Trammell Crow may be the biggest name in Dallas commercial real estate. He was an icon who had a knack for identifying the people with the most potential in the industry. And for those lucky enough to work for him, it meant learning from the best. Today, we take a look at just a few of the companies founded by execs who got a start with Trammell Crow.
Trammell Crow launched his commercial real estate career in 1948. He started out building and leasing spec warehouses and before 1960 owned 15M SF. By 1971, Forbes called him the nation’s largest private real estate operator. To his credit, he built the Furniture Mart, the Trade Mart, the Dallas Market Center and the Apparel Mart. He also partnered with David Rockefeller to build San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center, as well as the Peachtree Center in Atlanta. One DFW broker tells us that after the RTC crash in the ’80s, “Mr. Crow had each of his partners in Dallas write down the biggest mistakes they made during the go-go years preceding that crash. That document, and the musings of each of the partners, continues to be used as a road map of what not to do when developing real estate. I think referencing that document 35 years later shows what a stroke of genius that hindsight observation continues to be in our industry.” He passed away in 2009, but his legacy lives on in the talent he cultivated.