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Jeff Novak


Jeff Novak is the Founding Partner and Chief Officer of Business Direction for Novak Brothers. Specializing in identifying opportunities and raising capital, Jeff successfully creates mixed-used lifestyle communities, integrating urban living and lifestyle experiences with hospitality, upscale retail, and high-end rental properties.

During the past 15 years, Novak has developed more than 500 million dollars in real estate. Currently, Novak owns real estate assets valued over 200 million, those assets include residential developments, multi-family, retail, office, and hotels. Novak has real estate project pipeline or under construction totaling 350 million.

An ex-NFL player, Jeff began his career as a walk-on at Texas State University, where he earned all-American honors and was named to the Southland Conference All-Decade Team. Jeff played professionally for eight years as an offensive lineman in the NFL, where he played for the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

During his time in the NFL, he was named as team captain and elected to represent his team as their Union Player Rep at the Annual Union Meeting in Hawaii. However, with all his successes thus far on the field and in the boardroom, Jeff would say his proudest success is his family. He married his high school sweetheart Kim and is a father and grandfather. He stresses the importance of supporting one another and being there at all costs for the people you love and care about. Jeff’s “Show Up!” motto is reiterated in every motivational speech he gives. His father Jack, who was also an NFL player, and mother Judy have always been a huge support for him. Now Jeff pays it forward. You can ask Jeff the secret to success, and he’ll tell you two words: Show up.

Jack Novak, Co-founding Partner

Jack Novak


Jack Novak is the co-founder of Novak Brothers and has a long history of entrepreneurial success and visionary leadership. A successful retail center developer in both the Houston and Dallas markets, Novak has provided investment and guidance for a number of other successful business launches.

A board-certified Emergency Medicine Doctor, Novak developed First Choice Emergency Room, the first standalone ER in the state of Texas. He led that company to annual revenues of over 2 billion dollars. Novak also founded and is chairman of the board of Asset Drone, a premier commercial drone services company that was recently launched to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities for complex drone system analysis. Novak is an owner and board member of Vista Bank Shares, a growing multi-location bank in the Texas markets.

Jim Cramer, Co-founding Partner

Jim Cramer


Jim Cramer has more than 40 years’ experience in building and developing exceptional residential and commercial properties for nationally-known developers, including NVR, Zaring and Regency.

As a Virginia licensed architect (6237) and with NCARB certification (28371), he consults and contracts with local architects in the development of Novak Brothers’ properties. Focusing on welcoming spaces, and the power of comfortable, relaxing environments to bring balance to the chaos of modern life.