Chris Selbo kicked off his commercial real estate career with an internship at KDC in 2009. He liked it so much that he came back six years later.
Prior to interning at KDC, Chris was familiar with the commercial real estate business through his father, who worked as a lender for several years before turning to development. While Chris was always interested in real estate, he wanted to explore other industries, before committing to a career path.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and working for a year at the investment bank Houlihan Lokey, Chris joined HFF as a part of their investment sales team in Dallas. While he enjoyed the investment sales side of the business, he realized that he found development more exciting and jumped on the opportunity to rejoin KDC.
As a development associate, Chris focuses on the capital and transactional side of the business. “I’ve always gravitated toward numbers, and my financial background, coupled with my understanding of deal structures, gives me a unique perspective.”
Chris likes being involved in projects that shape cities and communities. “Through our office developments, we’re creating and enhancing new mixed-use neighborhoods, and it feels good to be part of that. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from the projects KDC is developing.”
Although Chris was born in Dallas, he grew up in Georgia and Vermont. His parents attended SMU and he continued the tradition.
“The most important thing to me is family. I have a big extended family, and we’re really close.”
Chris loves to travel and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including golf, skiing, hiking, and camping. His most memorable trips include hiking and camping in Yosemite National Park with his brothers and backpacking his way across Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Eventually, he wants to visit all seven continents.
Volunteering is also important to Chris. He’s involved in The First Tee, an organization that helps to shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. Recently, he co-chaired the organization’s biggest fundraising event, a concert and golf classic.
When it comes to stepping outside his comfort zone and taking risks, Chris follows James Dean’s advice: “You gotta try your luck at least once a day because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”