Mr. Jeffory D Blackard
CEO & President, Blackard Global Chairman, Global Council on NeoRetroism
Jeffory D. Blackard is an American businessman, real estate developer, philanthropist, and visionary. He is the President and CEO of Blackard Global, Inc. as well as the Chairman of the Global Council on NeoRetroism.
Beginning his real estate career in Dallas-Fort Worth in 1981, Mr. Blackard has developed over 30 Master Planned Communities encompassing over 15,000 single-family home sites. In addition to an early focus on single-family home site development, Mr. Blackard’s experiences have covered the gamut of the real estate industry through the acquisition and development of projects including: commercial centers, office parks, multi-family, recreational and amenity centers, condos and villas, patio home communities, row homes, town homes, luxury estates, towers, manufacturing facilities, industrial parks, houses of worship, retail centers, education facilities, hotels and resorts, restaurants, marinas and golf courses. Altogether, Blackard companies have created billions of dollars in real estate assets internationally and have also been responsible for tens of millions of dollars in public/private infrastructure projects including water and sewer treatment plants, structured parking systems, underpasses, and bridges.
Through his years of extensive world travel, Mr. Blackard has become an expert on the evolution process of a village. Over time, he developed an awareness of how the Euclidean development patterns, typical in America and even in many of his earlier project, had segregated people and damaged the fabric of society. Mr. Blackard had an epiphany: Our zoning constructs have taken society away from its natural evolution—the village. Villages have evolved naturally over thousands of years, embodying how people were meant to live together and meet contextual needs that a cookiecutter approach to community never could. As a result, Mr. Blackard resolved to bring this ethos home to America and develop the first contemporary village from scratch.
This is now realized in Adriatica, a $200+ million vertically integrated, mixed-use development located in the heart of McKinney, Texas. Adriatica is inspired by the Croatian fishing village, Supetar, on the Island of Brač and serves as a prototype of this new philosophy of real estate development—one which encompasses so much more than just the physical surroundings, but seeks to meet the needs of lifelong residents and daily visitors alike. Mr. Blackard’s unparalleled understanding of the evolution of communities, from the rural community lifestyle, through the birth of cities, the exodus to the suburbs, and the movement towards “New Urbanism,” in addition to his wealth of experience in real estate development, gave rise to Mr. Blackard’s innovative philosophy of “NeoRetroism” – a veritable functioning, economically self-sustaining village.
In the time since Adriatica’s development, Blackard companies have engaged in a number of new NeoRetroism development projects in the United States and Europe and have sought to educate and engage people all over the world in the mission of reknitting the fabric of society by rethinking the way we build communities. Mr. Blackard’s interests also include a lasting commitment to protecting the environment, having been awarded the National Wetland Conservation Award from the Department of the Interior, one of the highest environmental awards in the nation. It is also a priority of every project to give meticulous attention to the needs of people with disabilities and physical challenges, as evidenced by the firm’s designation as Developer of the Year Award by Accessology Too, LLC.
Outside of real estate, Mr. Blackard is committed to environmental excellence through his company Zero Global Waste, which is operationalizing clean fuel technology throughout the developing world, and exhibits a passion for spreading hope throughout the world by giving both resources and time to charitable ventures. He founded Amazon Outreach to take the Gospel to the most remote regions of the Amazon Basin. He then spearheaded the construction of the Linda Esperanza, a 100-foot riverboat equipped with medical and dental facilities. By doing this, he was able to provide aid to the most inaccessible native tribes. Mr. Blackard is also involved with the Christian mission’s organization, E3 Partners, and has traveled to over 20 countries on five continents, ministering to a variety of people from orphaned children to Heads of State.
Blackard’s influence extends to the political realm, being regularly called upon by Presidents and Prime Ministers for consultation. With expertise in how communities, economies, and people develop, he continues to act in an advisory role for international Heads of State, as well as a variety of state and local government officials and businessmen in the United States.
Blackard attended Northwestern University and was named as one of their 100 most notable graduates.