Dallas Morning News real estate editor Steve Brown is being honored by the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors with its first Industry Lifetime Service Recognition.
According to his colleague and former business editor, Cheryl Hall, it will be presented to him at the group’s Hall of Fame event Tuesday night at the Dallas Country Club. Among other things, Steve is a director with the National Association of Real Estate Editors, of which Joanna and I are members.
Three major commercial real estate names will also be honored on Tuesday: Matthews Southwest president Jack Matthews, Cornelia and Ralph Heins of Primera Companies, and Frank Mihalopoulos of Corinth Properties. They will take home the 2014 Michael McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award.
Steve is a great guy who is well respected in the real estate industry. I had no idea he covered Cowtown and the high-profile trial of Cullen Davis in Fort Worth, who was accused of trying to have his divorce judge killed, a huge news story here in North Texas when I first moved to town. Reporting on real estate was tough in the mid 80’s, and Steve feared for his life:
In 1986, Brown wrote an extensive series about the mounting inventory of speculative office space coming on stream and accurately predicted the real estate armageddon headed our way. Someone delivered a box of nails and a hammer to our office with the anonymous note: “Why don’t you just finish the coffin?”
He jokingly asked me to start his car that evening. I declined the honor, (says Cheryle Hall).
I’ve heard Steve collects antique cars, so that must have been a scary moment. Heartfelt congratulations to Steve Brown, NAREE fellow, a great reporter and a very good guy.