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F. Joe Hughes

Director of Real Estate Operations |

Director of Real Estate Operations

Joe is the Director of Real Estate Operations for SouthGate Companies.  He builds positive relationships and partnerships in the community, leases available commercial properties, sells residential properties, leads the process of when and where to build speculative and custom homes, connects new and expanding businesses with buildable land and lots, and oversees all real estate deals. Joe earned the CCIM designation in March 2015, joining an elite network of commercial real estate professionals who have proven knowledge and experience in the industry.

Prior to joining SouthGate Companies, Joe spent eight years in Boulder, Colorado as a real estate broker where he was annually a multi-million dollar producer and managing broker.

Joe attended Wartburg College where he received a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in leadership. He is licensed to sell real estate in Iowa.

Married to his wife, Vanessa, since 2007; they have a son, Hugo, who loves sports and the outdoors, and twins named Kona and Arlo that are completely different from each other but also the best of friends. Joe is involved with Young Life Committee, the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. He is a life-long Denver Broncos fan, loves running, enjoys playing softball and flag football; and is an Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

“I love the variety of work we accomplish at SouthGate. In the same day, I could meet with our team to discuss strategies to develop 250 acres of farm and timberland, then update our website, show a commercial space to a new entrepreneur, then pick out cabinets and a backsplash for a new home before touring one of our residential rental properties to decide whether we should remodel now or later. It’s always exciting to see every phase of real estate.”

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