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Steering Money to Hardworking Young Women | #FWSSR2017

01/30/2017
Women Steering Business, Photo Credit Leo Wesson

Photo / Leo Wesson

While Becky Renfro Borbolla watched the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Junior Sale of Champions five years ago, she noticed that women were not buying the prized steers men were bidding on. Women should also buy the steers, especially ones raised by young women, she thought.

“I sent out 75 emails to women I knew and asked if they would join me,” Becky says.

In four weeks, the women contributed $45,000.

Thus, was born an organization called Women Steering Business that has contributed more than $650,000 in four years to buy steers raised by young women.

It is not a fundraising organization. Each of the 189 current members donates a minimum of $500 per year to buy steers. Last year, Women Steering Business bought 12-year-old Saige Martin’s reserve grand champion steer, Goosebumps, for $170,000.

Young women, ages 9 through high school seniors, raise the steers and other animals. In caring for these animals, they learn a trade, Becky says. The money goes directly to the young women to help raise their next animal or into paying for their college education.

As prominent member Mayor Betsy Price said, “We want to encourage young, strong women to get out there.”

In their signature, red jackets, Women Steering Business members buy six to eight steers a year.

“The more we learn about these young women, and the more we learn about the responsibilities they take on to raise these steers, the more inspired we become,” Becky says.

Post sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty associate Carley Moore. See our #FWSSR2017 special publication here: Legends of the Rodeo … Past, Present, Future.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.

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Five Beauties in Bluffview

01/30/2017
8714 Midway Road, Bluffview, Jan Baldwin, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-eterior, front

Gracious rooms, crisp white walls and mahogany moldings are just a few details that entice at 5131 Shadywood Lane. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It may have started out as a 215-acre dairy farm nestled next to Bachman Creek, but Bluffview is now home to many of the most beautiful and architecturally distinct homes in Dallas. With rolling hills, 50 ft. cliffs, winding streets and lot sizes that range from .25-acre parcels to multi-acre estates, the area’s highly desirable topography has attracted premier architects such as Charles Dilbeck and O’Neil Ford, who designed homes that harmonize with the picturesque surroundings.

Close to Dallas’ top private schools, within minutes of world class shopping at NorthPark Center and near major business centers, Bluffview is a pastoral respite in a vibrant community. These, and other beautiful homes, can be viewed at briggsfreeman.com.

5131 Shadywood Lane

5131 Shadywood Lane, Caroline Summers, Bluffview, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-hallway

Listed by Caroline Summers.

8714 Midway Road

Listed by Jan Baldwin.

4721 Cherokee Trail

4721 Cherokee Trail, Michelle Wood, Bluffview, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-living room

Listed by Michelle Wood.

5011 Shadywood Lane

5011 Shadywood Lane, Bluffview, Caroline Summers, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-dining room

Listed by Caroline Summers.

8712 Canyon Drive

8712 Canyon Drive, Bluffview, Erica Kuppin, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-living room

Listed by Erica Kuppin.

To learn more about living in Bluffview, visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.

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Jewel Charity Spotlight: mamaRoo® Mission

11/22/2016
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Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 

Michele Reynolds was rocking a premature infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cook Children’s Medical Center when she asked if there was anything special the Reynolds family could purchase that might help the NICU. “I just love this hospital,” says Reynolds, who has devoted 20 years to Jewel Charity, an organization that has raised more than $67 million for Cook Children’s. Continue Reading…

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Get Connected to a New Walsh Ranch

11/04/2016
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Photo / Republic Property Group

We’re going to have to adjust the old saying that “everything’s bigger in Texas” to include faster… 

Developers with Republic Property Group just announced that Walsh (previously known as Walsh Ranch) will be the  first community in the country to feature two gigabit internet speeds in every home and school as the minimum connectivity standard. Residents of the 7,200-acre neighborhood under development in west Fort Worth will enjoy two gigabit service – already twice as fast as other fiber internet providers in the area. This world-class infrastructure will support homes and innovative businesses from day one. Ten gigabit service plans will be available to any resident that wishes to upgrade their two gigabit bandwidth.

“Innovative planning and forward thinking like this is what makes Dallas-Fort Worth so unique and creates growth that is not only powerful, but sustainable for future generations,” says Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the area’s leading luxury real estate brokerage. “We’re excited about this emphasis on connectivity, and pride ourselves on connecting North Texas to the world and the world to North Texas.”

