Neil Blanchard, Founding & Managing Director
Neil Blanchard is a Dallas native and a Graduate of Southern Methodist University with degrees in Anthropology and Asian Studies.
Neil started his real estate career in Japan, offering guidance to Japanese investors interested in U.S. real estate. In 1989, he began to work with the Kishimoto Building Group; later transferring to Kishimoto’s SNK Realty Group in San Francisco. In 1993, Neil returned to Japan and founded NETCO Japan, a consulting firm that provided real estate services to foreign companies wishing to establish a presence in Japan.
Neil came home to Dallas in 1998, and began personally investing in income properties in DFW, while also assisting investor groups interested in U.S. property.
At NBKW Partners, Neil is responsible for locating properties and negotiating their purchases, overseeing development, and ultimately selling the properties to NBKW Partners' investors, or outside buyers. Neil resides in the Dallas area with his wife and two daughters.
Kelly Walker, Founding Partner
Kelly Walker was raised on a farm in rural Nebraska. He is a graduate of NWU with degrees in Economics and International Relations, and holds an MBA from Seattle University.
Kelly started his career in Osaka, Japan in 1986, first working for a Japanese trading company, and then starting his own consulting business in Japan, assisting Japanese clients with their overseas businesses and investments. In the mid-nineties, at the behest of a client, Kelly returned to his agricutlural roots and established an export company that specializes in the trade of almonds, pistachios, walnuts and dried fruits from the U.S. and Canada to Japan and China.
At NBKW Partners, Kelly is primarily responsible for strategic planning, finance, and investor relations, spending several weeks each year in Asia, meeting with business people and investors, and promoting DFW investment opportunities.
Kelly has been involved with real estate investment since 1989, when he and 2 Japanese partners purchased income property in Hawaii.
Kelly is married with two daughters and one son, and currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
Alicia M. Slay graduated from Texas A&M University prior to her move to Dallas in 1996. She brings a strong work ethic and office coordination, with over 25yrs of experience, to the NBKW Team. Alicia is an avid volunteer within her community and is a classic car enthusiast.
Tracy Corliss-Portnoy, CFO
Tracy is a Founding Partner of Portnoy and Portnoy, a group of four companies providing payroll, tax, investment, and wealth management services. Tracy has over 15 years experience in various business advisory roles, including over 7 years in individual and business taxation. Tracy is a graduate of University of Missouri with degrees in Accountancy and Business Administration. Tracy has also earned the Certified Credit Counselor credential from the National Institute for Financial Counseling Education.