Jim entered the real estate business in 1973 after graduating from the University of Arkansas, obtained the appraisal MAI designation in 1980, and moved into commercial real estate brokerage. His success in the industry is directly related to his understanding of real estate investments obtained from his appraisal background. By 1990, he had formed his own commercial real estate company, serving Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Jim is a founding Partner of Irwin Saviers Ballard, LLC. He has over 36 years of real estate investment, brokerage, development, consulting, leasing, and appraisal experience.
Jim represents national, regional and local clients in acquisitions, dispositions, property evaluations and restructuring of assets, focusing primarily on investment related real estate transactions. Jim has been involved in over $475 million in brokerage transactions. His diverse experience encompasses professional buildings, multi-family complexes, retail centers, industrial properties and land transactions throughout Arkansas and the southeast United States. Jim holds the MAI and CRE designations.
Mark began his real estate career in 1982 with the Trammell Crow Company providing development, property management and construction services in four major cities. Mark established himself as the Division Partner in charge of the Chicago Industrial Division and as member of Trammell Crows National Marketing Division. Overseeing Trammells extensive portfolio allowed him to utilize his insight for developing business and industrial complexes and corporate headquarters/campuses. He is a founding Partner of Irwin Saviers Ballard, LLC, as well as a Partner with Sage Partners, a commercial real estate firm with offices in central and northwest Arkansas. Mark also serves as Managing Partner of Myers, Crow and Saviers, Ltd., a development partnership in Houston, where he is involved with the development and investment relationships of speculative office buildings with major pension funds. This endeavor has yielded an exceptional profit for its pension fund partners.
Mark is a member of the Urban Land Institute and a Developer Associate in the Society for Industrial and Office Realtors. He has channeled his interest in civic affairs to include serving on the Boards of Arkansas Childrens Hospital, The Museum of Discovery, Balm Innovations, the Arkansas Childrens Hospital Research Institute and the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.
Claude M. Ballard, CRE, MAI, FRICS, Partner
Claude, a retired partner of Goldman Sachs, served the firm as General Partner from 1981 to 1988, and a Limited Partner and Senior Consultant from 1988 to 1999. He also served as Senior Vice President in Prudential Insurance Companys real estate investment department and as director of several of Prudentials subsidiaries. He is a former Chairman of both the Urban Land Institute and Rockefeller Center Properties. Claude served Wharton, Harvard, SMU, Wisconsin, and New York Universities as a guest lecturer on the subject of income producing real estate investment, development and management. Claude held prestigious credentials from Counselors of Real Estate and was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Claude Ballard is now deceased. His estate is managed by his daughter, Robin Ziperski.