2022-2023 REC of GFW Annual Report

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Re teCouncil of GreaterF th ANNUAL REPORT 2022-2023 www.recouncilgfw.com

Dear Members,

What an incredibility successful year! Our accomplishments reflect your unwavering dedication, hard work, and commitment to making the Greater Fort Worth region a better place to live, work, and play. Here are just a few highlights of these accomplishments.

Our membership grew by 18% this year, with 202 new members joining us, bringing our total to just over 630!

Our young professional leadership development training is one of the best in the region. It offers a mentoring program, access to real estate leaders, a charette design competition, chances to give back to the community, and exceptional networking.

We had some fantastic events this year. Our signature events had record attendance. We also had numerous opportunities for members to network and learn through events like our Get Togethers and Fireside Chats.

Our Political Action Committee raised over $20,000 at our second annual PAC Fundraiser, met with Fort Worth and Arlington City Council candidates, and issued a list of endorsements.

The Government Affairs Committee worked overtime! We met with the City of Fort Worth to share 10 Recommendations to improve development practices created from your responses to our 2022 Development Survey. We provided significant feedback to the City’s Transportation Impact Fee program, are helping write a new chapter on Urban Infill Development, and are weighing in on the upcoming Urban Forestry Plan.

The Real Estate Council brought city, county, and regional public entities together to encourage transformative solutions for our region. This includes bringing together the Tarrant Regional Water District and the City of Fort Worth to provide quality water for citizens at the Mary’s Creek Water Reclamation Facility and working with The Panther Island Steering Committee to hire HR&A to update the plan for Panther Island.

We keep working to make Fort Worth and Arlington better places to live! The Young Leaders’ Dodgeball Tournament contributed $20,000 to T3 Partners (thanks to a $10,000 match from Empire Holdings)! The Community Affairs Committee worked to address workforce issues within the county.

As we look back on this remarkable year, we are reminded of the critical role every one of our members has played in our success. Together, we have tackled complex issues that have strengthened our organization and enhanced our ability to serve the community we love. I am proud of all we have achieved and honored to lead an organization committed to making a positive difference in our community. Thank you for your continued dedication and support as well. Can’t wait to see what we do next year!


The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth (REC of GFW) is the unified voice for the commercial real estate industry - influencing action and supporting change to accomplish long-term job growth and an enhanced quality of life in our region.

REC of GFW is made up of more than 600 members from more than 270 different companies who touch all facets of commercial real estate development. Besides conducting events and programs benefiting our members, REC of GFW addresses policy issues that affect development.


Expanding Relationships -- The role of REC of GFW is to provide forums and events where relationships are expanded and leaders are developed.

Addressing Development Challenges -- The role of REC of GFW is to acknowledge challenges and formulate and execute solutions with other partners.

Addressing Community Challenges -- The role of REC of GFW is to address and work to solve community challenges to promote long-term job growth and enhance the quality of life in Fort Worth, Arlington, and Tarrant County.


This year, our membership grew by 18% (in association talk, this is like winning a national championship)! We added 199 new members bringing our total membership to just over 630, representing 278 companies. Our Young Leader Membership Category doubled, adding 99 new members.

2022-2023 YEAR IN REVIEW


• 567 attendees

• $104,556 raised

• Learn more about the Forecast


• 307 attendees

• $90,932 raised

• Check out our video recap!


• 200 attendees

• Recognized and honored award members:

• Outstanding Young Leader – Trevor Gilley, Peloton Land Solutions

• Danny Scarth REC Impact Award – Michael Bennett, Bennett Partners

• Susan A. Halsey Founder’s Award – Kenneth Barr, Barr Consulting


• Transform 1012 Site Tour

• Meet the Candidates for Tarrant County Judge

• Development 101

• 5 Fireside Chats:

• Joe Minicozzi, Urban 3

• Dr. Stuart Flynn & Todd Waldvogel, TCU School of Medicine

• Michelle Green Ford, Chair of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce

• Dr. Jennifer Cowley, President of UTA

• Anette Soto, Chair of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


• Sold out tournament

• $78,000 raised


• 10 Get Togethers

• One Holiday Party



• 32 Teams

• $20K donated to T3 Partnership ($10K from REC, matched $10K from Empire Holdings)

• Check out this video recap!


• 31 Mentor / Mentee pairs

• Four lunch meetings on various topics

• Leadership with Former Board Members

• Governing with City Elected Officials & Staff

• Women in Commercial Real Estate

• Banking & Commercial Real Estate


• 3 Spring Breakfast Clubs

• 4 “OG” Happy Hours


• 5 Teams

• Charette Designs for The Overland near Chisholm Trail

• Check out this video recap!



Chair – Joel Heydenburk, Jackson Walker

Past Chair-- Kenneth Barr, Barr Consulting

Treasurer – Rick Jenkins, Encore Bank

Carlo Andreani, Westwood Professional Services

Scot Bennett, The Beck Group

Mike Brennan, Near Southside Inc.

Dan Buhman, Tarrant Regional Water District

Dana Burghdoff, City of Fort Worth

David Campbell, Huitt Zollars

Travis Clegg, Peloton Land Solutions

David Cooke, City of Fort Worth

Mark Dabney, BOKA Powell

Ryan Dodson, Dodson Commercial Real Estate

Stephen Gebren, Gebren Consulting Services

Ginger Johnson, Prosperity Bank

Sarah LanCarte, LanCarte Commercial

Meggie Lowy, Hillwood

Monica Luera, Trademark Property Company

GK Maenius, Tarrant County

Drew Martin, DM2

Stacy Marshall, Southeast Fort Worth, Inc.

Andre McEwing, Tarrant County College

Matt Montague, JLL

Rachel Navejar Phillips, The Rios Group

Jeff Postell, Post L Group

Jonathan Russell, Manhard Consulting

Kerby Smith, KRS Realty Advisors

Robert Sturns, City of Fort Worth

Andy Taft, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

Casey Tounget, Transwestern

Jeff Williams, Graham Associates

Trey Yelverton, City of Arlington


Annual Meeting – Monica Luera, Trademark Property

Community Affairs – Drew Kile, Institutional Property Advisors

Cowtown Poker Run – Ian Kinne, Hillwood and Marshall Mays, Colliers International

Forecast – Cannon Camp, JLL

Golf – Sally Glenn Turner, Worth Commercial

Government Affairs – Bowie Holland, Empire Holdings

Membership – Becky Orr, Alpha Testing

Programs – Mark Cundiff, Southside Bank

PAC – Will Northern, Northern Crain

Young Leaders Steering Committee – Rikki Dee Weaver, Bohler Engineering

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