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Mr. John F. Scovell

Chairman of the Board

Woodbine Development Corporation

John Scovell has been associated with Woodbine Development Corporation since he founded the company with Dallas businessman Ray L. Hunt in October 1973. Prior to joining Woodbine, Mr. Scovell was a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co., and worked in the area of commercial auditing, handling a number of accounts with real estate companies and financial institutions.


Mr. Scovell received a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Texas Tech University, graduating first in the School of Business Administration in 1968. While at Texas Tech, he was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, elected captain of the varsity football team and served as president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. In 1967, he was one of thirteen scholar athletes selected by the National Football Foundation for a graduate fellowship, received the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship, and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He received a master of business administration degree in 1970 from Harvard Business School where he was student athletic chairman as well as Harvard ROTC cadet battalion commander and distinguished military student. 


Mr. Scovell’s civic and industry involvement is varied. He is immediate past chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council. Mr. Scovell was the recipient of the Linz Award in 2010. He is a founder and past president of The Real Estate Council of Dallas and currently serves on the Advisory Board. He is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and past board member chairing the Dallas Cowboys preseason charity football game. He is a past member of the Dallas Assembly. Mr. Scovell has also served on the board of directors for JPMorgan Chase and the associate board for the SMU School of Business.


He serves as past chairman on the board of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and has served on the Cotton Bowl team selection committee for 30 years. He is a past governor of the Dallas Foundation and past director for the North Texas Commission. He also is a member of the Mayor’s Sports Marketing Advisory Council, Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Council, State Fair of Texas board of directors and executive committee as well as past board member of the American Cancer Society and chairman of the American Cancer Crusade in 1980. 


Mr. Scovell is a past member of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. He served previously on the Texas Tech Alumni Association National Board of Directors. He is a member of the Texas Tech University Foundation President's Council. He received the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992, was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 1995, and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the School of Business in 1997. He was past co-chairman on the National Steering Committee for The Horizon Campaign for Texas Tech University. Mr. Scovell is also a past president of the Dallas Red Raider Club.


He is a past chairman of DowntownDallas (formerly the Central Dallas Association) and has completed two terms on the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce board of directors where he served as chairman of the education committee and the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and was recipient of the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce 53rd Annual Distinguished Service Award. He is past chairman of the Dallas Convention Center Expansion Committee. He also served as chairman of the Host Committee for the 1986 NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship and co-chairman of the Dallas 2012 Olympic Committee. Additionally, Mr. Scovell serves his community as a trustee of Children’s Medical Center Foundation and is a past member of the Facilities and Technology Planning Task Force. He currently is a member on the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. Mr. Scovell is a past trustee of Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.


Mr. Scovell, a graduate of Hillcrest High School, was a founding member of Positive Parents of Dallas promoting Dallas public schools. He served on the steering committee of three school bond campaigns and chaired the advisory board for the most recent school bond campaign. On the local level, Mr. Scovell has been active in his neighborhood schools serving as president of the Hillcrest Athletic Association, receiving the president's award. He received the PTA lifetime awards at Preston Hollow Elementary School, Franklin Middle School, and Hillcrest High School. He also served on the Dallas County Community College District Foundation Board.


A native Texan, Mr. Scovell and his wife, Diane, have three sons and eight grandchildren. The family is actively involved in Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where Mr. Scovell serves as an elder.

Mr. Jack Huff



Jack Huff is a licensed broker in the state of Texas and is a principal at Transwestern, a privately held real estate firm. He specializes in commercial real estate brokerage and investment in the Dallas Fort Worth Area.  Jack has brokered over 1,150 transactions with a total consideration in excess of $1 billion. 

Jack’s areas of brokerage specialization are:

  • Office tenant representation

  • Office building sales

  • Urban land


Jack’s Investment/Development Experience includes, office buildings, resort land, retail centers, commercial land, single-family land, office/medical, mineral interests, office/warehouse and parking garages.  Jack graduated from University of Texas at Austin in 1979 with a BBA in Real Estate and Finance

Jack started out with Swearingen Management in 1979 and moved over to The Swearingen Company in 1981 as part of the project leasing team of City Center, a 1.6 million square foot office complex in Fort Worth, Texas.


In July of 1986, Jack, with the help of his partners, formed Huff Brous McDowell & Montesi.  In 1999, Huff Brous McDowell merged with a Dallas firm, The Stoneleigh Group.  This merger enabled Stoneleigh Huff Brous McDowell to have a presence in the entire Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.  In January 2006, the Dallas office split off to join Transwestern in Dallas and the Fort Worth partners formed Huff Partners. Huff Partners was the largest commercial real estate firm in Fort Worth until January 2011, when Huff Partners also merged with Transwestern. Based in Houston, Transwestern has 34 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 180 offices in 37 countries as part of a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate.


Jack married in 1980 to Leanne Dryer and has two children who are now adults. Staying in the “family business of real estate,” their son, Grant, is an associate at Transwestern and their daughter, Adrianne Holland, is residential real estate agent with Williams Trew.


Jack has recently served on the Boards of the Child Study Center, All Church Home, All Saints Episcopal; School and the Fort Worth Opera.  In Jack’s free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, cycling and fly fishing.



Mr. John Crawford

Bank of America

President and CEO Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is a private non-profit organization serving as the primary advocate and champion for Downtown, ensuring that Downtown grows as a vibrant center of urban life, recognized locally and globally for the quality of its business, hospitality, entertainment, living, and cultural environments. John Crawford was named President and CEO after serving as the volunteer Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2006.

John brings to DDI over 30 years of successful marketing and general management experience as a senior executive with four Fortune 500 firms, and experience as a professional services executive, consultant, and partner with firms in the legal, insurance, and real estate industries. His experience also includes serving on the development team of the two largest real estate projects in the Downtown area – the 1.7 million-square-foot Bank of America Plaza and the 1.4 million-square-foot Cityplace.

Over $2 billion of investment has been made in Downtown Dallas since John took the helm as President and CEO of DDI in 2007. The Downtown residential population has grown by over 50% and retail absorption has increased by 20%. New parks have been built, multi-modal roadways are in the works, and the Downtown Dallas pedestrian landscape is transforming into an authentic, walkable environment. From a resurgence of corporate relocations, to residential, hotel, and commercial development projects, CEOs, developers, and small-business owners are finding value in a Downtown address.

In December of 2012, Cheryl Hall with the Dallas Morning News recognized John in her article “Shaping a better Big D” as the business leader playing the pivotal role in reviving Downtown Dallas and is respectfully referred to as “The Mayor of Downtown”. In August of 2013, he was selected for Honorary Membership in the Texas Society of Architects for his contributions and leadership in stimulating and accelerating the renaissance of Downtown Dallas.

Beyond Downtown, John is a long-standing community leader in Dallas, lending his expertise to numerous civic and charitable organizations. Some of his past and present involvement includes serving as Chairman of the Board of organizations such as: the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce (Dallas Regional Chamber); Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau; Cotton Bowl Athletic Association; March of Dimes; and the Greater Dallas Planning Council. He has served on the Board of Directors of: The Dallas Citizens Council; Greater Dallas Crime Commission; American Red Cross; United Way; The Salvation Army; State Fair of Texas; North Texas Commission; Dallas International Sports Commission; State Board of Governors-Texas Partnership for Economic Development; Honorary French Consul for North Texas; Salesmanship Club of Dallas; and Host Committee for Super Bowl XLV. 

Furthermore, Crawford has a long history with City government as Chair of the Mayor’s Downtown Revitalization Task Force, a member of the City Plan Commission, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Crime, and Urban Rehabilitation Standards Board.

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