After several years of experience in the industry, owner and principal Alex Payne founded Axis Realty Group in 2007 and sought to create a highly professional commercial real estate brokerage that would focus on Denton, Texas, the greater Denton County region and beyond. Over the years, Axis Realty has added productive and knowledgeable agents and other critical staff to effectively manage the growing demands of its clients and the market.
We are well recognized in the Greater Denton marketplace, and our dominant market share is evident by the more than 1 million square feet of commercial property we represent. The experienced members of our firm have handled hundreds of commercial transactions totaling well over $100 Million in value.
You can trust Axis Realty Group to operate with the highest of ethical standards with our client’s interests put before our own. Our team creates value for our clients through our direct, hands-on knowledge of the market and the properties we represent. In addition, our state-of-the-art market intelligence tools and our extensive property/client database give us a solid platform from which to operate.
As the founding Principal of Axis Realty Group in 2007, Alex has 20 years real estate experience specializing in tenant representation, project leasing, building sales and investment properties. Mr. Payne represents owners, users and tenants of all commercial property types throughout Denton County and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Alex is a highly motivated, results-driven professional and prides himself on maintaining the highest ethical standards when working with his clients and other brokerage professionals. Having spent much of his career specializing in a smaller market area such as Denton, he has had the privilege of working on a wide range of transaction types. His experience ranges from selling large tracts of land for development, assemblage of urban infill sites for multi-family development, site-selection for corporate offices and manufacturing facilities to selling shopping centers or other income properties for investment groups. Alex has built Axis Realty Group to become widely recognized as leader in industrial, office, medical and retail project leasing throughout Denton County and enjoys the process of working on projects from initial site selection, to design and construction phase, through lease up and management and to eventual sale.
Education/ Professional Recognition
Alex received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Alex has focused on his business in addition to becoming an active member in the community. Much of his time is spent coaching his children's sports but he is a member of the North Texas Commercial Association of REALTORS, The Chamber of Commerce in Denton and Argyle, Denton Economic Development Partnership, The Urban Land Institute, Class of 2004-2005 Leadership Denton. He serves/has served on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Health Services of North Texas, Denton Community Theatre, Downtown Development Task Force, Denton Zoning Board of Adjustment, Texas Filmmakers (Thin Line Film Festival), and Argyle Chamber of Commerce. Alex lives in Argyle with his wife Amanda and four children, Ethan, Emerson, Evan and Victoria.
Brad AndrusExecutive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Brad is a third-generation resident of Denton County and has real estate, banking, and entrepreneurship in his blood. Brad's passion for real estate was first kindled as an investor. As he became exposed to various types of real estate over the years, he has focused his attention on commercial real estate. Prior to joining Axis Realty Group in 2015, Brad spent seven years as Senior Vice President at First State Bank. In that capacity, Brad focused on helping clients acquire and build commercial real estate properties in the Denton area. He was a valued advisor to his clients because of his personal background in real estate. His experience underwriting and financing commercial real estate transactions enables him to professionally guide his clients through underwriting real estate and closing complex transactions.
Brad also has a strong background in construction and property management. He often assists his real estate clients through finish out, construction, and development matters as he calls upon his experience managing construction and development projects. He understands what it takes to own and maintain real estate and enjoys sharing his expertise with his clients.
Brad grew up in Krum, where he graduated high school in 1995. He earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in marketing and a master's degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas. He lives in Krum with his wife, Danielle, and his daughter Kali. Brad and Danielle are also proud to support their boys, Dallin and Blake, in their higher education pursuits. Brad currently serves as a trustee of the Krum Independent School District and is a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Denton. In addition to spending time with family, he enjoys serving in his church, traveling, dancing, and playing golf.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Marketing - 2001
University of North Texas, Master of Journalism - 2003
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Commercial Real Estate – Financing & Underwriting
Land & Commercial Property Sales
Tenant & Landlord Representation
Axis Realty Group – 2015 – Present
NorthBridge Management and Consulting – Co-Founder 2015
NorthBridge Realty Holdings – Co-Founder 2015
First State Bank – Sr. Vice President 2008 – 2015
Big Star Homes – 2006 – 2008
First United / Farmers & Merchants State Bank – 2001 - 2006
Class of 2006 Leadership Denton
Bishop – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – 2015 – 2021
Krum Independent School District – Trustee
Chase TraughberVice President
Originally from a small East Texas town, Chase has called Denton home since 2008. He attended the University of North Texas from 2010 – 2014, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. After two years in the Logistics industry, he was recruited by Axis Realty Group, joining the team in 2016. Chase enjoys meeting new people and serving the various businesses of Denton and surrounding counties.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- University of North Texas, BS
AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
- North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR)
- Denton County Young Professionals
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
- Project Leasing - Industrial, Office, Retail
- Commercial Property Sales
- Tenant & Landlord Representation
- Stockbridge - Leasing of Granite Point Business Park
- ResponsiveEd - Leasing of 52,000 SF office building
- First United Bank - leasing of bank-owned office building
- Porter Investments- Leasing of Commercial property portfolio
- Heritage Aviation - Represented in 40,000 SF warehouse facility lease
- Airborne Sports - Represented in 35,000 SF retail lease for 1st TX location
- Premier Enterprises - Represented in 24,000 SF warehouse facility lease
- Shellman's Fine Wine & Spirits - represented in new 5,000 SF retail lease for 2nd location
- Planting Seeds Counseling & Coaching - Represented in 5,000 SF office lease for 2nd location
- Silicone Specialties Inc - Represented in 3,500 SF office lease, expansion of Dallas office
- ConnectediO - Represented in 3,500 SF industrial lease, corporate office relocation from CA
- Landmark Properties - Represented in 3,200 SF office lease for student housing pre-leasing office
- NB Denton Truckport - Represented in 63,000 SF industrial investment purchase
- Axis Realty Group - Agent since June 2016
PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
- 1999-2000: Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics - Logistics Services Sales
- The Denton Chamber of Commerce
- The Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce
Born and raised in Denton, Texas, Ryan has called Denton home for over 25 years. After graduating from Billy Ryan High School in 2015, he spent 4 years at the University of Arkansas studying Supply Chain Management with a focus in retail strategy. Ryan began his journey in real estate in January of 2021. He was a New Home Sales Consultant for Starlight Homes prior to being recruited by Axis Realty Group. Ryan takes pride in helping his clients achieve their goals - he has assisted over 20 families achieve their dream of home ownership and looks forward to bringing the same passion for helping others to the commercial market.
Ryan currently lives in Denton with his fiancée and their dogs, Meatball and Jack. In his free time, you may find Ryan cooking with his family, enjoying the outdoors, golfing, or traveling.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- University of Arkansas, BS in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Marketing
- Director of Relationships & Outreach, Post Oak Realty
- New Home Sales Consultant, Ashton Woods
- Commercial Real Estate agent, Axis Realty Group