Apr. 03, 2017 by TREC Staff

Get to Know Team TREC

Get to know the people behind the scenes who keep TREC up and running. Each staff member’s background, expertise and interests create a unique team that plays a vital role to the success of our organization. From skydiving adrenaline junkies, to wannabe Iron Chef Judges, TREC staff shares a little about their individual selves and why they love being a part of Team TREC. (Plus, weren’t we cute kids!)

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Linda McMahon
President & CEO

  1. Where is your favorite place to eat?
    Any restaurant owned by Nick Badovinus. I love Neighborhood Services on Lovers Lane, Town Hearth and Montlake Cut
  2. If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be?
    Michelangelo
  3. What’s your favorite thing about the job?
    Being constantly challenged by our members and our community to think big and to engage in truly meaningful things which will help our community for the next 50 years.

 

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Carla Brandt
Chief Financial Officer

  1. If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be?
    Oprah Winfrey; she is well versed in so many subjects, you would never run out of conversation.
  2. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
    Strong safety in the NFL; I admire the toughness and guts the position requires.
  3. What are 3 words to describe TREC?
    Committed, Invested, Loyal

 

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Hailee Elledge
Marketing & Events Intern

  1. Where is your hometown?
    I am originally from Eagle, Idaho, a small city outside of Boise. I moved here three years ago to attend Southern Methodist University and hope to someday move back.
  2. You’re happiest when?
    I’m with my family at our lake house in the mountains. I have some of my best memories growing up there, from learning how to water ski and snow ski to picking huckleberries and relaxing on the dock.
  3. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
    I love learning new things, especially as an intern. I have learned various aspects of TREC and Commercial Real Estate I did not know before starting here. I also have the opportunity to do various assignments that are helping me prepare for a career in this field after I graduate college.

 

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Christina Garcia
Executive Assistant

  1. What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
    I love a little adrenaline rush in my life, jumping out of a plane at 12,000 has been marked off the Ol’ bucket list. Nothing compares to the excitement of jumping from a plane. It’s something you need to experience to understand! Now who’s with me on the next jump?
  2. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
    The owner of a beach restaurant/bar on any exotic beach in the world – that is totally my retirement plan. Open a small restaurant/bar on the beach and live out my last few days in peace with the ocean.
  3. What did you do before you came here?
    Before TREC, I worked as an Executive Assistant for an Engineer Firm that was of the design/build team responsible for the DART Blue Line expansion Project, Garland to Rowlett and had the opportunity to work with the design/build team for the Dallas Horseshoe project.

Kelcey Hamilton
Community Engagement Manager

  1. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
    FBI Profiler. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and any kind of mystery I could get my hands on so I’ve always been intrigued by FBI agents and would love to be one for a day!
  2. You’re happiest when?
    I’m near the Ocean. Growing up in Nebraska, my family took trips to the beach every year and they quickly became some of my fondest memories. Now, my parents live in Jupiter, Florida and I try to visit as often as possible!
  3. What’s your favorite thing about the job?
    Meeting our members and helping to fit their skills and passions to our community.

 

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Stephanie Keller Hubiburg
Director of Programs & Partnerships

  1. If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be?
    This week, I would say Jane Jacobs. I am reading Vital Little Plans, a compilation of her short works over her lifetime of studying cities and how they thrive. I am ceaselessly impressed by her insights, many of which we are just beginning to fully grasp so many years later.
  2. What do you like to do on your days off?
    Explore idiosyncratic Texas towns and treasures! My husband and I only moved to Dallas from Washington DC in 2015. Texas is such a massive and diverse state with infinite wonders to explore. Some of our favorite discoveries have included the Veldhuizen Cheese Farm, Cedars Open Studios, Dripping Springs wineries, and 7th & 8th Streets in Wichita Falls which boast an excellent coffee shop and the world’s smallest skyscraper.
  3. What did you do before you came here?
    Before joining TREC, I received my master’s degree in Public Policy at Georgetown University and served as the Chief of Staff to a now State Senator in Boston, Massachusetts. This time of year, I am always reminded of the Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast in South Boston which the Senator hosts. On this one day each year, politicians from across the state (and some even from across the pond) descend upon that historic neighborhood to sing Adele and Dean Martin songs, dance jigs, and roast one another. It is a rite of passage for anyone trying to make it in Boston politics and an unforgettable experience.

 

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Beth Waller Matthews
Communications & Marketing Coordinator

  1. What do you like to do on your days off?
    Spend time with my dogs! My husband and I love exploring Dallas with our two dogs, Belle and Ryder. My favorite part of the weekend is our early morning dog walks downtown and our stop by Palmieri Cafe at the Farmer’s Market.
  2. What was the best advice you received?
    “If you’re not willing to take the time to do something right, it’s not worth doing at all.” My dad said this constantly growing up. At the time, he was referring to household chores. If I cut corners, it didn’t do anyone any good since he (or my mom) would have to go back and redo it. I’d wasted my time and theirs. But his lesson turned into much more. Invest time in something you can be proud of. Otherwise, it’s not worth doing.
  3. What is the one thing you hope to do in your role at TREC?
    One of the best things about TREC is that there are so many ways our members can get involved. But it can also be overwhelming. My goal is to clearly communicate the opportunities so members can easily find the best fit and get the most out of their membership.

