Get to Know Brian Wilson, Senior Vice President

Meet Brian Wilson, Senior Vice President and new HLC Office Tenant Rep Team Member!

Brian Wilson joined Holt Lunsford Commercial in 2024 and serves as Senior Vice President on the Tenant Representation team. He has completed more than $300 Million of real estate transactions throughout his career, representing companies in the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining HLC, Brian was a Managing Director with Whitebox Real Estate in Dallas, where he represented clients with their corporate real estate requirements, including lease renewals, relocations, expansions, dispositions, and acquisitions.

Brian grew up in the small town of Orange, Texas. He left to pursue a degree in finance and accounting at Sam Houston State University, where he continued his education, later earning his MBA. After graduation, he moved to Dallas in 2012 and has enjoyed the city ever since.

What brought you to HLC?
First off, HLC has a stellar reputation in the market, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for several of the folks here. HLC as a company was always on my radar. However, it wasn’t until I sat down with Tyler to have more substantiative conversations that put the wheels in motion.  

How do you hope to grow at HLC?
I hope to grow in many different ways. From a professional standpoint, there’s a great wealth of knowledge on the HLC team, and I’m always looking for ways to learn. If I can expand my knowledge and further hone my skills, I’ll be more effective at serving clients. On the personal side, I want to build and foster strong relationships with everyone on the team and be someone they can always count on.

What about your role at HLC most excites or interests you?
The opportunity to help grow the Tenant Rep side of the business at HLC is probably what’s most appealing for me. Because this vertical is fairly new, we have the ability to create something incredible and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Which HLC value resonates the most with you and why?
The Golden Rule. Treating others as you want to be treated. Being genuine and showing others that you care is the foundation to building strong, trusting relationships. I was raised to be respectful and to never act in a way that would tarnish my character or reputation. I’ll raise my kids to do the same.

What three words would you use to describe the HLC culture?
Sharp, Motivated, Respectful

If you could tell one person “thank you” for helping me become the person you are today, who would it be and why?
My dad created the foundation for who I am today, and I tell him thank you for the sacrifices he made for me on a regular basis. However, there is one person who I wish I could tell thank you to, but I can’t. That is my mentor, Mike Wyatt. Mike was an incredible human being with whom I had the privilege of working at Cushman & Wakefield for six years. He poured himself into me and showed me what a great mentor is and should be. Mike lost his fight to mental illness last year and although he’s not here with us anymore, the lessons he taught me are still prevalent in everything I do.

Who or what inspires you?
I would have to say my 2-year-old daughter Bailey. Being a dad is just the absolute best thing in the entire world and I’ve found she is the reason I get out of bed every morning, literally and figuratively. She inspires me to be the best version of myself at work and at home.    

What are three interesting things about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume?
I enjoy cooking and making BBQ. My wife and I are pregnant with twins and my brother has identical triplet boys, so I guess we are a “multiple-prone” family. Third – the first time I got stitches was in Mexico.

How do you define success?
I think of success as achieving a goal. However, the most rewarding successes are those that come from going outside my comfort zone, being creative, and solving a client’s problem that may not necessarily be a real estate solution. By going the extra mile, you build a lot of trust with clients and, at the end of the day, we are in the service business.

How do you like to spend your free time?
My wife might say that I have too many hobbies. But, first and foremost, I love spending time with my daughter. Outside of the house, I enjoy golf, hunting, fishing, bowling, skiing, playing basketball or pickleball, etc.

If you were the CEO of a company name one thing you would make mandatory in the office and one thing you would ban.
I would make a mandatory philanthropy day where everyone does something or spends time giving back to the community. I would ban negativity.

Where is the furthest you’ve traveled?
Bali, Indonesia (Honeymoon with my wife, Bethany)

What would you invent if you could?
A cure for all forms of cancer.

What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
We have a golden retriever, Banks. He would say that I am his favorite person in the world.

Favorite quote?
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Bluebell Homemade Vanilla

What character would you be in a book, movie or TV show?
I would want to be the host of The Amazing Race. I would travel to a lot of cool places and be on screen for 5 minutes at the end of the episode.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want to have with you?
A pot for boiling water, a fishing pole, and a machete.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Encanto. (We have a toddler in the house)

What was the last gift you gave someone?
I bought my wife a massage at Hiatus Spa. She’s pregnant so I bought the maternity spa package as a surprise.

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
I’d be my dog Banks…  he lives a very comfortable life.

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film or book, which one would you claim?
Hotel California by The Eagles 

If you had to choose, what would your last meal be? No limits.
I’d have a ribeye at Pappa’s Bros with all the side dishes, a bottle of Mouton Rothschild, and I’d share it with my wife, Bethany.

Welcome to HLC, Brian; we are glad you are here!