For a lesson in how to be an exemplary citizen of Dallas, look no further than Betty Sanford Crawford. This Top Producer and D Best agent loves and knows Dallas, and not just because she was born and raised here, and traverses its roads and highways daily showing homes with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. She and her family have helped shape Dallas in many ways, big and small, and they are truly invested in seeing it succeed.
Betty was taught at a very early age the importance of giving back by her parents, Curtis and Betty, and she eventually married the ideal partner and supporter who would pursue this life philosophy with her. Her husband, John, was for many years at the helm of the city’s urban resurgence through his leadership role at Downtown Dallas, Inc.
We asked Betty how her upbringing carried over into her personal and professional lives.
DPM:Tell us a little about your background. BSC: I am a second-generation Dallas native raised in the Park Cities, as was my mother. We have three generations of Bradfield Elementary School graduates in my family: my mom, my daughter and me.
DPM:How did you become involved with the Cotton Bowl and the Arboretum? BSC: My dad was the founder of the Cotton Bowl Classic, the New Year’s Day game. After watching SMU in the Rose Bowl January 1, 1936, he returned to Dallas to begin planning the Cotton Bowl post-season game for Dallas. You could say I was involved with the Cotton Bowl before I was born.
My involvement with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden began as a visitor who simply loved to enjoy the view and the lovely gardens. Over the years, the Arboretum has grown to become one of the world’s most-visited gardens and tops in the U.S.
DPM:What are your roles now with each of these Dallas landmarks? BSC: For the Cotton Bowl, I serve on the Board of Directors as does my husband John, a previous Chairman. I am also on the Board for the Arboretum.
DPM:What are some other ways you serve/have served your city? BSC: It has been my joy to be involved in these and several other worthy organizations including the Junior League of Dallas, Crystal Charity Ball, Sweetheart Ball, and the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament to name a few.
DPM:What makes you most proud to be from Dallas? BSC: The spirit of volunteerism in Dallas is exceeded by no other city. For the last 40 years and during my time as a real estate agent, I’ve enjoyed being able to share this spirit and all Dallas has to offer with the many families transferring to our area.
Thank you, Betty, for sharing your gifts and time to help make Dallas the thriving, culturally rich, world-renowned metropolis that it is today.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Andy Steingasser keeps plenty busy helping his clients buy and sell across the metroplex. And yet, he still finds time to give back to his community. As the 2017 Equest Chairman of the Board of Directors, he is making a huge impact for area children diagnosed with more than 100 different types of disorders. The therapeutic riding organization, now in its 36th year, serves both kids and adults by providing hope and healing through 1,200-pound therapy horses.
Steingasser can trace his animal-loving origins back to Austria where his father worked at the U.S. Embassy. His family always had dogs and cats back then, so in Dallas, he volunteered at the SPCA and became a board member for the Humane Society of Dallas County. Steingasser first became familiar with Equest when he toured the organization’s facility in Wylie with his Leadership Dallas class.
We asked him to expand a bit on his devotion to Equest and offer some insights to those who aren’t aware of all the services they provide.
DPM:How many years have you been involved with Equest?
AS: I have been involved with Equest for over 13 years, the last five on the Board of Directors. I currently volunteer by serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
DPM: What were your first roles with them?
AS: Volunteering in a class for the Autistic Teaching Center, I was assigned to assist autistic riders in the riding program. I continued as a riding assistant and program volunteer, and was later asked to join the board.
DPM: Did you have a personal connection to the organization?
AS: My love of animals and kids led me to Equest and their incredible services for children and young adults, who have historically been relegated to the sidelines. Imagine children who have only been able to watch siblings, classmates and neighbors join in activities such as organized sports. Equest’s programs allowed them to finally participate and feel like part of a team, and in some cases going on to win competitions. As the son of an Air Force Colonel, our new Veteran’s program, Hooves for Heroes is also very dear to my heart. This program empowers veterans and military families to take charge of their civilian transitions and assume new roles as civic leaders. I am proud this program started during my tenure on the Board.
DPM: What would you most like people to know about Equest?
AS: The staff and horses of Equest are the true heart of this organization. Additionally, a small army of volunteers supplements the staff and makes it possible to provide the services that stretch our donation dollars. Their time, energy and commitment, shows the true devotion on their part. This is a calling that many times goes unnoticed and unappreciated.
DPM: How do you balance being a full-time agent with being Chairman of the Board?
AS: When something is truly important, one somehow always seems to find the time. I so enjoy serving on the Board of Equest, which provides such a life-changing service and has such an incredible staff. By delegating that which I can, and playing to my strengths, I am still able to provide great service to my clients while doing what I can for the community.
DPM: How has your work with Equest impacted the way you conduct your real estate business?
AS: Working with Equest has expanded and enhanced the sense of empathy and respect for people instilled many years ago by my parents. Everyone, not just those with special or different needs, has wishes and requirements that are not necessarily apparent. Listening to, and respecting my clients’ needs has been a characteristic of my real estate business from the very beginning.
In May of this year, Steingasser got the opportunity to mix his passion with his profession when the organization’s Wylie facility was sold to developers. Andy was the Realtor who handled the deal, and not surprisingly, he donated 100 percent of his commission to Equest. Thanks for serving our community so well, Andy!
Sunday, May 21st, marks the 10th anniversary of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The brand, which was absorbed into the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies a decade ago, has steadily risen in the ranks of area brokerages over a relatively short period of time. It had ascended to the number one spot for total sales volume in Dallas proper by the end of 2016 and has maintained this placement through Q1 of 2017 (according to MLS data for Areas 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 25).
To celebrate the milestone — an impressive achievement given the company’s formidable competition and the prolific nature of the industry – agents will be holding open 140+ homes citywide, as well as handing out token gifts to attendees as a “thank you” for supporting the brand.
“In its infancy, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate survived the 2008-2010 market downturn,” said Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert, “and continued not only to grow, but to thrive. This is a testament to the caliber and resolve of the many agents who have remained loyal through the years. They’ve worked hard to make sure clients understand the brand’s core values of service, excellence and unparalleled market knowledge. Once you get someone to experience this difference for themselves, they typically make the shift to seeing a DPM agent as their ‘agent for life.’”
To promote the open home tour — extending from Southlake to Rockwall, and Prosper to South Dallas — the firm has taken out five digital billboards and two full page ads in the Dallas Morning News and ramped up its email efforts and social media presence. For a complete list of homes that will be held open today, visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.
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.
“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!”
There’s no more formidable ally for a buyer or seller than a real estate agent with a law degree. Meridith Hayes comes to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate with both her undergrad and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. The Tyler native practiced law for over a decade in Dallas, specializing in school law with a focus on labor/employment and real estate, so her transition to a new field didn’t come with a huge learning curve.
In addition to those educational qualifications, she is married to Mark Hayes, of Hayes Signature Homes, and is intimate with the process of growing a home-building business. With this rare combination of a legal education plus a real estate business background, you quickly understand just how much this Dallas real estate agent brings to the table. She has a unique ability to educate and guide her clients during the life-changing process of buying or selling a home with her expertise, knowing what’s behind the walls, the value of the land and how to negotiate on behalf of her client.
Meridith is a resident of Preston Hollow and has two sons that attend Wesley Prep, where she currently serves on the School Board. She is a firm believer that education changes lives and jumped at the opportunity to serve the school in this capacity. She enjoys volunteering for her sons’ sporting events and school activities, and is a foodie who loves traveling with her husband and friends.