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Bill Cox

Bill Cox, CCAR Director, Recognized as City’s Citizen of the Year

“I am blessed every day to work in Collin County and call McKinney, Texas home.” —Bill Cox, McKinney Citizen of the Year

When his name was called, Bill Cox was surprised. However, it came as little astonishment to those who witnessed his decades of leadership and service when he was presented with the 2017 Carey Cox Citizen of the Year award. To them, it was logical that Cox’s contributions were recognized with the distinction at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce’s Community Awards Celebration held in February.

“I was the most shocked person at the event,” Cox recalled. “I am very honored and humbled by the recognition.”

A former Mayor Pro Tem and Chairman of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, Cox is active on various committees. He is the Chairman of McKinney Planning and Zoning, the Collin County Planning Board, and the Collin College Foundation Board. He is also Co-Chair of the Collin College Bond Committee, and Board Member of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. In addition to being on CCAR’s Board of Directors, he is also a member of CCAR’s Budget and Finance, Government Affairs, and Expansion Committees.

“They all have important roles in the life of McKinney, and the continuation of the legacy of service,” he said. “Being able to serve in so many elected positions, in one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, is truly heartwarming.”

For Cox, history has a way of repeating itself—at least it does when community service is involved. “I am a third-generation McKinney Rotarian, and, interestingly, a third-generation President of the McKinney Rotary Club,” he said.

Proud of his McKinney roots, Cox credits his father as his inspiration. “He taught me how to work and how important it is to build relationships with people,” he said.

The Vice President of Carey Cox Company, the real estate firm he operates with his brother, Cox says the people he encounters make working in the industry worthwhile. “Deals come and go, but the relationships you create last a lifetime. I am blessed every day to work in Collin County and call McKinney, Texas home.”

Cox’s approach to life can be summed up with these words: “Find what gets you out of bed every day, and go do it with all your heart.”

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CCAR’s Community Outreach Committee: Serving Collin County

Sometimes it is a simple act of selflessness that stands out in one’s mind. Brandon Hern witnessed such an act.

“My oldest son donated all his savings to help kids at his school afford books. When I asked him why he so quickly donated all his savings, his response was simple. ‘Dad, they need books right now more than I need toys.’”

Brandon Hern“What attracted me to that Committee was purpose. A sense of service has always been my core driver in life, and this Committee is geared towards finding creative ways to support Collin County residents in times of need.”

—Brandon Hern, Community Outreach Committee Vice-Chair

 

Hern joined the Community Outreach Committee a little more than a year ago to do the same thing: Help people. The Community Outreach Committee was established to implement and support outreach programs in Collin County. Members of the Committee organize events like toy drives and a pancake breakfast to raise donations for local non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County. In addition, they raise funds for the North Texas REALTORS® in Action Foundation, which implements outreach programs to aide local areas impacted by natural disasters. This includes providing charitable donations, volunteer work, education, and charitable housing initiatives.

Realizing the value of volunteerism, Hern encourages his two sons, ages 4 and 10, to participate in several events the group organizes. Last year, the trio was involved in the Relay For Life of McKinney-Allen.

“What attracted me to that Committee was purpose,” said Hern, a CCAR Affiliate member and loan officer for Integrity Mortgage Corp of Texas. “A sense of service has always been my core driver in life and this Committee is geared towards finding creative ways to support Collin County residents in times of need.”

If you are interested in being a part of the Community Outreach Committee, click here to complete the Committee Volunteer Form.

 

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Habitat for Humanity to Open Larger ReStore in Plano

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The store staff and volunteers have put in extra time transporting the items over from the current location in anticipation of the new store. According to Manager Christine Martin, the community of Plano has been supportive in donating items and time.

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary in Plano and Earth Day, the South Collin County Habitat for Humanity ReStore is relocating to a larger facility.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers that offer a vast array of new and gently used items and building supplies at discounted costs. These donations range from appliances, tools, and furniture to electronics, home décor, and building supplies.

The current ReStore occupies a 10,000-square-foot facility located at 1400 Summit Ave. in Plano, in which 75-percent of its space is sales floor. The new 18,000-square-foot facility will be located at 2060 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Suite 402 in Plano. In addition to having a larger, more accessible facility, the new site will boost a sales floor of 90 percent, will be forklift-able, and will offer more new and close-out items, in addition to gently used donated items. Parking will also be ample with hundreds of parking slots available, instead of the current 20 spaces.

