Gruber Named New Preston Center Office Manager


Diane Gruber has been appointed sales manager of the Preston Center Office of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Betty Misko, Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices of the Ebby Halliday Companies, made the announcement Friday, April 14.

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“Diane is what I would call an agent’s agent,” Misko says. “She began her career in real estate in 1978 and brings with her a thorough understanding of all aspects of the industry. She has perfected her marketing and lead generation techniques, and knows how to work effectively with clients. With her even temperament, positive outlook and exceptional people skills, she can pass this extensive knowledge along in a productive way to her up-and-coming agents. Conversely, Diane has much to offer even the seasoned agents who already respect her, having worked alongside her for years.”

Gruber majored in real estate and management at SMU. After graduation, she began her career in the relocation domain, ultimately becoming the relocation manager for one of the largest companies in Dallas. Having worked with numerous high-profile clients, she blended flawlessly into Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s unique culture because of the prioritization she already placed on discretion and confidentiality. Gruber has also been a consistent Top Ten Producer for the company, including earning this status again for 2016.

“Her teammate and daughter, Becky, will prove a powerful influence for helping Diane keep the Dave Perry-Miller brand top of mind,” Misko continued. “She understands the mindset of young buyers, who make up a large percentage of those in the market today. I believe this office will reach even greater heights with Diane at the helm.”

“I am looking forward to my new role as manager of our flagship office,” Gruber says. “It is a great office filled with great agents!”

Firm Celebrates 2016 Top Producers


There is no better venue to host a gathering of Dallas’ most elite, service-oriented real estate agents than Dallas’ most elite, service-oriented hotel. The Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate 2016 Top Producers Award Luncheon was held on Friday, February 18, at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas in Uptown. Sales managers, agents and support staff from all five area offices convened in the Cypress Ballroom — along with senior executives from Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., and a handful of valued vendors — to toast with mimosas and dine on Teen Romaine Salad, Moroccan-spiced Grilled Chicken Breast with Sauteed Kale and Quinoa, and Citrus Twist Cheesecake.

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After lunch, Ebby CFO Ron Burgert kicked off the awards portion of the event with a recap of 2016. The firm did $2.1 billion in sales volume, he announced. He also reiterated the strength of and bright future for the brand. Ebby CEO Mary Frances Burleson also congratulated agents on another remarkable year, and hinted of the presentation to come by retelling a personal Ritz-Carlton memory that has stayed with her for 15+ years.

Roberto van Geenen, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, speaks to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents about memorable customer service at the 10th Annual Top Producers Awards.
Roberto van Geenen, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, speaks to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents about memorable customer service at the 10th Annual Top Producers Awards.

Agent Sharon Quist, herself a homeowner at The Ritz-Carlton, introduced the highly anticipated guest speaker, The Ritz-Carlton Dallas General Manager Roberto van Geenen.  Mr. van Geenen entitled his talk “Memorable Customer Service” and highlighted the high standards this luxury hotel brand has in place to keep guests satisfied and loyal. He acknowledged many parallels in the way The Ritz-Carlton staff treats guests and the way Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents treat clients, and left his audience freshly inspired by his industry-leading insights.

David Perry-Miller Real Estate Sales Managers prepare to hand out Top Producer awards.
David Perry-Miller Real Estate Sales Managers prepare to hand out Top Producer awards.

After Mr. van Geenen concluded, Robb Puckett, Sales Manager of the Highland Park Office took the podium to begin handing out awards to his 2016 Top Producers (pictured below):

  • Gianna Cerullo
  • Betty Crawford
  • Michelle Hopson
  • Marlene Jaffe
  • Madeline Jobst
  • Scott Kaserman
  • Stephen Pryor
  • Ralph Randall
  • The Rhodes Group (Tom Rhodes, Burton Rhodes, Dan Rhodes, Thomas Rhodes, Neil Broussard, Nina Sachse)
  • Mysti Stewart Group (Mysti Stewart, Diane Beaty)

Top Individual Units: Scott Kaserman
Top Individual GCI: Madeline Jobst
Top Group Units: The Rhodes Group
Top Group GCI: The Rhodes Group

