After a successful career with IBM, Jim entered the real estate business and in 1964 he formed Jim Lake Companies and built the first office/warehouse in Plano. Over the years he developed over 2,000,000 square feet of office and office/warehouse space in Dallas. Jim had a generous heart and an incredible work ethic, and his greatest joy was giving back to his community, such as a Founding member of the Dallas Aboretum and Chairman of the Dallas County Appraisal District. Jim received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1998 from Northwood University in recognition of his outstanding service to Dallas. As President of the Dallas Parks Foundation, he partnered with Trammell Crow to conceive and develop city property into Pioneer Plaza, the internationally acclaimed largest outdoor bronze sculpture in the U.S. In 2005 he was inducted to the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors “Hall of Fame.”
After graduating from Baylor University in 1981 with a BBA in Real Estate, Jim began his career that same year as a general broker with the Swearingen Co. In 1985, he left Swearingen and entered the development business at Jim Lake Companies. After weathering the commercial real estate recession of the late 1980’s, he co- founded Jim Lake, Inc. Realtors in 1991, and later formed Jim Lake Partners, LLC to focus on acquisitions of existing buildings and specialize in adaptive urban redevelopment. While Jim was coaching over 40 little league teams for his children, he found time to serve on the University Park Board of Adjustment for 9 years and began serving on the Steering Committee for the Davis Land Use Study for North Oak Cliff in 2008. In 2009, he began serving as a board member for the Stemmons Corridor Business Association and actively volunteers for varied ministries through Park Cities Baptist Church.
Mike holds a B.B.A in Real Estate and Marketing from Southern Methodist University and has over 45 years of experience in construction, leasing, management and development exceeding over 8 million square feet. Mike not only co-founded Jim Lake Company in 1976, he also co-founded Jim Lake, Inc. Realtors and is President of Lake-Morgan Construction Company and Jim Lake Management Company, Inc. In addition to his leadership within Jim Lake Companies, Mike served on the Commission to rezone the Dallas Design District (PD-621), the Trinity Trail Board, Dallas Design and Arts District Board and Trinity Commons Foundation Board. He is also Chairman of the Dallas Design District TIF Board. Prior to his real estate venture, Mike served in the United States Air Force with the 136th Air Refueling Wing Headquarters. He has also served as President of other boards such as the Dallas Charity Horse Show, Flame Soccer Club, and is active in his Church.
René Lopez began working with Jim Lake Companies in May of 2000 and has been involved in most aspects of the business. During her tenure with JLC, she was instrumental in creating new marketing and advertising initiatives as well as creating and implementing internal processes for the administrative, marketing, office management and investor communication departments. She currently performs as the Vice President of Operations, focusing on strategic planning & goal development to improve operational efficiency in all departments as well as to maximize growth and profitability. Outside of JLC, Rene’ has been heavily involved in the operations and marketing of a privately owned salon and was instrumental in increasing the revenue by 35% over a two year period. Aside from business, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their children and are heavily involved in their church.
Amanda Moreno-Lake has been in the construction and real estate business for over twenty years. In addition to her many businesses, she serves on the board of DART and is Chairman of the Board for the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce. As Jim Lake Companies’ Vice President of Operations, Amanda will be responsible for the day to day operations of the company.
Abdiel Ruiz joined Jim Lake Companies in August of 2009 and is currently performing as the Vice President of Finance. His focus is monitoring the financial health of the organization, as well as risk management and maintaining relationships with financial institutions. He began his career in accounting in 2000 with Thessalonica Christian Church in Bronx, New York, as the Business Administrator and was introduced to real estate accounting in 2006 while working for McGrath Management Services. Aside from work, Abdiel and his wife, Rosemary, enjoy attending various church activities, spending time with family, camping and visiting New York.
Jenna Peck joined Jim Lake Companies in the summer of 2015 as the Public Relations associate on the Marketing team. She is focusing on growing brand awareness for JLC properties, developing content on JLC properties’ websites, social media channels and blogs, as well as planning events like the Design District Market. She is a recent graduate from SMU with degrees in History and English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. Originally from California, Jenna enjoys writing, spending time with friends and family, traveling and being involved with her church, Mercy Presbyterian.
Hannah Roberts joined Jim Lake Companies in October of 2014 as marketing intern. She relocated to Dallas after graduating from the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design. At Jim Lake Companies she is responsible for the marketing of JLC properties, specifically in Waxahachie and Ennis.
Conner Ivy joined Jim Lake Companies in 2013, bringing with him years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He currently specializes in the sales and leasing of the company’s properties.
Chris Price graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Real Estate and a minor in Spanish. He joined Jim Lake Companies in 2012 and specializes in the sales and leasing of an 800,000 SF Portfolio of the company’s industrial, office, retail, and multifamily properties. Prior to joining Jim Lake Companies, Chris was a real estate agent at Bradford Companies in Fort Worth.
With over ten years of experience in comprehensive property management as well as extensive tenant relations, Joanne has become a huge asset to Jim Lake Companies with her team building and leadership skills. She enjoys working and was a great addition to the JLC team in September 2014. She is responsible for managing approximately 8000,000 SF of the Jim Lake Companies’ portfolio including their properties in Bishop Arts District. Outside of business, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and serving her community.
Ali Batir worked as Property Manager at Hank Dickerson & Company for two years before joining Jim Lake Companies in March of 2015. Here at Jim Lake Companies she is responsible for managing a 450,000 SF portfolio, including the Ambassador Hotel. Outside of work, Ali and her husband are very involved in Watermark Community Church.
Douglas has been a real estate agent since 1984. He has been with Jim Lake Companies for over 20 years as a Partner and President/Co-Founder of the Brokerage Division. With 23 years of experience, he specializes in Investment, Tenant Representation, Sales and Leasing.
Richard “Dick” Johnson entered the commercial real estate field in 1968 and joined Jim Lake, Inc. Realtors as Vice President in 1996. He specializes in sales and leasing of industrial properties. Throughout the years he has represented over 100 clients in the sales and leasing of over 3 million square feet of space and over 1,250 acres of land. The volume of his transactions has totaled more than 110 million dollars. Dick is a 1955 Graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He is married with two children and is a Deacon at Park Cities Baptist Church.
Before joining Jim Lake Companies’ brokerage team in 2012, Matt Miller was a senior associate at Colliers International, specializing in tenant representation, strategic planning and consulting, transaction structure and negotiation process. A graduate of the University of Texas, Matt also worked with the Dallas Mavericks sales team, focusing on high-end sales such as long-term leases on luxury suites and platinum packages. At JLC, he specializes in both tenant and landlord representation and is an active member of the NTCAR Young Professionals Group.
Mark Owen joined Jim Lake Companies’ brokerage team in February 2015 and specializes in project leasing, as well as landlord and tenant representation. Prior to joining Jim Lake Companies, Mark worked as an associate for Lincoln Harris, CSG. Outside of work, Mark is an active member of NTCAR Young Professionals Group.
Other Key Personnel for Jim Lake Management Company, Inc.:
Andrea Rodriguez – Accounting Associate
Victor Boleware – Maintenance Engineer
Sanford Paul – Maintenance Engineer
Danny Hartley – Maintenance