“The proceeds from the ReStore helps Habitat for Humanity build more homes for low- and moderate-income families in Collin County. We currently have over 200 families on a two-year waiting list needing help.” — Christine Martin, manager of South Collin County Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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Upon entering into the store, there are two sectioned spaces that will house antiques and new or barely used furniture.

“The new location of the Plano ReStore is expected to provide much needed visibility for the South Collin County Affiliate, help obtain more sponsors, increase community involvement, and provide a perpetual income stream for future projects,” said ReStore Manager Christine Martin.

According to Martin, the staff will be able to focus on what they can do and who they can help in the new location, rather than primarily focusing on warehouse sales.

“The working poor, seniors on fixed income, disabled vets, and challenged individuals are our direct beneficiaries,” Martin said. “Indirectly, the 2,500 to 3,000 volunteers per year in our area doing all the work of building and repairing and operating the ReStore and much more also find they have benefited.”

The local Habitat for Humanity organization operates the Plano ReStore. The items in the ReStore can be used in the homes Habitat helps build or repair. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the South Collin County cities of Plano, Allen, Wylie, Nevada, North Dallas, Richardson, and Fairview.

“The proceeds from the ReStore helps Habitat for Humanity build more homes for low- and moderate-income families in Collin County,” Martin said. “We currently have over 200 families on a two-year waiting list needing help.”

“Habitat for Humanity is a Helping Hand Up, not a hand-out. Homeowners who cannot qualify for a normal mortgage must put in 400 “sweat equity” hours in their project or help others with theirs, and then pay back the cost minus interest over an agreed upon period of time,” she explained.

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Throughout the space, the artwork of local artists and members of Collin College Spring Creek Campus’ Art Club can be seen in the form of painted murals.

In anticipation of the new store, a VIP Reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Thursday, April 20 from 4-8 p.m., in which all CCAR members are invited. The Grand Opening is planned for April 29-30 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Family festivities will include prize giveaways, cultural dance performances, martial arts performances, cheerleading and drill team performances from local colleges and high schools, chair massages, henna artists, and face painting. For more information, visit www.planorestore.com or call 972-424-0791.

Jonna Fernandez

Jonna Fernandez Named CCAR’s New Chief Operating Officer

Jonna Fernandez has been named CCAR’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Having served as Communications Director since 2007, Jonna accepted the position vacated by the retirement of former COO, Steve Haid. In her new role, Jonna will continue to apply her vast knowledge and experience in REALTOR® association leadership, as well as communication.

“Jonna is so deserving of this promotion. She is always open to accepting new challenges, and I know she will far exceed all expectations,” says Mary Leidy, Chief Executive Officer. “She is a vital team member, who we all love and respect, and she is committed to CCAR and supporting our members’ success. I’m happy to say she will continue to oversee our CCAR communications as well!”

Jonna began her career with CCAR in 2007, having previously served in public relations and communications roles for the higher education and nonprofit sectors. Under her leadership as Communications Director, CCAR has implemented key branding strategies that have made the association stand out as a source for professional and reliable real estate information in North Texas. Her media relations work has garnered CCAR and its members local and national coverage, enhancing the REALTOR® image and promoting the protection of private property rights. In addition, she has led the complete redesign of CCAR’s member and consumer websites on two separate occasions, and established the Association’s decade-long social media presence.

“I’m honored and excited by the opportunity to serve as Chief Operating Officer of this great association. CCAR has a fantastic team of talented and skilled individuals, who I am truly privileged to have the opportunity to work with each and every day,” says Fernandez. “Our association is also blessed to have one of the most dynamic membership bases around, and I look forward to continuing to serve our members and helping them succeed at all levels.”

Jonna has a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication from Doane University and a master’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Denver. In addition, she received the REALTOR® Association Certified Executive designation from the National Association of REALTORS® in 2015. She is also a graduate of CCAR’s Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program, Class VII.

A native Coloradoan, Jonna has resided in North Texas since 2003. Married to her husband, Dedrick, for 13 years, they have two children. Outside of work, Jonna serves as Co-Leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, sits on several church committees, and volunteers for Plano ISD at the district and campus levels.

Steve Haid

Chief Operating Officer, Steve Haid, Set to Retire

“I’ll miss my work family and the parade of members that come by my office every day. I’ll miss my conversations with the Team Directors who come to bounce ideas off me or just to talk over an issue they are facing. I’m pretty sure I’ll miss the fast pace that happens at CCAR every day.”

