Longtime Dallas real estate exec Wayne Swearingen is looking for his next big deal
Dallas commercial real estate legend Wayne Swearingen thinks retirement is a dirty word.
At 87, he’s ready for his next business adventure and is hitching his wagon to a local commercial property firm.
Swearingen is joining TIG Real Estate and will work in the Dallas office in development services and brokerage.
“For the last 30 months, I’ve been operating mostly by myself,” Swearingen said. “I talked with several companies about where to hang my hat.
“I don’t like operating by myself.”
Swearingen has been busy with his one-man Barclay Commercial Group real estate consulting business but wanted to work in a commercial property company.
TIG Real Estate CEO John Walsh said he’s happy to be able to tap into his new hire’s experience.
“If you have worked in the Dallas real estate industry, you have heard of Wayne Swearingen and are aware of the advances Wayne has contributed to in the D-FW area,” Walsh said in a statement. “I am grateful to call Wayne a friend and bring him onto our brokerage team at TIG, where he will continue to innovate in the field and share his wealth of knowledge with our brokers to elevate our success here at TIG Real Estate Services Inc.”
Swearingen got his start in commercial property after graduating from Baylor University and serving a stint in the U.S. Air Force.
“I started in 1962 working for Carr P. Collins at Fidelity Union Life Insurance,” he said. “That’s where I learned real estate.
“I worked with Henry S. Miller for four years before I started my own company.”
He founded Swearingen Co. in 1972, which grew to become one of Dallas’ largest commercial property firms. After leaving the company he founded in 1990s, Swearingen continued to work with several local groups.
Swearingen is a member of the Dallas Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame.
He was one of the first local property executives to receive the Counselor of Real Estate designation, awarded by the American Society of Real Estate Counselors.
TIG Real Estate Services has been in business since 1994 and does property brokerage and management services in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
“John and I have worked together on projects in the past, and we are excited to make this partnership official,” Swearingen said. “I look forward to sharing my experiences and best practices with the TIG brokerage and development teams.”
Swearingen said he’s already working on deals in Midland and for a local property owner.
“The one thing I cannot do is retire,” he said. “My biggest bass is yet to be caught.”