Michael Ablon is the founding partner of PegasusAblon, a multidisciplinary developer and investor focused on the integration of emerging markets and evolving demographic trends. Combining this strategy with nationally recognized institutional capital and private capital, PegasusAblon focuses its practice specifically in the DFW area–where they have developed a commanding understanding of the growth patterns and demographic shifts.
Mr. Ablon has completed numerous noteworthy projects in the course of his pursuit of a cutting edge ethos. He is fortunate to have led the redevelopment of the Dallas Design District from a warehouse/showroom district into a vibrant neighborhood with showrooms and galleries, unique restaurants and local retailers, and lofts and apartments while maintaining the history, vibe, and character of the district’s past. In addition to the Design District, PegasusAblon aggregated a dominant presence in the Preston Center Office Submarket, The Oak Lawn District, Frisco Square, The Harbor in Rockwall, Lower Greenville Avenue, and the 7th Street District in Ft. Worth. Mr. Ablon’s culture driven projects include the creation of highly innovative developments including Retail, Office, and Multifamily assets.
Michael Ablon received his Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Architecture degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, and earned his Master’s degree from Harvard University. Early in his career, Ablon worked as an apprentice under the world-¬‐renowned theorist and architect Robert Venturi in Philadelphia and has been a visiting lecturer at multiple universities including Harvard and Yale. Prior to founding PegasusAblon, Mr. Ablon held senior positions at Hillwood Development, CarrAmerica, Cousins Properties, and The Retail Connection.
PegasusAblon has a reputable award-¬‐winning focus on quality and is honored to have been recognized for Best Multifamily Design Projects, the Dallas Regional Chamber Momentum Award- Community Investor, Best Deal Award for Best Public/Private Partnership, 100 Fastest Growing Companies, and named the #1 Best Place to Work in DFW for small companies. Mr. Ablon’s work within PegasusAblon has led to the completion of over a $1.5 billion of investment transactions in DFW since its inception in 2007.
Amongst other personal awards and recognitions, he was a recipient of a Lloyd Warren Travelling Fellowship in Europe for the Paris Prize Competition, a two¬‐time finalist for the Fulbright United States Scholar Fellowship for architectural theory, named one of the 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in DFW five times, the first recipient of the Pioneer Award for Real Estate Impact in Dallas, and was named a Texas Real Estate Icon in 2020.
Michael Ablon’s community work includes acting as the founding Chairman of the Trinity River Corridor LGC, focused on the development of a great new central park for Dallas - The Harold Simmons Park. He is currently the Chairman of The Real Estate Council, and on the Executive Committee driving the development of the Southern Gateway Deck Park in southern Dallas adjacent to the Dallas Zoo. He has additionally been the Chairman of Community Investors, and on the Advisory Board of Directors for BBVA Compass Bank.