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…)

Photo by Bethany Erickson

Last Wednesday, Candy spoke to a full house to kick off the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s very busy season of events. She was the keynote luncheon speaker, weaving the theme of homes being the footprints of our history throughout a discussion that provided a few chuckles at time, but also a glimpse at ways the perservation community could address new challenges.

We are providing her speech in full here, as well as the slide show that accompanied it.  (more…)

seppes
 
As we may have mentioned, it’s real estate awards season. By now, you must have heard of The Seppes, an evening gala to top all galas, otherwise known as JP & Associates annual black-tie awards.
 
JP & Associates is one of the hottest real estate stories in North Texas. A story that is so big, it’s quickly becoming a national story, as JPAR gains recognition from industry heavyweights such as REAL TRENDS, Inman, the Inc. 5000, and more as one of the top 100 real estate brokerages in the US.
 
Founded by Giuseppe “JP” Piccinini in Frisco, JPAR is a full-service transaction-based real estate brokerage firm specializing in real estate sales and marketing services. With more than 1500 agents (growing daily), 21 offices and $2.6 billion in sales in 2018, JPAR operates multiple offices across Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida. It is the largest independent and privately held brokerage in Texas, and third in DFW for home sales. 
 
Now offering health insurance and other corporate benefits for agents, JPAR is also offering franchising opportunities for entrepreneurial real estate professionals.

“Our model – a full-service brokerage with a capped transaction fee, a productivity standard, and a service-based culture – is resonating with agents and consumers alike,” said Mark Johnson, JPAR Chief Operating Officer. “We have built a top producers dream and a culture that supports the emerging trend of teams.”

The fifth annual Seppe Awards gala took place this year on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Gilley’s in The Cedars. Every square molecule of the venue’s 91,000 square feet was packed with JPAR agents, friends and supporters. The Seppes have grown sequentially, and this year I estimate at least 1,500 were celebrating, dressed to the nines, and rocking to the band Emerald City.
 
And to think the very first Seppes took place in JP’s living room five years ago!
 
Nicknamed Seppe (short for Giuseppe, JP Giuseppe’s legal name), the 5th  Annual Seppe’s Awards did not disappoint. The surprise comes at about 11:00 pm flor those who are still dancing (most everyone): Waffle House! Last year, it was Whataburger. What will it be next year? Jump for this years winners and more fantastic photos of an evening that exceeded expectations…
 

Giuseppe “JP” and Lauren Piccinini

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The Urban Land Institute of North Texas has announced that its prestigious 2019 Vision Award will go to Craig Hall, chairman and founder of Dallas-based HALL Group, during the fifth annual Impact Awards Gala on October 10.

The announcement of this year’s Vision Award honoree was made by ULI North Texas Chair John Brownlee of HFF at the organization’s annual Capital Markets program on Thursday, March 7.

Without a doubt,” Brownlee noted, Craig Hall exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership and entrepreneurship. His success in building an innovative, multi-faceted real estate company has contributed a great deal to the growth of North Texas. We couldn’t be more excited to honor Craig and his monumental career at our 2019 Impact Awards. (more…)