After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UofA in 1983, Jeff kickstarted a 37-year career in resort and luxury hotel development as the Senior Vice President and Partner with The Athens Group. Some notable properties developed by Jeff include Montage Deer Valley, Montage Laguna Beach, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and Four Seasons Hualalai Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. Early in his career Mongan was involved in development of the Ventana Canyon community and Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson as well as the La Reserve community in Oro Valley.
Mongan is a long time member of the Urban Land Institute and served as past Chair of the national Recreational Development Council. As of August 2020, Jeff has semi-retired but stays very involved with his local community. He was the Chair of the UrbanPlan Committee for ULI Arizona and UrbanPlan program volunteer at several Phoenix area high schools. Mongan also serves as a volunteer leader with McDowell Mountain Community Church in North Scottsdale. As an undergrad Jeff served as the Chapter Treasurer and won an award for best all-around intramural athlete. After graduating Mongan served on the Board of Chapter Advisors and currently is the President of the Upsilon Alpha Building Corporation.
Jeff has very fond memories of his time as a Fiji, making some of his best life-long friendships that continue today. He says “the fraternity instilled positive values and principles that carried through to my career and family life. My career in real estate development came about from the network of exceptional FIJIs that were leaders in the commercial real estate business in Phoenix including one of my mentors, the late Lee Hanley ‘64.” Jeff’s two daughters, Jeannie and Maddie, are both members of TCU’s Kappa Alpha Theta chapter