Mike Ablon, Principal
Mike Ablon is a principal and founding partner of PegasusAblon. He provides the vision, know-how and discerning strategies in achieving the company’s specialty – recognizing emerging, undervalued and overlooked real estate opportunities. As the leader of the PegasusAblon strategic vision, Mike’s objective is to build the company’s portfolio and to increase its presence and value in the commercial marketplace. Mike draws on his experience, relationships, market knowledge and insight, and strategic processes to accurately identify, analyze and pursue “intelligent real estate opportunities.”
Mike takes a hands-on approach, using his years of experience in commercial real estate to identify and procure opportunistic acquisitions and developments. Mike’s experience has encompassed every aspect of the development, finance and acquisition spectrum.
Prior to founding PegasusAblon, Mike was the President of Connected Acquisitions, the acquisition and investment division of The Retail Connection. In this role he led real estate acquisitions, including Village on the Parkway.
Mike has held senior positions at several nationally recognized real estate companies, and he has been associated with scores of high profile projects and redevelopments. As Senior Vice President of Cousins Properties, Mike was responsible for acquisitions and redevelopment in Texas
As Vice President and Director of Texas Development for Carr-America Realty, Mike was responsible for new office development in the build-to-suit and speculative markets. New developments included Nokia’s 600,000 square foot North American headquarters in Las Colinas; 300 West Sixth Street, a 23-story office project in Downtown Austin; several elegant Class A 3-story office park buildings at Riata in North Austin; and the planning for Rosewood Court, a 1 million square foot mixed-use development in Uptown Dallas.
As Vice President of Development for Hillwood Development Company, Mike oversaw the development of office, retail, manufacturing and distribution properties in and around the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth. Mike led the construction and development of large projects for Nokia, CompUSA, CompUCom, BF Goodrich, Michaels’ Stores, Johnson Wax, General Mills, Zenith, and participated in the initial development of Victory Park in Uptown Dallas.
Before earning his Post Professional Masters Degree at Harvard University, Mike worked for world-renowned architect Robert Venturi at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mike left Venturi’s office subsequent to his winning entry in the Paris Prize Competition for architecture, which earned him the honor of being named the Lloyd Warren Traveling Fellow in Europe.
Education: Mike earned his Masters from Harvard University. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.
Memberships and Civic Involvement: Mike is currently or has recently been a member of the Board of Directors of each of the following organizations: the Greater Dallas Planning Council, The Dallas 60, the Real Estate Council (of Dallas), The Real Estate Council (of Dallas) Foundation, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Legacy, a 501c3 Nursing and Seniors Facility. Over the years, Mike has served as a Visiting Lecturer and Juror for Graduate school programs at Yale, Harvard, Rice and the University of Texas.