DALLAS, Texas, October 20, 2014 — UCR Dallas, a leading retail real estate services provider, today announced Elizabeth Nabholtz Allen as Vice President who will specialize in retail project leasing.
Elizabeth has extensive experience in property representation. Prior to joining UCR, Elizabeth was the Director of Leasing for RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust for Texas where she directed leasing for more than five million square feet.
Prior to RioCan, Elizabeth worked at The Weitzman Group for ten years as a general broker. She represented properties for a wide range of landlords including Westwood Financial Corporation, Kimco, GE Capital Solutions, Bianco Partners, Oakridge Investments, JPI, Strode Properties, Billingsley Company, and Cypress Equities. She also assisted with site selection for tenants including Sally Beauty Supply, Armstrong McCall, GameStop, Simply Mac, AIO Wireless, YUM! Brands (Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC), Firehouse Subs, Zzz’s by Ashley, Kidville, Chipotle, The Cash Store, Fantastic Sam’s, Planet Beach Tan, Foot Solutions, Rainbow Apparel, Quikset Jewelry Repair, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Edible Arrangements and Goodwill Industries.
Elizabeth has been recognized on numerous occasions by the Dallas Business Journal as a Heavy Hitter. In 2011, the Dallas Business Journal also recognized her as one of their Top 40 under Forty Professionals because of her professional and civic accomplishments.
Karla Smith, Executive Vice President and Partner said, “We are so pleased to have Elizabeth join our team. Her caring personality allows her to connect with her clients and develop the best real estate solutions for the success of their business. We are so excited to see what her future at UCR holds.”
DALLAS, Texas, September 4, 2014 — UCR Dallas, a leading retail real estate services provider, today announced it has named Dan Shoevlin as Partner. Dan joined UCR in January 2009 and has been with the firm for five years. He is consistently a Top Ten producing broker, and, in February, UCR awarded Dan its highest honor, the Jean Smith Service Award, for his exceptional leadership and service to the firm. His partnership recognizes the immense contribution he has made personally and professionally to UCR.
“I have a deep respect for Dan’s work ethic, passion and personal investment in UCR. I am thrilled to finally call him partner,” says Mickey Ashmore, UCR President & CEO.
Dan has played an integral role in shaping and growing UCR’s institutional project leasing and management platform, helping secure and retain notable clients such as RREEF/Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Heitman, Prudential, RPAI and CW Capital.
“Dan truly understands project leasing from the landlord’s perspective. He gets great results for our clients and his ability to think like an owner has been instrumental in helping grow this business at UCR,” says Scott Weaver, President of UCR’s Asset Services division.
His strong skills in project leasing have been rewarded with several high-profile assignments in Texas and beyond, like Highlands at Flower Mound, Danada Square West in Illinois, Collin Creek Shopping Center, Addison Walk, Twin Creeks Village, Woodland Plaza in Tulsa and Museum Place in Fort Worth.
Dan’s service to the company has extended beyond growing revenue. He has also served as a mentor to UCR’s junior brokers, helping teach best practices when working with institutional clients and leasing the properties within their portfolios.
Carter Butler, now Vice President at UCR, reflects on Dan’s mentorship, saying “Dan has played an integral part in shaping my career. His work ethic is unmatched in the industry, and I have learned a great deal from him over the last five and a half years working alongside him. I appreciate his patience and honest candor and willingness to always stop what he is doing to listen and help when it’s needed.”
As partner, Dan hopes to work with company leaders to further grow the brokerage platform to meet the demand for institutional-quality leasing/management service in the Dallas/Fort Worth market and in other cities. Dan is also excited to implement a training program for young brokers that will enable UCR to meet these needs nationwide.
“I’m honored to be asked to partner with UCR and continue to help grow this company,” Dan states. “I’ve been in awe of how quickly Mickey built this company from scratch. It was special to join him five years ago and now to partner with him and continue to grow his vision, I am truly humbled.”
UCR Announces Student Scholarship Winners of the 6th Annual Retail as Art Photography Scholarship Competition
DALLAS, Texas, April 11, 2014 – The positive energy was contagious as students, teachers and families mingled with real estate executives and socialites at the student exhibition and celebration, which culminated in a presentation of $11,000 in scholarships for 12 deserving participants.
“For many of the participating students, the Retail as Art Exhibition offers the first opportunity to showcase their photography in a public setting,” said Mickey Ashmore, UCR CEO. “We hope this competition broadens the students’ world view and inspires them to further explore their creative talents.”
The students were encouraged to submit their best photographic interpretations of the “Retail as Art” theme. The 2014 photography invitational attracted over 93 student participants from 21 schools across the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The participants contributed more than 300 photo and Instagram submissions.
The winning images and other notable submissions were showcased at the “Retail as Art” Exhibition on April 9 at 129Leslie where the winners were announced.
The exhibit included 75 notable submissions by students, bites from Bolsa Mercado, wine by Custom Wine Source, beer by Heineken, photography by Travis Lilley, valet by Sewell Automotive Companies, flowers by Whole Foods and Central Market and music by DJ Blake Ward.
