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Dallas 500 Q&A: Roger Staubach, JLL

JLL executive chairman Roger Staubach
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JLL executive chairman Roger Staubach

Name: Roger Staubach

Company: Jones Lang LaSalle

Title: Executive Chairman-Americas

A former star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys—his teams reached the Super Bowl five times, winning twice—Roger “The Dodger” Staubach transitioned from pro football to commercial real estate, learning the trade at the knee of Henry S. Miller Jr. A pioneer in tenant representation, Staubach launched his own firm in 1977 and built into a powerful national force. He sold it in 2008 for $613 million to JLL, where he now focuses on business development. Although the former QB has accomplished a great deal both on and off the field, one surprising item remains on his bucket list. To find out more, read on.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Interacting with the people in our company as well as our customers. It’s fun putting good people together. Our business is a service business. I really enjoy bringing the people in our company together with our prospective clients.

What’s the toughest challenge you’ve had to overcome? I’ve always believed you have to have the right people in the right places, but the challenge is getting the right people in the right places working together.

What’s your proudest moment? Meeting Marianne (my future wife) in the 4th grade. It was a proud moment when we got married and I graduated from the Naval Academy. I’m also proud of our five children, 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. I was also always proud of our ‘63 Navy team, winning Super Bowl VI, and having great people build a wonderful real estate firm.

What’s the best business advice you can offer? It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to get spectacular results. You have to work hard at what you do. I always like that saying that “there are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”

What has you most excited about the future? Being able to spend more time with our grandkids and all of their activities

What would people be surprised to learn about you? Even though I’m serious about a lot of things, I have a good sense of humor.

What educational degrees do you hold, and where were they earned? I have a bachelor of science in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Name one item on your bucket list: To catch a fish

What’s your beverage of choice? Mocha Frappucino

What kind of car do you drive? Lexus 460

What’s your hobby/passion? Working out and spending time with the kids and grandkids

What’s your favorite travel destination? Horseshoe Bay

The Dallas 500 is a D CEO special edition that profiles the most powerful leaders in North Texas. For more information—or to suggest individuals or categories to include in 2017—visit www.Dallas500.com.

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