Located in Historic Downtown McKinney

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Texas Millionaire's

Developer Jeff Blackard ended up at the head of his own business because of adversity. Blackard had come to Dallas and landed a job in development in the early 1980s. Blackard started in the development business because it was what he liked, and what his family had done back in Illinois.

The savings-and-loan debacle and the Dallas real estate crash led him out on his own. Now, as president of the Blackard Group Inc., he's developing Adriatica, a 45-acre community in McKinney complete with its own winery.

"It's purely a passion project. Hopefully it will make money," Blackard said

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