Front row, L to R: Gianna Cerrullo, Madeline Jobst, Tom Rhodes, Marlene Jaffe, Betty Crawford. Back row, L to R: Burton Rhodes, Nina Sachse, Thomas Rhodes, Dan Rhodes, Mysti Stewart, Neil Broussard. Not pictured: Diane Beaty, Michelle Hopson, Scott Kaserman, Stephen Pryor, Ralph Randall.
Front row, L to R: Gianna Cerrullo, Madeline Jobst, Tom Rhodes, Marlene Jaffe, Betty Crawford. Back row, L to R: Burton Rhodes, Nina Sachse, Thomas Rhodes, Dan Rhodes, Mysti Stewart, Neil Broussard. Not pictured: Diane Beaty, Michelle Hopson, Scott Kaserman, Stephen Pryor, Ralph Randall.

Next, Becky Connatser, Sales Manager of the InTown Office, announced her Top Ten Producers (pictured below):

  • The Bleeker-O’Brien Group (Brian Bleeker, Melissa O’Brien)
  • Carmen DiPenti
  • Suzann Farren
  • Brandon Fleeman
  • Forke+Shindler Group (JL Forke, Jennifer Shindler)
  • The Wayne Garcia Group (Wayne Garcia, Jerry Gutierrez, Michael Hubach)
  • Gullotto-Barnes Group (Joseph Gullotto, Jarrad Barnes, Frances Jacobs, Stephene Tolocko)
  • Hewitt & Habgood Group (Kathy Hewitt, Steve Habgood, Jason Saucedo, Lance Hancock)
  • Layne-Rothwell Group (Paul Layne, Trina Rothwell)
  • Christopher Miller
  • Emily Ray-Porter Group (Emily Ray-Porter, Jessica Hill, Henry Barber, Brittani Frankowiak)

Top Individual Units: Carmen DiPenti
Top Individual GCI: Carmen DiPenti
Top Group Units: Hewitt & Habgood
Top Group GCI: Hewitt & Habgood

Front row, L to R: Melissa O'Brien, Trina Rothwell, Casey Russell, Emily Ray-Porter, Suzann Ferran, Kathy Hewitt, Henry Barber. Back row, L to R: Brian Bleeker, Paul Layne, JL Forke, Jennifer Shindler, Christopher Miller, Wayne Garcia, Michael Hubach, Frances Jacobs, Jason Saucedo, Jessica Hill, Carmen DiPenti. Not pictured: Jarrad Barnes, Brandon Fleeman, Brittani Frankowiak, Joseph Gullotto, Jerry Gutierrez, Steve Habgood, Lance Hancock, Stephene Tolocko.
Front row, L to R: Melissa O’Brien, Trina Rothwell, Casey Russell, Emily Ray-Porter, Suzann Ferran, Kathy Hewitt, Henry Barber. Back row, L to R: Brian Bleeker, Paul Layne, JL Forke, Jennifer Shindler, Christopher Miller, Wayne Garcia, Michael Hubach, Frances Jacobs, Jason Saucedo, Jessica Hill, Carmen DiPenti. Not pictured: Jarrad Barnes, Brandon Fleeman, Brittani Frankowiak, Joseph Gullotto, Jerry Gutierrez, Steve Habgood, Lance Hancock, Stephene Tolocko.

Lee Thomas, Sales Manager of the Lakewood and Park Cities Offices, presented his 2016 Top Producers (pictured below):

Lakewood

  • Marissa Fontanez
  • The Heather Guild Group (Heather Guild, Haley Wagstaff, Amy Sack)
  • The Holmes/Clyce Team (Eric Holmes, Andy Clyce)
  • Nancy Johnson
  • The Scott Jackson Group (Scott Jackson, Lauren Moore, Laura Reynolds, Tucker Bomar)

Top Individual Units: Nancy Johnson
Top Individual GCI: Nancy Johnson
Top Team Units: The Holmes/Clyce Team
Top Team GCI: The Homes/Clyce Team
Top Group Units: The Scott Jackson Group
Top Group GCI: The Scott Jackson Group

