Get to Know John Armes, Market Associate

Meet John Armes, Market Analyst and new HLC team member!

John Armes joined Holt Lunsford Commercial in 2021 and serves as a Market Analyst in the Dallas Tenant Representation division. John focuses on advising clients on their office and industrial relocations, facility evaluation, strategic planning, contract negotiation, financial analysis, and market knowledge.

Prior to joining HLC, John Armes attended Baylor where he studied Corporate Communications. He met his wife during his freshman year at Baylor and they got married right after graduation in June of 2020. John and his wife now live in Dallas and have a daughter on the way.

What brought you to HLC?
I decided I wanted to do commercial real estate my junior year of college and it was pretty hard to get into in the midst of COVID. I had a job at a bank, but I continued to network for real-estate and gain more connections. I had a few people encouraging me to reach out to Tyler and we hit it off and he invited me to come interview.

How do you hope to grow at HLC?
Firstly, I hope to grow as a man and, personally, I think Tyler is a great mentor for me and there’s a lot of great people here so I’m super encouraged by that. Professionally I feel like I’m already learning a lot. I want to continue to learn, grow, and go outside of my comfort zone.

What about your role at HLC most excites or interests you?
I enjoy the entrepreneurial spirit of it. It is a bunch of cold calling which is hard but it’s also thrilling and exciting because you never know when you’ll hit a big deal. I like the networking and making connections aspect of it as well, being out and about, meeting with different people and connecting the dots and using connections to our benefit. It’s fun and exciting. I like the team aspect of it but being a broker is like you’re kind of on your own so you can do what you want to do with your time for the most part. It’s up to me to produce results.

Which HLC value resonates the most with you and why?
Serving others because I think that’s the greatest sign of a man and leader. Serving others and putting others before yourself.

What three words would you use to describe the HLC culture?
Integrity, energetic, discipline.

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. He’s been a great influence in my life and I can always go to him for anything and I know he’s loved me ever since I was young, which means the world to me.

Who or what inspires you?
First and foremost my relationship with God. My faith is a driving force in my life and it’s the most important thing to me, it’s my number one priority. And my family, my wife, and my daughter on the way and my close friends too.

What are three interesting things about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume?
One weird thing about me is I don’t like chocolate at all. The only injury I’ve ever had, even though I played sports my whole life, was breaking my elbow coming down the slide on my first day of kindergarten. Another fun fact is when I was young, my parents hosted a Baylor event where I got to meet the Baylor bears. I played with in my backyard on our swing set.

How do you define success?
What defines success is living on Earth for a higher cause and eternal purpose.

How do you like to spend your free time?
Mainly hanging out with my wife or friends. I like to stay active playing golf, basketball, or pickle ball.

What would your autobiography be called?
The Life of John

If you were the CEO of a company name one thing you would make mandatory in the office?
Donut Friday would be mandatory.

Everyone has a good app idea. What’s yours?
Some sort of investor app where you can easily invest in startups. I feel like there’s stuff out there but it’s too complicated. This could be as easy as Venmo.

Where is the furthest you’ve traveled?
I did a study abroad across Europe going into my junior year of college. My favorite place I went to there was Interlaken, Switzerland, it was beautiful.

What would you invent if you could?
Some sort of less expensive version of a golf cart that everyone could own. Like a combination of a Bird scooter and golf cart and everyone can easily store it in their house and ride it around.

Favorite quote?
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

What can you teach me to do in five minutes?
Probably shoot a basketball.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cinnamon, it’s so good but a little hard to find. They’ll have it at marble slab or some places but in Europe they had it everywhere, cinnamon gelato. I get vanilla like 80% of the time but if I can find cinnamon, I get it.

What superpower would you like to have?
Probably flying because it would make life way more efficient.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
I would bring my wife, since our baby is in there too. Bible, obviously, and my golf bag. It’ll keep me entertained.

What’s your secret talent no one at work knows about?
I’m pretty good at random sports like pickle ball. It’s like a mini version of tennis and it’s becoming pretty popular.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO. Larry David created it and I like his sense of humor.

What was the last gift you gave someone?
I got my wife golf clubs.

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Well dogs are the best but pandas are cool too. Pandas seem chill and Kung Fu panda is a super cool movie.

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film or book, which one would you claim?
I really like Christopher Nolan movies, so I would steal credit for any of his movies. My favorite is The Prestige. They’re good action, kind of psycho movies.

Which animal would make the best type of president if the animal kingdom ever rose up and took over?
Probably a bear because they seem smart and they’re powerful.

Last meal?
Javier’s, it’s a Mexican food place in Dallas and it’s really good.

Welcome to HLC John, we are glad you are here!