SVN / Trinity Advisors recently hired John Jones as its newest commercial real estate advisor. Jones’ focus is on property management, but he also provides leasing and brokerage services, specializing in landlord representation of freestanding single tenant retail buildings, multi-tenant retail shopping centers and multi-tenant office buildings.
Prior to his position at SVN / Trinity Advisors, Jones worked as a leasing and sales agent with the Newberry Company for nine years. Before that, he worked 20 years in corporate food service.
Get to Know John:
Where did you grow up and what was the most important lesson you learned growing up?
I grew up in Lubbock, TX, and the most important lesson I learned growing up was to always be honest. I learned this lesson at three years old when I went with my mother to the gas station. While she was paying, I found my way to the candy aisle and put a few pieces in my pockets. As my mother and I were driving off, I popped a piece in my mouth, and she inquired where I got it. When I told her, she immediately turned the car around, made me take the remainder of the candy back to the store and apologize to the owner. I also got quite the spanking when I got home. It made me realize that honesty is always the best policy.
What was your first job?
I worked as a donut maker at HEB grocery store in Kerrville, TX when I was 15. My job was to prepare and fry-up the donuts in the bakery.
How did you get involved in commercial real estate?
Real estate has always been a passion of mine, and after 23 years in the food service industry, I decided to pursue it.
Which commercial property type do you specialize and how did you get involved in it?
I specialize in retail and office leasing / sales. I got involved in these property types because that’s what my first broker specialized in, so that’s what I cut my teeth on, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What words of wisdom do you have for someone interested in investing in commercial real estate?
Invest in medical properties or buy land and build medical properties. I recommend this because the baby boomers are retiring in record numbers and will begin to need medical care. Since they are a large segment of the population, and it’s inevitable they will need medical care, investors will not go wrong with investing in this type of real estate.