Front row, L to R: Amy Sack, Marissa Fontanez, Nancy Johnson. Back row, L to R: Haley Wagstaff, Andy Clyce, Eric Holmes, Scott Jackson, Laura Reynolds, Lauren Moore. Not pictured: Heather Guild, Tucker Bomar.
Front row, L to R: Amy Sack, Marissa Fontanez, Nancy Johnson. Back row, L to R: Haley Wagstaff, Andy Clyce, Eric Holmes, Scott Jackson, Laura Reynolds, Lauren Moore. Not pictured: Heather Guild, Tucker Bomar.

Park Cities

  • Julie Boren
  • Stephen Collins
  • The Elliott & Elliott Group (Paige Elliott, Curt Elliott, Lynn Gardner-Collins, Adam Whitmire)
  • The Phyllis Glover Group now the GPS Group (Sissy Pardue, Andy Scott)
  • Stewart Lee
  • The Christine McKenny Group (Christine McKenny, Megan Stern)
  • Phillip Murrell
  • The Kathy Myers Group (Kathy Myers, Lacy Schultz, Wendy Harkness, Carla Hea, Libby Barnes)
  • The Provenzano Group (Julie Provenzano, Rebecca Bruant, Mike Yates)
  • Sharon Quist
  • Debbie Sherrington
  • The Brian Smith Group (Brian Smith, Kristin Smith, Leslie Smith, Joshua Vernon)

Top Individual Units: Lynn Beaurline
Top Individual GCI: Stewart Lee
Top Group Units: The Phyllis Glover Group now the GPS Group
Top Group GCI: The Christine McKenny Group

Front row, L to R: Andy Scott, Kristin Smith, Lacy Schultz, Kathy Myers, Lynn Gardner Collins, Julie Boren, Julie Provenzano, Paige Elliott. Back row, L to R: Sissy Pardue, Brian Smith, Leslie Rouda Smith, Christine McKenny, Wendy Harkness, Adam Whitmire, Sharon Quist, Stewart Lee, Debbie Sherrington, Curt Elliott, Lynn Beaurline, Phillip Murrell. Not pictured: Libby Barnes, Rebecca Bruant, Stephen Collins, Carla Hea, Megan Stern, Joshua Vernon, Mike Yates.
Front row, L to R: Andy Scott, Kristin Smith, Lacy Schultz, Kathy Myers, Lynn Gardner Collins, Julie Boren, Julie Provenzano, Paige Elliott. Back row, L to R: Sissy Pardue, Brian Smith, Leslie Rouda Smith, Christine McKenny, Wendy Harkness, Adam Whitmire, Sharon Quist, Stewart Lee, Debbie Sherrington, Curt Elliott, Lynn Beaurline, Phillip Murrell. Not pictured: Libby Barnes, Rebecca Bruant, Stephen Collins, Carla Hea, Megan Stern, Joshua Vernon, Mike Yates.

Finally, Charles Carneal, Sales Manager of the Preston Center Office, rounded out the afternoon with his Top-Ten list (pictured below):

  • Mark Cain
  • Justin Easterling
  • The Gromatzky Group (Kimberlee Gromatzky, Taylor Gromatzky)
  • Diane & Becky Gruber
  • The Perry-Miller/Streiff Group (Dave Perry-Miller, Ryan Streiff, Laura Michelle, Karen Fry, Gaynelle Henger, Courtney Jubinsky, Jason Bates, Charles Gregory)
  • Sharon Redd
  • Hanne Sagalowsky
  • Sylvia Scott
  • Thayer-Braymer Group (Gayl Braymer, Jonathan Thayer)
  • Martha & McKamy Tiner
  • Updike Pugh Group (Jeff Updike, Weston Pugh, David Lee, Jan Folmar)

Top Individual Units: Hanne Sagalowsky
Top Individual GCI: Mark Cain
Top Team Units: The Gromatzky Group
Top Team GCI: Thayer-Braymer
Top Group Units: Updike Pugh Group
Top Group GCI: The Perry-Miller/Streiff Group

