Ralph Varnum is a Founding Principal of the firm and currently serves as a Managing Member of Varnum/Armstrong/Deeter, L.L.C. In addition to management responsibilities, Ralph is actively involved in providing real estate services to clients. He oversees the development projects of the firm and participates in investment property brokerage, tax deferred (1031) real estate exchanges, retail office and industrial leasing, and land brokerage. His geographic area of specialization is Johnson County, Kansas, although he is involved with a national network of brokers in tax deferred exchanges and institutional investment throughout the country.


Ralph founded the firm in 1969. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration. He holds the CCIM designation and served for over 15 years as a senior instructor for the CCIM Institute. He has served as the National President of the CCIM Institute and National President of REALTORS® National Marketing Institute, both affiliates of the National Association of REALTORS®. He also served as President of the Commercial Investment Division of the Johnson County Board REALTORS®. He is a Past President of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, a Past Director of Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation where he served as Chairman and, also, a Past Director of the Country Hill State Bank. He has a broad background of experience in all phases of commercial real estate.


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, CCIM designation awarded by the CCIM Institute.