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What Are You Thankful For This Year?

Dallas-Ft. Worth
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As Thanksgiving approaches, we wanted to see what some of our loyal readers are thankful for this holiday. CBRE private capital managing director Jennifer Pierson tells us that walking the exhibit hall of the ICSC Texas convention earlier this month felt like a reunion for her. “As I get older, I am more sentimental. This year, I felt a feeling of comfort, satisfaction and strong human connection. Comfort because I have known so many of these amazing entrepreneurs (brokers, investors, developers) for so long, that they are now old friends. Satisfaction because we have all made it through the ups, the downs, the fears and the thrills together. We are like warriors who made it through the struggle. And finally, I felt a wonderful sense of connection, the overriding feeling after visiting with so many old friends, some of whom I have known for 20 years. What a gift it is to experience this ride together,” she tells us.

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The Weitzman Group SVP David Zoller (here with his wife, Sissy) tells us he’s thankful to work with a large group of dedicated and caring people who, regardless of company affiliation, work together in a spirit of co-opetition. He was also recently appointed to the NTCAR board of directors (for which NTCAR should be thankful). He’s also been blessed with almost one year of marriage to his wife, whom he called the love of his life. (Insert the sweet awww sound here.) This Thanksgiving, he’ll be up early and running in the Turkey Trot before celebrating with his wife and friends.

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Stream Realty Partners VP Sara Terry tells us she’s most thankful that she and her husband are able to live so close to her stepdaughter, Madeline, and be able to spend time with her on a regular basis. “She is truly the light of our lives!” she tells us. When it comes to work, she moved to Dallas in February and has been overwhelmed by the hospitality of everyone she’s met in the industry, so far. “I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to lease some of the most significant office buildings (including the Trammell Crow Center) in Dallas,” she tells us.

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Colliers International EVP Daniel Rudd (with colleague, Lindsey Wolcott, at a Craig Ranch broker appreciation event) tells us he’s thankful for a good year and a good local market where asking rental rates are up at least 15 to 20% in most markets, which translates into higher fees. He and colleague, Billy Vahrenkamp, repped RamQuest in its 28k SF HQ relo to International Business Park at 6111 W Plano Pkwy in Plano, where it will have top-of-building signage. (Colliers’ Noel Ragin will provide project management. Younger Partners’ Sean Dalton repped the landlord, Billingsley Co.) Beyond work, Daniel says he’s blessed with good friends, a wonderful family and good health. He’s heading to Memphis for the holiday with his in-laws.

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The Weitzman Group managing director Bob Young shared this pic of his team volunteering. TWG and sister company Cencor kicked off the holidays with a clothing and cash collection for Jewish Family Services and toured the Austin Street Center. Bob says “it’s a special time for our TWG & CRS teams and it’s clearly better to give than receive.” Professionally, Bob tells us he’s thankful to be in a vibrant growth market that creates opportunity for the firm, its clients and its people. He’s also especially blessed with family and friends and the opportunity to continue to grow in all aspects of his life, he tells us.