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.

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.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agents Conduct Business in Many Languages


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Henda Salmeron is fluent in five languages.

Our most multilingual Realtor has to be Henda Salmeron, who speaks Afrikaans, French, German, and Spanish — plus English, of course. But she’s not the only Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent who’s comfortable conversing in a foreign tongue. If your transaction requires a translation, call on one of these agents.

Arabic: Lola Hashem-Ali and Mohammed Jaber

Farsi: Alex Roostaei

French: Anne Bingham, Jessica Carew, Betty Crawford, Christopher Miller, and Carol Nicoud

German: Markus Hirschbrich

Greek: Cathy Semos

Italian: Carmen DiPenti

Polish: Anne Bingham

Spanish: Jessica Carew, Charles Carneal, Curt Elliott, Marissa Fontanez, Phyllis Glover, John Gonzalez, Kathy Hewitt, Adriana Higgins, Judith Lifson, Brady Mooreand Alex Roostaei

Ukrainian: Anne Bingham

These Homes May Distract You During The Park Cities Fourth of July Parade


The Park Cities Fourth of July Parade is one of Dallas’ greatest Independence Day traditions. Residents of the Park Cities and surrounding neighborhoods will come together on Saturday morning to watch people representing various businesses, schools, and community groups march from Town Hall in Highland Park to City Hall in University Park. As they traverse that 2-mile route, they will pass many homes marketed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents.

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There are two top-of-the-line estates in the parade’s staging area, starting with 3700 Euclid Avenue. This well-appointed home was completed in 2012 and showcases 13,980 square feet of clean-lined open space with an aura of tranquility and refined elegance. Kelly Hosch and Shelly Bailey are offering the six-bedroom home at $14,900,000.

4700 St. Johns

At the other end of the same block is 4700 St. Johns Drive. This grand estate occupies 1.1 acres in the heart of Highland Park. The 11,594-square-foot home was custom built with unsurpassed attention to detail, featuring finishes the most discerning buyer will appreciate. The Gullutto+Barnes Group is offering the six-bedroom showplace at $15,985,000.

4327 Potomac

The parade will wind its way to Preston Road via Lakeside and Beverly drives. Not far from where it will pass between Highland Park Village and Dallas Country Club sits 4327 Potomac Avenue. This four-bedroom home with many updates is complemented by an apartment above the detached garage. Charles Carneal is offering the property at $1,299,000.

6315 Westchester

Nearly half of the parade’s route is along Preston Road. Just a stone’s throw from where the floats will turn on to University Boulevard is 6315 Westchester Drive. This wonderful Mediterranean home has been expanded and updated but retains its original charm and proportions. Sally Jillson is offering the four-bedroom property at $2,395,000.

3629 McFarlin

The parade ends at Goar Park, where Dave Perry-Miller agents will distribute thousands of cups of lemonade, free of charge. We have a variety of listings near the park, including 3929 McFarlin Boulevard, a three-bedroom duplex where a bathroom and bedroom have been added this year. Shelly Hammer and Brian Kern are offering the property at $799,000.

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At the end of the same block is 3648 McFarlin Boulevard, a country French traditional home that occupies a corner lot across from Dallas Country Club. The 4,723-square-foot home features an open living/dining concept and exquisite designer finishes throughout. Laura Michelle is offering the four-bedroom property at $2,095,000.

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Finally, just a block north of Goar Park, you’ll find 6810 Turtle Creek Boulevard, a classic Mediterranean estate built in 2005. Designed by Paul Turney and built by Cy Barcus, it sits on an approximately 0.9-acre lot on Turtle Creek with gorgeous landscaping and a lush lawn. Stewart Lee is offering the six-bedroom estate at $13,500,000.