—Steve Haid

Since 2012, Steve Haid has served as CCAR’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to that, he served in various capacities for CCAR since 2004, including MLS Director, and the Director of Education, Communications, Member Services, and Information Technology. However, on March 31, Steve will say good bye to CCAR as he begins a new phase of life–retirement.

“I joined CCAR because I saw it as a great opportunity to stay in real estate, but in a management role,” he said. “I have been in management most of my adult life, except for the six-and-a-half years I sold real estate. I used to come to the Association offices periodically for committee meetings, events, and to pay dues. Every time I was there, the CEO at the time, Randy Wright, would try to get me to join the team in various capacities. Finally, when he offered me the MLS Director position, I jumped on board.”

Although Haid said the organization allowed him the opportunity to grow professionally and try new things, working with the various people he encountered was the best reward. “CCAR’s staff is amazing, and even when one person leaves, we hire another great person to join our family,” he said. “We now have around 7,500 members and Affiliates, and I have personally enjoyed working with many of them. I am blessed to have made many friendships in the real estate industry that will last far beyond my last day as an employee. Every day at CCAR is a new adventure, and it really is like being a part of a big family.”

Among his many accomplishments, Haid made the REALTOR® Store the principal source of non-dues revenue for CCAR and negotiated equipment leases and health plans that have saved the association money. “I think my most significant achievement is being a calm presence for our employees who often endure stressful situations,” he said. “All of our employees know that they can come to me with a difficult problem, and I will either talk them through it or completely take it off their hands. I believe my management style fits perfectly in the family culture that Mary Leidy, our Chief Executive Officer, has developed over the years, and it has been wonderful to be in that family.”

Upon retiring, Haid intends to travel to visit family members and become more involved at his church. He also plans to spend time woodworking and fly fishing, as well as playing music, singing, and performing in community theater.

All CCAR members are invited to join us on Tuesday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the CCAR Banquet Room, for a retirement luncheon to honor Steve’s career and wish him well on his new adventure. Please click here to RSVP for the luncheon no later than March 24.

NTYPN Anything But White Party 2016

A Sense of Community: NTYPN Fosters Valuable Connections for its Members

During the summer of 2012, Vanessa Harrell attended the North Texas chapter of Young Professionals Network’s (YPN) annual Catamaran Cruise. Like other participating members, Harrell looked forward to networking with like-minded individuals while sipping on refreshing drinks, snacking on tasty hors d’oeuvres, and savoring the breeze swirling through the boat on an otherwise hot Texas day. Since the title company she worked for was a Strategic Partner, she thought attending the event would be beneficial for her career. However, she wasn’t expecting to make a connection that would forever impact her life.

“The best part of being a YPN member is that I met my husband at the very first YPN event I attended in 2012,” she recalled. “We got married in April of 2016.”

While Harrell’s fairytale story is unusual, it lends a credible tale to the impact North Texas’ YPN has had on its members since its beginning in 2009. Making meaningful connections is the core of what attracts more than 870 REALTORS® to the organization.

“NTYPN is really a great way to get connected to other REALTOR® members of CCAR. By becoming connected with other members, this opens up learning opportunities, as well as referral opportunities, in the real estate space,” said Brandon Eichten, Chair of NTYPN and Vice President of Operations for ERA StarCrest Realty.

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“By getting connected within CCAR, the YPN member has the unique opportunity to learn about specific resources inside of CCAR available to each member.”

—Brandon Eichten, Chair of NTYPN

 

This year, Eichten said the organization has four main goals: Connect on a deeper level, bring charity to the forefront, increase membership, and raise $7,000 for TREPAC. “One of the goals is to connect on a deeper level, meaning we have one-on-one time with fellow Strategic Partners and REALTORS® in order to establish a deeper connection by learning how we can partner together to bring more transactions to one another, as well as learn how to impact the real estate community.”

According to Eichten, these connections are the best part of being a YPN member. Christa Fulton agrees. “The best part of being involved with NTYPN is the relationships that this fun, dynamic group builds,” she said. Fulton, CCAR Director of Events, has served as the Staff Liaison for the organization for the past four years and is responsible for the planning and administration of NTYPN meetings and events.

“By getting connected within CCAR, the YPN member has the unique opportunity to learn about specific resources inside of CCAR available to each member,” said Eichten, who joined YPN in January of 2016 as the Communication Director.

“While YPN is overseen by the National Association of REALTORS®, it was Nick Kline, our current CCAR President, who helped establish our chapter,” Fulton said. “Nick felt there was a strong need in North Texas for young professionals in the real estate industry to be able to connect with each other and tap into valuable resources needed to help them succeed in their business.”

