G. Kent Collins
William Sayers
     


G. Kent Collins
kcollins@centrodevelopment.com

Kent is Principal at CENTRO DEVELOPMENT, LLC, an Austin-based real estate development company that specializes in urban infill mixed-use and residential properties. He has been at the forefront of developing vertically mixed-use projects in Austin and Houston for the last 16 years. He believes in giving back to his community both in his professional work and volunteer activities.

As Senior Vice President for Development at POST PROPERTIES, INC., Mr. Collins developed a 2-phase 650-unit urban apartment development with 30,000 sq. ft. of retail space in the Midtown neighborhood adjacent to downtown Houston. He also negotiated a $2.5 million public-private partnership with the City of Houston and the Midtown Redevelopment Authority In Austin, he developed a $22 million, mixed-use project in a public-private partnership on leased city-owned land. The project began construction one month early, completed one month early and stabilized at 100% occupancy two months early at rents above proforma. He also secured $6 million in historic tax credits for the Rice Lofts joint venture, a housing and retail project in downtown Houston, Texas.

While with CENTRAL DALLAS ASSOCIATION, in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Collins was Project Manager for the Dallas City Center. Mr. Collins led a development task force to re-development a 22 block of downtown Dallas to jump-start the revitalization of the area.

Mr. Collins served as Associate Project Manager for the WALT DISNEY COMPANY, in Disney Design & Development, in Glendale, CA on the Tokyo Disneyland Portfolio. While there Mr. Collins managed WDI efforts through construction of a $23 million theme park attraction, Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Tokyo Disneyland.

He started his career as project manager of the MAIN STREET PROJECT, for the City of Hillsboro, in Hillsboro, Texas, During his time there, Mr. Collins managed a public and privately financed downtown revitalization project, including the organization, media and special events, promotions and design of a 16-block area of over 200 historic commercial buildings.

Personal

Kent’s wife Reenie is an Austin native and is active on the Seton Development Board, Austin Christian Fellowship, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae, Highland Park PTA, and the Girl Scouts. They have three children, Claire (17), Winston (14), and Tye (12).

Professional Recognition

2008 Austin Business Journal, Best Deals Award, Best Mixed-Use Project

2002 Austin Business Journal, Best Deals Award, Best Public Private Project

2001 Texas Society of Architects Award for Company’s contribution to built environment in Texas

2001 ACE Awards co-sponsored by the Houston Chapter of CCIM and CREW for Midtown Square

1999 Dallas Chapter, American Institute of Architects, Un-built Award for Midtown Square (Pierce Elevated), Phase II, Houston, Texas

1999 Houston Chapter, American Planning Association, Project Award

1989 Honor Award, Austin Chapter, American Institute of Architects. Project: Gabriel’s Court, Austin, Texas

1988 Honor Award, Austin Chapter, American Institute of Architects. Project: Breed & Co., Austin, Texas

1987 City of Austin Design Award. Projects: Gabriel’s Court and Breed & Co.

1987 City of Austin Design Award. Project: Breed & Co., Austin, Texas

1984 Award of Appreciation, Hillsboro Heritage League, Hillsboro, Texas

1983 President’s Award, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Hillsboro, Texas

Education

University of California at Los Angeles, MBA, 1991

The University of Texas at Austin, B Arch, 1981

Professional Affiliations

UT Austin, School of Architecture Advisory Council, 2001-current, chair, 2008-2010

City of Austin Comprehensive Plan Task Force, Member 2009-

Urban Land Institute; Austin Chapter Membership Chair 2002-05

Real Estate Council of Austin, Board Member 2008-09

Downtown Austin Alliance, Past Chair, Member of Board since 1997

Texas Downtown Association, Past Board Member

Houston Midtown Management District, Board Member 2000-03

Heritage Society of Austin, Past Chair