March 19, 2012
Learn how Hillwood Properties transformed a wheat field in North Ft. Worth into one of the world’s busiest inland ports. President Mike Berry discusses strategies in launching AllianceTexas, the company’s signature development. What are possible outcomes if anchor tenant American Airlines closes its expansive maintenance facility? Berry shares lessons learned from Hillwood’s Victory Park project and his outlook for growth in North Texas.
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Serving as president of Hillwood Properites, Mike Berry leads development efforts for one of the most unique master-planned communities in the nation. The 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development is unparalleled in its vision of a dynamic and diversified community. The project’s foundation is the Alliance Global Logistics Hub – an international trade and logistics complex offering inland port transportation options via one of the nation’s largest intermodal yards, two Class I rail lines, the world’s first industrial airport and connecting state and interstate highways. Stemming from this strong commercial base are corporate campuses, office complexes, tech and data centers, destination retail and entertainment venues, residential housing, schools, churches and community shopping. In total, the development encompasses nearly 32 million square feet, over 265 corporate residents, 30,000+ employees and more than 7,600 single-family homes.
Berry and the Hillwood Properties team are known for building successful public-private partnerships to accomplish major projects. Bringing relationships, core assets and enhanced services together, the team executes and delivers developable sites to market expediently. Speed-to-market combined with state-of-the-art infrastructure and business service is the competitive advantage. Hillwood provides a full range of skills, including site selection, land development, property management and construction services. In addition, the company provides extensive experience in building all types of product, from industrial to office to retail and residential. Finally, Hillwood has secured business advantages for the AllianceTexas community to assist corporate residents in daily operations, such as Foreign Trade Zone #196, Triple Freeport Inventory Tax Exemption, aircraft and pilot services at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, third-party logistics, educational resources and employee placement services.
A Fort Worth native, Berry also serves as a community leader. He is the past Chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He currently serves as director of the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council, as a member of the Fort Worth Chamber Executive Committee, the International Board of Visitors of the MJ Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, the UT – Real Estate Finance and Investment Center Advisory Board, Safe City Fort Worth, Performing Arts Fort Worth Board of Directors, Community Foundation of North Texas and the Southern Exposition and Livestock Show Board of Directors.
Berry is an active member of several professional organizations, including membership in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council.
Berry graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in economics. He earned his MBA from Texas Christian University and completed extended education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in the Advanced Management Development Program.
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