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COWTOWN SCHMOOZE: MOJITOS & NEWS

Dallas-Ft. Worth
COWTOWN SCHMOOZE: MOJITOS & NEWS
Schmoozing, Cowtown style: fajitas, mojitos, and Brazilian beer. Nearly 150 Bisnow die-hards joined us for an intimate gathering at Embargo Restaurant in Fort Worth. We heard lots of talk about the Texas state bird: the construction crane.
 
Fort Worth Power Networking at Embargo
From new apartment construction at Centrepoint to the assumed Sundance Square office tower that's being bandied about, new projects were among the murmurs between bites of salsa and chips.
Danny Copeland, Roger Parsons, and David Tague
Parsons Roofing?s Roger Parsons, center with Spring Valley Construction Co's Danny Copeland, and David Tague. Not ones to toot their own horns, Bisnow did some digging and found that Parsons Roofing is more than just the largest contractor of Duro-Last in the country and among the top 25 roofing companies nationwide as ranked by Roofing Industry magazine. The company has a heart, too. It has paid to send special needs children to camp, sponsored youth sports teams, donated three roofs to Lions Park in Waco, and much more. Our hats are off to you!
Embargo Restaurant owner Andrew Delatorre and manager Johanna Escobedo
Bisnow?s hosts for the night were Embargo Restaurant owner Andrew Delatorre and manager Johanna Escobedo. We hear the bar?s been voted best bar dcor, best mojito (we can vouch for that), and best bartender throughout the past five years by several different Fort Worth magazines. A vote by Bisnow staffers also revealed that the fajitas were muy fabuloso!
Bradford?s Nick Talley, right with Noble Crest Property Group's Ken Wimberly
Bradford?s Nick Talley, right, with Noble Crest Property Group's Ken Wimberly, tells us he's working industrial deals in Tarrant County with two deals pending right now. He's trying to lease up Railhead Business Station; he says its shallow bay distribution would make it perfect for manufacturers and distribution facilities.
Dan McInnis
We admired the drink and renamed the regional manager for S&B Infrastructure: "Mojito" Dan  McInnis. It has a nice ring to it. Mojito Dan tells us the engineering services firm is working with the City of Fort Worth on a drainage project, for one. The firm is also doing GIS mapping for a natural gas pipeline. Remember when the president released 30 million gallons of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in June to offset disruptions in supply due to Middle East unrest? S&B is the engineer for that reserve, he tells us.
 
DASI Cost Segregation Group's David Webb and Rhonda Fagala with Mesch, McBride & Cooper?s Derick Mesch
Here's DASI Cost Segregation Group's David Webb and Rhonda Fagala with Mesch, McBride & Cooper?s Derick Mesch. David tells us DASI is a specialty tax firm, even though David is an engineer by trade. His goal: helping real estate owners  accelerate depreciation to earn big tax savings. He works with guys like Derick to maximize the tax savings, he tells us.
 
COWTOWN SCHMOOZE: MOJITOS & NEWS
We chatted with Scott+Reid?s Phil VanderhillHeather Boyd, and Jeff Reid. The company has a statewide presence and recently opened an office in Houston last month. The commercial GC is working multiple interior finish-out  projects across the Metroplex including several projects in Carter Burgess Plaza and the City Center towers. The firm is working currently on projects with Goff Capital and Wagner Oil.
 
Fidelity National Title?s Paul Blight joined Atrium?s Brenda Hesse and Dawn Curtis
Fidelity National Title?s Paul Blight joined Atrium?s Brenda Hesse and Dawn Curtis for a quick pic. Brenda tells us the newest location for Atrium Executive Business Centers (executive suites, virtual offices, reception and mail services) is in Arlington in the vicinity of Randol Mill Road and Hwy 360 with great views of both Cowboys Stadium and the Ballpark at Arlington.
 
Intertech Commercial Flooring?s Christy Margolis, with SRS? Tyler Isbell and Real Professional Network?s Mike Ullua
Intertech Commercial Flooring?s Christy Margolis, with SRS? Tyler Isbell and Real Professional Network?s Mike Ullua, tells us the company recently expanded into Dallas from the Austin/San Antonio area. Christy's other Bisnow connection: she graduated from Kennedale High School with our DFW reporter, Tonie Auer. (Go Wildcats!) Tyler recently launched the Real Professional Network group in the Regus Business Center in Highland Park Village. His next meeting is Sept. 14.
 
MA's Erik Brooks, UTA's Diane Cooper, and Elements of Architecture?s Drew Martin
Taking advantage of a quiet corner in the bar, we found CMA's Erik Brooks, UTA's Diane Cooper, and Elements of Architecture?s Drew Martin. We hear that UTA's School of Urban and Public Affairs was ranked by US News & World Report as one of the best grad schools of public affairs in the nation. Congrats!