Inland Development Partners
Transforming Landscapes, Embracing Complex Challenges
About Inland Development Partners
Inland Development Partners’ mission is to deliver innovative Real Estate Development solutions that help our partners and communities reach their unique goals.
Inland Development Partners (IDP) is the culmination of the talents and track records of real estate professionals Kent Carlson, Tom Shaver and Steve Schwanke. With over 100 years of experience, successful developments mapped out in miles and a sheer enthusiasm for complex challenges, IDP transforms landscapes and communities through land development, site redevelopment and asset repositioning throughout the Twin Cities and the Upper Midwest. Supported by deep market expertise and trusted business and industry relationships, IDP guides clients and communities through the complexities of the real estate process by leading thoughtful planning, overcoming site and environmental challenges, partnering with city and state stakeholders, and providing grounded financial solutions.
Our Mission Statement
Deliver innovative Real Estate Development solutions that help our partners and communities reach their unique goals
Manage the resources of our partners and communities
Respond quickly to inevitable challenges and market conditions by relying on experience, expertise and knowledge
Work and communicate openly with all team members and partners to achieve creative and positive outcomes
Foster an optimistic culture focused on precision and results
The IDP Team
Kent brings more than 45 years of senior-level management experience to Inland Development Partners. With his expertise, experience and strong real estate relationships, he understands the development process including site selection and acquisition, city permits and approvals, sales and leasing as well as financial package creation. Kent collaborates closely with cities in redeveloping underutilized or blighted sites.
Tom brings more than 40 years of experience and development expertise to clients and communities every day at Inland Development Partners. His wealth of knowledge managing real estate portfolios makes him an ideal advisor. Tom works with clients and communities to negotiate acquisitions and development agreements as well as secure financing and entitlements.
As a Partner with Inland Development Partners, Steve provides land development, redevelopment and site selection for clients. With more than 40 years of experience, Steve adds particular value in advising on large-scale development and redevelopment opportunities and in assisting with commercial real estate and land decisions. In addition, he specializes in land planning, entitlements, zoning and master planning projects for commercial and mixed-use projects.
August supports IDP’s project underwriting of its real estate development opportunities and acquisitions, as well as leading the day-to-day communication with IDP investors. He specializes in financial underwriting, project management, asset management and sourcing of debt for IDP investments.
Steven’s experience covers all aspects of land entitlements in the areas of residential and commercial development, land use, redevelopment, comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and assisting in condemnation work. His work with IDP is focused on project management of residential land planning, identifying risks and strategies for mitigation when purchasing and developing unentitled land.
Shana Klesk, CPA
As CFO/COO, Shana is responsible for the firm’s finances, accounting, legal and compliance functions, human resources, and overall business operations. Shana brings more than 20 years of experience in finance as a Certified Public Accountant and Chief Financial Officer.
Tom Dillon, Owners Representative
As an Owner’s Representative, Dillon provides every aspect of an Owner/Developer’s interest on real estate projects. His extensive experience in project management covers a broad range of commercial, senior housing, and multifamily development.
Sophia Shaver, Staff Associate
As a Staff Associate, Shaver is responsible for investor relations, analyst work including investment summary documents, researching project sites, compiling zoning information, facilitating broker events, and assisting marketing efforts including managing IDP’s social media accounts.