As they gain success, members of YPN are able to give back to the communities they serve.

“We’ve had lots of events, but most have a charity component tacked on in some way,” said Harrell, a Sales Executive for Chicago Title DFW who is serving her third year on the Advisory Council and her second year as Vice Chair. “For example, last fall we had an event at a brewery. It was a fun networking event, but we asked everyone attending to bring items of clothing for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.”

This year, Harrell said the organization is seeking more volunteering opportunities. There are plans in the works to sponsor a backpack drive in preparation for the upcoming school year. “As far as mentoring opportunities, our hope is that we are creating an environment, whether it’s a social or education event, where a new REALTOR® has the opportunity to meet other REALTORS® they might not have had the chance to network with. From there, they can build on that relationship and pursue mentoring opportunities.”

For more information, visit NTYPN or contact Christa Fulton at christa@ccar.net.

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Q & A with Nick Kline, 2017 CCAR President

Nick Kline, the co-founder of Ornelas + Kline Real Estate Group of Keller Williams, became president of the Collin County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) on January 1, 2017. Since 2011, Kline’s involvement in the organization has included serving on various committees such as the Board of Directors, the North Texas Young Professionals Network, and the Government Affairs Committee. We caught up with Kline to discuss his passion for the industry, his involvement in CCAR, and his goals as president.

Q: You have been employed in a real estate-related field since 2006. What initially inspired you to work in this industry?

A: “It was a management trainee program that I was offered out of college. From that, I decided to get my real estate license.”

Q: What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

A: “I love helping people with their next transitions in life, be it new couples and their first homes, investment properties for their kids or investments to help build their wealth, empty nesters who are downsizing, or families relocating to the area. There are so many different facets to the industry, and no day is the same. You are always experiencing and learning new things, which keeps it interesting and never boring.”

Q: Since joining six years ago, you have been an active member of CCAR. You have served in committees like the Budget and Finance Committee, the Community Outreach Committee, and the Technology Committee to name a few. What has been the most beneficial part of being a CCAR member?

A: “CCAR has many benefits including our family feel, the best customer service of any board in North Texas, and our CEO Mary Leidy, who has been with CCAR for more than 40 years. Being active at CCAR and on its Board of Directors and being involved in committees means that you get to know agents who are involved in real estate in a big way. This helps you and your clients out on their purchases, especially when it comes down to multiple offers.”

Q: CCAR prides itself in providing quality services and programs to its members. What additional goals do you want to accomplish as president?

A: “Something new for 2017 is communicating with our members in a more personalized way with our social media channels, videos, and emails. We also have a great goal to increase our membership as 2017 is going to be a fantastic year for real estate in DFW.”

 

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1. “I literally was born in the desert and lived in the desert until about age 5.”

Born in Las Vegas, Kline is a self-declared Air Force brat whose family moved to Saudi Arabia when he was 9-months-old. He attributes this to part of the reason he dislikes cold weather. “I’m sure there is no scientific reason, but from birth until 5, I literally lived in the hottest places on earth,” he said.

2. “I love cooking.”

Kline said he finds it relaxing to whip up a tasty meal after enduring a rough day.

3. “For the past nine months, I have been an avid spin class attendee.”

Along with other devoted spinners, Kline enjoys burning approximately 1,000 calories during an hour-intensive class. The reward? “ I can go cook more,” he said.

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Women’s Council of REALTORS®: Building Career Success

By Mary Nelson, WCR Past President

The Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) is a national organization that promotes education for REALTOR® members. Many of our past leaders attribute their career successes to WCR, including Leslie Rouda Smith, Bob Baker, Linda Chase, Barb Trumbull, and David Alan Cox.

The WCR Collin County chapter has been chartered through CCAR since 1974, and we are grateful for the continued support of our Association. We invite all CCAR REALTORS® to join us and take advantage of our numerous educational programs, as well as our networking events. WCR is a safe haven that allows you to network with your peers and build relationships with the many mentors in our chapter. In addition, WCR members are connected to 12,500 others nationwide. The WCR Scholarship Program offers up to $300 in scholarships to all national members after one year of membership.

