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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Firm fills 11 leadership positions for MetroTex


In North Texas alone, there are 18,000 people involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. Since that’s a pretty sizeable bunch, odds are you know at least one of them, right? Especially with the crazy-strong housing market we’ve had the last few years. “For Sale” signs are everywhere, and hundreds of new agents have gotten their licenses.

Like any reputable industry, these local real estate professionals look to a unifying umbrella organization to help them maintain and further their careers and interests. MetroTex Association of REALTORS® is this organization. They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more. Established in 1917, MetroTex 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!

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — both the brokerage and the individual agents who comprise it — not only benefits from the work MetroTex does, they contribute to it in many significant ways. This year, several agents across the five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities.

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James Eriksson Martin (top left) – Incoming President
Patty Brooks (top center) – MLS Representative for Oak Cliff
Becky Connatser (top right) – Past President Appointee
Kimberlee Gromatzky (not pictured) – Global Affairs Committee
Eric Holmes
(middle left) – MLS Representative for East Dallas
Angela McCants (middle center) – Vice Chair of Public Education
Dave Millheiser (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member, Professional Development Committee
Robb Puckett (middle right) – Vice Chair of Professional Development
Alicia Schroeder (bottom left) – Board of Directors and Chair of Public Education
Brian Smith (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member
Kristin Smith
(bottom center) – Board of Directors and Chair of Young Professionals Network

As President, James Martin has this to say about 2017:

“MetroTex is poised for an exceptional year — incidentally our Centennial — where anything is possible. We’re committed to our cities, members and clients, and with that in mind, we have many events planned. We are launching a four-part New Professionals Entrepreneur Breakfast Series geared toward professional development. We will also be holding five tree-planting community service events throughout the year, with the first to take place next month in South Dallas. Our goal is also to give away 100 trees, free to the communities we serve. Those are just a few examples.

MetroTex has a long tradition of success, and we will use this solid foundation to build a greater tomorrow. Of course, building a greater tomorrow starts today!”

Congratulations to all for making a difference in North Texas real estate!

 

 

 

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.

3 of 4 MetroTex Association of Realtors Officers are Based in the InTown Office


Becky Connatser, manager of the Dave Perry-Miller & Associates InTown office, and two of her agents, James Martin (left) and Steve Habgood, comprise three-fourths of the 2015 leadership team at the MetroTex Association of Realtors
Becky Connatser, manager of the Dave Perry-Miller & Associates InTown office, and two of her agents, Steve Habgood (right) and James Martin, comprise three-fourths of the 2015 leadership team at the MetroTex Association of Realtors



This morning’s sales meeting at our InTown office was a powerful affair. Not only were Dave Perry-Miller and Mary Frances Burleson, the CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, both in attendance, so were three of the four newly named officers of the MetroTex Association of Realtors.

The thing is, those three officers attend most InTown sales meetings, because all three of them work there. InTown office manager Becky Connatser is MetroTex’s 2014 president, so she will hold the title of immediate past president next year. Realtor Steve Habgood will ascend from vice president to president, and Realtor James Martin will assume the position of secretary/treasurer. (The other officer is vice president Russell Berry of Nathan Grace Real Estate.)

Becky told her team that having multiple MetroTex officers from one real estate company is unprecedented; having three out of four based in a single office is unheard of.

“It says a lot about the people involved, but also our company, that they would allow us to have that level of participation,” she said.

MetroTex represents more than 14,000 real estate professionals involved in all aspects of the industry. Established in 1917, the association is an advocate for real estate professionals and private property rights.

“MetroTex is very, very important to me, and it’s important to a lot of people in this room,” Becky said as she announced the new slate of officers. “Our local, state, and national associations not only help us, they help our property owners.”

Steve thanked Becky for her leadership at MetroTex and at the InTown office. The veteran Realtor said he’s never had a manager who was so inspiring, so supporting, and so encouraging.

“Those same skills as a manager translate to being a leader,” he said.

As a MetroTex leader, James will follow in the footsteps of his mother, Eloise Eriksson Martin, who was the association’s president in 2008.

“I’m looking forward to serving with this outstanding group of Realtors,” he said.