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Director of Business Development is One of Four New Statewide Regents

April 30, 2019

Houston – Transwestern Commercial Services (TCS) today announces Director of Business Development Jodie L. Jiles has been confirmed to The University of Texas System Board of Regents, effective immediately. Four new regents from across the state were recently appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The Board of Regents, composed of nine members and one student regent, is responsible for oversight of the university system’s academic, health and business affairs.

“I am truly humbled to have been selected for such an honor by Governor Abbott,” said Jiles. “I am blessed to have served my alma mater in a variety of capacities, and I greatly look forward to this new responsibility to guide the university system into the future.”

Jiles has served as a member of the UT Austin Development Board and the UT Health-Houston Development Board. He was recognized in 2011 by UT Austin’s Alumni Association with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was also a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which provides leadership and coordination for all public universities in the state.

Additionally, Jiles has been actively involved in public service through board and leadership positions with Texas Business Leadership Council, Greater Houston Partnership, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Southern University Foundation, Texas Children’s Hospital, KIPP Academy, Loving Kids, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch.

“Jodie is the consummate professional whose broad life experiences and seasoned judgement are guided by his passion for always doing what is right,” said Larry P. Heard, CEO of the Transwestern enterprise. “At Transwestern, he personifies the virtues of working in a team environment to accomplish extraordinary results and has always believed wholeheartedly in sharing his time and talents for the greater good. Jodie will be a dedicated servant leader to our state and all of its residents.”

Before joining TCS, Jiles spent 26 years making a decisive impact in investment banking by providing expert guidance to public finance clients and municipal issuers. In 2012, TCS appointed him to lead business development in its Houston headquarters. In 2017, he received the Houston President’s Award and National Legendary Service Award.

Jiles’ term will expire on Feb. 1, 2025. He will join fellow regents Chairman Kevin Eltife, Vice Chairman Janiece Longoria, Vice Chairman Rad Weaver, and Regents David Beck, Christina Melton Crain, Steve Hicks, Nolan Perez, M.D., Kelcy Warren, and Student Regent Brittany Jewell.

Transwestern’s support of this public service reflects its commitment to giving back to the communities in which it operates. Providing excellent service to team members, clients, partners and communities is a cornerstone of the firm’s unique culture, which has been consistently recognized on a local and national level.


Transwestern Commercial Services (TCS) is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service and innovative client solutions. Applying a consultative approach to Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Occupier Solutions, Capital Markets and Research, our fully integrated global organization adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insight and operational expertise from across the Transwestern enterprise, which includes firms specializing in development and real estate investment management. TCS has
34 U.S. offices and assists clients from more than 200 offices in 37 countries through strategic alliances with France-based BNP Paribas Real Estate and Canada-based Devencore. Experience Extraordinary at and @Transwestern.

Media Contact:

Stefanie Lewis


Jodie Jiles

Director of Business Development

Houston, Texas

(713) 272-1248

Larry Heard

Chief Executive Officer

Houston, Texas

(713) 270-3306