Aug. 27, 2020 by Christine Perez, DFW Real Estate Review

Bill Cawley: Finding Success by ‘Never Working Scared’

Growing up in a small town south of Chicago, Dallas developer [and 2020 TREC Chairman] Bill Cawley always knew he’d work in real estate someday, just like his dad. Aiming for bigger and better things, he moved to Texas in 1982. He took a job selling condominiums and quickly became the company’s top producer – even selling a unit to a “mystery shopper” who had been hired by the firm to help evaluate its sales force.

It was an indication of the success he would go on to have. Today, Cawley is one of the most prolific developers in the Dallas region – and he’s a shrewd investor, too, with a knack for timing. Back in the early 2000s, he built the 1.1 million square-foot former JPMorgan International Plaza, one of the biggest office developments in Texas. The chairman and CEO of Cawley Partners has had a steady stream of new projects since, favoring the active tollway and Legacy submarkets. His latest is The Parkwood, a 120,000 square-foot office building in Plano that’s one of the few to kick off during the pandemic.

Read the rest of the article below in the Spring-Summer edition of the DFW Real Estate Review.

You can also listen to a fireside chat between Cawley and former TREC Chairman Jim Knight via our podcast here.

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