Senior Vice President / Market Leader - West Region

John Magness serves as Senior Vice President and Director for Hillwood’s West Coast office.  Over the last seventeen years, he has managed and developed AllianceCalifornia™ (former Norton Air Force Base) into a two-thousand-acre modern multimodal industrial park with Kohl’s, Mattel, Stater Bros., Pactiv, Pep Boys and Amazon as anchor tenants. Additionally, John continues to oversee the development of ten other projects on the West Coast totaling over 1,000 acres. 

Since joining Hillwood in 1998, John has been responsible for over 38 million square feet of development across the United States. He is a recognized leader in large scale master-plan development, brownfield clean up, military base redevelopment, airport development, logistics, e-commerce, and “green” industrial development.  Prior to opening the West Coast office for Hillwood, John was responsible for coordinating Hillwood’s consulting and development projects outside the Dallas/Fort Worth area for Hillwood Strategic Services. 

Prior to joining Hillwood, John served as a consultant to the United Arab Emirates government. He received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his MBA from Boston University.  John, a Desert Storm veteran, served nine years in the United States Army with roles as commander, staff officer and pilot. His last assignment was as Operations Officer and pilot with the famed Task Force 160 Night Stalkers, an elite Special Operations Aviation unit. In this unit, John participated in numerous combat missions including the Battle of the Black Sea in Mogadishu, Somalia, which was depicted in the movie and book, “Black Hawk Down”. He is also an author, having published Pilot Vision in 1999. John and his wife, Angie, reside in Southern California.