Upcoming events include:

Battle of the Bras
Annual fundraiser benefiting Women Rock, which assists local breast cancer victims.
October 28, 6-9:30 p.m.
Marriott – The Shops at Legacy, Plano

Marketing to Millennials
November 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Stonebriar County Club, Frisco

Installation of 2017 Officers
December 14, 4-6 p.m.
Gleneagles County Club, Plano

Finally, a note of thanks and remembrance to Karen Wunderlick for her support and dedication to our WCR Collin County chapter. Karen served as Chapter President in 1999 and was a member since 1994. Karen passed unexpectedly on August 19, and she is missed by so many. In her honor, the “Karen Wunderlick Performance Management Network (PMN) Scholarship” will be awarded to a qualified Chapter member who takes courses to obtain their PMN designation. PMN is a national WCR designation, and Karen was a PMN designee.

We hope that you will join us and find out for yourself all that WCR has to offer!

 

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Weekly Update

Take a peek at our upcoming events, reminders and news!


weekly update We are pleased to announce that CCAR will conduct a mandatory iBox Upgrade Exchange to the new iBox BT LE, which will provide you with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including low-energy Bluetooth access. CCAR Supra keyholders who own blue iBoxes can take advantage of this mandatory 1-for-1 Upgrade Exchange on Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1. You must be an active CCAR Supra keyholder to participate in the exchange program.

More information about the mandatory iBox Upgrade Exchange will be provided throughout the month of October. In the meantime, you can learn more about why CCAR is holding the iBox Upgrade Exchange, receive answers to your questions, and see a demo of the new iBox BT LE’s advanced technology, by joining us for a free 15-minute webinar on Thursday, October 6 at 2 p.m. Register for the free webinar now!


Weekly updateWe know that you have a choice when it comes to your local association membership and we want to thank you for choosing CCAR. Please join us in the CCAR Banquet Room for a special evening as we say “thank you” for being our member.

We’ll have free appetizers, beverages, and prize drawings (must be present to win). In addition, CCAR’s committees will have informational booths and representatives available to answer your questions and encourage committee participation. No RSVP is necessary, please feel free to stop by!

 

Weekly UpdateNow Accepting Applications
Do you have a desire to make a difference in the careers of young REALTOR® professionals? CCAR’s North Texas Young Professionals Network (NTYPN) is run by a dedicated group of CCAR members, which is comprised of REALTORS® and Affiliates. This committed group is responsible for the planning of NTYPN’s events and education programs, policy making, member communication, and Strategic Partner solicitation. NTYPN is accepting Advisory Council Applications through October 14. To apply, visit www.ccar.net/ntypn-application. For more information about NTYPN’s Advisory Council, contact Christa Fulton, NTYPN Administrator, at christa@ccar.net or 972-618-3800.

 

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Nominate a CCAR REALTOR® or Affiliate of the Year
It’s time once again to nominate a CCAR REALTOR® and/or Affiliate member for the Association’s highest honors: REALTOR® of the Year and Affiliate of the Year! Nominations will close on October 14, so be sure to nominate someone today.

The REALTOR® of the Year Award recognizes one REALTOR® in the Association based on his/her work and effort on behalf of fellow REALTORS®. Access the REALTOR® of the Year nomination form at www.ccar.net/aoy. The Affiliate of the Year Award recognizes an Affiliate member for his/her work and contributions to CCAR, which have benefited the association and its membership. Access the Affiliate of the Year nomination form at www.ccar.net/aoy.

The winners will be selected by committees composed of past recipients, and will be announced at CCAR’s Installation of Officers and Directors on November 17.

 

weekly updateCCAR has invoiced for its 2017 CCAR Annual Membership Dues, which are due on December 1. To view your invoice and/or pay online visit www.ccar.net and log-in with your seven-digit real estate license number and your MLS password. Follow the step-by-step procedure to pay your invoice, and be sure to print the receipt page for your records. A $50 late fee will be assessed for all dues received after December 15.

Please note: Auto-bill-pay credit card forms on file will be charged on December 1, 2016. Members taking advantage of auto-bill-pay will continue to receive reminders until December 1, 2016.

CCAR values your membership tremendously, and we strive to provide you with superior customer service and a superior experience. For 16 years, CCAR has not raised local dues, while continuously improving the most responsive and personalized member services in the region. For personal attention to your dues or membership questions, please call us at 972-618-3800 or e-mail membership@ccar.net.

 

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In observance of Columbus Day, our Plano, Wylie and Dallas offices will be closed Monday, October 10. We will resume normal business hours Tuesday, October 11. Enjoy your day!

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10 Questions: Josh DPDS

Josh DPDS (D’PenhaD’Souza) has been a realtor for two years, active in our YPN group and continues to find new ways to use social media for networking and education of his audience. Josh took some time to answer 10 of our questions so that we can get to know him better. Enjoy!


