Connect with TREC

By joining and participating in The Real Estate Council, you have unlimited potential to lead the industry, improve the community and propel your career. Most new members get started by attending events, but there are literally hundreds of ways to get involved, and we need you!

Your expertise is a tremendous resource for TREC and the organizations we serve. We invite you to lend a hand on our 2017 committees covering networking, good works and influencing policy. We also need commercial real estate professionals to volunteer their expertise for our community projects. Or you may be ready to apply for ALC or serve on a board.  Now is the perfect time to let us know how you would like to participate.

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TREC Committees & Programs

ALC Alumni Association
ALC alumni stay connected with their fellow ALC graduates and receive ongoing leadership development, community service and networking opportunities.

  • ALCAA members have access to quarterly neighborhood lunches, community service opportunities and additional networking events.

Associate Leadership Council Class of 2018
Professionals between 27 and 37 years old attend leadership development programs, receive personalized training with an executive coaching firm and implement a community service project.

  • Applications due in July.
  • This 10-month program runs from September 2017 – June 2018.

Communications Committee
Committee helps keep members informed by supporting content marketing efforts, social media presence and photography and videography needs.

  • Attends February kickoff and receives monthly emails with editorial calendar and opportunities.

Executive Leadership Council
Experienced commercial real estate professionals reach a new level of personal and professional leadership in just five months.

  • Applications deadline to be announced.

Membership Committee
Committee is responsible for member recruitment and retention, enhancing the membership experience and educating members of the value of membership.

  • 2017 Chair: Tom Bakewell, StreetLights Residential
  • Meets monthly.

Mentorship Program
Young professionals are paired with an experienced commercial real estate professional. Mentees and mentors meet regularly to achieve the mentee’s career goals.

  • Program runs from February  – June 2017.
  • Applications for 2017 are closed. 2018 dates to be announced.

Programs Committee
Committee plans educational opportunities including Speaker Series, Power Hours, Industry Insights, webinars and more. Committee is responsible for producing cutting-edge content, securing sponsorships and table sales.

  • 2017 Chair: David Evemy, Sarofim Realty Advisors
  • Meets monthly on Tuesdays at noon.

TREC Ambassadors
This is a group of engaged members who volunteer to support programs and events.

  • Volunteer training required.


Be a powerful force for positive change in the community.

Volunteer to serve

Foundation Committees

Research & Development Committee
Committee conducts field research of potential grantees and projects to determine if the investment is a viable and impactful.

  • 2017 Chair: Elias Bahar, Pritchard Associates, Inc.
  • Active August – November.

Grants Committee
Committee reviews applications, evaluates grant performances and makes funding recommendations to TREC Foundation Board of Directors. The committee also reviews the Research and Development Committee’s findings to determine grantees.

  • 2017 Chair: Sarah Hipp, Compatriot Capital
  • Active August – November.

Metrics Committee
Committee reviews grant applications for measurability in TREC Foundation’s four key initiatives, develops plan to track quantifiable results and monitors the results throughout the year.

  • 2017 Chair: David Owen, Arthur J. Gallagher & Company
  • Active August – November.

Professional Services Committee
This committee deploys volunteers for the grantees and professional services projects and provides project management to ensure a return on investment with measurable results.

  • 2017 Chair: Joe Chu, Thackeray Partners
  • Meets monthly on the second Thursday.

Community Fund

Help communities strategize and finance their vision.

Build Community

Community Fund Committees & Volunteers

Loan Committee
Committee members oversee loan approval and portfolio management of TREC Community Fund.

  • 2017 Chair: Ryan Panariso, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union.
  • Meets as needed.

Development Services
Lend your expertise to help TREC Community complete loans. When a volunteer opportunity arises, the Community Fund Manager will share the project description, location, estimated time requirement and area of expertise needed.

  • Volunteer opportunities for involvement are emailed out as they arise.

PAC & Public Policy

Transform ideas into action.

Advocate for issues

PAC & Public Policy Committees

Political Action Committee
The PAC is crucial to helping us amplify our voices, support candidates and impact policy. PAC membership is open to all TREC members and requires a financial contribution.

  • 2017 Chair: Jim Knight, Stantec
  • Meets for biannual lobby days, policy briefings, candidate interviews and other programs as scheduled.

Public Policy Committee
Committee leads efforts to research, understand and educate members on current regulations, best practices, and new strategies in public policy that may improve outcomes for the city of Dallas and North Texas. As specific policy issues arise, ad hoc working groups are formed. Existing working group focuses include mobility and affordable housing.

  • 2017 Chair: Shawn Todd, Todd Interests
  • Meets bimonthly as full committee. Working groups scheduled as needed.

Young Guns

Are you a young real estate professional with big dreams?

Build your career

Young Guns Committees

Breakfast Groups
Meet with a small group to discuss business, current trends and local issues while building relationships with Young Guns across a variety of businesses in the industry. Sign up today!

  • First round of assignments made mid-February.