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Front row, L to R: Kimberlee Gromatzky, Sharon Redd, Gayl Braymer, Hanne Sagalowsky, Jan Folmar. Back row, L to R: McKamy Tiner, Karen Fry, Mark Cain, Diane Gruber, Becky Gruber, Justin Easterling, Jeff Updike, Weston Pugh, David Lee. Not pictured: Jason Bates, Charles Gregory, Taylor Gromatzky, Gaynelle Henger, Courtney Jubinsky, Laura Michelle, Dave Perry-Miller, Sylvia Scott, Ryan Streiff, Jonathan Thayer, Martha Tiner.

Puckett had this to say after the ceremony was over. “Our vision as a leadership team is to inspire our associates to provide clients with the level of service Mr. van Geenen and The Ritz-Carlton provide their guests. Quality is a value that transcends time and one of the hallmarks that makes Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate the success it is today. Today’s luncheon to recognize our associates for their phenomenal work and achievements, is never tiring and sets the stage for a prosperous 2017.”

Congratulations to all the winners!

A gorgeous display of fresh-cut flowers greeted attendees in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Dallas.
A gorgeous display of fresh-cut flowers greeted attendees in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Dallas.

Agents on Hand To Celebrate MetroTex’s 100th Anniversary


Established in 1917, MetroTex Association of REALTORS represents the entire North Texas region as the area’s largest REALTOR association. It is the second largest Association of REALTORS in Texas, and fourth in the country! They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more.

For their centennial anniversary this year, MetroTex is celebrating with tree planting events across DFW to show their “deep roots.” The kickoff was held January 21, 2017, at Moore Park in Dallas. Fifteen Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents were on hand for the event. Many of these agents from across the firm’s five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving/have served fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities with MetroTex.

From left to right: Robb Puckett, Sales Manager Highland Park Office; Rob Elmore; Susan Gates; Frances Jacobs; Ronda Needham; Steve Habgood, Past President; James Martin, Current President; Steve Killingback; Eloise Martin, Past President; Matt Wilkerson; James Farias; Alicia Schroeder; Shannon Foster; Tommy Hill; Becky Connatser, Director.
From left to right: Robb Puckett, Vice Chair, Professional Development; Rob Elmore; Susan Gates; Frances Jacobs; Ronda Needham; Steve Habgood, Past President; James E. Martin, Current President; Steve Killingback; Eloise Martin, Past President; Matt Wilkerson; James Farias; Alicia Schroeder; Shannon Foster; Tommy Hill; Becky Connatser, Past President Appointee.

To drive home the organization’s ongoing commitment to the community after 100 years of helping people find homes across North Texas, MetroTex will be planting 20 new trees in four locations and then handing out more than 100 trees at each event to the public. Not only do these events demonstrate the organization’s history in and gratitude for Dallas, they help bring greenery and cleaner air to the parks and greenspaces we all love and enjoy.

We appreciate their involvement and dedication to serving other REALTORS and ultimately all of North Texas in this way!

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Agents Help Prepare CitySquare Cottages for New Residents


Ask any real estate agent — preferably one from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — what they enjoy most about their job, and they’ll tell you: it’s helping people find a place to call home.  A place to retreat after a long day, to regroup and relax, to dream big dreams for themselves and their family, to offer security and safety, to lay their head at night.

No matter who we are or what we do, we all need the stability that comes with having a home base to keep getting up every day and giving life another shot. Ask any homeless person what happens when that is taken away from you, and they’ll tell you it starts a downward spiral that’s difficult to recover from. At least on your own.

No one understands this hard truth better than CitySquare. This compassionate community neighbor, headquartered in the shadows of the I-30/I-45 interchange along Malcolm X Blvd, has been a lifelong friend to Dallas’ homeless. They started 29 years ago as Central Dallas Ministries, with the mission to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship.  On January 3, twenty-six Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents showed up to their highly anticipated new Cottages at Hickory Crossing, ready to join that fight.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography

The Cottages comprise 50 homes, each 400 square feet, with enough room for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area and a front porch. A public registry at Target provided furnishings and basics to stock each cottage, and the agents assisted in setting up and staging 12 of the new homes.

