Category: Business

Passion Fuels Career Choices for Cuellar

Catherine Cuellar helps match businesses and nonprofits as director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Catherine Cuellar helps match businesses and nonprofits as director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Haley Rogers
Special Contributor

Catherine Cuellar’s diverse resume has various jobs in the local media and arts scene, having been an editor and columnist at The Dallas Morning News, a reporter at KERA-FM, a board member for various nonprofits, and a Dallas Cultural Affairs commissioner.

Most recently, Cuellar left her post as executive director of the Dallas Arts District this summer to become director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas, a program of Communities Foundation of Texas.

The job finds Cuellar working with companies that are too young or too small to have an in-house corporate affairs department, helping them leverage their employee volunteerism, philanthropy, and sponsorships. Such efforts include organizing service projects, networking opportunities, and fundraisers.

USAF General to Speak at WAC Breakfast

Gen. Frank Gorenc

Gen. Frank Gorenc

From Ukraine to the Middle East and elsewhere, the United States faces a host of challenges on foreign soil — something with which Gen. Frank Gorenc is quite familiar.

Gorenc, commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe and Africa, will speak at a breakfast function hosted by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth on Friday at the Park City Club.

His topics will include geopolitical tensions involving Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe; America’s efforts to help Turkey fight ISIL and, as his office described them, “on-going engagements [in Africa] that tend not to make the news.”

The program begins at 7:45 a.m. Tickets are $30 for WAC members and $45 for non-members. For more information, call 214-965-8400 or visit here.

Briggs Freeman Expands in Fort Worth

From left, Carol Van Hook, Laura Spann, Laurie Brants, Clay Brants, Robbie Briggs, Ashley Mooring, Mary Carolyn Gatzke, and Zareen Khan

From left, Carol Van Hook, Laura Spann, Laurie Brants, Clay Brants, Robbie Briggs, Ashley Mooring, Mary Carolyn Gatzke, and Zareen Khan

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is looking west for the latest additions to its growing network of affiliates.

Briggs Freeman has added a trio of Fort Worth companies — Brants Realtors, Mira Vista Realtors, and Bloom Real Estate Group — to help expand its market presence, the brokerage announced.

Brants has done business in Fort Worth since 1926, when Harry E. Brants formed an insurance mortgage and real estate partnership. In the 1930s, the company represented the first luxury homes offered in Westover Hills.

Virginia Cook Honors Realtor Volunteerism

Mark Pinkston

Mark Pinkston

Mark Pinkston has been named as the recipient of the “Hearts At Work” award by Virginia Cook Realtors for his volunteer service.

The realtor, who lives near White Rock Lake, is a longtime member of For Love of the Lake, which has partnered with the city of Dallas to fund significant improvements to park area surrounding White Rock. He has been involved in everything from fundraising to park clean-up projects.

“I live near, cycle, and sail White Rock Lake, so it is an extension of my neighborhood,” Pinkston said. “I believe I have an obligation to help restore and maintain the balance of nature here.”

Ketchum Given CREW’s Highest Honor

Kennis Ketchum was honored by CREW at a ceremony last week.

Kennis Ketchum was honored by CREW at a dinner ceremony last week at the Belo Mansion.

Congratulations to Preston Hollow developer Kennis Ketchum, who was given the Oustanding Achievement Award last week by the Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

Ketchum is the owner of and founder of Portfolio Development LLC, which has built multifamily and mixed-use complexes since 2001. Her 15 projects have included more than 3,000 units.

Ketchum also is involved with many philanthropic pursuits, including Promise House, Reading & Radio Resources, Equest, Casa de los Amigos, Open Door Preschool, SpiritHorse, and SAGA Humane Society. She has served in several leadership capacities with CREW.

DFW Solar Tour Highlights PH Home


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Sunshine doesn’t just mean fun times. To many people, it also means energy. And the 2015 DFW Solar Tour intends to demonstrate just that. This free, one-day event will feature one of Preston Hollow’s very own: Frank McGovern.

