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Savills Adds High-Profile Hire in Austin, Texas

Industry veteran Geoffrey Jones joins firm as a senior managing director

AUSTIN, Texas (September 25, 2019) – Savills has expanded its Austin office with the addition of real estate industry veteran Geoffrey Jones. He joins the firm as a senior managing director.

Specializing in tenant representation, Jones will leverage his expertise in managing complex multi-year, multi-market contracts for client portfolios and other major accounts to develop and execute occupancy solutions. He will also assist in sourcing new opportunities and building long-term relationships with companies in the Southwest region and across the United States.

“I am extremely pleased to be reunited with Geoff, a former colleague of immeasurable talent and integrity,” said Senior Manager Director and Branch Manager Jerry Frey. “His deep experience handling the myriad needs of Fortune 1000 corporate clients dovetails nicely with our Austin platform. He will have an immediate impact with regard to developing new portfolio accounts, as well as bringing senior leadership to our team.”

“I greatly value the chance to join Savills, a company known for its entrepreneurial spirit and the premium it places on individual initiative,” said Jones. “Together with the firm’s forward-thinking leadership, we see a great opportunity to expand service delivery and build the Savills brand in Austin and across the country.”

Prior to Savills, Jones was one of the developers of Imperial Market, an 850,000-square-foot redevelopment of the Imperial Sugar Refinery in Sugar Land. His impressive real estate career spans 49 years and includes positions with Gerald Hines Interests, Cooper Industries, Inc., Mitchell Energy & Development, and CBRE, where he led the firm’s Global Real Estate Services Group in Houston. He was the chairman and founder of Houston-based Texas Real Estate Fund, Inc., formed in 1987 to develop and purchase real estate in Texas.

Among Jones’ many landmark projects is the Houston Pavilions, a $200 million mixed-use development credited as a major catalyst in the revitalization of downtown, and the recipient of three Landmark Awards from the Houston Business Journal.

Jones is the third high-profile hire in Austin this year. In March, Jerry Frey and Burke Kennedy joined the office as part of a proactive strategy to expand Savills presence in the region.

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