We were talking graduation in our Thursday issue and let the bear out of the bag that our DFW reporter is a Baylor grad (J-school class of ?91). We heard from several other alum, too, including CASE Commercial Real Estate Partners associate director Stephanie Thompson (pictured here at her Baylor graduation in 2008 with her parents, Dennis and Cheryl Richardson). We promise there were no Dr Pepper bribes or threatening NoZe Brother exposs (inside Baylor joke) to get Stephanie to tell us what she's been doing at CASE, where she works primarily alongside Mike Pierre as a landlord leasing agent. She's working on leasing Thanksgiving Tower, Signature Place I & II, and Douglas Plaza and has recently been working with principal Tom Sutherland on the tenant rep side, helping him with a 30k SF deal in the Las Colinas submarket. The 2009 DBJ Rookie of the Year says the market is slowly recovering and we're starting to see rental rates hold firm or creep up, especially in the Far North Dallas and Plano/Legacy submarkets.
Merriman Associates Architects biz dev guru Skyler Renschler tells us she wanted to be a Baylor Bear since she was a 4-year-old (as seen). The Waco native grew up attending the over-the-top Baylor Homecoming parades each year. That school spirit and impeccable education made it an easy decision to attend the Harvard on the Brazos. Her school loyalty doesn't limit her work though: maa recently designed a new dorm at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, which broke ground behind by Independent American Construction. Other Bears we heard from: Caddis Partners SVP Matt Mattox; The Weitzman Group assistant VP Karly Kilroy; Behringer Harvard senior controller Lisa Ross, Stream Realty Partners' market analyst Kendall Cramer, VP Ramsey March, and marketing assistant Mallory Golding; and Integra Realty Resources-DFW analyst Kent Cullins. Apologies if you're humming That Good Old Baylor Line all day.