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 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 2019 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.
TREC Committees & Programs
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.
Associate Leadership Council Class of 2020
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 2019 – June 2020.
Fellowship of Executive Leaders
Experienced commercial real estate professionals reach a new level of personal and professional leadership in just five months.
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.
This committee is responsible for member recruitment and retention, enhancing the membership experience and educating members of the value of membership.
- 2019 Chair: Chad Schieber, The Beck Group
- Meets monthly
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 2019.
This committee plans educational opportunities including Speaker Series, Power Hours, Market Matters, podcasts and more. Committee is responsible for producing cutting-edge content, securing sponsorships and table sales.
- 2019 Chair: Brant Brown, Westmount Realty Capital, LLC
- Meets monthly
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.
- 2019 Chair: Lauren Goodman, Invesco Real Estate
- Meets monthly
The Grants Committee reviews any grant applications related to Dallas Catalyst Project, evaluates each project, and organization, and then provides a recommendation to TREC’s Foundation Board of Directors to assist in funding projects in the Forest District Neighborhood. The committee also provides research and due diligence through its Research and Development subcommittee to determine the slate of grant requests that will receive support from The Foundation.
- 2019 Chair: Joseph Chu, Thackeray Partners
- Active August – November
The Research and Development (R&D) Committee is a subcommittee of the Grants Committee, and is responsible for conducting field research of organizations and projects seeking TREC Foundation’s support. The Research and Development Committee researches all aspects of the requesting organization and the proposed project to determine if it is a viable and impactful investment.
The City Development Subcommittee of the Dallas Catalyst Project Committee
The City Development Subcommittee is an elite group of professionals researching city planning and development related specifically to the Dallas Catalyst Project, working with the City of Dallas and attending city meetings on behalf of the core team.
Fund Development Committee
This committee meets quarterly and is responsible for overall fundraising efforts, guidance on promotional resources and initiating connections and partnerships outside of TREC membership for financial support of TREC Foundation and TREC Community Fund initiatives. Committee members actively support in advising strategy, identifying diversified revenue streams, prospecting and increasing awareness of the organization, and providing value proposition by creating a long-term sustainability model for TREC initiatives.
The Metrics Committee reviews grant applications for measurability in TREC Foundation’s four key initiatives in education, housing, job creation, and the environment and develops plans to track the quantifiable impacts of the Foundation’s investments. It also monitors and tracks the progress of grant recipients throughout the year.
- 2019 Chair: Kris Lowe, HFF
- Active August – November
Community Fund Committees & Volunteers
This committee members oversee loan approval and portfolio management of TREC Community Fund.
- 2019 Chair: Diane Chavez, JPMorgan Chase
- Meets as needed
Community Training Volunteers
Support burgeoning developers in TREC Community Fund’s training opportunities by providing mentorship and one-on-one feedback of potential community-oriented real estate projects. Opportunities include: Real Estate 101 Bootcamp, a hands-on, four part-course introducing participants to the real estate development process and equipping them to bring projects to life; and the CRE Accelerator, a nine-month program to train emerging developers to implement community-oriented real estate projects and provide access to debt/equity capital upon successful completion.
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. For more information, visit communitydrivengrowth.com.
Lend your expertise to help TREC Community Fund complete loans. When a volunteer opportunity arises, Community Fund staff 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 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.
- 2019 Chair: Kevin Bryant, Crow Holdings Capital Partners, L.L.C.
- Meets for biennial lobby days, policy briefings, candidate interviews and other programs as scheduled.
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.
- 2019 Chair: Gerald Dunn, Benchmark Title
- Meets every two months as full committee. Working groups scheduled as needed.
Young Guns Committees
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.
Breakfast Group Leader
Organize breakfast among your small group of young professionals, answer questions about TREC, and help members get engaged.
- 2019 Chair: Sara Vilutis, Phoenix Capital Partners, Ltd.
- Orientation required. Check-in meetings as needed.
Casino Night Committee
This committee carries out all details of Casino Night event planning, including securing sponsorships and raffle prizes and encouraging ticket sales.
- 2019 Chair: Eliza Bachhuber, CBRE
- Active January – March
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.
- 2019 Forum Chair: Jake McCall, Henry S. Miller Company
- Active March-June. Chair sets meeting times.
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
The Education Committee keeps Young Guns informed of the important issues throughout the Dallas Independent School District and provides an avenue for Young Guns to engage in a project to benefit an educational institution.
- 2019 Chair: Lucas Leifeld, Invitation Homes
- Meets as needed
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.
- 2019 Membership Chair: Johnny Begzos, Republic Title of Texas
- Meets monthly
Political Action Committee (PAC)
Young Guns receive a discounted price for PAC membership.
- 2019 Young Guns PAC Liaison: Lee Small, Thomas Title & Escrow
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.
Volunteer and Engagement Committee
Participate in volunteer days on projects that align with TREC’s mission and help make a difference in our community.
- As projects arise, you will receive an email with details.
- 2019 Co-Chairs: Kendra Williams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Julia Parrott, Guaranty Bank & Trust
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Special Events Committees
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Reach out to our staff for more detail on volunteer opportunities and to join a committee.
Membership Committees: Contact Amy Stovall
Leadership Committees: Contact Holland Morris
Programs Committees: Contact Holland Morris
Foundation Committees: Contact Kennedy Bower
Community Fund Committees: Contact Felicia Pierson
Young Guns Committees: Contact Amy Stovall