McGovern, president of Clearview Energy and Solarview, will showcase his home’s custom solar system, including a Model S Tesla in the driveway.

The DFW Solar Tour allows people to learn how other homeowners and businesses utilize solar and wind energies, and sustainable technologies to reduce the amount of natural resources used. And teach people how to save some money along the way. Along with McGovern’s home, the tour includes select innovative homes and buildings throughout the DFW area.

The tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the different locations available on the tour, click here.

Virginia Cook Named Woman of the Year

Virginia Cook

Virginia Cook

Park Cities resident Virginia Cook was named this year’s Woman of the Year by Les Femmes du Monde. The Black Tie Gala honoring Cook is Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Country Club.

The gala is benefiting Children’s Health and the World Affairs Council Dallas-Fort Worth.

For ticket information call Venise Stuart, awards chairman, at 214-599-9058.

Proton Therapy Center in Bankruptcy


There’s an interesting story in The Dallas Morning News via Dow Jones today about Kelcy Warren, the Preston Hollow oil-pipeline billionaire who owns a $25 million Park Lane estate and whose son is the namesake for Klyde Warren Park.

At any rate, Warren invested $20 million a few years ago with the developer of a planned cancer center in Dallas, specifically earmarked for a proton therapy facility.

The project remains unfinished, and Warren has filed court documents trying to oust the leaders of the development group, who he accuses of siphoning the loan money for projects in other cities, according to the report. Judges and bankruptcy lawyers will probably sort all of this out, but it doesn’t sound like we’ll see any such cancer center anytime soon.

Stylish Entrepreneurs Go From Facebook to Storefront

Accessory Concierge now has a showroom in a converted house on Lovers Lane. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Accessory Concierge now has a showroom in a converted house on Lovers Lane. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

By Meredith Diers
Special Contributor

A small, pale yellow house with the illuminated letters A|C displayed on the front is the new brick-and-mortar shop for local Accessory Concierge entrepreneurs Amy Claro and Amy Coffey.

Prior to opening their new storefront in April, Claro and Coffey championed the accessory “flash sale” on their own Facebook page.

As mothers of young children, they wanted out of the corporate world, but still had business acumen and creativity to burn. Putting their heads together, they decided to create an online accessory business.

“We felt there was a void in the market for our price point,” Claro said.

Paige, Moses Headline Education Forum

Rod Paige

Rod Paige

The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will have some big names at its annual education forum on Tuesday.

Dr. Rod Paige, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005, and Dr. Mike Moses, Texas Commissioner of Education from 1995 to 1999, will headline a breakfast discussion called The Future of Urban Education.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Cooper Hotel. Cost is $40 for chamber members or $60 for non-members. You can still register online here.

Seminar Focuses on Downsizing, Moving

Angela McCants and C.C. Allen

Angela McCants and C.C. Allen

We hear all the time about older adults trying to sell their home and downsize, especially with the favorable conditions in the real-estate market. But what’s the best way to go about it?

That’s what a pair of experts from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hope to explain during a free seminar on Wednesday at the Edgemere retirement community.

C.C. Allen and Angela McCants are the senior lifestyles specialists at DPM, and they will present “Downsizing and Moving Made Easy” alongside Brooke Evans of Senior Focused Relocations.

The seminar starts at 2:30 p.m., and it will include desserts and coffee. You can RSVP by calling 877-513-5979 or by clicking here.

Industry Tips Its Hats to Halliday

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[Editor’s Note: The following story ran on Jan. 25, 2013 in our Real Estate Quarterly Section. Appropriately, it was the first of a series dedicated to legends of Dallas real estate.]

Her headquarters, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, could easily be mistaken for the Oval Office. Her walls boast countless awards, and signed pictures of local celebrities fill every surface.

But it’s appropriate that her office mirrors a room at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. After all, she is known around these parts as the “First Lady of Real Estate.”

At 101 years old, Ebby Halliday is one of the most well-known names in the Dallas real estate industry; and after nearly 65 years in the business, she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

“I often wonder what I could have done had I been taller,” Halliday said with a smirk on a rainy day in her North Dallas office.