Who We Are
Wolverine Interests is a Dallas, Texas, based Commercial Real Estate Development and Investment Firm led by industry veterans with a deep understanding of complex financing, master development, and management expertise, focused on office, suburban urban multifamily, and mixed-use developments.
Led by a senior investment and management team with 40 years of average experience in broad-based commercial real estate as developers, owners, and operators, Wolverine Interests brings extensive expertise to every project. Creativity guides our process; innovative thinking and inventive solutions drive our work.
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In 1982, Jim joined Roger Staubach as an original member of The Staubach Company and served as CFO, and later President, where he designed, recapitalized, and launched the strategic plan of pioneering the tenant representation industry. Over a 20-year period, Jim provided important functional experience in the executive management of TSC. The company grew from 5 people in one Dallas office to over 1,200 people across 50 offices nationwide.
By the late 80’s, Joe, working under contract with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, directed a team of thirty real estate professionals in the management and liquidation of approximately $8.0 billion of real estate assets and mortgages from insolvent Savings & Loans under government control.
Financial Services, Development Expansion, & Partnerships
Jim and Joe formed multiple new ventures resulting in billions of dollars’ worth of transactions, the development of over 8,000 ground-up multifamily units, and the purchase and sale of tens of millions of square feet of office space and numerous Multifamily developments. At TSC, Jim formed the Financial Services Division; its activities led to an expansion of the division’s capabilities to include over $8 billion of sale-leaseback purchases and over $3 billion of financing for clients around the world.
During this time, Joe, as a Senior Vice President of GE Capital, successfully managed and liquidated 4 joint venture transactions with commercial real estate assets valued in excess of $3.0 billion. Additionally, Joe held Executive roles with multiple real estate organizations including family offices, a private REIT, and a large private equity fund. During this period Joe acquired and financed commercial real estate assets valued in excess of $1.5 billion.
Genesis of Wolverine Interests
In 2001, Wolverine Interests was formed. Acting as Principal, Jim led the company in successful financing, development, and asset management of numerous multifamily, office, and large mixed-use projects with public-private partnerships. Wolverine’s notable projects include Frisco Square – a 60-acre mixed-use development in Frisco, TX; Addison Circle – a 40-acre mixed-use development in Addison, TX; 1,200 multifamily units in Shops at Legacy in Plano, TX; and 2,000 multifamily units in the Uptown Dallas area.
Continued Mixed-Use Development & Investment Acquisitions
Wolverine facilitates several office, multifamily, and mixed-use development projects within North Texas, as well as partnering with and representing HNW clients in the acquisition of several office and multifamily properties. Within the last few years, Wolverine has acquired over 3 million square feet of office product along the Dallas North Tollway, George Bush Turnpike, and Las Colinas market.
After joining Wolverine in 2010 Joe has represented several high-net-worth investors acquire and finance 14 office buildings totaling in excess of 2.9 million square feet of office space. Post-acquisition, Joe continues to direct the property management, asset management, and leasing of 1.4 million square feet in 7 of the previous acquisitions.
Beginning in 2013, James Leslie joined the firm. Working alongside his father, Jim, he continues to bring fresh and creative perspectives to the business, while providing invaluable financial analysis and assessments for each project.
Nadia, Partner at Wolverine Interests, founded Petersen Construction in 2014, specializing in custom single-family homes and construction management services. This eventually led to a partnership with Wolverine Interests where her focus on helping cities revitalize their central business districts has enhanced Wolverine’s growing niche in the public-private development space.
Continued Growth and Legacy
Today, Wolverine Interest’s Principals continue to find success by letting creativity drive the process. By approaching each project with a entrepreneurial mindset that allows flexibility and innovation, the firm continues to grow and evolve. Our Corporate office and Property Management teams deliver experience-based guidance and solutions, and profitable outcomes for our clients and investors.
“If you do tomorrow what you did today, you will get tomorrow what you got today.”
- Ben Franklin
Creativity Guides Our Process
Innovative Thinking And Inventive Solutions Drive Our Work