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​​​Current responsibilities

As CEO, Markets, John Gates oversees the firm’s Brokerage, Capital Markets, Project and Development Services, Property Management and Retail businesses in the United States. He works to create a scalable platform for client needs and deliver strategic direction to the firm’s national business lines.

John also serves on the Americas Executive Committee, the body responsible for setting overall strategy for the firm throughout the region.


John began his career at The Staubach Company in 1990, where he held several leadership positions. He rose to President and Chief Operating Officer and chaired the company’s Operating and Executive Committees. Prior to that, he was President of the Southwest Corporate Services Division, where the business increased its revenue by more than 75 percent and profits rose threefold under his leadership.

When The Staubach Company and Jones Lang LaSalle merged in 2008, John transitioned into the role of President of Americas Brokerage and Director of Markets West. In his role as Director of Markets, he had oversight and P&L responsibility for local operations in markets in the Western half of the United States. John was later promoted to President of Real Estate Service, Americas, where he oversaw all local service lines.

Before assuming these management responsibilities, John was consistently recognized as a top-producing broker at The Staubach Company and was often recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the top five office brokers in the Metroplex. He was also honored as the Rising Leader for 2007 in the Annual Executive of the Year Awards by Commercial Property News.

Education and affiliations

John earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Economics/Finance from Trinity University. In 2009, John was appointed by the Mayor of Dallas to serve as a member of the Dallas Housing Authority’s board, where he served until July 2014. He currently serves on the Dallas Citizens Council. In addition to numerous other civic commitments, John is a member of the Executive Council for the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the Urban Land Institute.​