Larry Chapman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Seneca CRE, LLC and Chapman Ventures LLC. A licensed Missouri Real Estate Broker, Larry has devoted his entire 40+ year career to real estate development, both in his adopted hometown of St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the United States.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Larry’s family eventually settled in St. Louis where Larry graduated from high school before attending the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics. Upon graduation in 1979, he accepted a position in St. Louis with Dale Perkinson’s Linclay Corporation and helped lead that organization to significant achievements where, as Director of Development for St. Louis operations, he developed over 900,000 SF of commercial, office, retail and business park projects exceeding $100 million in value. Later, with his own firm, Chapman Ventures he independently engaged in the development of a Business Park and five design build and speculative buildings.
After rejoining Dale Perkinson in 1989 to create Perkinson Realty Group, they worked together until his retirement. Larry went on to join TRiSTAR Business Communities in 1998, which quickly became one of St. Louis’ most successful development companies. In 2004, he left TRiSTAR to pursue independent ventures, while continuing to partner with TRiSTAR to this day.
In 2005, he formed Clayco Realty Group, now CRG, with Bob Clark and Tom Schroyer to expand the full-service development capabilities of Clayco. In his five years with Clayco, development projects included more than $1 billion in value and over 12 million SF of buildings.
Since then, using strategic partnerships, he continues to develop commercial real estate, including recent projects like the 19 story Gateway Plaza in Richmond Virginia and the 780,000 SF North American HQ for Zurich American Insurance Company, the Centene Plaza and NorthPark Distribution Center 1, long with numerous industrial logistic centers for e-commerce.
Chapman Ventures, LLC holds and manages a portfolio of commercial real estate properties and provides real estate brokerage services related to new development. In 2019 he formed Seneca, a new company that will focus on new commercial and mixed-use developments predominantly in the St. Louis region.
Larry is a past President of the Missouri Growth Association, the founding President of the Earth City and Riverport Levee Districts. He has contributed time to the Webster Groves and Bridgeton TIF Commissions, is on the Advisory Board of several banks and the Development Council of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis.