Wednesday, Feb. 24, the CBRE team held its first awards celebration together as a united company. As a first-timer myself, I thought it was a nice environment to be able to get to know colleagues outside the office.
The event was hosted at Lakewood Country Club and included drinks and bites. The “make your own” Mac N Cheese bar was my favorite by far.
Daniel Taylor, Managing Director of Retail for the South Central United States, welcomed the group with a speech highlighting the hard work and dedication of our brokerage team and how far the company has come since the merge in January 2015.
“There is no perfect formula for bringing two groups together and creating an automatic seamless team,” said Daniel. “It takes time, and I can see the positive effects of the past year. We are getting comfortable; working more like a team and more importantly, we’re performing.”
He briefly hit on the state of the market, emphasizing the healthy economic conditions of Texas – “We’re lucky to be in the market we’re in. Dallas specifically, is the shining star as it has evolved into an HQ mecca. We have never been more positively positioned to succeed than we are right now.”
For the awards presentation Daniel invited Mickey Ashmore, Chairman of Retail Services America, to assist in announcing the Rising Star and Top Producers awards. Not surprisingly, Mickey kept us laughing while he doled out wisecracks about each broker and recalling stories everyone has heard numerous times before (from what I’ve heard). He did manage to share some nice thoughts on each broker. Honestly though, Mickey’s passion for the company and the industry shone through in his remarks.
The Rising Star award was presented to Sasha Levine, recognizing her as a young professional getting her start in the industry and who has earned the respect of her peers and that of senior brokers.
“Sasha has an unmatched work ethic and dedication to the future of her career in the industry,” said Daniel. “What’s more, she shows a deep respect for our CBRE RISE values. She truly embodies the characteristics of a Rising Star, and we look forward to seeing great things from her in the future.”
Sasha thanked Mickey, Jack Gosnell and Jack Breard for being her “work fathers” and mentors, in addition to her own father who also works in the industry. She joked specifically that they ensured her boyfriend was approved to date her. What are mentors for, right?
This year’s Top Producer awards were presented in descending order, closing with the announcement of Jack Breard as 2015’s No. 1 Top Producer. Jack was unable to attend as he was out of town working with a client. Go figure. What else would the top producer be doing?
CBRE 2015 Top Producers:
- Jack Breard
- Stan Lotridge
- Scott Muller
- Jeff Kittleson
- David Shelton
- Greg Pierce
- Darrell Hernandez
- Karla Smith
- Nathan Wood
- Dan Shoevlin
It was a great evening put together by Anne Braden and Rebecca Smolik along with help from the marketing team. Congrats to all our award winners and cheers to what’s to come in 2016!
Dallas, Texas, June 24, 2015 – CBRE | UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, today announced Sewell Automotive Companies purchased 10.5 acres to build an Audi dealership at Craig Ranch at the northwest quadrant of SH 121 and Stacy Road in McKinney, Texas. The new dealership will be approximately 65,000 square feet, which includes a separate Certified Pre-Owned vehicle building, and will employ 100 people.
Brian Murphy with Edge Real Estate represented Sewell Automotive Companies, and Tey Tiner and W. Thurston Witt, Jr. represented Craig Ranch.
Dallas, Texas, April 13, 2015 – CBRE | UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, today announced Moviehouse & Eatery has purchased 6.78 acres of land at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. The land is located at the northeast quadrant of Custer Road and Highway 121. Moviehouse will build a 40,000 square foot, 10 screen movie theater to open in May, 2016. This will be the theater’s third locaiton in DFW.
Tey Tiner and W. Thurston Witt, Jr. with CBRE | UCR represented Craig Ranch in the land sale. Jason Middlebrook with Trulan Property Advisors represented Moviehouse & Eatery.
Dallas, Texas, April 13, 2015 – CBRE and CBRE | UCR received six awards at the Dallas Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals of 2014 event. The annual event honors the top commercial real estate professionals and projects in Dallas-Fort Worth from the previous year.
