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!
Those who know Jack Gosnell and his passion to revitalize downtown Dallas will not be surprised to learn that he has been named a finalist for the Stemmons Service Award. Considered one of the highest honors in commercial real estate in DFW, the Stemmons Award is given by NTCAR (North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals).
Jack, a senior vice president with CBRE, has spent the last 40+ years negotiating some of the biggest commercial real estate deals in Dallas. It seems only fitting that he would be considered for this prestigious award, which is given to the professional who has earned the respect of his or her peers, and is an active and productive broker who successfully resolves the intricacies of bringing two parties together in a real estate transaction. Jack does all of these things and more for the real estate market in Dallas.
Jack has been nominated for this award because of his tireless dedication to his clients, his colleagues and the city of Dallas. With a genuine passion for his work and a drive to redevelop downtown and revitalize the retail scene there, Jack embodies the ideals of the award. After being named D CEO’s 2014 Commercial Real Estate Retail Broker of the Year, winning the Stemmons Award would be another well-deserved milestone in Jack’s successful career.
We heard from a number of industry professionals who agree that Jack is an ideal candidate for this special honor:
I first met Jack Gosnell when he was my father’s right-hand man some 40 years ago. Jack knows the real estate business as well as anyone in the business, and he continues to conduct himself with the integrity and expertise that he learned from my father. Jack also has the same wry sense of humor that my father had. Anyone who has worked with Jack knows what a pleasure and just plain fun it is to be associated with him. I am proud to be able to call Jack Gosnell my friend.— Jackie Stewart, President, Henry S. Miller Interests, Inc.
Jack is an expert in his craft. He speaks from the heart and his absolute passion for what he does is infectious. Jack’s approach to the urban core is beyond business—it’s a science. He has taught me not just how to be a better broker, but how to be a better thinker. It has been a great honor to work with Jack. I am tremendously lucky to have had the opportunity to work on his team and have him as my mentor. His kindness, sincerity, and creativity are unparalleled.— Sasha Levine, Sales Assistant, CBRE
I have known Jack Gosnell since I was a lowly college intern in 1976, and Jack took an interest in me and helped me begin my real estate career. And for the last 40 years, Jack has become a mentor, a colleague and a friend. Jack is one of those real estate professionals who has the ability to bring interesting and passionate people together in complex real estate transactions. Jack also has the intuitive sense of what makes a great retail project, and in turn, why we need great retail projects to become the fabric of a great city. Throughout his career, Jack has demonstrated the highest standards of the real estate profession, and as the consummate professional with his artistic sense, he has helped create some of the most unique and important real estate developments in our city.— Philip Wise, Founding Partner, Cienda Partners
I know or have known most of the past Stemmons Award winners and I truly believe Jack Gosnell’s rare soul and sophistication actually improve this noteworthy band of brokers who have won the award. His ability to communicate is distinctive and refreshingly authentic and his results as strategic producer prove it. He is a gracious giver of time and is a truly great spokesman for the UCR brand, now proudly CBRE.”— Mickey Ashmore, Vice Chairman, CBRE
Jack is one of those guys who is truly passionate about their business. His involvement in Oak Lawn, Uptown and Downtown retail has really shaped the retail landscape of these submarkets.— Brian Murphy, Managing Principal, EDGE Realty Partners
Every day is a new adventure working with Jack Gosnell. From hearing reports of him being seen driving down McKinney Avenue with his briefcase on top of his car, getting stuck on a rooftop with a prospective tenant, or sitting in the basement of a vacant building late at night while Gary Busey played his guitar to test out the acoustics, the days are never dull. Jack is a very caring, patient, gracious, generous, entertaining guy who has made the last 33 years fly by. I think we have all worked with or have known people in our careers about whom we have said, ‘not in a million years would I work for him.’ I can’t imagine showing up to work without him.— Valerie Staton, Client Services Coordinator, CBRE
2014 was a great year for real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth and some are saying it was one of the best on record. The Dallas Business Journal and D CEO recently announced the winners of their annual commercial real estate awards for 2014. With so many great deals under consideration for the top awards, CBRE is honored that our brokers were some of the leading recipients in retail real estate categories.
One of the biggest retail deals in DFW is the relocation of Neiman Marcus from Ridgmar Mall to the new Shops at Clearfork, a 500,000 square foot outdoor, open-air shopping destination in the heart of Fort Worth. The new 90,000 square foot, two-level store is significant for being the first fully built store for the company in years. CBRE’s team of Jack Breard, Amy MacLaren and Amanda Gross represented and brokered the deal for Neiman Marcus and Cassco Development. It was the first time that Neiman Marcus used an outside brokerage firm to introduce a site and finalize the negotiations.
This deal was a substantial win for the Clearfork Development. Securing a flagship anchor tenant of this caliber has put the entire development on the fast track and retailers are now jumping at the opportunity to be a part of this high-end establishment and significant urban infill. The impact of this deal is a large reason why Jack Breard was also named Best Retail Broker of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal.
Another award winning project that CBRE brokers helped shape is the Dallas Farmer’s Market. Jack Gosnell and Sasha Levine, along with the help of private partnerships and a TIF from the City of Dallas, are putting this historic area on track to again be a central hub and give Dallas what it is missing, a true farmer driven market. Both Jack and Sasha have led the efforts to lease the retail component for the entire project, including The Market. When complete in June 2015, The Market will house a unique mix of 30+ artisanal shops ranging in size from 144 square feet to 1,620 square feet with most stores averaging 400-600 square feet. These efforts did not go unnoticed; The Dallas Business Journal awarded the project its Best Community Impact Award, and D CEO named it a finalist for The Best Redevelopment in Dallas.
Many of our other brokers were also recognized by the Dallas Business Journal for their great work this past year. CBRE brokers Brandon Harris, Tey Tiner and W. Thurston Witt, Jr. were finalists for the Dallas Business Journal’s Best Land Transaction Award for their work with Craig Ranch. Jack Gosnell and Jack Breard assisted with retail efforts for Mixed Use Development winner McKinney & Olive, and the Best Creative Financing Deal winner, The Olympic at 1401 Elm Street, was aided by Amy MacLaren and Jack Gosnell as well.
These awards proved once again that CBRE is the consistent leader in Dallas retail real estate. As the DFW area continues to grow, our team of brokers will continue to provide the best service in project leasing and tenant representation.