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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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
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)
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)
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
Lee Thomas, Sales Manager of the Lakewood and Park Cities Offices, presented his 2016 Top Producers (pictured below):
The Heather Guild Group (Heather Guild, Haley Wagstaff, Amy Sack)
The Holmes/Clyce Team (Eric Holmes, Andy Clyce)
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
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)
The Christine McKenny Group (Christine McKenny, Megan Stern)
The Kathy Myers Group (Kathy Myers, Lacy Schultz, Wendy Harkness, Carla Hea, Libby Barnes)
The Provenzano Group (Julie Provenzano, Rebecca Bruant, Mike Yates)
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
Finally, Charles Carneal, Sales Manager of the Preston Center Office, rounded out the afternoon with his Top-Ten list (pictured below):
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)
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
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.”
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.)
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!
“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.
“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.)
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.”