Anything uptown and urban in real estate is Jack Gosnell's forte. Jack is a Senior Vice President with CBRE Urban in Dallas. His arrival prompted the development of the company's Urban division – formed to pursue redevelopment for mixed-use projects in Dallas' urban core. Since then, the team has leased more ground floor space in Downtown Dallas than all Dallas commercial firms combined.
Jack's principal focus is on adaptive re-use and redevelopment of urban cores. He is active in the redevelopment of Downtown Dallas having chaired the Retail Recruitment Committee for Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) and is working on a leasing plan for the Specialty Retail District in Downtown Dallas. He was instrumental during the creation of Uptown as a recognized neighborhood and district and provided valuable input on the marketing and branding of the area. Additionally, Jack has been the exclusive leasing agent for Dallas' iconic building, The Crescent, for many years and through the building's most recent renovation.
In 2015, Jack received the Stemmons Service Award, the highest award and honor given in the commercial real estate industry in Dallas by The North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR). named a D Magazine Broker of the Year in 2014.
Jack's current projects include 1401 Elm in Downtown, McKinney & Olive in Uptown, The Union, The Farmers Market privatization and Trinity Quarter in The Design District. 1401 Elm is a landmark George Dahl-designed tower with a retail component to be redeveloped and delivered in late 2018. McKinney & Olive is a new César Pelli tower with 50,000 square feet of luxury retail and restaurant space in the heart of Uptown Dallas. The Union is 100,000 square feet of retail plus office and a residential tower. The Farmers Market represents a $90 million dollar redevelopment of a Dallas landmark. Trinity Quarter is a re-development west of The Design District featuring 300,00 square feet of retail, restaurant and showroom space for lease.
He has had the pleasure of working with numerous popular retailers including 8.0 Bar, Meddlesome Moth, Taverna, The Common Table, Fedora, Asian Mint, The Knox Street Pub, The Idle Rich Pub, Iron Cactus, Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, Palomino, Wild Salsa, Capital Grille, Dallas Chop House, Ocean Prime, Dee Lincoln's Tasting Room, Pho Colonial, Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66, FT 33, Ascension Coffee, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Katy Trail Ice House, Shake Shack, The Rustic, Mutts Cantina, Mesero, Moxie, OAK, Mudhen and Adelmo's.
Jack joined CBRE during its acquisition of UCR in 2015. Prior to UCR, Jack began his real estate career in specialty retail leasing and commercial sales in 1972 with real estate legend Henry S. Miller, Jr. There he worked on leasing assignments with Turtle Creek Village and Old Town Village, which were prototypes of denser urban centers such as Mockingbird Station and West Village. He was Henry S. Miller, Jr.'s assistant during the acquisition of Highland Park Village in 1975.
Jack began moving toward the urban core when he established his own business in 1978. He moved his focus from specialty retail to a multi‚Äêtiered approach to real estate. He assembled five major blocks in Uptown, which included the land for One McKinney Place, The Residence on McKinney and the Worthington. He was instrumental in assembling much of the land currently known as the State Thomas area in Uptown. During the 80's and 90's, Jack brokered over 200 building sales and over 300 leases south of Northwest Highway, 75 percent of the leases being restaurants. At one time in the 90's, he had brokered 65 percent of Uptown/Downtown's 145 restaurants.
Jack brought Forest City to Dallas to redevelop the notable Mercantile Bank building, the Continental building and the historic Wilson Building as a downtown mixed-use complex. Jack’s Urban team has leased the retail component and is active in the retail reemergence of the downtown Central Business District (CBD).
Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Jack received his Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University. He served in the Armed Forces and resigned from the Army with commendation as a Captain in the Corps of Engineers.