Agents Serve Up Sunshine on Fourth of July


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.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hosts its annual Lemonade Stand at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hosted its annual Lemonade Stand at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hosts its annual Lemonade Stand at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hosted its annual Lemonade Stand at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Clockwise from top: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Lynn Drum Lanyon, Charles Carneal, Therese Rourk and an Ebby friend; Kenneth Walters and Karel Schweitzer; a patriotic pooch
Clockwise from top: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Lynn Drum Lanyon, Charles Carneal, Therese Rourk and an Ebby friend; Kenneth Walters and Karel Schweitzer; a patriotic pooch
L to R: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Melissa Jennings, Kenneth Walters, Gaynelle Henger at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Lemonade Stand
L to R: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Melissa Jennings, Kenneth Walters, Gaynelle Henger at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Lemonade Stand
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Judy Waggoner Lambert at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Judy Waggoner Lambert at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Cindy Farmer (top left) and Craig Uebele (bottom left) at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Cindy Farmer (top left) and Craig Uebele (bottom left) at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade

 

Clockwise from top, volunteer Kimberly Odum and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Marla Sewall and Debbie Williams at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Clockwise from top, volunteer Kimberly Odum and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Marla Sewall and Debbie Williams at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Eloise Martin and her friend Dillon at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Eloise Martin and her friend Dillon at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents James Martin and Eloise Martin (top right) and Charles Carneal (bottom left) at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents James Martin and Eloise Martin (top right) and Charles Carneal (bottom left) at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Kenneth Walters handing out frisbees at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Kenneth Walters handing out frisbees at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Lynn Drum Lanyon (top left) handing out lemonade at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Lynn Drum Lanyon (top left) handing out lemonade at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Vanessa Bamback at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Vanessa Bamback at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Gaynelle Henger (top left), Melissa Jennings and Patsy Jones (bottom right) and Top-Shelf Beverage's Joe Cook at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Gaynelle Henger (top left), Melissa Jennings and Patsy Jones (bottom right) and Top-Shelf Beverage’s Joe Cook at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.

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Our Agents Handed Out More Than 3,000 Cups of Lemonade on July 4


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Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s lemonade stand was well staffed with enthusiastic agents. (Photos by Ben Marshall)

More than 3,000 cups of lemonade and 500 flying discs were distributed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents during the Park Cities Fourth of July Festival at Goar Park. The agents who volunteered their time and energy at this beloved community event included Charles Carneal, Jennifer Cicardo, Curt Elliott, Paige Elliott, Cindy Farmer, Patsy Jones, Kim Lopez, Eloise Eriksson Martin, James Martin, Ronda Needham, Evelyn Ponder, Dana Rigg, Melissa Rountree, Frada Sandler, Gene Taylor, and Alanna Wiebe.

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Frada Sandler displays one of our recyclable paper cups.

As always, the delicious lemonade was supplied by Top Shelf Beverage. But we put a new spin on the event this year by also giving away 500 flying discs branded with our logo. (Be sure to catch one as they fly through your neighborhood.)  Meanwhile, at the other end of Goar Park, The Rhodes Group conducted dozens of watermelon-eating contests.

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Melissa Rountree demonstrates how to throw our flying discs with style.

Visit our Facebook page to see more Fourth of July photos.

Several of Our Firm’s ‘Agents For Life’ Have Been Mentored by Their Mothers


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Clockwise from top left: Becky Gruber and Diane Gruber, McKamy Tiner and Martha Tiner, Margaret Ponder and Evelyn Ponder, Jennifer Haddock and Patricia Massey, Kristin Smith and Leslie Rouda Smith, Lacy Schultz and Kathy Myers, Taylor Gromatzky and Kimberlee Gromatzky

At Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, we pride ourselves on being “agents for life,” meaning our clients will rely on the same professionals to represent them in multiple transactions through the decades.

But for a few members of the Dave Perry-Miller family, that phrase has another meaning. They have been “agents for life” because they literally grew up in the real estate business. Their mothers were Realtors before them, and they work alongside their mothers today.

With this being Mother’s Day weekend, we asked some of these legacy agents to share lessons they learned from their moms/mentors.

Taylor Gromatzky, daughter of Kimberlee Gromatzky: “She always told me when going through a tough time ‘this too shall pass,’ and it’s a phrase I always repeat if I need that little reminder during a hard time.”

Becky Gruber, daughter of Diane Gruber: “My mom has taught me many valuable lessons and given me so much great advice over the years, but the greatest thing she’s done is lead by example. She didn’t tell me and my brothers how to be good people; she showed us in her everyday actions and interactions with the people around her. She has shown us how good it feels to help others, how to pick our battles, how to be respectful and appreciative — the list is endless. The thing I am most appreciative of is her supportive, nonjudgmental attitude toward us. She allowed us the freedom to be ourselves, to make mistakes, to embrace our quirks. Thank you, Mom, for always being my biggest cheerleader, no matter what crazy paths I decide to take in life. I am a better person because of you.”

Jennifer Haddock, daughter of Patricia Massey: “My mom has taught me so much that is used in my everyday life. To name a few: respect, honesty, forgiving others, forgiving myself for my own mistakes, living life to its fullest, making each day count as it were the last. After working by her side for 16 years in real estate, she is not only my mom, she is my mentor. She has taught me about working and taught me that success is not because of money; success is helping clients’ dreams come true.”

Alex Simpson Johnson, daughter of Nancy Johnson: “Her hard work and drive to be the best has been inspiring. Her amount of knowledge is just incredible, and she has allowed me to see and learn more in five years than most agents see and learn in a lifetime. She puts every client’s needs before herself and is so passionate about helping them find the homes of their dreams.”