The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot "mini homes" like those pictured here.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot “mini homes” like those pictured here.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.

In addition to lending a hand, agents got a first-hand look at CitySquare’s pioneering approach to easing chronic homelessness, one based on a concept called “Housing First.” The model prioritizes providing the homeless with permanent housing as quickly as possible – and then providing voluntary supportive services as needed, such as mental health and medical services, job training and more. Studies show that when potential loss of housing is taken out of the equation, recovery and rehabilitation is more likely to be successful.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

Scott Kaserman had this to say about his experience at CitySquare: “I learned something new. That it costs the city $40,000 annually for each of their most susceptible homeless persons, while it only costs them $15,000 to build one of these beautiful homes! The cottages have really taken a serious problem and come up with a serious solution. I think this community would help anyone to be better and to do more good in life.”

“What a wonderful project our city has invested in to help people down on their luck,” said Frada Sandler. “The houses are darling and will give them such a sense of pride, in addition to being part of a community that understands and helps their situation. Very rewarding!”

Ged Dipprey summed up the afternoon nicely when he said: “It was an amazing opportunity to finally see that as a city we aren’t apathetic to helping the “least of these.”  CitySquare’s development restores the dignity, hopes and dreams of those fortunate to call one of these cottages “home.”  It was a sweet reminder of the value associated with having a home to call our own and the special privilege it is to help others achieve their own dream of home ownership!”

To see more images from this event, please visit our Facebook page.

The finished product!
The finished product!
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: JASON RILEY HOSS PHOTOGRAPHY, FORT WORTH, TX  817-676-5778

Quist reigns Ritz-Carlton with Record Sale


In real estate circles, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Sharon Quist is known as “Queen of the Ritz.” With excellent reason. It all started in 2004, when she became the 5th person to reserve a unit at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas (pre-completion), then sold another 13 units by move-in day in 2008. She has more than 140 Ritz transactions under her stylish belt today, and is the all-time leader in sales there.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Sharon Quist leads her peers in sales volume at both the The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas and in Area 17 (Downtown, Uptown, Oak Lawn/Turtle Creek)
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Sharon Quist leads her peers in sales volume at both the The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas and in Area 17 (Downtown, Uptown, Oak Lawn/Turtle Creek)
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas

As of last week, Sharon has further cemented her legendary status. A recent company announcement lauded her sale of the Ritz-Carlton Penthouse. She and Kathy H. Myers were the Listing Agents, and Sharon was on the other side of the table, too, bringing the buyer.  The 5,666 square foot full-floor unit was listed at $7,500,000. It sold for the highest price per square foot of any condo or high rise ever sold in Dallas MLS.

Of her own high-rise experiences, Quist reflects, “The camaraderie, convenience, walkability and seamless lifestyle has made me an urban living devotee. I want others to know this for themselves. That’s why this job is perfect for me!”

The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas

Sharon has been #1 in MLS sales volume for condos and high rises in all of Dallas and in Area 17 (includes Downtown, Uptown and Oak Lawn/Turtle Creek) for three years running now: 2014, 2015 and 2016 YTD. From January of this year to the end of September, she has sold almost $24 million, accounting for 3% of total market share by herself. Her contributions have also boosted Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s market share by volume in Area 17 to almost 21% — that’s double the share of either of the firm’s closest competitors.

Icing on the cake: since the company announcement was made last week, Sharon has closed a $1,800,000 unit and listed another for $4.1 million. It’s good to be queen!

The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas

Firm Surpasses $1 Billion Mark in First Two Quarters of 2016 for Fifth Year in a Row


This may be the fifth year to reach the same momentous milestone, but that doesn’t mean this tremendous accomplishment ever gets old! In fact, agents at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate have come to regard it as a good reason to get together and celebrate with one another — something these busy independent contractors don’t get to do often.

