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 Hear Good News from Ebby CFO, Downtown Update from President/CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc.


When is status quo ever a good thing in business?  When your firm’s “more of the same” looks like “continuous growth and change,” that’s when!

And so Ebby Halliday, Inc., CFO Ron Burgert started yesterday’s quarterly Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate meeting by telling his audience of agents, things were looking “status quo.”

Ebby Halliday, Inc. CFO Ron Burgert brings agents up to speed on Q1 results
Ebby Halliday, Inc. CFO Ron Burgert brings agents up to speed on Q1 results

“Over the past six months, the firm has seen an 8% gain year-over-year in sales volume, and units sold are up more than 9%,” Burgert said. “No small wonder, when 1,000 people a day are moving into Texas.”

The forecast looks strong well into next year, he also predicted. Hardly status quo in the typical sense, and yet very much “status quo” for this dynamic Ebby company!

Up next was John Crawford, President and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc., a private non-profit organization serving as the primary advocate and champion for Downtown. Crawford spent his time encouraging the group by citing dream after impossible dream that has been realized in our beloved city. He started with an anthemic video entitled “A City Is a Poem,” which artfully captured how much Dallas has changed.

John Crawford. President and CEO of DowntownDallas, Inc., speaks to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents at their quarterly meeting
John Crawford. President and CEO of DowntownDallas, Inc., speaks to Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents at their quarterly meeting

“We have successfully transitioned from a one-dimensional central business district to a multidimensional “Live, Work, Play” community, in every sense of the phrase,” Crawford said.

And he should know. He has served on the planning committee since its inception more than 30 years ago, so he has witnessed firsthand and been a critical player in how Downtown Dallas has blossomed — seemingly overnight to anyone still saddled with the misguided perception that nothing’s going on down there.

Today it’s is the only true urban center in North Texas, Crawford continued.

“Every possible existing building has been adapted for residential living — some 10,000 people now live Downtown — and we’re at a point where all that’s left to do is build. The demand will certainly support this,” Crawford said. (See Burgert’s jaw-dropping relocation statistic above.)

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents gather for their quarterly breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents gather for their quarterly breakfast meeting at the Dallas Country Club

Since 2007, $5 billion has been invested in Downtown, he continued, and $3 billion more will be spent over the next five years. Within the 15 neighborhoods that make up the area, more than 90 developments are currently underway, including 5,000 residential units to be added, plus 60 restaurants and 40 parks and greenspaces/plazas. The current residential inventory is 90% leased. Staggering!

Areas for improvement, he added, include walkability, car/bike sharing programs and convention business. DART has played a huge role in making life without a car even a consideration – it’s now the largest light rail network in North America. And Downtown already has 70 bike racks to help make the bike-share idea come to pass. ZipCar is already here, but could be doing better. Crawford also indicated that if the bullet train to Houston raises full funding, the station would be just south of Downtown – another coup for the city. Convention Center improvements would also further enhance our economy, and are in the works.

“All in all, there’s much to be proud of,” Crawford said. “We’ve made a lot of progress on our strategic plan, but there will always be more to do.”

Ebby CEO Mary Frances Burleson concluded the meeting with an anecdote from a recent trip. At a recent Realty Alliance gathering, she said brokers from across the country expressed their envy of us and our relocation business.

“It’s a great time to live in Dallas. We all need to keep planning ahead, just like John and his team have done, and we’ll be alright.”