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|The Real Estate Council has blossomed from humble beginnings into an organization with 1,300 members and a charitable foundation, says chairman (and managing partner for Deloitte’s North and Central Texas audit services) Jim Berry, pictured with TREC Foundation vice chairwoman (and Stewart Title SVP) Melissa Eastman. Marking 20 years, Jim says TREC started in the last economic downturn as a way for leaders to share experiences and look to the future. “The Real Estate Council has truly stayed the course of our longer-term dream and vision, which is to make a difference and impact in our city and the North Texas area,” he says. TREC also has an advocacy arm with two PACs addressing city, county, and state issues. “We provide a unified voice for commercial real estate,” he adds.|
|Through The Real Estate Council Foundation, grants and professional assistance are provided to local organizations focused on community revitalization and affordable housing. Jim says combining financial contributions and member talents as a point of leverage garners a five-to-one return on every dollar raised. With a grant of $1.5M, TREC spearheaded efforts for the Woodall Rodgers deck park (rendering pictured), which will be a 5.2-acre urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown. The Foundation was also instrumental in creating the Urban Land Bank, providing $250k in funding and $6.3M in pro bono legal and title services. TREC has two primary annual fundraisers, FightNight in the spring and the Giving Gala, which is coming up Oct. 14, featuring a Robert Earl Keen concert (get out your boots and Stetson) at the Anatole Sculpture Park. Tickets are still on sale at recouncil.com.|