Gaynelle Henger, one of our favorite agents/managers/real estate pros, just keeps on giving us a reason to keep up with her!
The former Ebby agent was Dave Perry-Miller’s Preston center office manager for three years. Last April, she left Dave Perry-Miller to join the newly branded Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Preston Center, where she brought agents in by the truckload. Just last October, though, she jumped ship over to The Collective, which of course just merged with New York City-based Compass Real Estate. Word came last night that Robbie Briggs brought Gaynelle in to manage two offices after losing manager Bryan Pacholski. Bryan is now working in agent development at The Collective/Compass.
And there you have it, four brokerages in 14 months. The great thing about agents is that they jump one ship for another all the time, and all remain professional, even friends, about it. As an agent once told me, you never know when you will work a deal with an agent you once sat next to: don’t burn bridges!
Gaynelle Henger has been in the real estate world since 2003, after a successful career in corporate marketing and advertising. Gaynelle ran DDB Needham in Dallas, where she worked with its CEO, Mike Rawlings, now Dallas’ mayor, until he left for Pizza Hut. Her real estate career change was actually inspired by Dave Perry-Miller. In 1989, Dave represented Gaynelle and her husband, Mac, when they bought one of his listings: 6125 McCommas, the home of Elaine and Neils Agather, who now live in a high rise. She went to work for Ebby Halliday and quickly became a star agent, Rookie of the Year in her first full year as an agent. In 2014, Dave Perry-Miller brought her in as office manager. At DPM, Gaynelle managed more than $1 billion in sales volume, nearly 90 agents and 1,000 client relationships. In April she took those management skills a few blocks over to the nwly building Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Preston Center, where she was charged with building the office. Then in October, we learned she was leaving management and going back to strict selling at The Collective.
Now, Gaynelle Henger is putting that management hat back on as co-director of sales for BFS’s largest office, Lovers Lane, and the director of sales for its Uptown office. (Betsy Cameron is her director.) According to the release, “Henger’s responsibilities will include strategic planning, business planning, agent support, agent recruitment, agent development and business leadership.”
The release says “Henger’s love of neighborhoods and communities extends to her charitable work, which has included mentoring adolescents at Nexus Recovery Center and leadership roles with United Way of Dallas’ Women of Tocqueville and The Winston School. Henger holds a BBA in Marketing from Baylor University in Waco.”
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has also expanded new roles for two of its top sales directors. Zareen Khan becomes chief sales officer and director of sales for the firm’s offices in Fort Worth. Betsy Cameron becomes co-director of sales at Lovers Lane and director of sales at the firm’s office in Lakewood. Gaynelle Henger will direct the firm’s Uptown office and co-direct the Lovers Lane office with Cameron.
The agent announcements come at an exciting time for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, which realized exceptional successes in 2017. Its 500 agents achieved a total sales volume of more than $3 billion, with 10 percent growth in both residential and ranch sales. Per North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS), Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is again the leader in homes sold priced more than $1 million in Dallas, Dallas County, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Highland Park, University Park, Preston Hollow, Midway Hollow, Southlake, Westlake and Trophy Club. Additionally, the brokerage sold more homes in 2017 than it did in 2016, with the largest growth in Uptown, Southlake, Lakewood and Plano.