 

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Megan McLoud
Public Relations & Events Coordinator

  1. What three things would you put on your bucket list?
    I love to travel and have a long travel bucket list. I checked off number 1 on my list last year (summiting Mount Kilimanjaro) and am checking off my number 2 in May (hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu). A few others include: Attending all four tennis grandslams, bungee jumping off Victoria Falls and dining along the Amalfi Coast.
  2. What did you want to be as a child?
    Depending on my age, it varied but up until I was 14 it was always one of the following: fashion designer, professional tennis player or double as an ESPN sideline reporter and E! News Correspondent.
  3. What books are at your bedside?
    Fates and Furies; I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist; Big Little Lies; Before the Fall; Tsunami Kids; Powerhouse: The Untold Story of CAA; and The Unfortunates.

 

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Robin Minick
Vice President & Foundation Director

  1. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
    A judge on Iron Chef. I love to cook (and eat) and I’m always amazed at the things the Iron Chef’s create.
  2. Tell us three things most people don’t know about you…
    1. I sang the national anthem at my high school graduation.
    2. My first camping trip was at six weeks old in Yosemite National Park. Six generations of my family have been going there.
    3. One of my great grandmothers was in the San Francisco earthquake and fire in April 1906. She was evacuated to Fresno where she moved in with a family and married their son, who was my great grandfather.
  3. What’s your favorite thing about the job
    Educating members about the needs in their city and taking them places they’ve never been before, then seeing their perspectives change.

 

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Holland Morris
Vice President – Leadership & Culture

  1. Do you have a favorite quote?
    May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. – Nelson Mandela
  2. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
    I’ve always loved stormy weather – particularly driving in it. I watched a storm chaser documentary in college and decided that if a more traditional career path didn’t pan out I’d like to be the driver for a storm chasing team.
  3. What is your favorite part about working for TREC?
    Knowing and working with our members continues to be my favorite part of working here. I have found TREC members to be wholly invested in whatever they do, whether that be the business of commercial real estate, investing in the community and government or building meaningful relationships. It is incredibly fulfilling and tremendously fun to be a part of an organization that facilitates connecting such an inspiring group of people with each other, issues they care about and our community.

 

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Maggie J. Parker
Community Fund Manager

  1. What was the best advice you received?
    1. You can either be right or you can be effective. 2. Be there for the happy moments.
  2. What’s your favorite thing about the job?
    Meeting so many people that have a great vision for Dallas. We all know this city has boundless potential, the sticking point is how we get there. My job puts me at the crux of that conversation through the perspective of neighborhood leaders and the real estate industry. I get to help implement a community’s vision, making the possibilities seem endless!
  3. What would people never guess you do in your role?
    In one day, I might have an 8:30 a.m. meeting with a potential funder, an 11 a.m. on-site construction inspection; and a 3 p.m. conversation with a prospective borrower trying to start a goat farm. I never know what the day will bring or what shoes to wear.

 

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Amy Stovall
Director of Membership & Engagement

  1. What three things would you put on your bucket list
    1. Travel to all seven continents and swim in all five oceans of the world – I enjoy traveling, but so far my travels have been limited to North & Central America. So, I still have six to go! I am doing slightly better on the ocean goal having been in the 2 of the 5 (Atlantic and Pacific) but one day!
    2. Go to culinary school – I love cooking competition shows and enjoy cooking. I think it would be fun, interesting and challenging to receive formal training.
    3. Get 8+ hours of consecutive sleep – This is my short-term bucket list goal. Having a baby at home, my ability to get a full night sleep has been lacking the last few months.
  2. Where is your favorite place to eat?
    I enjoy all types of food and enjoy experiencing new and different concepts and restaurants, but my go to favorite is Tex-Mex. I could happily eat Tex-Mex just about anywhere.
  3. What is the one thing you hope to do in your role at TREC?
    My goal, and what I hope to do through my role within TREC, is to provide our members with a positive experience in which they find value and purpose for the time they spend engaged with committees, events and programs.

 

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Nebiat Wodere
Database/Financial Manager

  1. If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be?
    Nelson Mandela would have been the person I would love to meet. He is a true example of peace, unity and freedom.
  2. What did you want to be when growing up?
    I have always wanted to be an electrical engineer; I have broken so many things as a kind in the name of learning… I still enjoy to this day playing and learning electronics in my spare time
  3. What three things would you put on your bucket list?
    Travel take the top two spots… Visit South Africa, drive across Europe and Attend a World Cup final game

 

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Mekdes Yae
Accounting Manager

  1. What did you want to be when you were growing up
    Either a pilot, so that I can see the world, or a police officer. I love the uniform!
  2. What do you want to try and never have?
    Skydiving. It sounds terrifying yet exhilarating.
  3. What are 3 words to describe TREC?
    Passionate, philanthropist and fundraiser

 

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Yalcin Yildirim
Community Fund Intern

  1. Do you have a favorite quote?
    “In me omnis spes est mihi.” In all hope for me.
  2. What three things would you put on your bucket list?
    1. Visiting entire Australia from coast to coast. I was reading Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan and I was imagining the continent with its unique assets like Aboriginal themes.
    2. The other one is doing a slope parachute from a well-known location in my country (Turkey). I have attended some informative sessions of this sport in my bachelor’s degree; however, I could not continue.
    3. Last one is visiting all Europe cities (and Morocco) with my wife.
  3. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
    Being both academic (research) and practical (projects) simultaneously.