Join SMPS Austin on Tuesday, June 12th for a panel discussion including both public and private sector experts: Trey Fletcher, Interim City Manager for City of Pflugerville, Dr. Kelly Crook, Superintendent of Del Valle ISD and Doug Launius and Karl Koebel, Principals at Marketplace Real Estate Group. The panel will be moderated by Colin Pope, longtime editor of the Austin Business Journal. Panelists will give an update on the Velocity Crossing development, how this development, along with other recent development has affected Del Valle Independent School District, and how the recent SH 130 project will help Pflugerville and other high-growth areas. You won’t want to miss this lively discussion about one of the last undeveloped areas in the greater Austin area getting lots of attention.
Dr. Kelly K. Crook, Del Valle ISD Superintendent
With a myriad of extensive experience in the public school environment, and a product of public schools herself, Dr. Kelly Crook was named the first Female Superintendent of Del Valle ISD in December 2011. Her financial acumen and long range planning expertise stems from her experience serving for six years as the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations and Director of Accountability for Del Valle ISD. Dr. Crook’s background includes ESL classroom engagement in the Dallas ISD and Frisco ISD, service as middle school assistant principal in Leander ISD, and program specialist at the Texas Education Agency. A native Austinite, she received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas at Austin. A fearless champion for her staff and students, Dr. Crook presides over a diverse and achievement-oriented district that serves over 11,300 students on 15 campuses in southeast Travis County.
Doug Launius, Principal, Marketplace Real Estate Group
Doug Launius is a principal and broker at Marketplace Real Estate Group. He is also a general partner for both Velocity Crossing, a ±390 acre mixed-use development project located at Highway 71 and SH 130 and EastRidge, a 144 acre project on FM 812 across from the Circuit of the Americas. He and his partner, Karl Koebel, own or control over 1,000 acres in the Del Valle area and serve as the brokerage team for the Del Valle Independent School District.
Doug Launius began his real estate career in Houston in 1981. He has brokered hundreds of millions of dollars in deals, raised significant amounts of equity from both private and institutional investors, and personally invests in real estate, oil and gas ventures as well as start-up and publicly traded companies. A notable deal was the roll up and ultimate sale to Goldman Sachs of a portfolio of 25 apartment complexes, comprising approximately 5,500 units and owned by 22 separate owners in Houston, Texas. Doug envisioned and created the opportunity, structured and packaged it, and held it together until it closed. It was the largest deal of its kind ever completed in the U.S. and won numerous awards including Deal of the Year in Houston.
Karl Koebel, CCIM, Principal, Marketplace Real Estate Group
Karl Koebel, CCIM, is principal and managing broker of Marketplace Real Estate Group, an Austin-based brokerage firm he founded in 2005. With over 18 years of real estate experience and approximately $450 million in transactions, Karl is a proven industry veteran. His areas of expertise cover all real estate sectors, including investments, development, land, industrial, multifamily, office, retail and industrial. Karl has been a long-time, avid proponent for growth and development in Austin’s untapped southeast submarket. He and his business partner, Doug Launius, are known as the “go-to guys” of southeast Austin. Karl and his team welcome investors from across the globe with warm, southern hospitality and are firm believers in their company’s motto “doing well by doing good”.
Karl’s most recent venture and passion project is Velocity Crossing, a ±390 acre mixed-use development project at the corner of SH-130 and Highway 71 in Southeast Austin. The project expects to be the catalyst for much-needed services to the Southeast Austin and Del Valle communities.
Trey Fletcher, Interim City Manager, City of Pflugerville
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, City Council named Acting City Manager Trey Fletcher as Interim City Manager. The City Council anticipates completing the City Manager selection this summer. Trey Fletcher has over 20 years of experience in local government in Louisiana and Texas, and has served the city of Pflugerville as Pflugerville’s Planning Director in 2006 and then as an Assistant City Manager in 2011. In this role, he is responsible for the city’s Planning, Building Inspections, Development Engineering and Parks & Recreation departments. Prior to Pflugerville, Fletcher has held a variety of planning positions with the cities of Lake Charles, Louisiana and College Station, Texas as well as with Wilbur Smith Associates in Houston. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is an active member of International City/County Management Association and the Texas City Management Association. Trey has a BS in Geography from Texas A&M University, and in 2017 graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
Moderator: Colin Pope, Editor of the Austin Business Journal
Colin Pope is the longtime editor of the Austin Business Journal and recently wrapped up a six-year stint hosting the television show “Straight From The Top” on Spectrum News. Colin has been a journalist in Austin for about 20 years, and he is often tapped by radio and television talk/news shows around the country as a result. He is a founding board member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, donates time to UT’s School of Journalism and focuses much of his giving toward the Austin Child Guidance Center. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism and was Austin Under 40’s 2014 Austinite of the Year. Colin’s business experience outside journalism includes helping to start NetSpend Corp. in 2000 as a member of the original executive team.