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We knew you guys had a lot of heart and you demonstrated it in a big way on Thursday night when you raised $256k for former Transwestern SVP Tommy Van Zandt


Here’s Tommy surrounded by his wife, Robyn Van Zandt and the “reunion” organizers Hall Financial Group director of leasing Kim Butler, Transwestern principal Randy Garrett, and Transwestern central region prez Jack Eimer. About 200 DFW commercial real estate folks gathered on the Saint Ann Restaurant patio to mark the fifth anniversary of the first fundraising event for Tommy to help offset the massive medical costs associated with his healthcare since a fall left him a vent-dependent quadriplegic in early 2009.


Cushman & Wakefield EVP Mike Wyatt (between Pickens Ridnour principals Sheryl Pickens and Brenda Ridnour) is one of the many members of the “reunion” steering committee. Others include Jerry Averyt, Dennis Barnes, Katie Berg, Bret Bunnett, Pat Carrigan, Riis Christensen, John Conger, Jack Crews, James Esquivel, Jim Gaspard, Johnny Johnson, Greg Langston, Mark LaRoe, Mike McVean, Blair Oden, Janice Peters, Joel Pustmueller, David Schmidt, John Shaunfield, Liz Trocchio, Bob Young, and Moody Younger. We’re told that Tommy uses his unique situation and perspective to counsel and minister to others facing the normal challenges of life as well as life-threatening challenges similar to this own. He is an active public speaker and has addressed numerous audiences including WorkMatters Business Ministries, John Brown University, CEO Executive Forums, and PUSH America.