Celebrate they did at the Dallas Country Club late Wednesday afternoon. Ebby Haliday CFO Ron Burgert shared phenomenal, uplifting numbers with the group, and thanked everyone for their contributions to the firm’s consistent success. Based on data pulled from MLS, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is currently the number one brokerage in Dallas in Homes Sold (Volume), Homes Sold (Units) and Market Share for the combined areas 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 25. (Because non-MLS data is not available publicly, making overall competitive comparisons isn’t possible.)

Statistics based on MLS Data from 1.1.16 to 6.30.16 covering Areas 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 25. Does not include non-MLS, hip-pocket sales.
Statistics based on MLS Data from 1.1.16 to 6.30.16 covering Areas 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 25. Does not include non-MLS, hip-pocket sales.
Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert congratulates Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents on surpassing the $1 billion mark in the first two quarters of 2016.
Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert congratulates Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents on surpassing the $1 billion mark in the first two quarters of 2016.

Then he turned the microphone over to corporate comedian Dean Lewis, who engaged with his audience throughout the 20-minute set.  Lewis, who has appeared on Last Comic Standing Season 5, written for Jay Leno and won the Wendy’s Clean Comedy Challenge, put hilarious twists on topics close to every REALTOR’s heart, such as staging homes, selling in the suburbs and taking calls 24/7. He even poked a little fun at the competition, which was not lost on anyone there.

All in all, was a very festive way to finish out a Hump Day!

Ebby Halliday Vice President and Director of Marketing, Randall Graham (L), Corporate Comedian Dean Lewis (center), and Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert (R)
Ebby Halliday Vice President and Director of Marketing, Randall Graham (L), Corporate Comedian Dean Lewis (center), and Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert (R)
Dean Lewis had the audience laughing as he teased married agents Brian Smith and TAR Chair Leslie Rouda Smith
Dean Lewis had the audience laughing as he teased married agents Brian Smith and TAR Chair Leslie Rouda Smith
Dean Lewis engaged with his audience, including top-producing agent Susie Swanson
Dean Lewis engaged with his audience, including top-producing agent Susie Swanson
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Sales Managers are all smiles about hitting $1 billion in sales. From L-R, Preston Center Manager Charles Carneal, InTown Manager Becky Connatser, Highland Park Manager Robb Puckett, Lakewood & Park Cities Manager Lee Thomas.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Sales Managers are all smiles about hitting $1 billion in sales. From L-R, Preston Center Manager Charles Carneal, InTown Manager Becky Connatser, Highland Park Manager Robb Puckett, Lakewood & Park Cities Manager Lee Thomas.

Carneal Named Preston Center Office Manager


Today was a red-letter day in the life of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Preston Center office. After going for more than a month without a permanent office manager, senior management representatives from parent company Ebby Halliday stopped by to let agents know a replacement had been determined. The reins will go to longtime associate Charles Carneal.

Ebby Halliday CEO Mary Frances Burleson, CFO Ron Burgert, newly announced Preston Center Office Manager Charles Carneal, and Executive VP and Director of Sales Offices, Betty Misko.
Ebby Halliday CEO Mary Frances Burleson, CFO Ron Burgert, newly announced Preston Center Office Manager Charles Carneal, and Executive VP and Director of Sales Offices, Betty Misko.

Betty Misko, Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices, acknowledged that while finding someone to lead the team of 85 agents quickly was preferable, it was more important that the process be allowed to thoroughly play out so the right person would be hired. She reassured those gathered they felt it had done so.

“We know how much you all want someone you know and trust and respect,” Misko said. “To preserve the established culture, we knew this person most likely had already been involved with the DPM brand for a long time. Charles Carneal has been here almost 15 years, and he has contributed much to the healthy, productive environment you enjoy today.”

In his first official remarks to the group as office manager, Carneal started by saying, “I chose to wear this green tie to the meeting for a couple of reasons. First, I am a prisoner of Ralph Lauren. He gets the importance of branding, just like we all do as agents working for one of the most successful luxury brokerages in town.”

