The FORT Podcast: Mike Berry – President of Hillwood

Mike Berry is the President of Hillwood, one of the top industrial, commercial, and residential real estate developers in the country. He has been the leader of development efforts in AllianceTexas, one of the largest global logistics hubs in the world. They discuss how Alliance developed from concept to reality, the future of transportation for both people and freight in the next decade, autonomous vehicles, and buying your home online. This is one of our most fascinating episodes—enjoy!

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(02:47) –  Mike’s Background and Career

(07:22) – The Story of Hillwood

(10:02) – How Alliance was Conceived

(15:23) – Could something like this deal ever come together in today’s world?

(17:50) – What is a foreign trade zone, and how do you get a foreign trade zone designation?

(21:22) – Was the Alliance vision originally to become a city?

(25:05) – Mike’s job as part of this growth and how he’s changed as a leader over time

(28:59) – Alliances Mobility Innovation Zone

(35:31) – Why DFW/Hillwood Offers More For This Type of Testing Than Other Testing Sites

(38:47) – Freight and Human Capital in Autonomous Driving and Autonomous Vehicles

(43:45) – What’s it like inside these forward-thinking businesses like Amazon?

(47:31) – What is something you would say the world will have in 10 years that people will find shocking?

(50:01) – The Talent at Hillwood and Adapting to These Changes

(51:53) – The Trends in Residential Living and How They Are Changing 

(59:37) – How have you been able to balance your family and work?

(1:01:13) – What advice would you give your 21-year-old self? 

(1:04:25) – Is there anyone you look up to?

(1:07:31) – Picking Sides in Today’s Society and The Amount of People Work That Goes into Building a Building 

(1:11:04) – The NextDoor Analogy with Determining Market Demand and How it Slows The Process  

The Fort is produced by Johnny Peterson & Straight Up Podcasts

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