Karl Wanke

President, Construction

Karl Wanke is a skilled residential construction executive whose experience spans multiple disciplines and functions.  Mr. Wanke currently serves as the President of Construction with oversight for all capital assets within the Franklin Companies property portfolio.  In his role, Mr. Wanke works in close relationship with the Franklin Companies development team.  Mr. Wanke’s proven performance track record and remarkable versatility position him as an integral member of the management team. 

With over two decades in construction including practical application as well as project management experience, Mr. Wanke leads his team with passion, wisdom and attentiveness.  Mr. Wanke’s competitive advantage as a construction executive stems from his broad knowledge base that encompasses almost all functional areas of construction.  His first training in the field came under the tutelage of his grandfather, a master carpenter.  During the years that followed, Mr. Wanke spent fourteen years in the roofing industry and completed certifications and licensing in several areas including HVAC, recovery and real estate property inspection.  The combination of practical know-how and leadership abilities allows Mr. Wanke to identify business opportunities and approach challenges with a differentiated viewpoint that results in success for Franklin Companies.

The interpersonal dynamics within the construction industry are key determinants of whether a firm will succeed or fail.  To this end, Mr. Wanke approaches all relationships, both internal and external, with integrity and authenticity contributing to a culture of execution and trust.  Under Mr. Wanke’s leadership, Franklin Companies continues to invest in and support the firm’s network of vendors contributing directly to profitability through favorable terms and mutually beneficial transactions. 

Mr. Wanke is a member of the Texas Real Estate Inspectors Association.  He holds a Professional Real Estate Inspectors License (TX #2107) and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Residential Construction from San Antonio College.  Mr. Wanke is very active in the support of both the Future Farmers of America and 4-H through his participation as a buyer for the Walter Gerlach Livestock Show, the Bexar County Junior Livestock Show, and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.