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Nancy Johnson and Alex Simpson Johnson

James Martin, son of Eloise Eriksson Martin: “What can I say about her energy and the example she has set? She taught me the importance of giving 100 percent to every client, and that selling a home is more than just paperwork and details; it’s about realizing your goals and dreams.  I continue to see how giving, always give more in return from your lessons. Mom, thank you for all you have done for Ellen and I, and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms this weekend.”

Margaret Ponder, daughter of Evelyn Ponder: “One of the most important lessons my mom taught me was to count your blessings and to always be thankful for what God has given you. I have found through the years that this seemingly simple lesson can produce big results in a person’s life. When practicing the art of thankfulness, you are able to see every potential struggle in a more positive light, no matter how bleak the circumstances may seem at the time. Thankfulness breeds compassion, and compassion leads to giving and caring for others. When you embody these traits, as she has done, a person is able to give and keep on giving without expecting anything in return. Mom has lead me to believe that being thankful is one of the key ingredients to successfully achieving true peace and happiness in life.”

Lacy Schultz, daughter of Kathy Myers: “I have learned so much from my mom — haven’t we all? However, the work ethic she instilled in me is a most valuable skill that carries over into everything I do. Since we work together now, I get to see her persistence, diligence, and determination on a daily basis! I’m sure when I was growing up I bemoaned the tasks and expectations of such a work ethic. Now, it is something I am proud of in myself and thankful to her for building in me.”

Kristin Smith, daughter of Leslie Rouda Smith: “I couldn’t dream of a better mother. I never had an issue respecting my mother, because she was not a ‘do as I say’ person; she was a ‘do as I do’ person. She set an incredible example. I tell her all the time that if/when I am ever a parent, I have huge shoes to fill. My passion for the homeless started with my mother taking me to Paint The Town in the ’90s. I’ll never forget how grateful this woman was after we had repainted her entire home. I was raised in a home where we were taught to count our blessings, not our problems, and to always give back. If I do anything in life, I owe it all to her. My mom is the most positive, driven, independent woman I’ve ever known: ‘If you believe it, you can achieve it!’ It’s been incredibly inspiring to watch my mom chase her dreams. What she doesn’t realize is how much it inspires me to chase mine. She’s my rock, my best friend, and the person I look up to most! I wouldn’t be half of the person that I am if I wasn’t blessed with having her as my mother. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the incredible moms out there! You have the toughest job on the planet.”

McKamy Tiner, daughter of Martha Tiner: “Over the past 31 years, my mom gave me invaluable advice and taught me to be a confident woman. She always wanted to work, so watching her be a successful businesswoman as I was growing up really shaped my views on what I could achieve. On top of working, she always made my events — from soccer games to volleyball tournaments — around the country; she somehow balanced working and being my mom with grace. Another important lesson she taught me was how to care for and treat other people. She is a dependable friend, wife, and mom, and I hope that rubbed off on me. When I was growing up, she always reminded me that she was my mom and not my best friend; 31 years later, that has changed. Today, she is my best friend, and I value our time together more than anything. I could not be more thankful to work with my mom every day.”

James Martin Was Among Athletes Who Climbed Skyscraper During Fundraiser


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About 1,500 athletes took part in the Big D Climb on Saturday.

Most Americans consumed more than their fair share of calories on Super Bowl Sunday. But Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent James Martin burned off thousands of them the day before.

James MartinLast Saturday, Martin was among the 1,500 participants in the seventh annual Big D Climb. To raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphona Society, they all ascended to the top of downtown’s Comerica Bank Tower. That’s a 58-story building, which amounts to 1,276 steps. Martin finished the feat in less than 20 minutes.

“It was a new experience and a lot of fun for a good cause” said Martin, who was recently installed as secretary/treasurer of the MetroTex Association of Realtors.

The climbers came in all shapes and sizes, as you can see if you peruse the event’s photos on Facebook. And just in case you’re not sure which skyscraper is the Comerica Bank Tower, it’s the tallest one on the right side of the photo below.

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Photo via Flickr

Eloise Eriksson Martin Inducted Into Buyer’s Agents Council’s Hall of Fame


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James Martin, Eloise Eriksson Martin, and Marc Gould, vice president of the National Association of Realtors’ Business Specialties Group, at the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council Hall of Fame induction ceremony (Photo by Oscar & Associates)

Eloise Eriksson Martin, an agent in Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s InTown office, was recently inducted into the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place during the National Association of Realtors Conference in New Orleans. We weren’t able to make the trip to the Big Easy, but we can share this blurb about Eloise that appeared in Realtor Magazine before the ceremony:

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Martin stays loyal to her clients, having built customer relationships that often span decades. “I’ve grown up with my clients, helping them as young newlyweds to find their first home, then moving them into a larger house as they started a family, and eventually downsizing with them when they became empty nesters,” says Martin. To keep in touch, she starts each year with a personal note to her sphere and past clients, providing an update on the real estate market and assuring them that she and her son James, who has worked alongside her for the past seven years, are there to assist. Her additional outreach includes providing neighborhood and mortgage rate updates and sending Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards. A past president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors, she offers a yearly scholarship to a member of the upcoming MetroTex Leadership Academy to foster the next generation of real estate leaders.

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Each year, the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council inducts a select few of its nearly 30,000 members, honoring those who have helped meet the evolving challenges of today’s buyers through their practice or educational services and who’ve advanced buyer representation within the industry.

Eloise’s fellow inductees are Lora Cusumano of Melville, N.Y.; Rick Conley of Acme, Mich.; and the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors in Southfield, Mich.

Congratulations, Eloise. Keep up the good work!

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.