Jerry Jones founded Jones Commercial Development Company (JCDC) in 2017. The company is engaged in the development of real estate projects, land sales and economic development consulting with a geographic focus on the Greater Wichita Metropolitan Area.
JCDC is a partner in several real estate projects encompassing a variety of development types including: suburban mixed-use, urban mixed-use, entertainment, adaptive re-use and in-fill residential. Jones believes that successful projects spring from an experienced and talented development team. He considers himself fortunate to have worked with top professionals from a broad spectrum of disciplines. With 35 years of experience in land and retail development, place marketing, planning and design, Jones brings a depth of knowledge and creativity to the projects he works on.
Prior to starting JCDC, Jones served as Vice President of Commercial Development for the Slawson Companies. During the 19 years he served in that capacity, he oversaw the development, management and disposition of the company’s substantial commercial real estate portfolio. The most noteworthy of the projects spearheaded by Jones was the “ground up” development of NewMarket Square in west Wichita. The 110-acre former grass farm was developed into one of the largest shopping centers in Kansas.
The development now encompasses over 850,000 square feet of building area, with over 100 businesses blending nationally prominent retailers and restaurants with local favorites.
Prior to his work with the Slawson Companies, Jones was Vice President of Downtown Development for the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce. In his five years with the Chamber of Commerce, he served as Executive Director of the Wichita Downtown Association and the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and was instrumental in recruiting the developer and structuring the deal for the Hyatt Regency Convention Hotel.
Before moving to Wichita in 1992, Jerry worked as a planning consultant in Colorado. He began his career in Scottsdale, Arizona with the City’s Planning and Economic Development department where he worked for seven years as the downtown development manager and urban designer.
Jerry earned a Masters degree in Real Estate Development from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1991 and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State in 1983.