“I also wore the tie because it’s green like grass,” Carneal continued. “For anyone tempted to think the grass may be greener elsewhere, I would remind them: the only time the grass is actually greener on the other side, is when they maintain it better. My focus here will be on fertilizing and watering the grass. There won’t be a lot of change because what we have seems to be working well.”

As office manager, Carneal sees his job as “attracting, training and supporting the best, most-productive agents in Dallas.” (The office has the numbers to prove that last part.)

“What I liked most in his interview,” Misko said, “was that he never even asked how much the job pays. I could just tell he’s really looking forward to teaching and helping all of you.”

Ebby Halliday CEO Mary Frances Burleson jokingly added, “Please help him fertilize and mow.”

CFO Ron Burgert concluded the meeting by re-affirming the parent company’s support for and commitment to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,” said Burgert emphatically. “This brand has had a tremendous past several years, and we will do everything we can to see that it has many more.”

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc.

Agents Hear Good News from Ebby CFO, Downtown Update from President/CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc.


When is status quo ever a good thing in business?  When your firm’s “more of the same” looks like “continuous growth and change,” that’s when!

And so Ebby Halliday, Inc., CFO Ron Burgert started yesterday’s quarterly Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate meeting by telling his audience of agents, things were looking “status quo.”

Ebby Halliday, Inc. CFO Ron Burgert brings agents up to speed on Q1 results
Ebby Halliday, Inc. CFO Ron Burgert brings agents up to speed on Q1 results

“Over the past six months, the firm has seen an 8% gain year-over-year in sales volume, and units sold are up more than 9%,” Burgert said. “No small wonder, when 1,000 people a day are moving into Texas.”

The forecast looks strong well into next year, he also predicted. Hardly status quo in the typical sense, and yet very much “status quo” for this dynamic Ebby company!

Up next was John Crawford, President and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc., a private non-profit organization serving as the primary advocate and champion for Downtown. Crawford spent his time encouraging the group by citing dream after impossible dream that has been realized in our beloved city. He started with an anthemic video entitled “A City Is a Poem,” which artfully captured how much Dallas has changed.

John Crawford. President and CEO of DowntownDallas, Inc., speaks to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents at their quarterly meeting
John Crawford. President and CEO of DowntownDallas, Inc., speaks to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents at their quarterly meeting

“We have successfully transitioned from a one-dimensional central business district to a multidimensional “Live, Work, Play” community, in every sense of the phrase,” Crawford said.

And he should know. He has served on the planning committee since its inception more than 30 years ago, so he has witnessed firsthand and been a critical player in how Downtown Dallas has blossomed — seemingly overnight to anyone still saddled with the misguided perception that nothing’s going on down there.

Today it’s is the only true urban center in North Texas, Crawford continued.

“Every possible existing building has been adapted for residential living — some 10,000 people now live Downtown — and we’re at a point where all that’s left to do is build. The demand will certainly support this,” Crawford said. (See Burgert’s jaw-dropping relocation statistic above.)

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents gather for their quarterly breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents gather for their quarterly breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club

Since 2007, $5 billion has been invested in Downtown, he continued, and $3 billion more will be spent over the next five years. Within the 15 neighborhoods that make up the area, more than 90 developments are currently underway, including 5,000 residential units to be added, plus 60 restaurants and 40 parks and greenspaces/plazas. The current residential inventory is 90% leased. Staggering!

Areas for improvement, he added, include walkability, car/bike sharing programs and convention business. DART has played a huge role in making life without a car even a consideration – it’s now the largest light rail network in North America. And Downtown already has 70 bike racks to help make the bike-share idea come to pass. ZipCar is already here, but could be doing better. Crawford also indicated that if the bullet train to Houston raises full funding, the station would be just south of Downtown – another coup for the city. Convention Center improvements would also further enhance our economy, and are in the works.

“All in all, there’s much to be proud of,” Crawford said. “We’ve made a lot of progress on our strategic plan, but there will always be more to do.”

Ebby CEO Mary Frances Burleson concluded the meeting with an anecdote from a recent trip. At a recent Realty Alliance gathering, she said brokers from across the country expressed their envy of us and our relocation business.

