HFF announced today that John Taylor has joined the firm as a managing director in its Austin office to focus on investment sale transactions in Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Taylor joins HFF from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was a senior vice president and leader of the capital markets group for Central Texas. Prior to that, he worked in the capital markets groups at Trammell Crow and CBRE. During the course of his career, Mr. Taylor has closed more than $1 billion in office, industrial, NNN, data center, retail and medical office transactions. He is a member and vice president (of the local chapter) of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), the chairman of the communications committee for the Real Estate Council of San Antonio (RECSA), the local urban mixed-use development council member for Urban Land Institute, and a member of the Downtown Alliance of San Antonio. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship/Marketing.

“John is a leader in the capital markets space in both Austin and San Antonio and HFF is delighted to have him on board,” said Sean Sorrell, senior managing director and co-head of HFF’s Austin office. “HFF Austin has been committed to growing its investment sales and debt placement teams with the right mix of talent and John will complement the existing team perfectly.”

“HFF has had a significant presence in the Austin and San Antonio markets since the early 1980’s however it was not until the opening of HFF Austin in January 2011 and the expansion of the office since then with professionals such as John Taylor, that we have been able to expand our footprint and build upon our market share to offer our clients the highest level of service across all business lines,” said Jody Thornton, executive managing director of HFF in Dallas.