Jay Sears is a Managing Partner with McLeod Sears where he focuses on investing the McLeod Sears family’s capital in retail real estate investments throughout the United States. As co-founder and Managing Partner of NewQuest Properties, Sears has personally developed over 15 million square feet of retail space encompassing over $2 billion in value.



In 1996, he founded Sears Realty Company, a commercial brokerage and development firm that developed, managed and leased numerous grocery-anchored shopping centers throughout the greater Houston area. He formed Sears Realty in response to the site selection and development needs of his grocery and retail clients, brokering or developing numerous transactions involving Albertsons, HEB Grocery Company, Kroger, Walgreen’s, Petco Animal Supplies, Rice Epicurean Markets, 24 Hour Fitness, Cinemark among many others. The company flourished and, in 2001, Sears merged with Quest Properties, with the merged company being renamed NewQuest Properties.

Sears received a B.B.A. from Baylor University in 1982. He is Chairman of Grant Me The Wisdom Foundation, Partner of Impact Partners, a social impact documentary film partnership, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Urban Land Institute, and the Rice Design Alliance.