“It’s a great time to live in Dallas. We all need to keep planning ahead, just like John and his team have done, and we’ll be alright.”

Firm Helps This Weekend’s 8th Annual Dallas Art Fair Awaken Art Appreciation in Dallas


Over the last two decades, Dallas has been gradually gaining (much-deserved) respect and recognition for having a sophisticated arts-and-culture scene. A team of city planners, corporations and private citizens had the foresight and conviction to invest billions, along with personal blood, sweat and tears, toward ensuring new world-class facilities would attract world-renowned artists, musicians, performers and exhibits here for our enjoyment and education. And attract they have.

The realization of their goal has encouraged other artrepreneurs to dream big, and several organic offshoots have sprung up over the last few years. One of those is the Dallas Art Fair. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is proud to support this premier collectors’ market, now in its eighth year.

Dave Perry-Miller, Terri Provencal (editor of Patron Magazine) and Kenneth Walters, at a Dallas Art Fair Sponsors Reception hosted by Eiseman Jewels
Dave Perry-Miller, Terri Provencal (editor of Patron Magazine) and Kenneth Walters, at a Dallas Art Fair Sponsors Reception hosted by Eiseman Jewels

The event was originally the brainchild of Dallas developer John Sughrue and art dealer Chris Byrne. And over its relatively short lifespan, it has helped stoke a growing citywide appreciation for visual arts. Nearly 100 exhibitors will be making their way to Dallas this week from as far away as Sao Paolo, Dubai and Antwerp, bringing with them paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photography, video and installations by modern and contemporary artists. Thirty galleries participated in the inaugural version, so it’s easy to see with tripled numbers, that this city now has an insatiable appetite for art!

Rachel Lee Hovnanian's "Perfect Baby Showroom" installation :: Leila Heller Gallery, New York and Dubai
Rachel Lee Hovnanian’s “Perfect Baby Showroom” installation :: Leila Heller Gallery, New York and Dubai
Julian Hoeber's Rotational Symmetries, Decayed and Stacked, 2016 :: Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Julian Hoeber’s
‘Rotational Symmetries, Decayed and Stacked, 2016’ ::
Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Les Rogers' 'Star Star' 2016 oil on canvas : : Makebish Gallery, New York
Les Rogers’ ‘Star Star’ 2016 oil on canvas : : Makebish Gallery, New York

The Dallas Art Fair festivities began March 31 with a private Kick-Off Party and will conclude this week with a Preview Gala Thursday, April 14, and the public fair at the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g.) in the Dallas Arts District, Friday through Sunday, April 15-17. For ticket information, click here. There’s also an app for previewing/purchasing art you can download before you go.

Dave Perry-Miller Fine Home Collection Magazine Showcases Fine Homes For Sale in Dallas


Whether you  first noticed the plethora of For Sale signs in your area, the pods on your neighbors’ driveways, or the copy of the most recent Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Fine Home Collection magazine in your mailbox, one thing has become abundantly clear in the last few weeks: Spring Housing Market 2016 is in full swing.

Dave Perry-Miller Fine Home Collection Magazine, Spring 2016 - Homes for Sale in Dallas
Dave Perry-Miller Fine Home Collection Magazine, Spring 2016

The third edition of this twice-yearly magazine recently mailed and includes some of Dallas’s most spectacular luxury real estate listings including 3908 Euclid, 4248 Armstrong Parkway, 5414 Falls Road, 2525 N. Pearl Street #9051717 Arts Plaza #2303 and more. This glossy, high-end direct mail piece helps agents ensure the right people see the right home at the right time, and complements their use of traditional advertising methods, such as web, email, social and word-of-mouth. The Fine Home Collection Spring 2016 magazine is also available online.

Firm founder Dave Perry-Miller says, “We averaged selling a million/multi-million-dollar property almost every day this past year. I attribute many of these luxury real estate sales in Dallas to the level of  quality our marketing team has established, working to create a marketing strategy for each one of the properties we list.”