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Michael Squires

Michael Squires, 36

VP of Acquisitions

BSR Real Estate Investment Trust Little Rock

Little Rock

Professional achievements
• Has overseen the acquisition of 21 multifamily properties totalling 6,966 units worth $1.3 billion.
• Oversaw construction of two multifamily properties with 394 units.
• 2018 BSR corporate team member of the year.

Community achievements
Member, Alzheimer’s Arkansas board; coaches both his daughter’s soccer team and his son’s baseball team.

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Surround yourself with people you admire both personally and professionally, people who not only tell you what to do, but, more importantly, show you what to do. The right people accelerate your personal improvement and create a durable support system.”

Most valuable lesson
“Family is the most important thing in this life. Beyond that, work hard, be honest, be genuine, control what you can control and don’t worry about the rest.”

How you define success
“Being surrounded by the people you love.”

One word to describe you
“Tenacious.”

Learning from a mentor
“There are so many people who deserve to be mentioned here, but none more than my dad, Burt Squires. He is my hero, and the standard I attempt to live up to everyday. Dad grew up in a family of carpenters and started working in the men’s shoe department at the age of 19. He continued with Dillard’s for 48 years and worked his way up to vice president of stores. That took working six days a week only to come home and work around the house on Sundays with me as his sidekick. While I used to tell him Sunday is a day of rest, it was the best lesson in hard work and prioritizing what matters most.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“I’ve been blessed enough to find an organization that invested heavily in its employees, and for me, the most fulfilling part has been paying those dues forward and watching this next generation of our BSR family grow and develop to be company leaders.”

First job and lesson learned
“My first income-producing job was mowing lawns. It was a cash business and perfect for a kid needing spending money and a summer job. The book of business was started by a buddy’s brother who passed his yards down to us. That was a big lesson on helping the next guy up and making sure the job was done right the first time.”

Professional inspiration
“I want to make my family proud, both the one I was born with and the BSR family who adopted me years ago. They’ve instilled a drive to ‘always be improving’ and ‘always stay positive.’ I guess my answer isn’t just about what inspires me, but also who.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“States are becoming increasingly competitive in attempting to lure prospective employers, investment and residents. One challenge for Arkansas will be the ability of our various regions to coordinate efforts to entice these growth drivers, keeping in mind that what is good for one region can be good for the entire state. I’d point to the Texas Enterprise Fund as an example of a state-level initiative designed to tip the scales in Texas’ favor when encouraging employers and investment. Additionally, progress in Arkansas should be balanced with preservation of everything we love about our home state, including Arkansas’ natural beauty.”

Professional “aha” moment
“I was a young acquisition manager at BSR trying to figure things out (much like today!) and walking into situations where most of my counterparts were more knowledgeable and/or experienced. I made it a point to represent BSR as a company that does what we say we are going to do when we say we are going to do it. Real estate is a relationship business, and people want to know that your handshake counts more than any purchase agreement. That’s when BSR started getting first calls and last looks on deals, which is all we can ask for.”

Career dream as a child
“I wanted to be a professional athlete and later a cowboy. I’m blessed enough to have fulfilled part of that dream as a backcountry guide in Pinedale, Wyoming, taking guests on pack trips into the Bridger Wilderness and Wind River Range.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“Once a young person decides to start a family, access to good schools skyrockets to the top of that person’s priorities. Above-average education demographics lead to above-average job opportunities, given that employers seek a capable and deep employment pool.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“Arkansas is full of successful and impactful people whose reach extends beyond our state. We seemingly fly under the radar most of the time, and part of the reason is the humility that is intrinsic to Arkansans. Being underestimated can be a huge advantage.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Somewhere with my amazing wife, Grace, and our three incredible children. Ambitious goals are fun, but it’s all about the journey. If I can grow personally and professionally and build lasting relationships, then the next 10 years will exceed my expectations.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“There will always be parties to go to or events to attend, but the opportunities you have right now may never be available to you again, so get out of your comfort zone and take them. Spend as much time with your grandma and paw-paw as you can. Also, don’t worry about chasing girls. There is one from Kansas who is heading your way who will make you forget about all the other ones.”

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June 10, 2025

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