Geoffrey Jones, individually and as Chairman/Founder of Houston-based Texas Real Estate Fund, Inc. (TREF), has developed, owned and invested in shopping centers, office buildings, and residential projects in the Houston metropolitan area since the 1980’s. TREF was founded in 1987 to develop and purchase real estate in Houston.
Jones was the original Co-General Partner/Developer of the $200 Mil Houston Pavilions mixed-use project in Houston’s CBD for which he received special recognition from Houston’s Eighteenth US Congressional District in 2006. He and his partners sold the project in 2012.The Houston Pavilions was the recipient of three Houston Business Journal Landmark Awards in 2007 and 2008.
Included among his other projects are the Compass Bank Building and the Cedarstone Office Complex in The Woodlands, Northdale Plaza in Kingwood, April Pointe Plaza on Lake Conroe, Theiss Oaks Square in the FM 1960 area, and a separately gated enclave of luxury homes located inside the Gates of West Oak where former President George H. W. Bush currently resides.
Mr. Jones was the founder of Pinnacle Homes which he sold in the mid-90’s. He is one of the original founders of the First National Bank of The Woodlands (which is now a BBVA/Compass affiliated bank).
Jones managed the global real estate activities for Cooper Industries, Inc., through much of the 90’s. His responsibilities included the total scope management and administration of Cooper’s 600-property domestic and international real estate portfolio (then valued in excess of $1.2 billion). In 2002, Jones negotiated two portfolio sales in excess of $200 million for Goldman Sachs and a major northeastern real estate fund.
Jones' real estate career spans 44 years. Previously he worked for Gerald Hines Interests on two separate occasions. He served as Senior Project Manager for the $105 Mil rehab of Philadelphia's historic 30th Street Station. He also served as one of the managers of Houston's famed Galleria.
Jones graduated from the University of Houston in 1975 with a B.A. in Marketing/Journalism. He completed the Rice University Management Program in 1984 and holds an MCR (Master of Corporate Real Estate) designation from the International Institute of Corporate Real Estate.
He has conducted retail lectures at the University of Houston and has written numerous articles for trade journals and other publications. Jones was formerly a director of the Woodlands/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas.