Education and Business Career Achievements
Jack Harvard grew up in Beaumont, Texas and graduated from Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas) in 1969, with a BBA in Accounting. In addition, he taught bank planning at the School of Banking at SMU.
After serving in the military, Jack worked in a series of banks in Beaumont, San Antonio, Dallas and Plano. He began working at nights processing checks. Seventeen years later, he was the Chairman of the Board and CEO of a bank holding company.
Jack and Nancy formed NASH Group Real Estate in 1989 and began working in commercial real estate and investments. The company quickly expanded from land sales to brokering improved properties and in the 1990's, began to acquire real estate for resale and for long-term appreciation in the Dallas Metroplex. NASH continues to purchase and/or broker numerous parcels of land and buildings from less than an acre to over a thousand acres. Today NASH owns land, office buildings (some in partnerships), and a significant ownership of Keller Williams McKinney Market Center. The Keller Williams McKinney office currently has 250 agents, and is the fastest growing market center in North Texas.
Jack served as a council member and Mayor of the City of Plano for 12 years. Plano had a population of approximately 40,000 people when he was elected and a population of about 200,000 when he decided not to run for re-election. As Mayor, he was integral in improving and developing Central Expressway, George Bush Tollroad, and Dallas North Tollroad within Collin County, along with adding over 3000 acres of parks to the city. Harvard was instrumental in developing Legacy Park and bringing large corporations and employers to both Plano and the Metroplex, including corporations such as EDS (now Hewlett Packard), J.C. Penny’s, Frito Lay, and many others. While serving as Mayor, Plano was the fastest growing city in the United States.
Past Civic Involvement
- City of Plano - Mayor
- DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) - Founding Director
- Metroplex Mayors Association - Chairman and Founder
- North Texas Commission - Director and member of Executive Committee
- Dallas Citizen Council - Director
- Plano Chamber of Commerce - Director
- Metropolitan YMCA - Director
- Plano YMCA – Director
- Planning Executives Institute – President and Director
- D Magazine - Selected “One of Most Influential Leaders in the Metroplex”
- New York Times - “Why Penny’s is Moving to the Prairie”
- USA Today – “What Makes Plano Grow”
- Dallas Morning News