Five CBRE and CBRE | UCR professionals were honored as top brokers in their industries, taking four of the six top broker awards that were given, including:
- Dave Anderson, CBRE, Top Industrial Broker of the Year
- Jack Breard, CBRE | UCR, Top Retail Broker of the Year
- Jeff Ellerman, CBRE, Top Office Broker of the Year
- Dirk Goris and Ryan Reid, CBRE, Top Investment Sales Brokers of the Year
In addition, CBRE and CBRE|UCR professionals led two projects that were recognized with transaction awards, including:
- Best Community Impact Deal of the Year: Dallas Farmers Market, Jack Gosnell and Sasha Levine, CBRE | UCR
The redevelopment of the Dallas Farmer’s Market is leading the charge in revitalizing the southern section of downtown Dallas. With the changes coming to The Shed and The Market and surrounding office, retail and entertainment components, it is projected to draw three million visitors annually. When complete, it will once again be a central hub and give Dallas a true farmer driven market.
- Best Lease Renewal of the Year: Tenet Healthcare, Phil Puckett, Chris Herrmann, Harlan Davis and Ty Lee, CBRE
Tenet Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare companies in the U.S., made a big bet on downtown Dallas when they moved their world headquarters from Far North Dallas to downtown in 2008. Tenet’s long-term renewal and approximately 50,000-square-foot expansion at Fountain Place in 2014 cemented their commitment to downtown, making a long-lasting and positive impact on the downtown submarket.
“Creating great outcomes for our clients is our primary goal and these award winners do that every day,” said Michael Caffey, Executive Managing Director of CBRE’s Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas region. “I’m proud of each of them and am honored that we were chosen to work on these transactions that ultimately have a positive impact on our city.”
Dallas, Texas, March 26, 2015 – CBRE received three awards at the D CEO Magazine Commercial Real Estate Awards event. The annual event honors the top commercial real estate projects in Dallas-Fort Worth from the previous year, as well as the key professionals who made them happen.
Michael Caffey, Executive Managing Director of CBRE’s Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas region, was honored as the Real Estate Executive of the Year. The award recognizes a number of significant milestones under his leadership, including two recent key acquisitions (United Commercial Realty and CBRE’s Oklahoma affiliate), which enhance the company’s market share in important growth areas.
Michael has also driven his region to historic market share and business volume levels. Under his direction, the region has seen double-digit revenue growth for three straight years. He is also committed to furthering his profession and making his community a better place, which he demonstrates through his involvement on the boards of the Dallas Regional Chamber, The Real Estate Council, Downtown Dallas Inc. and Camp John Marc. He is an active member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR) and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).
“As CBRE’s market leader for Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, Michael commands one of our most important and fastest-growing U.S. markets. Beyond all of his professional accolades, Michael’s collaborative approach, servant leadership management style and can-do orientation have garnered the respect and admiration of all who work for and with him. We are truly proud of all Michael has accomplished,” said Jim Reid, President, CBRE’s U.S. Eastern Division.
CBRE and CBRE|UCR also received the following transaction awards:
Best Retail Lease: Neiman Marcus at The Shops at Clearfork, Jack Breard, Amy MacLaren and Amanda Gross, CBRE|UCR
The 90,000-square foot Neiman Marcus is the first new store development in several years for the Dallas flagship retailer. Securing Neiman Marcus at The Shops at Clearfork has set the tone for the retail mix at this center and has put the development into motion. The Clearfork development will bring a positive impact to Fort Worth’s retail landscape and revitalize the shopping patterns for its residents.
Best New Office Development: McKinney & Olive, Gardere Lease, Jeff Ellerman and Phil Puckett
The 20-story, Class A office tower in Uptown Dallas began construction in 2014 with the completed 109,000-square-foot lease for Gardere, a Texas-based law firm. Jeff Ellerman and Phil Puckett, with CBRE, represented Gardere in its relocation search and lease negotiations.
“I’m proud of our team and honored to work with such a dedicated and world-class group of professionals,” said Mr. Caffey. “Serving as trusted advisers to DFW’s most notable companies is a role we take seriously, and we’re honored to have played a role in these impactful transactions with Neiman Marcus and the McKinney & Olive project.”