Barbara Dunn-Stear, CCIM
Each month, ICBR honors one of its members in a special Member Spotlight. This month, we recognize Barbara Dunn-Stear; KW Commercial, Indy Metro Partners.
REALTORS® aren’t just professionals who help consumers buy or sell a home. They exist in commercial real estate and can help those looking for new offices, small business owners, manufacturers, economic developers and more. Their work betters communities every day, and some reach outside their offices to impact communities in their personal time as well.
Barbara Dunn-Stear, CCIM, an Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS® (ICBR) member, is passionate about philanthropic work and is involved in several organizations that have made an impact locally and globally.
A charter member of the White River Rotary, Dunn-Stear has been involved in fundraising for Hurricane Katrina and Haiti relief shelters, Riley Hospital and local student scholarships. The Rotary is responsible for building a wheelchair ramp and revitalizing a homeowner’s landscape following the 2008 flood in Johnson County and helping provide clean water to villages internationally.
Currently serving as the vice president of development for the Greater Greenwood Arts Council, Dunn-Stear worked through this organization, with the City of Greenwood, to enhance Greenwood Trails. Sculptures were installed along the path and are replaced every two years with new entries. There are currently four standing, and a fifth one will be added next year due to the community’s appreciation and support of this project.
As demonstrated by Dunn-Stear, ICBR members help people every day realize their business dreams and help create stronger communities.
“There are so many ways that the commercial real estate service impacts our community,” says Dunn-Stear. “Absorbing old space and rehabbing it enhances our towns; building creates jobs in construction, additional businesses provide shopping, business and educational services. Seeing the community through the eyes of the service groups will add volumes to understanding what the needs [of a community] are.”