Samuel M. Cummings


Samuel Cummings has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry as a partner and/or principal in investments and operational and management entities. Currently, he is principal and managing partner of CWD Real Estate Investment, a real property management and investment company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As managing partners, Sam, along with Scott Wierda, jointly direct the firm’s daily operations and oversee the management of the company’s assets.  Prior to forming CWD, Cummings was founding principal and president of Second Story Properties. Second Story was a real estate development, investment, and management firm that was widely recognized as a pioneer in adaptive re-use of properties in Grand Rapids. Under his leadership, Second Story developed and renovated more than 24 properties and 850,000 square feet of office, residential, and mixed use assets. Previously, Sam served as partner/president of Macroe Properties.

Sam possesses a keen understanding of the processes necessary to utilize local, state, and federal financial incentives to maximize value in under-performing assets. He also has significant experience working with local and state governments on successful public/private partnerships.

As an industry expert, Sam has spoken at numerous state and local seminars and conferences on adaptive reuse, historic renovation, and real estate investment trends, management, and tax. He is also past contributing editor of Grand Rapids Magazine. 


BA / Business and English / Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker / State of Michigan
USGBC LEED training 

Professional Affiliations

CCIM Institute 
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Economic Club of Grand Rapids—Executive Committee
Michigan Association of Realtors / Special Task Force for Michigan Business Tax Modification, Chair 2008
National Association of Realtors
National Trust for Historic Preservation 

Community Involvement

State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund 
     -  Trustee, appointed by Governor Rick Snyder 2011
     -  Advisory Board—State of Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives: 2012
The Right Place Inc, Board Member 2006-present
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
      - Trustee / 2000-2007
      - Investment Review Committee / Member/Past Chair / 2002-2010
Grand Rapids Art Museum Board of Trustees / 1998-2002, 2010-  
      - President / 2000-2002 
      - Accessions Committee / 2000-present
Grand Rapids Art Museum Foundation / Trustee / 2002- 2010
Grand Valley State University Foundation / Trustee / 2002-present 


Numerous state and local historic restoration awards, 1996-present
Grand Rapids Magazine “25 Most Powerful People 2007”
Grand Rapids Business Journal “40 under 40” 2003-2007
Business Direct Weekly “40 Business Leaders Under 40” 2004
Business Review West Michigan “Green Building Restoration Award” 2009 
National Kidney Foundation Galaxy Award for Excellence in Business 2010
Urban Land Institute/University of Michigan Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Real Estate, 2011
Van Andel Legacy “Casey” Award for Community Service, 2011
State of Michigan Certificates of Achievement for Service to Faith Inc. and Grand Rapids Community
Guest Lecturer Appearances  

Grand Valley State University, Seidman School of Business
Central Michigan University, Business/Real Estate Department
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Associated Builders and Contractors
International Council of Shopping Centers
Michigan Historic Preservation Network
Turnaround Management Association
Construction Finance Managers Association of Michigan    



CWD is proud to offer superior customer service and communication through our team of highly trained and knowledgeable staff. If you are interested in finding out more about our company and the services we provide, please contact (616) 726-1700