A panel of influential Dallas journalists, photographers, taste-makers and designers judged the entries based on originality, creativity, photo quality and how well the photo communicated the theme, “Retail as Art.” Judges included: Evans Caglage of Dallas Morning News, Wade Griffith of Wade Griffith Photography, Lisa Petty, DFW Style Daily, Bernard Underwood with An Intimate Place / B.U. Designs, Teresa Gubbins with CultureMap Dallas, Sam Reitmayer-Sano with SWOON, the studio.
The scholarship recipients included:
Best of Show
1st Prize $3,000 Scholarship – Abigail Chang, The Einstein School, “Lobster Dinner”
2nd Prize $2,000 Scholarship – Thomas Molash, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Parallelism”
3rd Prize $1,000 Scholarship – Ashley Andrews, Booker T. Washington, “Metallic Utensils”
UCR Awards $750 Scholarships
1) Camile Rivera, Irma Rangel Young Womens Leadership School, “iPhone 5c”
2) Ysidro Motta, Rowlett High School, “1 Million”
Judges Awards $500 Scholarships
1) Wade Griffith Award: Michael McCallum, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Free Sample”
2) Lisa Petty Award: Andrew Helmbrecht, Highland Park High School, “Boxes on Boxes”
3) Sam Reitmayer Sano Award: Christian Gay, Booker T. Washington, “Reflections”
4) Bernard Underwood Award: Graham Buchanan, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Pins and Needles”
5) Teresa Gubbins Award: Uriel Paulin, North Dallas High School, “Peppermint”
6) Evans Caglage Award: Timothy Skaras, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Introspective Division”
7) Instagram Award by Jeyson Paez: Sarah Deibel, Booker T Washington, “Chickn”
Notable attendees included Daniel Upton, RPAI; Patrick Krejs, Regency Centers; Allen Gump, Colliers International, Lindsey Miller, Lindsey Miller & Associates, Mina Chang, Linking the World International, Cynthia Smoot, Oh So Cynthia; Allison Edwards and Courtney Edwards, Where Wear in the City; Lea Ann Moshier Stundins, Mommy’s Wish List and Elysa Ellis, GenPink.
“It’s incredible to see how each year builds on the last. I couldn’t be happier about this year’s competition. Our UCR team has discovered a meaningful mission that combines our passions: retail, art, and education,” said Mickey Ashmore, UCR’s president and CEO.
With a 501c3 status, “Retail as Art” is the heart and soul project of Ashmore. A former speech and English high school teacher and current father of three, Ashmore has always been passionate about a child’s education, support and inspiration. All proceeds benefit the UCR “Retail as Art” Fund, which is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
UCR appreciates its generous sponsors including RPAI, PegasusAblon, Millet the Printer, Vivanti Group, SWOON, the studio and UCR.
HOUSTON, Texas, March 31, 2014 — UCR Houston, a leading retail real estate services provider, today announced Scott Gardner has joined UCR Houston as Partner and Chris Pitts as Vice President. With strong experience in retailer representation, these new additions help expand the firm’s retailer representation platform and serve to bolster UCR’s offering of reliable service for its clients.
“We are pleased to have these two experienced tenant representatives join our firm,” said Ed Page, Managing Partner of UCR Houston. “Scott and Chris bring a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of retail real estate. Their expertise will allow us to continue to uphold the reach and depth of our retail services platform.”
Scott Gardner comes to UCR with a strong understanding of the Houston market. His primary focus is on partnering with retailer and restaurant clients to meet and exceed their long term visions for growth. Scott’s tenant relationships include Mattress Firm, Frost Bank, First Hartford Realty (CVS preferred developer), In & Out Hamburgers, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and formerly Whataburger Restaurants. While working with Whataburger, Scott was recognized in 2009 as broker of the year for the company.
“Joining UCR provides me with the opportunity to better serve my clients,” said Scott. “I am able to utilize relationships built through UCR’s asset and property representation platforms to provide unmatched strategic insight to surpass my clients’ goals. And as a partner I am excited to be a part of building the UCR brand in the Houston market.”
Chris Pitts provides UCR with a valuable understanding of local and national market rollout and expansion strategies, as well as assisting property owners in securing tenants for anchor spaces and pad sites, and disposing of redundant assets for his clients. His current client list includes Pacific Dental, ALDI, 5 Guys, CVS, and Elements Therapeutic Massage.
Prior to joining UCR, both Scott and Chris worked for SRS Houston where Scott served as Senior Vice President and Co-Market Leader.
DALLAS, Texas, March 31, 2014 – Today UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, has named Jace Hinderland as Vice President with UCR Investment Sales. Jace will focus on serving the firm’s private and institutional owners and investor clients. He brings extensive experience with all major real estate product types with specialties in retail, single tenant net lease, strip centers and sale-leaseback assignments. He also brings the capacity to originate and execute investment sale and equity placement opportunities throughout the United States.
Adam Howells, Managing Partner of UCR Investment Sales said, “Having Jace on our team allows us to further strengthen our ability to serve our clients and adds even more depth to our retail investment platform. We are confident that he will bring the personal care and attention that our clients have come to expect from our team.”
Prior to joining UCR, Jace was an Associate Vice President with Rockwood Real Estate Advisors. Previously he was a member of the retail investment sales team at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP, where he focused on strategic advisory and investment sale assignments.