Espada Real Estate is a diversified commercial real estate development and investment company with deep roots in San Antonio and south Texas. Of the five Espada partners, four spent their formative years in San Antonio with the Trammell Crow Company, who developed iconic shopping centers such as The Quarry. In more recent years, Espada partners and their associates have developed and acquired other notable projects including Sonterra Village, Dominion Springs Plaza, St. Paul Square and Brooks Corner shopping center. The name Espada, Spanish for “sword”, speaks to the company’s partners’ long history in San Antonio. The name pays tribute to Mission Espada, the oldest Spanish mission in Texas and one of the five missions in San Antonio that were recently designated as a World Heritage Site.
Espada Real Estate, and its predecessor firm Reata, is a recognized leader in Texas real estate. The principals of the firm have a tradition of success, see opportunity in the present environment, and are excited about the next chapter for the firm and its investment partners. Espada’s roots reach back to when Reata Brokerage and Property Management and Reata Assets, Investments and Development were founded in 2001 and 2012, respectively. The principals of Reata owned both companies; the brokerage company marketed 13,328,000 SF and the property management business had approximately 1,500,000 SF under management at the time of its' disposition. Reata’s leadership in the Texas market was recognized when it was approached by CBRE, a global leader in real estate, to acquire our brokerage and property management companies, along with the Reata brand. This transaction was completed in November 2019, at which point Espada Real Estate was founded to continue our portfolio-based acquisition, investment and development activities in San Antonio, across Texas, and beyond.
Brent Conlin, Managing Partner
Brent is a commercial real estate developer and private equity investor with 25+ years in professional real estate experience predominantly in San Antonio and South Texas. As a Managing Partner of Espada, he will oversee acquisition and development activities. He has served as Managing Partner of Espada Real Estate (formerly Reata Assets, Investments & Development) since its inception in 2012, after more than a decade of corporate real estate development and investment experience at the Trammell Crow Company. In his role at Espada he has managed the company’s acquisition and development activities resulting in more than $130 million in privately held assets. Brent has a BBA and a MS in Land & Real Estate Development from Texas A&M University. He serves on the ULI San Antonio Advisory Council and is an active member in the San Antonio Real Estate Council and ICSC.
John Wright, Partner
John is a commercial real estate developer, investor and broker. After nearly 10 years as a commercial broker focused on the representation of retail tenants and landlords at Trammell Crow Company and CBRE, John joined Reata Real Estate’s development and investment team where he was responsible for identifying opportunities, sourcing debt and equity and overseeing the execution of projects. At Espada, John is focused on building a portfolio of real estate assets that produce superior risk- adjusted returns. John has a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA from The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Michael Jersin, Partner
Micheal is a commercial real estate developer, investor, broker, and equity investor in operating businesses. Prior to joining CBRE, Michael held leadership roles as CEO at Reata Real Estate (acquired by CBRE) and President of United Commercial Realty – San Antonio. With 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Michael has led many successful real estate developments, redevelopments and repositioning of commercial assets. His current role with Espada Real Estate is the co- management of the Espada owned assets and the pursuit of commercial real estate opportunities. At CBRE, Michael will continue to serve his clients in the greater San Antonio and suburbs of San Antonio market. Michael has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science from Trinity University.
Don Thomas, Partner
Don is a commercial real estate broker, developer, manager and equity investor in properties, restaurants and other operating businesses. Prior to co-founding Espada Real Estate and joining CBRE in 2019, Don co-founded Reata Real Estate Services in 2001. Prior to Reata, Don was a Partner/ Principal for The Trammell Crow Company for thirteen years. Don’s responsibilities include leasing, property management, development, acquisition and disposition. Don’s commercial real estate activity spans San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/ Fort Worth and Tulsa, OK. Don earned a BBA from Texas Christian University and currently serves on multiple nonprofit boards.
Thomas Tyng, Partner
Thomas is a commercial real estate broker and investor with 30+ years of experience in tenant representation, project leasing and investment sales. Prior to co-founding Reata Real Estate Services in 2001, Thomas worked for three years at The Woodmont Companies in Fort Worth and for nine years at Trammell Crow Company in San Antonio. After the sale of Reata Real Estate Services to CBRE, Thomas and his Espada partners formed Espada Real Estate where his responsibilities include acquisitions, leasing oversight and assisting in asset management. At CBRE, Thomas will continue to serve clients in San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley. Thomas received his BBA from Texas Christian University.
Mitch Nichols, Director of Medical Office Development
Mitch is a commercial real estate developer, investor, broker, and private equity investor. After 25 years in the medical device sales industry, he joined ESPADA in 2018. In his role as Director of Medical Development he is responsible for identifying, underwriting, financing and executing development and investment opportunities. Mitch has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Angelo State University. He is an active member in the Urban Land Institute of San Antonio and the Real Estate Council of San Antonio.
Jennifer Riojas, Senior Property Manager.
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San Antonio, TX 78205