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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.

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.

Dallas Opera Touts Unprecedented Casting


Mark Delavan will star as the Dallas Opera presents Verdi’s Falstaff for the first time. (Photo: Maxine Helfman for The Dallas Opera)

The forward-thinking life of the Dallas Opera’s music director comes with moments of confusion, such as when he’s planning future performances and someone asks what he’s doing next season.

“I know the titles we’re doing for 10 years, but then I don’t know what I’m doing next year,” Emmanuel Villaume explained on an afternoon in late January. “And I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow.”

Highland Park Presbyterian Shifts Master Plan


The Hunt Building will be rebuilt to add parking garage, better flow. (Courtesy photo)

Highland Park Presbyterian Church has scrapped initial plans to demolish six adjacent rental homes near Shannon Lane to make way for a 350-spot underground parking garage.

Preliminary plans revealed last year also would have added 35,000 square feet to the campus and renovated interiors, but didn’t align well enough with the church’s long-term vision or deliver enough benefit for the money budgeted.

UP Not a Bike Dump


(Photo: Chris McGathey)

I am a typical middle school kid [and a member of Boy Scout Troop 70] who enjoys riding my bike, but my opinion of the bike sharing program is that it is bad for our community. If someone chooses to ride a bike through a bike sharing app, then what happens when they arrive at their destination? They have to leave it somewhere on public or private property, which is abandoning it.

Highland Park Plans Creek Improvements


Designers are studying the condition of pedestrian bridges, creek banks, and vegetation. (Courtesy Mesa)

Highland Park officials have made preparations for doing substantial work in the Hackberry Creek greenbelt corridor before. This time, they hope to come up with conservation and restoration plans town residents will accept.

“They’re passionate,” Mayor Joel Williams said, saying many residents haven’t been bashful about telling him what they think about “the most beautiful natural resource in Highland Park.”