Slow and steady: Real estate firm HGC expands as demand increases

HGC got its start not in a garage, but with a garage remodeling. Nearly 15 years later, the Fort Worth company has done incalculable garages that went with what principal John Giordano says must be the “hundreds and hundreds” of homes it’s built. HGC Real Estate Services – named for the original three principals Giordano, Karl Hahnfeld, and Rob Cocanower – has built a panoply of five companies – residential and commercial real estate brokerages, residential and commercial development companies, and an interior decorating company. It’s added new principals – Rick Wegman is a principal with Giordano in all five companies, and Eric Walsh and Todd Davenport run the commercial side – and is pushing eastward into markets like Southlake and Dallas and planning on playing in the far West Side’s Walsh Ranch as it develops. “All these companies kind of grow slowly and methodically,” Wegman said during a recent interview at the companies’ modest West Side offices on Bailey Avenue. “We never try to bite off more than we can chew.”

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