Nov. 20, 2018 by TREC Staff

What TREC’s Leaders Are Thankful For This Year

Thanksgiving is a few short days away, and while you’re undoubtedly excited for food and football, let us remind you that Turkey Day is also meant for reflection and gratitude. We’re truly thankful for our members and their dedication and generosity toward our city throughout the year.

In the spirit of the season, we asked our leaders to tell us what they’re thankful for this year. Here’s what they said:

PRESIDENT AND CEO Linda McMahon, The Real Estate Council

I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside an amazing team and impressive group of business leaders who generously give their time, talents and treasure to positively impact our community and our neighbors. I am also thankful for my wonderful family and friends for their unwavering love, support and guidance.

CHAIRMAN Ran Holman, Cushman & Wakefield

I am honored to serve as the 2018 Chairman of TREC. I am grateful for being able to be part of an organization unified around a multi-tiered mission of giving to make Dallas the city we’ve imagined. We are developing professionals, we are a voice for our industry and we are dedicating time, resources and money to critical areas that need us. I am thankful for this as well as the many friendships I have developed within TREC.


From a personal standpoint, I am deeply thankful for my family, friends and health. From a community standpoint, I am blessed to be part of TREC and look forward to helping our city continue to prosper in 2019. Next year should be a wonderful year for all.

DALLAS CATALYST PROJECT CHAIR Mike Geisler, Venture Commercial

I am thankful for the leadership at Cornerstone Baptist Church, St. Phillip’s School and Community Center, and City Square. I am thankful for the depth of love they have for their community and the knowledge and wisdom of their years. I am thankful for the wonderful team that has been assembled around the Dallas Catalyst Project!

GIVING GALA CHAIR Paul Geyer, PGIM Real Estate Finance

I’m thankful for my family and for those I work with daily, both in the office and throughout our industry. Their can-do attitude and thoughtfulness makes every day enjoyable.


Truly my family, friends and my freedom.

LEADERSHIP ALUMNI CHAIR Nathan Nash, Steeplechase Ventures

I am thankful for the freedom we enjoy and for those who sacrificed to establish and protect our freedom. I am also thankful for the TREC staff and members who work to expand opportunities within our communities and make a positive impact on our city.

2019 ALC CLASS CHAIR John Riggins, Talley Riggins Construction

First and foremost, I am thankful for the support I have received from TREC while starting my own business, Talley Riggins Construction Group. I am thankful for the opportunity to lead such an amazing group of young professionals through the ALC program. Lastly, I am thankful for the talented staff and volunteers at TREC that together make big things happen in and for the City of Dallas.

2018 ALC CLASS REPRESENTATIVE Zach Wszolek, Goldman Sachs

I am thankful for the local CRE business and community leaders that have worked together tirelessly to make Dallas a better place. It has been an honor to have had the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with such a committed, selfless, and generous TREC membership this year.

SECRETARY Tobin Swope, Winstead PC

I am thankful for faith, family and friendships, each of which in their own way keeps me pushing forward. I am thankful to be a part of an organization whose members are passionate about building connections and doing so toward the goal of creating a better city, and I am thankful for an incredible, well-rounded, energetic and hardworking staff that keeps the organization continually moving in a positive direction.

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