Giving back to the community has always been a passion of mine, and I love hearing how my fellow colleagues are giving back. What’s even better is having the support of your own company behind you.
Last month, CBRE’s Chairman of Retail Services Americas, Mickey Ashmore, along with his wife Temple Ashmore, hosted the eighth annual “Retail as Art” exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation. “Retail As Art” is a scholarship contest designed to showcase the very best photographic interpretations of “Retail as Art” from Dallas-Fort Worth area high school students.
More than $22,000 in scholarship funds was awarded to 14 Dallas-area students. Claire Marucci of the Hockaday School won first prize, which included a $5,000 scholarship, for her work titled “Nocturnal Energy.” Over 300 attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments while mingling and viewing the participants’ photographs.
“Temple and I have always been passionate about education and the ability to help give young students the opportunity to pay for a quality education,” said Mickey Ashmore. “Having founded a retail real estate firm, I wanted to find a way to combine my passion for real estate and my family’s passion to help others. Thus Retail as Art was born.”
The purpose of the event is to showcase the best local photographic talent, celebrate and capture the true essence of retail and reward the winners and their schools for their talent and efforts.
The Ashmores created “Retail as Art” while at UCR and hosted the first “Retail as Art” invitational in 2008. The contest started small with only five student participants from one high school — Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts. This year, the entries grew to 124 students from 25 schools.
“I believe this year was the best year yet, and I look forward to growing the program in the future,” said Ashmore.
CBRE’s CBRE Cares program supports and leverages the passion and talents of our employees to create real benefit for individuals in need. Adding “Retail as Art” to our portfolio of community programs is an honor. With the support of CBRE’s expansive network, I imagine the “Retail as Art” program growing exponentially in the years to come. Congrats to all the winners who participated this year!
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!