Do you find it difficult being a realtor of color? I have spoken with realtors of diverse backgrounds and they tell me it improves their work ethic and allows them to work with a variety of people including audiences who may be overlooked by other realtors.

The thought has never crossed my mind. I don’t allow my skin color to define my successes and failures. My actions and intent do.

Josh DPDSI love that you are using Facebook Live to show others your personal and professional life. What made you decide to jump into the live streaming pool?

Honestly, the 140 people who view my content daily on Snapchat (add me: JOSHDPDS) were getting tired of seeing 2 minute long snap stories of me talking about real estate and preferred me to snap the homes I see and sell.  Live streaming on Facebook allows me to post content as quick as Snapchat on a platform where I know people will be more likely to watch a 7 minute video of a guy talking to a camera. I can also be viewed and shared by people I don’t know. Snapchat is a more closed and personal medium than Facebook Live.

You are younger than the typical realtor. Who would you say your audience or client base is?

My audience/client base ranges from 16-36. A lot of what I do is educating my friends on the home buying & selling processes. We were never taught how to buy a house in school. I am responsible for sharing that knowledge with as many people as I can.Josh DPDS

If you weren’t in the real estate industry what else could you see yourself doing?

If I wasn’t in real estate, I would be selling luxury cars. I have such a passion for cars, specifically Porsches and Bentleys. When I was a freshman in college, before I got my real estate license, I applied to be new car sales associate at Rolls Royce based on the amount I knew about the brand and its history. I got turned down. I think if I reapplied now I’d have a solid shot considering what I’ve learned selling houses.

You have been a realtor for 2 years now. What has surprised you most about the industry?

Something that has really shocked me is how dated the industry is. Realtors do many things that salespeople in other industries would find absurd in 2016. The “white space” I see, that is occupied by only a few, is in social media and using it as a strategy rather than just a marketing tool.

Josh DPDSWho has been your biggest inspirations leadership wise?

My inspirations change as often as I change outfits. Right now my inspirations in leadership are Gina Pierce, the Director of Game Entertainment for the Frisco RoughRiders, Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia, and Dwayne Johnson, The Rock. I have worked with the RoughRiders for 2 seasons now and Gina truly is superwoman in how she leads her team of tech crew and performers to present a memorable experience for fans of the Riders. Her passion and dedication for what she does really is something to talk about. One thing I love about Gary is that even as a CEO of a 600 person company, he truly cares about every single employee. Gary established the position of “Chief Heart Officer” in his company to promote a caring culture. I believe every CEO should care as much as he does. Finally The Rock, who has been a role model for me and many others, truly embodies a leader of physical and mental health. The Rock shares his love for physical health with his fans and constantly pulls them up no matter where in the world they are. The Rock understands the climb and isn’t afraid to celebrate every step.

Let’s say you are planning a dinner and can only invite 4 people. Who would you invite and why?

The first person I would invite would be Connor McGregor. As a UFC fighter, he is one of the greats. Despite his big mouth, McGregor is very in tune with his reality. I have a lot of respect for him. Next Patrick Dempsey. When I was younger, and still today, I loved watching romantic comedies with Dempsey. He always played the same role of the highly successful man who somehow won over the girl. Dempsey now races for Porsche, and I’m fascinated by the switch from acting to racing and his success in racing world. Third would be Drake. I love his lyrics and how he decides to only raps about things that have happened to him. Hearing all of his music, I would be interested to have a dinner conversation with him to talk about his life experiences. I’m sure there would be a lot of stories. Last but certainly not least I would invite Michael McClimans. He is my friend’s younger brother and the closest thing I have to a little brother. I’m motivated by legacy and I consider Michael the part of my legacy I will get to see grow. Michael has such a great head on his shoulders at 16 and I can only imagine what fruits would come from him spending time with true legends.

Would you ever consider being on a reality show and showcasing your career?

Does it come with the “reality show Range Rover?”? ☺ If I was offered a show, I would definitely consider it. I love the show Million Dollar Listing and would be humbled to do that in Dallas.

What 3 traits would you say new realtors must possess in order to be successful?

Self-awareness on what you are good at, drive to keep you going, and the ability to adapt to changing consumer behaviors.

What music are you listening to currently?

Drake, Zac Brown Band, BB King, 21 Pilots, Aerosmith, I listen to a lot of different music. My philosophy is if it sounds good and it makes me feel good, I’m going to dance and enjoy it. IMG_7228