In the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, Mother Nature put on a fabulous fireworks show — one that was not scheduled on any local “Events” calendar — complete with torrential downpours. But to no one’s dismay, she was gracious enough to take her impressive display elsewhere, just in time for the start of the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade — one of Dallas’ largest and most popular Fourth of July gatherings. Parade marshals and vendors breathed a collective sigh of relief as the last raindrops fell, then frantically began setting up for the post-parade festivities in Goar Park. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate was among those relieved vendors. Their 20+ year tradition of serving the people of the Park Cities through the annual Lemonade Stand would indeed continue!
Though the skies never cleared, the lingering cloud cover helped keep things cool. As did the nearly 2,000 cups of lemonade Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents handed out. The popular go-to thirst-quencher did a brisk business from parade-goers throughout the morning.
When you work in an industry of smart, confident, self-motivated independent contractors, it would be easy – understandable even — for genuine camaraderie to be… well, lacking. At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, however, that’s just not the case. And we have photographic evidence to support this claim.
Take, for example, the recent week-night chili party that was attended by just about every agent in the Preston Center office. The evening was hosted by the office’s Advisory Board – Gayl Braymer, Karen Fry, Dawn Rejebian, Chad Schulin, and Gene Taylor — and held at Karen’s Preston Hollow home.
The Advisory Board comprises five Associates elected by their fellow office-mates (2-year term) to attend monthly meetings with Dave and company management, and help shape the path and success of the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate brand. These ambassadors for the company offer support to fellow Associates, and serve as a voice of opinion in all aspects of the company’s operations. All five of the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate offices have their own Advisory Boards, and each one by design helps foster a culture of collaboration and encouragement among associates.
“It’s a pleasure to work with this leadership group,” says Gaynelle Henger, Office Manager of the Preston Center location. “They bring fun, professional perspectives and vision to our office community.”
Exciting changes were announced this morning at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates’ flagship Preston Center office, with top-performing agent Gaynelle Henger assuming the manager’s role and general manager Bud Bush taking on a new position with the Ebby Halliday Companies.
Bush, who has worked with Dave Perry-Miller for nearly eight years, has overseen the company’s sales offices while also directly managing the Preston Center location. Ron Burgert, Ebby Halliday’s chief financial officer, recognized Bush’s analytical ability and asked him to move to Ebby’s corporate office, where he’ll analyze finances for the Dave Perry-Miller company while continuing to be involved in its operations.
“I’m excited about this new challenge,” Bush said. “The Preston Center office is near and dear to my and Dave’s hearts, because it was our first office, but I know I’ll be leaving it in good hands with Gaynelle.”
Henger entered the real estate field in 2003, after a career in corporate marketing and advertising. That career change was inspired by Perry-Miller, who was the listing agent on a house Henger and her husband, Mac, bought in 1989. When she was looking for a new challenge, Mac suggested real estate.
“You can be as professional as Dave Perry-Miller is,” he told her. “You can be as successful.”
Henger started out with Ebby Halliday Realtors, because she felt the company would give her the best foundation possible. Apparently, she was right, because she was named Ebby’s Rookie of the Year.
Henger joined the Dave Perry-Miller team in 2011 because “every seven to 10 years, I like to put a new ladder in front of myself and climb it,” she said. She told the Preston Center associates and staff that she can’t wait to climb her latest one.
“This is the best group of agents in this town,” she said. “It’s a stellar team. And my goal is to help you get the business you deserve as the best agents in this town.”
Perry-Miller said his high opinion of Henger dates to the beginnings of their agent-client relationship in 1989. The founder of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates recalls going through five closings in one day due to several complicated aspects of the Hengers’ deal. Nonetheless, Gaynelle kept her cool.
“She was as smooth and as prepared as any homeowner I’ve ever worked with,” Perry-Miller said. “And it really spoke to her potential as a manager.”