During his 18 years of ranch and land and commercial real estate experience, Dax Pass has also worked on family ranches in Erath, Somerville and Presidio Counties and managed Pass Cattle Company, a family-owned ranching business. He and his father actively managed an oil and gas development company, Phoenix Resources, Pass Family Racing, committed to raising and racing thoroughbred horses, Pass Properties, a real estate investment company and Whataco Inc., a franchisee of Whataburger Restaurants. He learned the real estate development business from J.T. Pass and his grandfather, John Pass, interning at John Pass Investments which built apartment complexes and office buildings in the Southwest.
Dax's roots run deep in Texas with six generations of his family living on and working the land. He grew up spending all his after-school time on the ranch and in the offices of John Pass Investments and other entities. He began his real estate career interning for John Pass Investments commercial real estate business by working for another family business, Whataburger Restaurants, (Whataco Inc.). During his time with Whataco he was in charge of site acquisition and development in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. The family's franchise became the largest in the nation with 92 restaurants, employing 3,500 people and was sold in 2000 to Redstone Companies of Houston, Texas.
In 2001 he co-founded Phoenix Resources Inc., an oil and gas acquisition, development and exploration company. Phoenix negotiated seismic permits and leased 104 square miles of Texas Gulf Coast in Calhoun County with Dax managing seismic data acquisition and additional leases. Phoenix drilled and developed a substantial portion of the county and sold the project in 2006.
Subsequent to the Phoenix sale, Pass left the Dallas-Fort Worth area to pursue his passion for land and ranch brokerage and consulting in Presidio County in the town of Marfa, Texas. He founded Pass Properties in 2006, a real estate brokerage firm with an emphasis on ranching, agriculture, hunting and recreational properties.
Dax is a member of The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Cancer Support Community North Texas, MetroTex Association of REALTORS and Dallas Museum of Art.
Pass graduated from Highland Park High School and studied business at Texas Christian University. He is a licensed salesman in the Ranch and Land division where he consults on water rights, cattle operations and mineral opportunities.
He and his wife, Caroline Summers, raise their three children in Dallas where they attend the Episcopal School of Dallas and Armstrong Elementary.