Preston Hollow People: 'The Book' Lauds Real Estate Icons

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'The Book' Lauds Real Estate Icons
Second edition released, with more in works

By Margaux Anbouba

In 2003, Robert Grunnah, Chris Teesdale, and Darrell Hurmis were looking for a way to honor those inducted into the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Hall of Fame. They came up with The Book.

Ten years later, a second edition has been released, profiling 80 industry icons such as Trammel Crow, Henry S. Miller Jr., and Roger Staubach.

"Our initial goal was to preserve the incredibly colorful stories of the pass 100-plus years before they were forgotten," said Hurmis, one of the cofounders of NTCAR. "Based on the responses we got, I think we delivered on that promise."

Last week, many of the honorees gathered at the Dallas Country Club to celebrate the release of the second edition of The Book. The first edition was published in 2008.

Additions to the 2013 copy include profiles on the Hall of Fame honorees from the past five years, a "Descendants of the Dallas Commercial Real Estate" tree, and a timeline with more than 200 milestones for the Dallas-Fort Worth commercial real estate industry.

"The book is filled with the creme de la creme of commercial real estate,"said University Park resident David Shuttee, a sponsor of The Book. "These inductees are the foundation of the Dllas-Fort Worth commercial real estate world, and to honor them in the Hall of Fame and publish them in The Book is exciting."

The men behind The Book hired Highland Park High School teacher Elizabeth Perkins to write it. They plan to update it every five years.

The Book is for sale for $150 at, and all of the proceeds benefit the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals.

For those who were profiled, it's an honor to be a part of such a prestigious group.

"I had a life after football in commercial real estate that I never would have dreamed of," said Staubach, a Preston Hollow resident. "Being in the business hall of fame is pretty neat for me as an athlete."