While Google Fiber is no longer coming to Dallas-Fort Worth, homes at Walsh will be connected to an extensive fiber network that is even faster. In building the community from the ground up, developers at Walsh focused on technology as a utility, elevating the importance of fiber to that of a neighborhood’s need for reliable water, gas and electricity services. They’ve also declared their dedication to using technology to the fullest in order to create the most convenient living environment possible. So, as smart home technology continues to develop, fast internet speeds will be just the tip of the iceberg.

For more information about Walsh, CLICK HERE. Check back on Update the Metroplex for future updates.

 

Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW to learn more about living in Fort Worth.

For luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in DallasFort Worth Cultural DistrictFort Worth-Mira Vista,Uptown,Lakewood,SouthlakeThe NorthRanch and LandRanch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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Fort Worth Angels Making a Difference | Jewel Charity

10/31/2016
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Mary Carolyn Gatzke, Debbie Horton, Rachel Spence. Photos / Jewel Charity

It all started with two women.

Nenetta Burton Carter and Bille Bransford Clark were on a mission to raise funds necessary to meet the needs of Fort Worth children whose families could not otherwise afford their medical care. Thanks to the Angels of Jewel Charity, every child at Cook Children’s Medical Center is given the superb healthcare they deserve.
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Welcoming a Fresh Energy to Uptown

10/24/2016
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Kelly Nyfeler and Robbie Briggs. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s not that Kelly Nyfeler didn’t like Colleyville. She lived there for a few years with her family and built a brokerage she was proud of. But she never really felt like she belonged there.

“I’m such a Dallas girl,” she admits. When her daughter, Georgia, was accepted into Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she and her husband, James, thought “This is our chance!” So instead of commuting back and forth from the suburbs, Nyfeler and her family came back home to Dallas. It was then that she found the courage to make a huge career change from real estate sales to management as sales director of the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Uptown Dallas office.

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Fab Frogs: TCU Alumni – Frogs for Life  

09/14/2016
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Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Sharon Crockett and her family have made TCU a long-standing tradition. Front row: Margaret Crockett, Class of 2020; Dixon Presnall, MD, Class of 1961; Sharon P. Crockett, Class of 1990. Back row: Carter Crockett, Class of 2022; Carol West Presnall, Class of 1968; Craig Crockett, Class of 1990.

TCU has more legacies apply every year than there are spots in the freshman class. “We could fill the entire freshman class with legacies alone,” says Whitney Hanson, assistant director of marketing and new media for TCU’s Alumni Relations office. “Obviously, that’s not how admissions are based,” she notes, “but it goes to show how TCU gets into the blood of people who attend it.”

TCU may work its way into the blood of its alumni, and it certainly works its way into their hearts. Alumni Relations staff members describe TCU graduates as a “small, but mighty, family,” and agree that, while 89,000 living alumni may seem like a small number when compared to other schools in the state, it doesn’t stop them from accomplishing amazing things.

One thing is clear: if you’re part of that 89,000, there are 88,999 Horned Frogs who have your back.

“It’s really amazing to see how much Horned Frogs will go out of their way to help current TCU students, graduates and other alumni. They work hard to stay networked, stay connected and support each other,” says Hanson. Day-to-day, the school even looks to hire “frog-owned” businesses wherever possible, from photographers to caterers and beyond.

Despite offering programming around all life stages and a wide variety of special interests – everything from networking and social events to international trips and community service programs – Hanson says she often hears about TCU alumni seeking ways to give back and stay connected to the school on their own.

“We’ll hear about something through the grapevine that we didn’t even know was happening, like an alum mentoring students, offering internships or teaching an informal class. It’s really unique and speaks a lot to the TCU alumni community,” she says.

Hanson, who began her role at TCU just a few months ago, compares it to her own collegiate experience as a University of Texas Longhorn. “Coming from a school as large as UT to a school like TCU, I knew it would be different. But the biggest difference I’ve found isn’t the size of the school – it’s the spirit. It’s definitely more community-focused,” she says. “People have a tighter bond – both with each other and with the school.” 

There are many reasons to celebrate TCU and the marvelous imprint it continues to have on North Texas. We’ve highlighted some of the most dedicated Texans in this year’s season preview. To read our full TCU tribute, click here

This feature is brought to you by Sharon Crockett, vice president of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The BallparkVisit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

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Fab Frogs: Dr. Victor Boschini, Jr. Leading Great Growth

09/09/2016
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The 10th chancellor in Texas Christian University‘s storied history, Dr. Victor Boschini, Jr., takes pride that the university still follows in the footsteps of university founders, Addison and Randolph Clark, nurturing the campus’ student-oriented culture.

