Commercial real estate industry honors property plays by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

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Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones makes most of his headlines about the football team.

But Jones is also a major real estate developer.

His Blue Star Land company has built everything from neighborhoods in Frisco to mixed-use projects up in Prosper.

And the Jones family’s $1.5 billion Star in Frisco mixed-use development on the Dallas North Tollway is one of the largest such projects in North Texas.

So it’s maybe overdue that the Dallas-Fort Worth commercial real estate industry has decided to honor Jones for his plays in the property business.

The North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals has tapped Jones for its 2018 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame award.

“Jerry Jones is a bold and creative leader who not only dreams big but also has the drive, business acumen, fortitude and spunk to make incredible things happen,” Darrell Hurmis, chairman of the 2018 NTCAR Hall of Fame event committee, said in a statement. “Whether he’s managing the Dallas Cowboys, building a groundbreaking stadium, or a mixed-use residential or commercial development, he’s going to leave his mark in an exceptional way.”

Along with Jones, Dallas developer KDC’s president Tobin Grove will be getting this year’s NTCAR hall of fame honor.

Grove has overseen huge developments including the $1.5 billion CityLine project in Richardson for State Farm Insurance and new offices in Plano for Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance and JPMorgan Chase.

Mickey Ashmore, the chairman of retail services Americas for CBRE and founder of United Commercial Realty, will receive the Michael F. McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award for service to real estate industry and civic organizations.

The awards will be presented at the industry’s annual presentation dinner in May.

UCR founder Mickey Ashmore (left) and KDC president Toby Grove are also being honored.

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