Breakfast Group Leader
Organize breakfast among your small group of young professionals, answer questions about TREC and help members get engaged.

  • 2017 Chair: Cole Burdette, JLL
  • Orientation required. Check-in meetings as needed.

Casino Night Committee
Committee carries out all details of putting on Casino Night including securing sponsorships and raffle prizes and encouraging ticket sales.

  • 2017 Chair: Teddy Leatherman, HFF
  • Active January – March.

Forum Committee – Not available again until 2018
The committee plans and facilitates the annual event where experts discuss a trending topic in Dallas including selecting a topic, coordinating speakers and securing sponsorships.

  • 2017 Membership Chair: Kellie O’Lear, Jackson-Shaw
  • Active March – June. Chair sets meeting times.

Foundation Project Committee
Committee supervises and executes the annual Young Guns Foundation Project. The 2017 project supports the expansion and renovation of the Aberg Center for Literacy.

  • 2017 Foundation Project Manager: Kellie Jasso, Balfour Beatty Construction

Individual Giving Committee
Committee leads efforts to engage fellow Young Guns in raising funds to support TREC Foundation through the I Give! individual giving campaign.

  • Meetings as needed.

Education Committee
Committee keeps Young Guns informed of the important issues throughout DISD and provides an avenue for Young Guns to engage in a project to benefit an educational institution.

  • 2017 Chair: Leo Smith, Commerce Bank
  • Meets as needed.

Membership Committee
Committee manages all aspects of Young Guns membership as it pertains to acquiring new members and retaining existing members such as hosting monthly New Member Coffees.

  • 2017 Membership Chair: Hillary Taylor, Crow Holdings Capital Partners, LLC
  • 2017 Membership Engagement Chair: Jackie Dyer, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr P.C.
  • Meets monthly.

Political Action Committee (PAC)
Young Guns receive a discounted price for PAC membership.

  • 2017 Young Guns PAC Liaison: Ryan Garcia, Austin Commercial

Rising to the Top Committee
The committee plans and facilitates the annual event that provides Young Guns the opportunity to hear advice from leading executives.

  • 2017 Chair: Danielle Veeder, bauhaus
  • Active August – November. Chair sets meeting times.

TREClympics Committee
Committee plans all aspects of TREClympics, an annual event that gathers contestants together to test their skills in volleyball, bocce ball, cornhole, tug-of-war, hula hooping and more.

  • 2017 Chair: Bobby Weinberg, NorthMarq Capital
  • Active August – October. Chair sets meeting times.

Community Engagement Volunteer
Participate in volunteer days on projects that align with our mission and help make a difference in our community.

  • As projects arise, you will receive an email with details.

Special Events

Plan the industry's hottest events and raise funds to positively impact our community.


Special Event Committees

FightNight Raffle Prize Committee – Not available again until 2018
Committee secures donations of raffle prizes and assists FightNight committee with creative tactics for pre-sales and on-site sales.

  • 2017 Co-chairs: Caroline Compton, Corgan and Grant Grubich, Winstead PC
  • Active January – April. Attends kickoff meeting and provides updates in conference calls as needed.

FightNight Tables Sales Committee – Not available again until 2018
Committee is responsible for sponsor table sales and assists FightNight committee with a sales plan and prospecting new companies.

  • 2017 Co-chairs: Tom and Lucy Burns and George and Lindsay Billingsley
  • Active January – April. Attend kickoff meeting and weekly or biweekly conference calls.

FightNight Volunteer – Not available again until 2018
Volunteers serve the night of the event. Positions include greeter, ticket taker, media, raffle team, betting team, betting booth, casino booth, cigar booth and cash room.

  • 2017 Chair: Kelly Hodge, Jackson Walker
  • Attend volunteer training on April 25 and helps event night, April 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Giving Gala Table Sales Committee
Committee is responsible for sponsor table sales and assists the Giving Gala committee with a sales plan and prospecting new companies.

  • 2017 Chair: Shane Bowen, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Kyle Smith, View Glass
  • Active July – October. Attend kickoff meeting and weekly or biweekly conference calls.

Giving Gala Volunteer
Volunteers serve the night of the event. Positions include greeter, ticket taker, media and wine pull booth.

  • 2017 Chair: Alex Klingsporn, Corgan
  • Attends volunteer training prior to the event and helps event night from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Giving Gala Wine Pull Committee
Committee is responsible for solicitation of wine donations for wine pull.

  • 2017 Chair: John Cullins, EY
  • Active April – September. Attend kickoff meeting and weekly or biweekly conference

Learn More

Leadership Committees: Contact Holland Morris

Foundation Committees: Contact Kelcey Hamilton

Community Fund Committees: Contact Maggie J. Parker

Programs Committees: Contact Stephanie Keller Hudiburg

Membership Committees: Contact Amy Stovall

Young Guns Committees: Contact Amy Stovall

Public Policy Committees & PAC: Contact Stephanie Keller Hudiburg

Communications Committee: Contact Bill San Antonio