Steve Metzler

Steve Metzler – A Lifelong Supporter of Arts and Nonprofit Organizations

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Early Life and Education

Metzler Brothers Contractors was co-owned by its second-generation co-owner, who was described by family members as an amazing father who nurtured each child’s unique interests while remaining true to himself and maintaining great integrity and character.

World War II had already started by the time he entered his third year at West Point; thus he graduated with its inaugural 3-year class in 1944.

His military career took him across states and overseas, including assignments at Seneca Depot in New York; the Pentagon; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Frankfurt, Germany. Additionally, he attended both National War College and Command and General Staff College for further study.

Metzler was an enthusiastic supporter of arts organizations in Kansas City, offering both money and expertise as a donor. His support helped foster an expansive artistic scene here.

Professional Career

Steve represents public and private companies in a range of commercial real estate transactions, from mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, equity offerings, “going private” transactions and restructuring to financial restructurings.

He has expertise in purchasing, renovating, repositioning and implementing leasing programs for various office properties ranging from core and value-add buildings. In addition, he has led the sale of multiple assets to private equity funds.

He and Brian Williams are active participants in Kansas City arts and nonprofit community. They support Friends of Alvin Ailey, Heartland Men’s Chorus, reStart Inc, as well as hosting fundraising events at their home. Additionally, they serve on the board of directors for AIDS Service Foundation AIDS Walk as well as DIFFA SAVE membership organizations.

Achievement and Honors

He was a longtime supporter of nonprofits in Kansas City, such as the Arts Institute of Greater Kansas City, Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and DIFFA. Together with Brian Williams he frequently opened their home for fundraisers.

As president of Brookhaven Chapter Trout Unlimited, he helped form an effective environmental coalition in response to an impending project which threatened Carman’s River water quality. This coalition included official leaders, civic group representatives and representatives of Trout Unlimited National.

As Chapter President, he convened a meeting of TU members and reorganized it in order to enhance stream conditions, leading to higher membership and attendance levels at meetings and membership registrations. Furthermore, he became editor of Red Quill newspaper and made it more financially sustainable.

Personal Life

Dan Metzler was an outstanding husband and father who encouraged the individual talents and interests of each of his children. A member of numerous arts and non-profit organizations in Kansas City, Dan is survived by Brian Williams – his partner for 20 years; five siblings; 14 nieces and nephews – as well as many friends.

During his first term he took over leadership of the Chapter at a time when they had no money, no Red Quill editor and low meeting attendance. Reorganizing and editing Red Quill were among his many tasks before beginning stream improvement projects and increasing membership numbers.

Professionally, Mr. Schnitzer Northwest hired him to manage 9 million square feet of commercial office space on its behalf and serve as asset manager of 9 million square feet as Metzler Real Estate’s Managing Director.

Net Worth

Metzler was also renowned for his generous support of arts and nonprofit groups outside his legal practice, hosting many fundraisers with partner Brian Williams in their Kansas City home. They were prominent donors to groups such as Friends of Alvin Ailey, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Heartland Men’s Chorus and SAVE Inc. of Kansas City as well as opening up their home for other charity events. He served on both boards – American Institute in Mexico (AIIM) as a board member as well as trusteeship at Metropolitan Art Museum (TAM).

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