Mike Kivett, a partner at Walentine O’Toole, LLP, chairs the firm’s banking & finance and business transaction practices and primarily represents banks and other lenders in commercial real estate loans and other loan transactions, along with creditors’ rights. With more than 40 years of legal expertise, Mike has been engaged in all aspects of lending for financial institutions. Known for his practical, no-nonsense solutions, Mike enables his clients to engage in action, rather than reaction. Focusing on superior client knowledge and service, Mike ensures his clients’ understanding and mitigation of attendant risks.

He received his law degree, cum laude, from Creighton University in 1980, and his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. He is admitted to practice in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. He has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a select group of distinguished real estate mortgage law experts. Mike is also past chair of the Bank Attorneys Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is currently listed in Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate and Great Plains Super Lawyers, Banking.




Don Linscott has extensive and diverse real estate knowledge that spans over 35 years and encompasses all aspects of brokerage. In the early ’90s, he began developing commercial properties completing numerous build-to-suit projects. His experience in site selection, building design and construction has satisfied many clients’ long-term business needs. Don focuses his energy on all aspects of commercial brokerage with his primary focus on retail site selection and sales and leasing of commercial property. He has built many long-term relationships and is committed to providing clients with sound real estate opportunities.

In addition, Don has a tremendous amount of experience working with clients in the acquisition and disposition of investment real estate. His specialty is identifying investment properties for clients looking for either a 1031 exchange or a long-term investment. He works with clients on the return of an investment over a five-year period and can assist in securing financing for the property. His professional affiliations include: licensed real estate broker, State of Nebraska; Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), member; Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), member; ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), member; Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, member; Lincoln Independent Business Association, member; Rotary Club, member.


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John Waldbaum is a highly esteemed professional in the commercial real estate industry, known for his exceptional expertise and accomplishments. In 1989, he co-founded the management division of Pacific Realty alongside Jay Noddle, and their venture experienced remarkable success. Throughout his career, John has established strong working relationships with renowned Omaha businesses, including Mutual of Omaha, First National Bank, UNMC, and Security National Bank, among others. Notably, his clientele extends across the United States, showcasing the breadth of his influence and reputation. Prior to his executive direction at Pacific Realty, John researched and prepared analysis proposals on possible acquisition candidates to InterNorth’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Culmination of his department’s activity included the purchase of Houston Natural Gas for $2.3 billion.

A significant achievement in John’s career was his pivotal role in assembling multiple parcels of land in downtown Omaha for the construction of the future home of First National Bank, known as the FNB Tower. Since 2004, he has leased an astounding 48 million square feet of commercial real estate, amounting to a total transaction value of $243 million. Furthermore, he has achieved noteworthy success in real estate sales, having closed deals cumulatively valued at $267 million (including tax protest savings).




David Martin Schmidt is the past president of Concorde Managment & Development. He retired five years ago but is still active in his profession. His 52 years in real estate started after graduation from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Business Administration. In 1971 David started working for a real estate company learning all facets of real estate, then moving on to owning and managing an appraisal company and real estate brokerage franchise office with Century 21. In 1984 he co-founded Concorde Management & Development, Inc. in order to manage and develop the real estate investments owned by himself and his partners. Since that time, the Lincoln-based company has expanded its reach to include fee management for other owners and investors throughout Nebraska and Iowa. David retired as president and sold his company to his son, Dana Schmidt and Aaron Fenton in 2018. Through David’s leadership, Concorde became a company known for its integrity and dedication to excellence, which continues on today.

During David’s 52 years in the industry he has been a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Lincoln Realtors Association, served on the Board of Realtors and was chair of the Education Committee. Previously he was a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management-Chapter 12 (IREM). He obtained the designation of Certified Property Manager through his affiliation with IREM.