he developed one million square feet of specialty retail and power centers, one million square feet of industrial distribution space, and more than three million square feet of Class A office. Keith began his development career as Vice President with Trammell Crow Company overseeing leasing and management of over two million square feet of projects in Greater Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego. 

Keith is a graduate of Arizona State University, College of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is a licensed Arizona Real Estate broker and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Valley Partnership in 2007 and Chairman of the Arizona Chapter of NAIOP in 2002. Keith is currently a member of ICSC, ULI, and NAIOP. He is active in many charitable organizations including the Phoenix Thunderbirds, Southwestern Human Development, SAARC, Arcadia Little League and ASUSC. Keith also served on the Facilities Committee for Xavier College Preparatory.

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