ABOUT US & LUXURY CAR GARAGES
GARAGES OF TEXAS
If you love cars as much as we do, then you already understand that they aren’t simply tools to get us from Point A to Point B. They have character and personality. They are works of art. They are part of us.
At Garages of Texas, we didn’t set out to make a glorified storage facility, instead we wanted to create the ideal atmosphere for motor vehicle owners. Our luxury garage suites are the optimal place for their car and themselves… the perfect place for both man and machine.
While developing self-storage facilities in several states, Fred Gans discovered a garage condominium “man-cave” project that was unique and different than any storage facility he had ever seen.
After years of research, Mr. Gans formed Garages of Texas. He began designing advanced storage facilities to meet the needs of the discretionary vehicle owner. The great success of a luxury garage community relies on several key aspects: Convenient location, quality materials, functional layout, modern amenities, high security and low-maintenance.
Garages of Texas has found a unique niche within the self-storage industry, and believes this product will continue to grow in demand and popularity, eventually becoming a recognized segment of the national storage industry.
Garages of Texas equates this product to be where (mini) self-storage was in the 1970’s. Back in the 1970’s, few developers, banks or city councilmen understood the self-storage product, however look how far the industry has come today.
Fred A. Gans has been involved in the real estate industry for thirty years, having participated in brokerage, acquisitions, management, consulting and the development of income producing properties. He currently owns Cornerstone development Corporation (CDC), which is a full service real estate firm in Dallas, Texas. CDC is/or has been involved in the acquisition, development, build-to-suits, leasing and management of single and multi tenant office and industrial, office warehouse, retail, self-storage, and boat/RV storage. CDC has developed over 1,000,000 square feet of office and industrial buildings, and 3,000,000 square feet of self-storage with 65 facilities in 13 states.
After Mr. Gans sold his partnership interest in over 1,600,000 square feet of Security Self Storage facilities he and CDC developed a 32 property self-storage portfolio of 1,900,000 square feet in five states and was in the 50th largest owners of self-storage in the United States. CDC sold 10 facilities individually and the 1,400,000 square feet in 22 facilities in June, 2006, to a REIT.
Gans earned a bachelor degree in business from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, The Greater Dallas Association of Realtors, North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Texas Mini Storage Association. He is married with two children and resides in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Griffin has over 40 years experience in real estate development, brokerage and motorsports. For twelve years, Mr. Griffin was partner in charge of developing suburban office building properties in the Dallas, Texas area for the Trammell Crow Company. During his partnership with the Crow organization, he developed approximately 2,000,000 square feet of office buildings.
Motorsports has always been a passion of Mr. Griffin. Over the years, he has participated in virtually every form of motorsports activity including racing, touring, collecting, and restoring sports cars on an international level. He is well known in the motorsports world as having raced for several years at venues such as Daytona, Sebring, LeMans, Mosport, Road America and many other tracks around the world.
Sports cars from his collection have won concours events, both regionally and of national stature. His collection has been featured in magazines and television shows. He is a past Board Member of the local chapter of the Porsche Club of America. For the past eight years, he has produced and organized Autos in the Park, the area’s premier car show held at the Cooper Aerobics Center, as well as organized several other car events in the area.
Mr. Griffin attended Baylor University, Waco, Texas, earning his BBA in Finance in 1967. He has three sons and 8 grandchildren, all residing in the Dallas area.
A partial list of Mr. Griffin’s automotive event participation is as follows:
- Sebring 12 Hr. endurance race (1983-’86), Porsche
- Daytona International Speedway (1984, ’86)-Daytona 24 Hr., Porsche; eight other races, also Porsche)
- 24 Hrs of LeMans, France (1984, ’85), Rondeau/Cosworth)
- Miami Grand Prix (1984, Porsche)
- Mosport Raceway, Toronto, Can. (1983, Porsche)
- L.A. Times Grand Prix, Riverside Raceway, Ca. (1983, ’85, Porsche & Mazda)
- Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.,(1983, ’84) Porsche)
- Colorado Grand vintage touring event (1993- ’99, Porsche Speedster)
- Copperstate 1000 vintage touring event (1992-’96, Porsche Speedster)
- California Mille vintage touring event (1993, Porsche Speedster)
- Porsche Parade, National Porsche event (1996, ‘2004, class wins in concours)
Graduated from Highland Park High School in 2009 and Texas Tech University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree. He has been in commercial real estate with Cornerstone Development Corporation (CDC) since 2014 involved in the construction and development of self-storage facilities in multiple states. Areas of focus were feasibility due diligence, site analysis, zoning, city entitlements, sales and marketing of self-storage.
CDC ventured into the condo storage development with Garages of Texas in late 2014 and successfully sold the first project of 70,000 square feet prior to completion of construction. He has been a part of the sales and marketing prior to construction and through completion of our Willow Bend location in Plano, TX. We have created a successful platform to continue developing both self-storage and condo storage facilities on a multi-state program.
Cornerstone Self Storage and Garages of Texas provides an opportunity to expand a very successful self-storage brand with “Extra Space” as the third party management and a new unique brand “Garages of Texas”. Both brands offer regional and national expansion opportunities.
Mr. Johnston has over 40 years’ experience in commercial and hotel development. Mr. Johnston developed hotels throughout the United States, Hawaii, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Cost Rica for Criswell Development, Rosewood Hotels, Omni Hotels and other companies. The size of the projects range from $35,000,000 to $400,000,000.
Mr. Johnston has a 1975 911 Porsche and a 1939 Ford. He is a member of the PCA Maverick Club.
Mr. Johnston graduated from Kansas State University in Construction Management in 1974. He is married and has 3 grandchildren and lives in Plano, Texas.
Mark Scott joined Cornerstone Development Corporation / Garages of Texas in 2016. He was brought in to join the team because of his skills and experience in marketing, sales, and development. Combine that with his love for cars and Mark embodies the Garages of Texas brand.
Mark began his professional and successful career immediately after graduating school by partnering with Time Warner Cable. While at Time Warner Cable for 9 years, he was promoted over 4 times and received well over 22 awards in sales. As a successful B2B Sales Professional, he has generated new profit streams and built very strong business relationships along the way. His expertise and passion about cars made him an easy choice to add to the Garages of Texas team.
Mark has extensive knowledge of salesforce CRM, voice, video, data, networks, LAN/WAN, ATM, and MPLS. To further his education and knowledge, he is currently attending Champions School of Real Estate in Plano, TX and is working toward getting his Commercial Real Estate License. Mark believes that one should never stop learning and continue to add to their bag of tricks.
Mark has extensive knowledge of salesforce CRM, voice, video, data, networks, LAN/WAN, ATM, MPLS. To further his education and knowledge, he is currently attending Champions School of Real Estate in Plano, TX. He is working towards getting his Commercial Real Estate License.
Worth Williams and his Real Estate operating companies and partnerships have successfully negotiated the acquisition and development of over $750,000,000 million dollars of commercial and residential projects. Worth Williams has over 35 years of real estate brokerage, leasing, investing and development experience. His focus and expertise have been devoted to the development of retail shopping centers, build to suits, residential and mixed use developments. He has developed in numerous states including Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
Williams earned his bachelor of science degree in biology from North Texas University. He is married with one child and resides in Dallas.