1/22/18 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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At the January meeting of the Dallas Multi-Discipline Group, RPN members agreed that the hot CRE market in Dallas shows little signs of cooling off. Rick Medinis, president of NAI Robert Lynn’s industrial division did note that from his perspective, there is a “little [industrial] oversupply issue” in South Dallas, but that’s the company’s only worry in the entire market. … Read More

12/18/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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Attendees of the December meeting of the Dallas Multi-Discipline Group heard from guest speaker Matt Davies, an Assistant Vice President in community outreach department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and a cybersecurity and payments expert. Davies told the group that there are two areas of emphasis in regard to payments: speed and security. “In the payment system of … Read More

11/27/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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Attendees of the November meeting of the Dallas Mastermind Group heard from guest speaker Jackson Drye of Hangar, a forward-thinking 14-month-old Austin-based tech startup. Hangar is building a platform that eventually will connect autonomous robotics of all different types. Currently, Hangar functions as a drone company with a national network of FAA-certified, vetted unmanned-drone pilots. Similar to Uber, Hangar clients … Read More

10/23/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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The Dallas Mastermind Group, guest speaker Philip Jabour of Southern Methodist University explained some of the unique planning challenges facing this urban private university. When SMU was founded in 1911, it was far from the city surrounded primarily by empty land. Today, SMU, as is the case with other urban universities, must consider “town and gown” relationships (how the university’s … Read More

9/25/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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A key focus of discussion before, during, and after the September meeting of the Dallas Multi-Discipline Group involved challenges related to commercial property development. Guest speaker/urban designer Scott Polikov of Gateway Planning explained the benefits of understanding the market potential of a property before designing a project. Often, the easy solution is to develop a property by building strip centers. … Read More

7/24/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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July’s meeting of the Dallas Multi-Discipline Group featured guest speaker Scott Saunders, Vice President at Asset Preservation Inc. (API). API is a qualified 1031 exchange intermediary, and has overseen more than 160K exchanges to date. Scott explained to the group the tremendous values of 1031 exchanges, which allow investors to defer capital gains taxes, thus facilitating significant portfolio growth. Currently, … Read More

6/26/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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At the June meeting of the Dallas Mastermind Group, Doug Prude, economic development and planning analyst for the private nonprofit Downtown Dallas Inc. explained that downtown is as vibrant as ever. Currently, an estimated 135,000 people work downtown and 10,000 people live downtown. Residential development is booming; there are more than 7,000 residential units now under construction. Downtown Dallas Inc. … Read More

5/15/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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Meeting Champion Kimber Davison, Vice President and Managing Shareholder of Griffith, Davison & Shurtleff shared with the group a draft of the 2017 AIA A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction document, which is updated every 10 years. Kimber is a member of the committee charged with updating the document. Notable changes in the 2017 draft include added verbiage … Read More

4/24/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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Attendees of the April meeting of the Dallas Multi-Discipline Group heard from guest speaker Mick Granlund of O’Brien Architects. O’Brien Architects beat out a dozen firms to win the coveted master-plan contract for The Star – the Dallas Cowboys’ 90-acre corporate headquarters, practice fields, and entertainment district. O’Brien Architects was last in line to present to Jerry Jones and family … Read More

3/27/17 Dallas Mastermind Group Meeting

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Attendees of the Dallas Mastermind Group’s March meeting heard from guest speaker Kent Donahue, President of Donahue Development Corp. The company is developing a 262-acre residential, mixed-use, and entertainment community on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett, Texas, north of Dallas. The community will feature an 8-acre Crystal Lagoon (the first Texas installation of Crystal Lagoons’ patented, state-of-the-art technology that enables … Read More