Breakfast Forum: The Houston Commercial Real Estate Markets – What’s Ahead for 2015

The Houstonian Hotel
Houston, Texas

December 11, 2014

7:00 - 9:00 AM (CT)

As part of its ongoing Breakfast Forum series, BoyarMiller gathered industry experts for a panel discussion on the look ahead for Houston’s Commercial Real Estate for 2015.

Speakers included: Will Holder with Trendmaker Homes; Allen H. Crosswell, with NewQuest Crosswell; Jonathan Brinsden with Midway; and Welcome Wilson, Jr. with Welcome Group.

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Will Holder
Land Development Market

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Allen H. Crosswell
Retail Market

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Jonathan Brinsden
Office Market/Mixed-Use Development

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Welcome W. Wilson, Jr.
Industrial Market

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Will Holder, President
Trendmaker Homes

Land Development, Homebuilding & Multi-Family Markets

Will has worked in the homebuilding and residential land development industry for over 30 years in Houston and in several other U.S. metro markets. He started his homebuilding career with David Weekley Homes. Later, he built apartments and townhomes in a dozen cities across the U.S. for 6 years with Lokey Properties. Will returned to Houston to  work for 5 years for Village Builders. Ultimately, he joined Trendmaker Homes in 1993 where he has led the company to become the leader in luxury production homebuilding and MPC development.  Founded in 1971, Trendmaker Homes is a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company operating across Texas under three brands: Trendmaker Homes, Avanti Custom Homes and Texas Casual Cottages. Trendmaker is known for its awarding winning home designs and its commitment to customer satisfaction.   Will is the 2012 president of The Greater Houston Homebuilders Association and a guest expert on Real Estate forecasts and home building trends for local and national news, radio, TV, magazines and newspapers, including among others, Fox Business Report and USA Today. He holds a BA from Texas State University, an MBA from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.

Allen H. Crosswell, Managing Principal
NewQuest Crosswell

Retail Market

Allen is Managing Principal of NewQuest Crosswell. NewQuest Crosswell leverages the full-service support and resources of NewQuest Properties with Allen’s knowledge, experience and relationships within the industry to develop retail centers throughout Texas. Previously co-founder of TGB Crosswell, as well as founder of its predecessor Crosswell Development, Allen has a significant track record of identifying and executing successful raw land investment and development opportunities. His ability to pinpoint the key issues in a deal and to work through those issues in a way that is agreeable and even beneficial to all parties involved is a recurring theme in the transactions Allen has completed. As native Houstonian, Allen believes in the value of long-term relationships and that fair business dealings lead to repeat business. By employing this philosophy, he has gained the confidence of landowners, investors, brokers and retailers within the real estate community and has produced consistent year in and year out results for his clients and investors in both the land brokerage and development arenas. Allen was also co-founder of Crosswell Torian Commercial Properties, LLC., which specialized in commercial land brokerage. From July 1989 through December 1992, he worked as a consultant with Lewis Realty Advisors, Inc. Allen received his Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Mississippi.

Jonathan Brinsden, CEO

Office Market/Mixed-Use Development

Jonathan serves as Chief Executive Officer of Midway. As one of four members of the Midway Executive Team, he guides the company's overall business strategy and operations. Jonathan joined Midway’s development team in 2001 and was named Chief Operating Officer in 2008. Prior to joining Midway, he served as President and COO of Hamm Corporation, a Houston-based development company.

Jonathan is an Adjunct Professor in the graduate real estate program at Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. He also serves on the Executive Advisory Board for both programs. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Board of Trustees and the Governance Chair, and immediate past Chair, of ULI Houston. Additionally, he is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and NAIOP. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, and a Master’s of Science in Land and Real Estate Development, all from Texas A&M University.

Welcome W. Wilson, Jr., President & CEO
Welcome Group

Industrial Market

As President & CEO of Welcome Group, Welcome oversees the development, leasing, construction and purchase of single tenant office, lab, manufacturing and industrial facilities in Texas. Welcome Group has built over 150 such facilities since 1998 and still owns over 75 containing in excess of 3 ½ million square feet.  Welcome has been a real estate developer for more than 35 years with extensive experience in industrial development, residential subdividing, retail centers and office buildings. He was President of Belmont Corporation, owner of a 25,000 acre project near Phoenix, Director of Dover Homes of Houston, builder of more than 3,000 homes in Texas and as an officer of TCP Realty Services, responsible for the redevelopment of a downtown Houston office building as well as other Houston office buildings totaling more than two-million square feet.  He also serves as a principal of Kingham ∙ Dalton ∙ Wilson Ltd., a Design/Build affiliate of GSL Welcome and is a Director of River Oaks Financial Group, Inc.,

In 2011, Governor Rick Perry appointed Welcome to the Board of Regents of the University of Houston. He also serves on the Board of the Houston Realty Business Coalition, the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Houston Food Bank, and the American Lung Association Advisory Board. Welcome serves as Chairman of the Board for the Southwest Houston Redevelopment Authority and Southwest Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Twenty as well as the Energy Collaborative Cluster Council and the Common Grounds Initiative Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership, and is a member of the “C” Club.  Welcome is a former Chairman of the End Hunger Network, as a Board Member of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, as a Board Member of the Greater Sharpstown Management District, on the Houstonian Club Advisory Board, and as President of the Kinkaid School Alumni Association.  Welcome attended The University of Denver and is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.