Capital Jet Center
Austin, Texas
Harbor Towne
Port Aransas, Texas


Hal Jones

Hal Jones, native Texan, was raised in Houston and San Antonio with a love for the outdoors. Jones started his career after attending North Texas State where he pursued his second passion: aviation. After obtaining his pilot’s license, Jones transferred to the University of Texas at Austin where he studied economics and finance.

Beginning in 1986 Jones joined Ohmstede, the family’s heat exchanger business in Beaumont, Texas. There he gained valuable experience, which he was later able to capitalize on.

In 1991 he embarked on his first entrepreneurial venture founding Gamefisher Rod Company, based in Boca Raton Florida, which he ran for four years and eventually sold in 1995. In 1996, Jones came back to Houston where he saw the opportunity to roll up the fragmented industry that he identified while working for Ohmstede. Originally against his father’s wishes, Jones convinced his two brothers and his father to join him in a venture appropriately named United Industrial Services. Through acquisitions and spin-offs, today the company is better known as Universal Plant Services which will gross over 50 million in sales from the power and petrochemical industries. After 9 years as CEO of the company, Jones stepped aside to be co-chairman of the board with his father Harry Jones, a well-respected real estate developer. Driven by his love for the outdoors and following in his father‘s footsteps, Jones moved to the Austin area in 2006 and set his sights on real estate development with a focus on the Texas Hill Country and the Texas Coast.


Mike Brooks
Marina Manager

We are proud to announce that Michael Brooks joined the Reserve team in October as our Marina Manager and Landscape Architect.

Michael attended Texas Tech University where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Architecture. Michael has worked in the Central Texas area for fifteen years and spent nine years in the Pacific Rim, where he discovered his love of water and boating. While overseas, Michael worked for a Japanese development company constructing large scale resorts, shopping centers and water parks. Particularly, Michael has been involved in Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing since 1997. This passion for the sport of outrigger canoeing has taken Michael to many beautiful lake, river and ocean locations, and is what sparked his interest in Marina management.

Since his return to Texas, Michael has worked in the Landscape industry. His work includes many wonderful residential and commercial projects throughout the Hill Country. His passions for nature, the water, and people have brought Michael to The Reserve. Commitment to quality and customer service have always been critical to his work. Providing a quality Marina service and a fun, relaxed community is what The Reserve marina is all about. Please come out and visit Michael at the Marina and see for yourself what we have to offer.


Clay Gourley
Field Manager

Clay Gourley is a local Austin native and brings with him over 30 years of electrical experience and field knowledge. He grew up on Lake Travis and spent his summers jet skiing and boating with his family.

After graduating from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, he joined Fox Service Company where he obtained his unrestricted journeyman’s license for the City of Austin. While working in the downtown Austin area for high-rise tenant finish-outs, he obtained his Master Electrician’s License and Electrical Contractor’s License for the State of Texas in 2003.

In 2003, he started his own electrical business, Clay Electric, which specialized in residential, commercial and service work. He worked on large projects from downtown Austin high rises, to the 4-story Hampton Inn Hotel, in Boerne, Texas.

In 2009, he joined the Hal Jones Team as Field Manager. Clay brings with him a wealth of knowledge of working on large-scale commercial projects as well as working with county inspectors and subcontractors, to architects and property owners. We are glad to have his professional skills as a part of the HJD team.


Nick Spiropoulos

Born in Bloemfontein South Africa of Greek parents in 1961. Nick completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1982 and then did 2 years of mandatory military training, becoming a lieutenant.

Nick joined South African Breweries in 1983, where he held various positions in marketing, the last of which was Director of International Sales (selling in 47 countries). It was during this time that Gary Player offered Nick a position in the Gary Player Golf Company to run the International Business Division which led to a move with his family to the United States of America – West Palm Beach, Florida.

On becoming American citizens, Nick accepted a position with Dave Pelz Golf Company in Austin, Texas as the Executive Director of the Compaq World Putting Championship.

Nick then brokered beverage deals internationally for Advantage Plus protein drinks, iced tea and organic energy drinks in Europe, Africa and Australia.

Recently Nick joined Hal Jones Development Company in the capacity of community consultant and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge.

Nick and his wife Chrissie have two children – their daughter Georgia (22) and son Athanasios (21). They enjoy the hill country, supporting the Longhorns and grilling steaks on the weekends. Nick’s hobbies include golf, travelling, and smoking a good cigar.


James D. Hanson
Sales Executive

James D. Hanson is an award-winning marketing professional, with over a decade of experience. James has demonstrated leadership throughout various sales management positions, handling high-volume properties and closing over $100 million in real estate transactions, to date. Having worked in both Texas and North Carolina, Mr. Hanson’s areas of expertise include waterfront properties. James has enjoyed great success in across various facets of the industry, including the coordination of marketing efforts (across a wide variety of media), recruiting and training professional staff; and guiding clients from contract to closing. In recognition of excellence demonstrated in sales and management services.

Hanson has been the recipient of the following industry awards: J.R. Purcell Award, Cost Savings Award and Top Manager Award.


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