To maintain that culture, the university board has frozen the size of the TCU student body at 10,000, which allows students to know their professors; “maybe have dinner with them,” Boschini says.

The board also is building a dozen dormitories with the goal of housing every student on campus, he says.

The result: TCU has one of the highest retention rates for sophomores of any college or university. Compared to a national retention rate of about 50 percent, TCU typically welcomes back 91 percent of its freshman for their second year.

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“It is still possible for a student to graduate in four years,” Boschini says. “Parents really like that.”

For him, the opportunity to lead TCU for 13 years is “a calling, not a job.” Boschini has presided over a fundraising campaign that netted the university more than $400 million. During his tenure, the university has also built the Brown-Lupton University Union and Campus Commons, constructed the Intellectual Commons on the east side of campus, established the John V. Roach Honors College, renovated the Amon G. Carter Stadium and the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and joined the Big 12 Conference.

Each semester, Professor Boschini finds his way to the classroom, teaching a freshman course in the College of Education. He and his wife, Megan, entertain students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters in their home. The Boschinis also participate frequently in campus events when they are not traveling for the university or attending a summer Frog Camp for new students in London or Paris.

For the future, the board has charged the Chancellor with raising TCU’s academic standing through an emphasis on recruitment. In hopes of persuading more students with high achievement test scores to choose TCU, Boschini says the university continually improves the educational experience it offers by recruiting some of the nation’s top faculty.

“We have a great faculty now, but we are always adding new members,” he says.

The often humble Chancellor is quick to give credit for TCU’s success to others. “We have an amazing team. I am blessed. I just try not to screw it up.”

There are many reasons to celebrate TCU and the marvelous imprint it continues to have on North Texas. We’ve highlighted some of the most dedicated Texans in this year’s season preview. To read our full TCU tribute, click here

This feature is brought to you by Rob Schumacher of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

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Fab Frogs: KaVontae Turpin – Football’s Rising Star   

09/08/2016
TCU vs SMU football at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on September 19, 2015. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman)

Photo / Sharon Steinman Ellman

TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin has an outlook on life most of us wish we had. Oh, and he’s crazy talented at football, too.

“I’m not sure he’s met anyone he doesn’t like,” Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson once said. “And I’m not sure he’s ever had a bad day. I mean, he’s always smiling. He doesn’t have a problem saying I’m sorry, I screwed up.”

Turpin turned heads as a freshman last season, so it’s not surprising how many eyes are focused on the Monroe, Louisiana, native going into 2016. Turpin is on the watch list for two of college football’s most prestigious honors – the Maxwell Award and the Paul Hornung Award.

When asked to describe Turpin, Patterson uses words like “fast” and “shifty.” More importantly, Patterson calls the diminutive receiver “smart.” Someone standing 5 feet 9 and weighing about 150 pounds better use his head out there if he hopes to survive in a world of beasts.

Former Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin marveled at Turpin’s poise from the minute he stepped on campus more than a year ago. Getting the ball to Turpin in space, Boykin said, could result in a touchdown from anywhere on the field.

And then there’s Turpin’s attitude. The words “refreshing” and “infectious” come to mind. Coaches don’t always end up with players such as Turpin. When they do, they appreciate it.

Even before the start of the 2016 campaign, Turpin was acknowledged with a spot on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team as a return specialist. But his most recent honor comes on the heels of TCU’s week-one win against South Dakota State – his 81-yard punt earned him this week’s title: Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.

Turpin burst onto the scene in 2015, setting TCU freshman records with 45 receptions for 649 yards and eight touchdowns. The touchdowns tied for second nationally among freshmen. He set a Big 12 freshman record mark with four touchdown catches against Texas, a total that tied for the top spot in the nation for any FBS player last season.

He was the only player in the country in 2015 to rank in the top 25 in yardage for kickoff returns (27.0 average) and punt returns (10.6 average). In all, Turpin averaged 15.3 yards each time he touched the ball.

Other honors last season included FWAA Freshman All-American (kickoff returner), 247Sports.com True Freshman All-American (all-purpose), Honorable Mention All-Big 12 (return specialist), Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll (vs. Oklahoma State and Texas) and Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Texas). He racked up all those awards, yardage and touchdowns despite starting only five of TCU’s 13 games.

There are many reasons to celebrate TCU and the marvelous imprint it continues to have on North Texas. We’ve highlighted some of the most dedicated Texans in this year’s season preview. To read our full TCU tribute, click here

This feature is brought to you by Laurie Brants, executive vice president of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The BallparkVisit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.