Thirty-year veteran, Ernest Brown was hired as co-managing director.

SAN ANTONIO–Kennedy Wilson executives exclusively tell the firm has added seven professionals to its San Antonio office. The new hires previously worked with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

“This was the perfect opportunity to add a team of seasoned brokers, all of whom are well-respected in our industry,” says Steve Pyhrr, senior managing director of Kennedy Wilson’s Texas operations. “The addition builds on our already solid footprint in this region to allow for further future growth with an extremely solid senior team, and we are very excited about this direction.”

Thirty-year veteran, Ernest Brown was hired as co-managing director. He will work with Charles ‘Butch’ West who has been the managing director of brokerage and leasing in Austin since 2012.

“Joining Kennedy Wilson not only increases the depth of experience and resources that we can make available to our clients, but also expands Kennedy Wilson’s resources and expertise in the San Antonio market.  Averaging more than 20 years of experience, the new team covers all disciplines, from office, retail and industrial to farm and ranch.  This is an exciting time for all of us!” Brown tells

Additionally, the new hires include Rick Stagers, senior director; George Harcourt, senior director; Barbara Crane, senior director; Cynthia Ellison, senior director; Clint Hennessey, senior director; and Jorge Rodriquez, senior associate. With these hires Kennedy Wilson has grown its Texas team to more than 80 professionals.

The new group will be located in the Mercantile Building, Kennedy Wilson’s second San Antonio location.

Kennedy Wilson is based in Beverly Hills, CA and operates 24 offices in the US, UK, Ireland, Spain and Japan.