Jerry Jones, Toby Grove Inducted Into NTCAR Hall of Fame


Jerry Jones

This spring a renowned real estate leader with masterful knowledge of his craft along with a legendary trailblazer in both sports and real estate will be saluted with North Texas’ highest commercial real estate honors.

The North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals (NTCAR) will induct Tobin C. Grove, president of KDC, and Jerry Jones, founder and CEO of Blue Star Land (and owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys) into the 2018 NTCAR Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame.

Toby Grove

Grove, known for his extraordinary vision and vast knowledge of all phases of real estate operations, has distinguished himself through numerous real estate projects that are becoming household names in North Texas, NTCAR said in a news release.

“Toby is a brilliant leader whose deep ‘start-to-finish’ knowledge of the industry at every level – from the acquisition and financing to the construction and marketing – makes him one of the most respected and trusted leaders in the real estate community,” said Greg Cannon, an NTCAR Hall of Fame committee member. “His positive, can-do demeanor, combined with his expertise and steady hand at the helm have greatly contributed to KDC’s growth in recent years.”

Although best known for his bold, innovative leadership of the Dallas Cowboys and within the National Football League, Jones has also made a lasting impression on North Texas since 1992, as the founder and leader of his real estate company, Blue Star Land, a company Jones owns with his three children.

"Jones is a bold and creative leader who not only dreams big but also has the drive, business acumen, fortitude and spunk to make incredible things happen,” said Darrell Hurmis, chairman of the 2018 NTCAR Hall of Fame event committee. “Whether he’s managing the Dallas Cowboys, building a groundbreaking stadium, or a mixed-use residential or commercial development, he’s going to leave his mark in an exceptional way.”

Mickey Ashmore

Mickey Ashmore, currently chairman of retail services Americas for CBRE (and who previously served as president/CEO and majority shareholder of UCR) will receive the Michael F. McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award.

This honor is presented to an individual who has dedicated countless hours of personal effort to their community, to professional organizations committed to the real estate industry and to charitable pursuits during their professional real estate career. Additionally, the award recognizes the individual’s commitment to promoting integrity, honesty, reciprocation, and professionalism throughout their commercial real estate career.

Marking its 30th anniversary, the NTCAR Reunion and Hall of Fame event will be held May 10 at the Dallas Country Club.

Founded in 1995, the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals (NTCAR) is a trade association that exists to enhance the business opportunities of its members through real-time access to critical real estate information, education, recognition and networking events.

The NTCAR Hall of Fame was launched in 1988 when the first six distinguished real estate recipients were Trammell Crow; Lyn Davis; Henry S. Miller, Jr.; John M. Stemmons, Sr. and his brother, L. Storey Stemmons; and Angus G. Wynne. Later additions to the roster included John Carpenter; Roger Staubach; Henry S. Miller Company; Ross Perot, Jr.; Gerald Hines and Jeff Hines; and many others.

Crime Reports Feb. 12 – 18


A Highland Park man was scammed out of $1,050 after hiring a man he met at a nearby Home Depot to do some brickwork at his home in the 4600 block of Edmondson Avenue. The homeowner reported to police around 2:59 p.m. Feb. 14 that when the man came to his house two days prior to write up a bid, the rascal asked the homeowner to go outside and count the bricks and supposedly stole $300 from the homeowner's wallet. The homeowner also gave the worker a $740 check to start the job, but he never returned.

Frame Lands at Highland Park Village


A contemporary denim duo with a celebrity following has opened at Highland Park Village.

Frame, launched in 2o12 by Swedish duo Erik Torstensson and Jens Grede, opened its first Texas location this month at the upscale Park Cities shoppery – right where Diane Von Furstenberg used to be housed.

Debutants, Families Bond with Symphony and Community


The 32nd annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball on Feb. 17 featured three generations of involvement for the Duncan-Beutel family.

Nancy Duncan was a proud debutante mom to daughter Denise Duncan Beutel in 1991, and then together they co-chaired the Presentation Ball in 1996. This year granddaughter Caroline Beutel made her debut.

Scots Race to Title in Season Debut


These guys needed only one meet to claim their first team championship of the track and field season.

Highland Park started the season by racing to the team title at the Raider Invitational on Saturday in Garland.

Four individual gold medals bolstered the Scots, including Jimmy Rupple (400), Sam Sloan (800), Trevor Schillaci (1,600), and Christopher Herod (300 hurdles). Others with individual podium finishes for HP included Brock Bakich, Charlie Philbin, Etienne Black, Tyler Mead, and Colby Green.

Meanwhile, the HP girls finished third as a team at the Newman Smith Trojan Relays in Carrollton. Olivia Conner tied for the top spot in the 300 hurdles and placed third in the high jump.

Little Free Library Promotes Reading


Contents of the Little Free Library change as people take and leave books. (Photo: Sahar Jamal)

Albert Einstein once said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

Under a tree at the northeast corner of Royal Blue Grocery, visitors to Highland Park Village can locate a new Little Free Library, built in the Spanish and Mediterranean style used throughout the shopping center.

In the past several years, similar libraries have popped up across the country, often located in yards, shopping centers, and public lands to encourage reading and promote sharing in a community.