champions

From staff reports

Just a year after naming its first vice president in company history, Champions School of Real Estate named its second at a statewide company retreat in Austin. 

Champions CEO and founder Rita Santamaria and president Kimberly Dydalewicz announced human resources director Debi Bliazis would be promoted to vice president, effective immediately, at the company’s awards dinner.

Bliazis had been previously named as the company’s Employee of the Year in 2016 and has been with the company for almost 10 years, overseeing all human resources responsibilities with new and current employees from her offices at Champions’ Houston North campus.  (more…)

Conomos

The husband-and-wife duo of Bradley Anderson (right), and Alexa Conomos (center) make up two-thirds of the Anderson-Conomos real estate team, along with Brooks Anderson (left). The couple will be the keynote speakers at this year’s East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit in October.

From staff reports

The husband-and-wife duo of Bradley Anderson and Alexa Conomos, who make up two-thirds of the Anderson-Conomos real estate team, will be the keynote speakers for the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Economic Summit this fall.

The event, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Centre at 8250 North Central Expressway in Dallas, will not only give economic updates regarding the east side of Dallas, but is also an opportunity for members and others in the business community to network. (more…)

metrotex

From left: Terry Tremaine, Bill Jordan, Taylor Walcik

MetroTex announced its proposed slate of 2020 officers and 2020-2021 directors after receiving applications from general membership, which were then reviewed by a nominating committee.

Nominated were: President: Terry Tremaine, Century 21 Mike Bowman; President-Elect: Bill Jordan, Longhorn Real Estate; Secretary/Treasurer: Taylor Walcik, Blair Group Real Estate; Past President: Cathy Williams, Keller Williams. (more…)

mayor

Lane Conner, LaDondra Wilson, and Cristal Retana were named president, vice president and special advisor to the president of the Mayor’s Star Council Class of 2019-2020.

The Mayor’s Star Council named 37 to its latest class and tapped its latest leaders for 2019-2020, it announced recently.

The MSC, while not affiliated with the City of Dallas, has worked with the Mayor’s office on various projects. Participants come from eight different sectors, including arts, business, education, government, hospitality and tourism, media, religion, and the social sector. (more…)

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David Peavler (Photo courtesy HD Vest)

The new director of the Security and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth office is a familiar face, having served at the regional office previously as an associate director.

The agency named David Peavler the new director earlier this month. Peavler served for 15 years in various roles at the regional office’s Division of Enforcement before leaving in 2017 to serve as general counsel to HD Vest Inc.

During his prior stint at the SEC, Peavler led the agency’s efforts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. His investigations included cases against Royal Dutch Petroleum and The “Shell” Transport and Trading Company, a Ponzi scheme lead by a Houston-area businessman, and a fraud case involving Life Partners Holdings and three of its senior staff.  

“Mr. Peavler was integral to the issuance of the SEC’s Seaboard Report regarding cooperation, wherein the Commission declined to take action against a company in recognition of the company’s response to the conduct at issue,” the SEC’s announcement said.  (more…)

Trendmaker

Trendmaker Homes named Bruce French vice president of land acquisition and development in its newest homebuilding division in Dallas-Fort Worth, the company announced.

Trendmaker is a member of the TRI Pointe Group family of regional homebuilders. French joined the company on May 6 and brings nearly four decades of experience to the job. (more…)

Dallas ISD

Outgoing Dallas ISD trustees Audrey Pinkerton, left, Lew Blackburn, right (photos courtesy Dallas ISD).

Dallas ISD leadership past and present, as well as community members, teachers, and principals,  gathered to fete outgoing district school board trustees Lew Blackburn and Audrey Pinkerton May 23.

Blackburn represented District 5 for 18 years before announcing he would not seek re-election this year. Pinkerton served District 7 for three years, and announced she would not seek re-election earlier this year as well. (more…)

Fort WorthVista Bank named a new president for its Fort Worth market, Cushman and Wakefield announced a new hire, and Governor Greg Abbott named a new chair of the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Grant James

The 107-year-old Vista Bank announced last week that it had hired Fort Worth banking veteran Grant James to head its market there, where he will serve as president.

James has 40 years of industry experience and is a graduate of TCU. His role will include leading a team of bankers there, growing market share through retail and commercial business development, and establishing brand awareness.

“Vista Bank has been focused on growing our presence in the thriving city of Fort Worth over the past several years,” noted Vista Bank President and CEO, John D. Steinmetz. “An experienced and well-respected banker in the Fort Worth community, Grant James is a strategic addition to our leadership team and we are excited to have him.”

James will office at Vista’s Fort Worth location, 1300 Summit Ave.

“As my banking career has progressed over the last 40 years, I’ve become a firm believer in the community banking model,” noted James. “Even in our busy world, each of us has a desire for some degree of personalized attention – in a word, ‘hospitality.’ By delivering traditional banking services with a focus on hospitality, we intend to create unique experiences that clients will feel compelled to share with friends and family.” (more…)