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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 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 2020 committees covering networking, good works, and public policy. We also need commercial real estate professionals to volunteer their expertise for our community projects. Or you may be ready to apply for one of our leadership development programs 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 & Leadership Development Programs

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

  • 2020 Chair: Chad Schieber, The Beck Group
  • Meets monthly

Programs Committee
This committee plans educational opportunities including Speaker Series, Market Matters, podcasts, and more. Committee is responsible for producing cutting-edge content and securing sponsorships and table sales.

  • 2020 Chair: Kim Butler, HALL Group
  • Meets monthly

Associate Leadership Council
Commercial real estate 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. Participants learn more about the City of Dallas, refine their leadership skills, invest in the community, and build their networks.

  • Applications due in July
  • This 10-month program runs from September-June

Executive Leadership Program
This program is designed for seasoned commercial real estate executives seeking to sharpen their skills and reach a new level of personal and professional development. Through a combination of candid roundtable discussions, guest speakers, group assignments, and personalized executive coaching, participants focus on the major issues that executives face every day.

Leadership Alumni
Alumni members of our Associate Leadership Council and Executive Leadership Council programs stay connected with their fellow graduates and receive ongoing leadership development, community service and networking opportunities. Leadership Alumni members have access to quarterly neighborhood lunches, community service opportunities and additional networking events.

Mentorship Program
Learn from experienced commercial real estate professionals with our six-month (February-June), one-on-one Mentorship Program. Each mentor and mentee meet regularly to develop an action plan focused on achieving the mentee’s career goals. Mentee applicants must be 35 or younger to participate.

TREC Foundation

Be a powerful force for positive change in the community.

Volunteer to serve

TREC Foundation Committees

If you are interested in joining a TREC Foundation committee, please contact TREC Foundation Coordinator Kennedy Bower, or click here to get involved.

Professional Services Committee
This committee deploys TREC members to help manage projects undertaken by the organization’s grant recipients, including the Dallas Catalyst Project and professional services projects, to ensure a return on investment with measurable results. Project managers provide updates and assist with outcomes reports.

  • 2020 Chair: Allison Hubbard, GFF

Grants Committee
The Grants Committee evaluates and reviews grant applications related to the Dallas Catalyst Project and provides recommendations to TREC Foundation’s Board of Directors to assist in funding projects in the Forest District neighborhood.

  • 2020 Chair: Cathy Janke, Capital One Bank

Metrics Committee
The Metrics Committee collects data and reports on TREC’s community investment initiatives, including the Dallas Catalyst Project and the Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development.

  • 2020 Chair: Blair Oden, CBRE

TREC Community Fund

Help communities strategize and finance their vision.

Build Community

TREC Community Fund Committees & Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in joining a TREC Community Fund committee, please contact TREC Community Fund Coordinator Kawanise Mims, or click here to get involved.

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

  • 2020 Chair: Diane Chavez, JPMorgan

PRO Neighborhoods Volunteers
Provide strategic and technical expertise to create a collaborative strategy for equitable development in three economically-distressed neighborhoods by addressing inadequate, unaffordable housing and offering access to services.

PAC & Public Policy

Transform ideas into action.

Advocate for issues

PAC & Public Policy Committees

If you are interested in joining TREC PAC or our Public Policy Committee, click here to get involved.

Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy 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 Dallas region. As specific policy issues arise, ad hoc working groups are formed. Existing working group focuses include mobility and affordable housing.

  • 2020 Chair: Kristian Teleki, Matthews Southwest
  • Meets every two months as full committee. Working groups scheduled as needed.

TREC 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.

  • 2020 Chair: Gerald Dunn, Benchmark Title

TREC Think Tank
TREC Think Tank takes a blank slate approach and discusses all parts of the Dallas community, identifying initiatives that need to be undertaken to Build the City You’ve Imagined for 10, 25 and 50 years from now. Participants, A.K.A. “wonks,” immerse themselves in broad categories to a point where they become experts and draft long-term, visionary action plans.

Young Guns

Are you a young real estate professional with big dreams?

Build your career

Young Guns Committees

If you are interested in joining a Young Guns Committee, please contact Amy Stovall, TREC Director of Membership, Engagement, & Communications, or click here to get involved.

Young Guns Membership Committee
This 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.

  • 2020 Membership Chair: Randy Streig, Private Company
  • Meets monthly

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 in early March
  • Young Guns members can also volunteer as Breakfast Group leaders. Orientation required. Check-in meetings as needed.

Young Guns Casino Night Committee
This committee carries out all details of Casino Night event planning, including securing sponsorships and raffle prizes and encouraging ticket sales.

  • 2020 Chair: Andre Ferrari, JLL Capital Markets
  • Active January – March

Foundation Project Committee
This committee supervises and executes the annual Young Guns Foundation Project. The 2019 project is a renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Center within the Forest District as part of the Dallas Catalyst Project.

  • 2019 Foundation Project Co-Chairs: Fernando Ceballos, Pape-Dawson Engineers; and Travis Gunter, The Beck Group
  • 2020 Foundation Project Co-Chairs: Tara Harandi, GFF; and Patrick Henning, Brasfield & Gorrie

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.

  • Active August-November. Chair sets meeting times.

Community Engagement Committee
Spread the word about opportunities for Young Guns to give back to the community and participate in work days, where a group of Young Guns can make a difference throughout the greater community

  • As projects arise, you will receive an email with details.
  • 2020 Co-Chairs: Fernando Ceballos, Pape-Dawson Engineers; and Lucas Leifeld, Invitation Homes

Young Guns Forum Committee
The Forum Committee plans and facilitates the annual event where experts discuss a trending topic in Dallas. Responsibilities include selecting a topic, coordinating speakers and securing sponsorships.

  • 2020 Forum Chair: Alena Savera, StreetLights Residential
  • Active March-June. Chair sets meeting times.

Special Events

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


Special Events Committees

If you are interested in joining a Special Events Committee, please contact TREC Special Events Coordinator Cale Peterson, or click here to get involved.

FightNight Tables Sales Committee 
This committee is responsible for sponsor table sales and assisting FightNight Committee with sales plan and prospecting new companies.

  • Active January-April. Attend kickoff meeting and weekly or biweekly conference calls.

FightNight Raffle Prize Committee
This committee secures donations of raffle prizes and assists FightNight Committee with creative tactics for pre-sales and on-site sales.

  • Active January-April. Attend kickoff meeting and provide updates in conference calls as needed.

FightNight Volunteers
Volunteers serve the night of the event. Positions include greeters, ticket takers, media support, raffle team, betting team, betting booth volunteers, casino booth volunteers, cigar booth volunteers and cash room volunteers.


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

  • Active July-October. Attend kickoff meeting and weekly or biweekly conference calls.

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

  • Active April-September. Attend kickoff meeting and weekly or biweekly conference calls

Giving Gala Volunteer
Volunteers serve the night of the event. Positions include greeters, ticket takers, media support and wine pull booth volunteers.

  • Volunteers attend volunteer training sessions prior to the event and help during event night from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Underwriting Committee (for FightNight and Giving Gala)
This committee leads efforts to secure top underwriting sponsorships for these events. They seek financial support and help ensure sponsor recognition is aligned with each sponsor’s commitment and event budget. Additionally, committee helps to expand company prospect list for event solicitation.