Company Profile

History | Philosophy | Personnel

Over the years, White Company, St. Louisí oldest commercial real estate firm, has developed, managed and marketed more than 4,500,000 square feet of office, industrial and retail space within the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area, as well as in St. Lucie and Palm Beach County Florida. White Company offers its clients a variety of services, from custom development of new facilities to management of existing properties. In addition, White Company works as a brokerage firm, using market knowledge and aggressive marketing techniques to acquire, sell, lease and manage real estate throughout the area.

White Company delivers unique expertise to our clients. Because we have developed many properties for our own account, we bring first-hand, market-tested knowledge and procedures to every client we serve. A fixture in the St. Louis real estate market since 1917, White Company has earned a reputation as a pioneer of developmental firsts, including Missouriís first industrial parks (Maplewood and Hanley Industrial), Missouriís first enclosed mall (Town and Country Mall) and St. Louisí first mixed-used development (West Port Plaza).

Our offices in Port St. Lucie, Florida have been just as innovative. White Company has planned and developed an entire community, St. Lucie West, one of the largest master-planned communities on Floridaís east coast. St. Lucie West includes nearly 10 million square feet of approved commercial, industrial and retail buildings; over 5000 homes; 90 acres of college campuses; 100 acres of public parks and recreational facilities; as well as daycare, preschools, elementary, middle and high schools. The community is also the spring home of the New York Mets, thanks to a $12.2 million South Florida baseball complex developed and built by the White Company.

In both St. Louis and Port St. Lucie, White Company provides a superior level of commercial and industrial real estate and property management services to buyers, sellers and investors. For more information about our Florida offices, please visit and

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Founded in 1917 by Joseph H. White, White Company has remained a private, family-owned business for three generations. Joseph H. White considered it his lifeís work to develop property on what was then the western frontier of the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area. He passed this innovative spirit on to his son, Thomas J. White, Sr., who headed the company for more than 40 years. Today, Thomas J. White, Jr., presides over White Company with the same strength and ďcan doĒ attitude of his predecessors.
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At White Company, we strive to improve the communities in which we work. To do this, we treat our clientsí properties as if they were our own, and go above and beyond expectations to meet our clientsí needs. For over 85 years, we have operated with the highest degree of ethics in business. When you work with White Company, you are getting more than a partner who will get the job done. You are getting a partner you can trust.
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Thomas J. White | James H. Ferrick | Thomas M. Schenk
Robert Johnston | Richard J. Postal | Rob Meurer
Josepha Mahan Florence Steinmeyer | Shannon Tayon

Thomas J. White, President

Mr. White is the third generation of his family to head the White Company. He took over leadership from his father in 1988, after working for the company for three years in several successive departments including accounting, leasing, property management and development. Mr. White graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelorís Degree in Finance, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor Degree from St. Louis University Law School. He has been active with many charitable organizations, working as a board member of the Wings of Hope, the Jesuit Seminary Association, and Our Lady of the Pillar School.
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James H. Ferrick, Vice President

Mr. Ferrick joined the White Company in 1963, initially working as a sales associate. He then progressed through various departments before ultimately concentrating on marketing and development. Mr. Ferrick earned his Bachelor of Science and Electrical Engineering from St. Louis University, and has also earned his Missouri Real Estate Brokerís License. He has served on the Board of Directors of Cardinal Glennon Childrenís Hospital and Villa Duchense High School.
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Thomas M. Schenk, Vice President

Mr. Schenk began working at the White Company in 1997, as a part-time employee while completing his Bachelorís Degree at St. Louis University. After earning his degree in 1998, he joined the company full-time and was promoted to Vice-President in early 2003. Mr. Schenk concentrates his time on office and industrial sales, leasing and development. He holds his Missouri Real Estate Salespersonís License, is a member of the St. Louis Association of Realtors, and is currently a candidate for SIOR (Society of Industrial Office Realtors). Mr. Schenk is active in the support and expansion of Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, and contributes his time to the Gift of Mary soup kitchen and the Ronald McDonald House.
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Robert Johnston, Principal

Mr. Johnston joined the White Company in January 2006. After earning his B.S.B.A., he started his career in the Banking and Investment industry. In 1998 he earned his Master of Finance Degree at St. Louis University. Since becoming a Licensed Missouri Real Estate Salesperson in 2002, Mr. Johnston has mainly been involved in Office/Retail leasing, Investment and Development. He is a member of the St. Louis Association of Commercial Realtors, as well as, a Development Board Member of Edgewood Childrenís Center. In addition, Mr. Johnston actively supports the BJC Hospice Pediatric WINGS Program.
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Richard J. Postal, Principal

Mr. Postal joined the White Company in May of 2006 and is active in providing sales, leasing, investment, and development services to a wide variety of clientele. Prior to joining the White Company, Mr. Postal was a Vice President at Solon Gershman where he spent the last six years as a real estate sales person. During has tenure with Solon Gershman, Mr. Postal established himself as one of the top producers as a result of working with various office, industrial, and retail clients. Mr. Postal earned his Bachelor degree from the School of Business at St. Louis University and serves on the board of the St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association as Vice President.
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Robert M. Meurer, Director of Development

Mr. Meurer is responsible for managing the firmís new commercial development projects. During his career he has overseen the development, design, and construction of over 500,000 SF of office and retail space located in various midwestern and southeastern markets. He strives to create properties that are of lasting value to the owners and occupants of our projects, as well as the communities in which they are located. Using the firmís budgeting and investment models, Rob takes an analytical approach to commercial development. From the initial due diligence of a potential project to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, these tools are used to drive decision making. He is involved in all phases of the development process, including: due diligence and market studies for potential projects, site selection and acquisition, managing the architectural and engineering design teams, municipal entitlements, construction management, leasing, and tenant improvements.
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Florence Steinmeyer, Property Manager

Ms. Steinmeyer has been with the White Company since 1982. She first worked as an Administrative Assistant, before moving to Office Systems Manager, Assistant Property Manager, and then to her present position, Property Manager. Ms. Steinmeyer earned her Bachelorís Degree in Business at the University of Missouri in 1972, and her Missouri Real Estate License in 1993. She has served on the Board for the YMCA and is very active in community service through Gardenville Community Center.
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Shannon Tayon, Controller

As Controller, Mrs. Tayon is responsible for the oversight of the accounting, financial, tax reporting, and administrative functions for the company. Shannon has over 10 years of experience in public accounting where her clients included several major real estate development and management companies. Mrs. Tayon is a summa cum laude honors graduate of Saint Louis University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA).
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