Austin, TX —

AQUILA Commercial today announced that Matt Wilhite and Leigh Ellis have been named partner.

Matt joined AQUILA in 2013 and celebrated his fifth year with the firm last June.

Matt specializes in office tenant representation and has a diverse client list including multinational corporations, local startups, and prominent professional service and law firms. His client roster includes WeWork, Aristocrat Technologies, Smith Robertson Elliott & Douglas, LLP and New Waterloo.

“While AQUILA’s reputation for exceptional client service, integrity and hard work precedes itself, I am most proud of how focused the organization is on individual clients, employees and the community,” says Wilhite. “It is a great honor to be invited into a partnership that prioritizes people.”

Matt was named an Austin Business Journal Heavy Hitter in 2017 and has completed over 500,000 square feet of Class A office space transactions in Austin.

Matt is a graduate of Texas Christian University and a native Austinite.

“Matt has been a fantastic addition to the AQUILA team and has quickly elevated his game to be among the top tenant representation experts in Austin,” says Bart Matheney, AQUILA Principal. “And he has achieved a number of successes on behalf of WeWork and other clients.”

Matt Wilhite and Leigh Ellis | Principals at AQUILA Commercial

Matt Wilhite (left) and Leigh Ellis (right) have been named partner at AQUILA Commercial.

Leigh joined AQUILA in 2014, and February will mark his fifth year with the company.

Leigh is AQUILA’s industrial expert, focusing on both project leasing and tenant representation. He represents a number of national and local companies, including Stonelake Capital Partners, Industrial Group Southwest, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas and Protect America.

“I am lucky to work with an exceptional roster of clients,” says Ellis. “From national institutions to local firms, the relationships that I have forged in my time in the industry are the reason for my success.

“I joined AQUILA because they were the Austin experts, and I’ve enjoyed working with such a smart and talented team over the last five years. It’s an honor to join the leadership at AQUILA and am excited about how this new position will enable me to better serve my clients.”

Leigh has been named an Austin Business Journal Heavy Hitter and a Costar Power Broker multiple times, and in 2017 won the Austin Business Journal Industrial Transaction of the Year Award for the Goodwill North Outlet.

“Leigh has done an amazing job of expanding our industrial platform,” says Matheney. “He has won a number of key leasing assignments, including Brushy Creek Corporate Center and Park 96, and taken on a number of new corporate tenants. He is extremely knowledgeable, great to work with and I am excited and proud to call him my partner.”

Leigh is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and is an SIOR Candidate.


Founded in 2007, AQUILA Commercial is a recognized leader in Austin commercial real estate. Today AQUILA manages and leases over 9 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties and has over 550 corporate tenant representation clients. AQUILA offers clients full service real estate solutions, providing tenant representation, project leasing and asset, property and project management services for office, industrial and retail properties. For more information, visit: