Manuel "Manny" Ybarra is the founder and president of Pillar Commercial, a full-service commercial real estate investment and operating company based in Dallas, Texas. In this role, Manny is responsible for managing the investment performance of a portfolio consisting of office, retail and industrial properties. He leads a team of seasoned professionals in implementing strategies related to acquisitions, finance, property operations, project leasing and dispositions.
Prior to launching Pillar Commercial, Manny was executive vice president of Dallas-based TPMC Realty Corporation. In that capacity, he oversaw the leasing and management divisions for the company's real estate holdings in Dallas and Houston. Before entering the real estate industry, Manny served as vice president of economic development for the Greater Dallas Chamber. During his tenure, Manny was an active team leader in recruiting major employers to the city like Transamerica, Blockbuster Entertainment and Union Pacific.
Manny is also active in various civic work and industry-related organizations. He has served on several city boards, including the Dallas Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment. He has also been a member of Dallas' Real Estate Task Force, a committee formed by the Dallas City Council to establish long-term strategies on economic development projects impacting the city of Dallas. He has served on the board of directors for Dallas' Downtown Improvement District and Richardson Chamber Board of Directors. He has also successfully completed several community leadership development programs, including The Real Estate Council's Associate Leadership Council and Leadership Richardson.
Manny is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas (1990). He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 2002. He was the 2009 president of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR). He currently serves on the board of directors for The Real Estate Council (TREC) and was appointed chairman of TREC’s Government Affairs in 2010-2011.
He has also achieved several noteworthy accomplishments including multiple year awards of the Dallas Business Journal’s Heavy Hitters and Best Real Estate Deal, including the 2011 Office Deal of the Year. Manny is also the 2011 recipient of the Stemmons Service Award, considered to be highest honor in the Dallas commercial real estate industry.