Get to Know – Harrison Putt, Market Associate

Introducing Harrison Putt, Dallas Industrial Market Associate and new addition to HLC!

Harrison grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, where his family has owned and operated a full-service, special event business for 25 years. Working for his parents in his teenage years and watching their enterprise grow from the smallest event company in Jackson to the largest gave Harrison a real-life education on what it takes to run a successful business. Valuing your clients and employees/coworkers with the highest regard, working with energy and passion, and leading by example through a strong work ethic and service are three building blocks Harrison absorbed from his days working in the family business, and he seeks to apply them in his new post at HLC.

Harrison went on to college at Mississippi State University where he received a BBA in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate and also met his wife Evan, who works as a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser. Yes, he was lucky enough to be at Mississippi State during the Dak Prescott years! He started his real estate career as a Broker Associate at NAI UCR Properties in Jackson where he was responsible for assisting with leasing of a portfolio consisting of approximately 500,000 SF of office, retail and industrial properties at an estimated market value of $30M. In his time, Harrison helped generate $5M in transaction volume and leased over 70,000 SF of space.

What brought you to Dallas?
Looking long-term and big picture, industrial real estate is the least volatile sector of commercial real estate historically and will continue to grow due to the rise of e-commerce and the need for warehousing and distribution. I have known for a long time commercial real estate is the industry I want to be in, so taking it a step further and becoming a specialist in Industrial only made sense. When I felt it was time for me to take the next step in my career, I “googled” the top industrial real estate markets in the country, and Dallas was at or near the top of the list on every article I found. It also helped that Evan and I absolutely adored the city already and continue to love it; having America’s team in your town with your college’s QB leading it did not hurt the cause either (we are Saints fans, but that’s a whole other discussion!) Dallas is also an incredible place to raise a family, with countless options of where to live. Lastly, Evan and I are huge foodies, and we all know Dallas has one of the best culinary scenes in America.

What brought you to HLC?
I found a D CEO article listing the top brokers in Dallas and started cold-calling them to discuss applying for a position on their industrial team. Long story short, in one of those calls I connected with our Managing Principal for Dallas Industrial, Canon Shoults, and set up an interview. In addition to HLC, I interviewed with about 10 different groups and just about all of them asked, “Have you talked with the guys at Holt?” Clearly, this was a testament to the quality of the people at HLC and was something that stuck with me as I went through the interview process – being a top three industrial player in the market was also a massive draw. HLC absolutely lived up to the hype, and five minutes into the interview I realized this was home if they wanted me, and luckily, they did!

What about your role at HLC most excites or interests you?
Being able to build meaningful relationships with all the tenants in my submarket and getting to see how their business operates, while helping them find solutions to achieving their goals.

Which HLC value resonates the most with you and why?
Golden Rule. Whether at home or at work, how you treat people and your relationship with them is everything.

What three words would you use to describe the HLC culture?
Driven, honest and professional.

What inspires you?
Helping other people fulfill their goals and dreams and being on the journey with them in seeing it through.

What are three interesting things about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume?
I have a screw in my left ankle. I have an unhealthy obsession with sports. I’m a certified scuba diver.

Everyone has a good app idea. What’s yours?
“Find iPhone” for the stuff in your wallet! A GPS sticker that you can put on your driver’s license, debit card, and credit cards to track them when you leave them behind.

What could you teach me to do in 5 minutes?
How to cook some mean shrimp and grits.

What super power would you like to have?
Flying.

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
A bald eagle – I would be able fly, and it would be illegal for anyone to shoot me down!

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book, etc. which one would you claim?
“Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
My wife, Evan. The Bible, because it is the essence of life. A gun, so I could hunt for food.

You’re on death row, what do you choose for your last meal?
Fried chicken.

Welcome to HLC Harrison, we are glad you are part of the team!