Dallas Builders Association Thursday Lunch Panel on “Disruption!” Is Sold Out, But…

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Clockwise from left: Candy Evans; Alex Doubet, Door; Swathy Prithivi, Opendoor Dallas-Fort Worth; Janelle Alcantara, Galaxy Modern; Beth Johnson, Keller Williams; and Becky Frey, Compass.

… but the flu is going around, so who knows, a seat or two at our Thursday panel on disruption in real estate may open up.

That is terrible! Shame on me!

But truthfully, I went to the doctor today and (a) I do not have the flu but (b) everyone else does. Seriously, it’s the worst flu season ever STILL!

We are so excited about this Disruption event, brought to you by the Dallas Builders Association, and I knew it would fill up fast. Happy to report it is sold-out. But we’ll be live-streaming on Facebook, so if you do get the flu, or could not get a ticket, you can still check us out.

Also, I am not going to waste time rattling off bios: everyone can just read them here. Reading the bios here on CandysDirt.com saves us valuable debate time! And debate we will!

Questions you would like to ask the panelists? The comments section is WIDE OPEN, so fire away! Or ping me. Jump now for the profiles of our distinguished panelists …

Alex Doubet | Chief Executive Officer DOOR

Alex began his career at US Road Sports (USRS) an endurance event company that owned over two dozen events with over 120,000 participants across the country. USRS was sold to Life Time Fitness in the beginning of 2014. At USRS, Alex was the Director of Finance. Subsequent to USRS, Alex was the Chief Operating Officer and Junior Partner of Advantix Marketing, a search engine marketing and optimization agency and a member of the 2015 Inc. 5000 list. Throughout his career, Alex has bought and sold houses and multifamily apartment complexes. He has consistently been disappointed by how expensive the transaction costs were when selling real estate, and is building a better, more cost-effective service at Door. Alex is a graduate of Harvard University with an AB in history and a secondary concentration in Economics.

Swathy Prithivi | General Manager of Opendoor Dallas-Fort Worth

Swathy Prithivi is General Manager of Opendoor Dallas-Forth Worth. Opendoor launched in 2014 and is the pioneer and market leader of the ‘iBuyer’ category. Opendoor came to the DFW market in February 2015, and since then, they’ve grown to considerable marketshare, and each month, Opendoor has between 300-600 homes on the market in the Metroplex. Opendoor employs nearly 150 people in DFW, has paid north of $21M in commissions to local real estate agents, and works very closely with national and regional homebuilders via their ‘Trade-up’ program that allows people to sell their home to Opendoor and eliminate all contingencies in order to move into their brand new build.

Swathy joined Opendoor in 2017 in the role of City Launcher, where she led Opendoor’s growth into new markets. She now leads the large DFW team and operation, which is the second biggest in the nation. She was previously at Uber, where she wore a variety of hats as one of the first 100 employees — from running operations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and launching Uber’s operations in India, Israel, and Poland, to incubating and scaling UberEATS. She received a Masters degree in Marketing from Northwestern / Kellogg and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Janelle Alcantara | Galaxy Modern

Janelle Alcantara has turned her knowledge of the construction process and passion for architecture into a successful real estate practice that focuses on the needs of custom home builders, real estate investors, and architects.  Janelle is a Senior Associate at David Griffin & Co. Realtors and founder of Galaxy Modern, a real estate brand dedicated to modern architecture.  She was invited to participate on this panel because her creative approach to real estate offers innovative services that help to promote new home building in Dallas. Although her practice services a very niche market, she is consistently recognized as a Top Producer within her 400 agent company and has been named one of Dallas’ Best Real Estate Agents by D Magazine year over year.

Beth Johnson | Keller Williams Realty

Beth Johnson is the “first Realtor on the planet”, we are told, to earn the “Quadruple Crown” of green building credentials and the first Texas REALTOR® to earn either LEED Accredited Professional or EcoBroker credentials. A DFW native in her 14th year as full-time, full-service agent, She handles all types of residences, new construction and resale, residential lots, acreage, and helps buyers contract for lots, architects, and builders. Half of her real estate business involves properties with significant green features or certifications, and she also consults for agents, consumers, and builders on green building construction and marketing, A Founding Member of DBA’s Green Built Texas Council, she helped write its construction protocol and organized many educational publicity events for consumers, REALTORS®, and builders. She helped write the 2008 green update to North Texas Multiple Listing Service to help properties be better marketed, appraised, and rewarded by the marketplace. And… Beth led four wild and crazy Texas women on the first women’s canoe expedition down the length of the Yukon River across Alaska and authored Yukon Wild: The Adventures of Four Women Who Canoed 2,000 Miles through America’s Last Frontier.

Becky Frey | Compass

An established senior luxury real estate advisor with three decades of experience, Becky Frey represents extraordinary homes and distinguished clientele with ease. Her respected professional reputation is built upon a foundation of steadfast devotion, sincerity, and commitment. Becky is a trusted advocate for her clients, known for her discretion, distinct eye for quality, and steadfast follow through. As an industry leader, Becky consistently manages transactions with finesse, using her comprehensive local market knowledge, extensive network, and negotiation skills to control results. With a legacy of service and discernment that stems from her childhood greeting customers in her father’s hardware store, Becky and her team design custom marketing plans tailored to client needs with weekly marketing reports and analysis to review progress and make necessary modifications. Becky very recently united with Compass through a common vision of superior service, creative marketing ventures, and global outreach. She currently specializes in premier residential real estate in Dallas’ preeminent neighborhoods such as Highland Park, University Park, Preston Hollow, Devonshire, Bluffview, Lakewood, and Uptown. Backed by Compass’ trusted and prominent brand heritage, Becky brings sophistication and elevated proficiency to all areas of her professional career.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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