MESSAGE FROM LEADERSHIP
When I founded the Empire Group in Milwaukee in the 1970’s, I wanted it to be a visionary enterprise. So much of what was being built at the time lacked uniqueness and inspiration – functional, but unexciting. I was seeking to create innovative structures and communities in a dynamic, fast-growing market that embraced the American spirit of risk-taking and entrepreneurialism. Phoenix, Arizona proved to be a perfect fit for my vision and within a few years, I moved the firm to the desert. 40 years later, and within a market that added 2.5 million new residents during this time period, I’m proud of what Empire has become: one of the leading real estate development firms in the Valley of the Sun, having developed and/or managed over $1.5 billion in assets while carefully stewarding the hard-earned capital of over 2,000 unique investors.
RICHARD J. FELKER
There is no
“I” in TEAM
Like all great teams, Empire’s professionals are a group of experienced, uniquely-qualified and highly-motivated individuals who understand the importance of hard work, collaboration and cooperation in pursuit of a common goal. Please take a few minutes to learn more about each of them.
The partners you
want on your side
The Empire Group has a rare talent for turning difficult projects into enormous success stories. They are as sophisticated as a larger development entity but they are small enough to maintain the focus that allows them to consistently reward their investors.
JORDAN R. ROSE
Founder & President | Rose Law Group
Shelby Duplessis and the team at The Empire Group lead with precision, teamwork and readiness to engage for the betterment of our community and region. Their management proficiencies truly earns them a badge of excellence and a position of expertise in their field.
ROBERT W. HEIDT, JR.
President & CEO | Glendale Chamber of Commerce
Our team has had the pleasure of working with the Empire Group on financing several projects. They have always treated us as a valued virtual member of their team with continuous and open dialogue – allowing us to efficiently navigate complex challenges.
Senior Vice President | Tower Capital
We have worked on multiple community projects with Richard and his team at The Empire Group and they demonstrate the utmost respect to their vendors, trade partners and residents. As a professional partner, they truly treat us as an extension of the team.
Founder & Managing Member | Lifestyle Homes
I have worked with Shelby Duplessis as my representative from The Empire Group for years, but more recently in attempting to get a 27-acre parcel ready for building. Shelby has been honest, straight-forward, creative and absolutely tireless in working with me.
Peoria City Councilmember
Developments are not just plans on paper, but the future for families and communities for years to come. The Empire Group has been in the valley for more than 35 years and have built a reputation as leaders in the industry.
MICHELLE R. HESS
Executive Director Leadership West and City of Buckeye Councilwoman
innovation is who we are
Empire has forged a reputation for success in pioneering new opportunities and creating developments that revitalize and revolutionize their communities. We combine forecasting, instinct and stewardship excellence to develop cutting edge, Class A+ properties.