As the #1-ranked multifamily architecture firm in North America, Humphreys & Partners relies on our incredible team from around the world to create innovative, one-of-a-kind communities. Jessica Leak, a Business Developer in Humphreys’ Dallas office, is one of the driving forces behind our client-focused culture. As a member of the Business Development team, Jessica is one of the initial points of contact for clients seeking superior design, and cultivates client satisfaction throughout the life of a project—from drawing board to groundbreaking. Whether it is a multifamily or student housing deal, Jessica’s talent for guiding a project to success is an excellent example of Humphreys’ dedication to client satisfaction.
Let’s get to know Jessica outside (and inside) the office and see what makes her a true icon of #HumphreysHeroes culture:
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
That’s a tough question. I’m an avid traveler, and it’s always tough to decide between trying somewhere new or going back to somewhere I love. So, it’s a toss-up between Paris or the Maldives. I’ve been to Paris, but the white sandy beaches of the Maldives are pretty tempting.
- What do you enjoy most about being a Business Developer at Humphreys?
I enjoy taking care of others, and in my role I have the privilege of working closely with clients and ensuring they have everything they need to make their developments a success. I also enjoy the tenacity the role requires. There’s always a challenge to overcome, a new lead or a project to go after!
- Do you enjoy working closely with clients?
It may sound cliché, but I love meeting new people and making them feel welcome. I enjoy hosting dinners and taking care of my friends, so I extend that mentality to work. As a Business Developer, I meet new faces all the time and immediately begin solving their challenges and making sure their time with us is smooth and beneficial. I find it fulfilling to help our clients’ visions come alive.
- What’s your favorite project that you have worked on so far?
We are about to break ground on a massive student high-rise in Reno, Nevada with one of our new clients, GMH Capital Partners. Greg and I have been meeting with them for the last two years, so it’s exciting to see the project and relationship take shape.
- What’s your alma mater?
Louisiana State University—Geaux Tigers! I’m a huge LSU football fan. I try to make it to as many games as possible. Since I have moved to Dallas I can’t make them as often as I’d like, but I did make it to last year’s incredible Georgia vs. LSU game, where we rushed the field after winning 36 to 16!
- Have you seen a good movie recently you would recommend?
I just saw the movie The Upside, and it was so good. The perfect combination of funny and endearing. And I love that it was based on a true story.
- What is your hometown?
Baton Rouge, LA.
- If you were not as Business Developer, what would you be doing?
Growing up I always thought I would be an artist, and explored the idea of becoming an interior designer, but realized I enjoyed decorating my own space – not doing it for others! So I really enjoy that I’ve found a way into a creative world where I can apply my personal skill set.