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David Ridley

David Ridley Annual Fundraiser - November 3, 2017

David A. Ridley is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor, and CEO who’s a frequent speaker and consultant around building enduring organizations including the establishment of exceptional corporate culture and practices enabling a “winning without regrets” mentality.

David founded Invesco Real Estate (IRE) in 1983.  As CEO of IRE for 27 years between 1983 and 2010, he was responsible for developing the firm’s investment processes, operating policies, staffing, operating philosophy and cultural values. Under David’s direction, the firm grew into a multi-national company with more than 400 employees and more than $65 billion in assets under management, one of the largest and most diversified real estate investment firms in the world.

Respected for its consistency, stability, exceptional client service, and strong performance, IRE developed a reputation as one of the world’s premiere real estate funds management firms, managing assets for prestigious institutional clients including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and global corporations. Perhaps more importantly, David was able to cultivate a strong corporate culture at IRE that made it an employer of choice – attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry and generating loyalty in employees and clients alike.

In recognition of IRE’s success, Invesco, Ltd. named David as one of its Senior Managing Directors in 2013, responsible for co-chairing the firm’s global institutional management committees and leading its institutional client engagement efforts for the firm’s $800 billion in assets under management and its 6,000 employees worldwide.

David is a graduate of the University of Texas and resides with his wife, Kandy, in Dallas, TX.  An active participant in his community, David is very involved in his church, in mentoring many young business professionals, and is on the Board of Directors for Grad Resources, an organization dedicated to serving the emotional and spiritual needs of graduate students. He’s also passionate about helping individuals and organizations increase their productivity by finding their purpose


Betsy Power

Betsy Power Personal Testimony - October 25, 2017

Betsy Power grew up in the small East Texas community of Chapel Hill, near Tyler.  She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas in 1985 and a law degree from Texas Tech University in 1988.  She practiced law for 20 years, with a 6 year hiatus in between as a District Manager for Starbucks Coffee.  In 2011 she shifted her career from law to commercial real estate at Fischer, Dallas.  In 2016 she became Director of Real Estate for Frito Lay, a division of PepsiCo, where she oversees a team managing 1,600 industrial facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Betsy attends church at Northwest Bible where she serves as a Stephen Minister.  She has one son, Major, a Junior at Highland Park High School.


Darryl Cothron

Darryl Cothron Personal Testimony - September 27, 2017

Upon graduating college, Darryl  started his career in 1983 with Fults & Associates.  His focus was on the leasing of multi-tenant office buildings which he continued over the years as he joined other major firms such as Joe Foster Company, PM Realty, and Peloton.

He is a proven real estate professional with 33 plus years of experience in the marketing, leasing and sales of office, and medical properties in the Dallas / Ft. Worth market.  He has closed over 9.8 million square feet in leases and sales, including large complex transactions for major institutional owners.  During his PM Realty tenure, he was listed by the Dallas Business Journal in 1997 and 2003 as an industry “Heavy Hitter”, and was named a top producer multiple times.

In 2011, he partnered in the formation of Search Commercial Healthcare and Office Real Estate, a company specializing in medical real estate.  He is the co-managing partner and is responsible for the day-to-day lease up and sales of Search Commercial’s medical office and general office properties. He works with both institutional ownerships, as well as private entrepreneurs / physician partnerships.

He is an active member of  the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, The Commercial Broker Alliance of North Texas, Texas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

He is married to his wife Kay and attends Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas where he serves as a deacon.


Daron Babcock

Daron Babcock Personal Testimony - July 26, 2017

Daron left a successful corporate career running several businesses in the supply chain/logistics field along with his comfortable home in Frisco, Texas to serve the inner-city residents of Bonton.  Although Bonton is historically known for it’s high crime, poverty and violence, he believes another world is possible.  Daron’s broad professional experience coupled with his heart for serving inner-city communities brings a fresh and innovative perspective to solving problems there. Daron and his wife Theda live in Bonton.


Robbie Briggs

Robbie Briggs Personal Testimony - June 28, 2017

As President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Robbie Briggs leads more than 450 real estate professionals serving cities and neighborhoods from nine offices throughout North Texas.

For almost 40 years, Briggs has been at the center of the area’s dynamic real estate industry, blending extensive neighborhood expertise with innovative, global marketing and a deep commitment to integrity and strongly held personal values.

In 2010, he led the Briggs-Freeman brokerage to its affiliation with the renowned Sotheby’s International Realty. After just four years the brokerage was ranked #5 out of more than 800 Sotheby’s International Realty offices worldwide. In 2016 the company brokered the historic sale of the W.T. Waggoner Ranch, offered for $735,000,000 and touted as the largest listing in the history of Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates.

Briggs maintains an ongoing commitment to bringing national and international investment to North Texas and travels frequently throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Known as a thought leader and industry expert, his insights appear in a weekly column in the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal. He currently serves on the boards of the Dallas Regional Chamber, Fort Worth Chamber, The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, YTexas and the Advisory Board of BBVA Compass Bank. Raised in Dallas, Texas, Briggs holds a Masters Degree of Architecture from Tulane University. He and his wife, Nancy, raised their five children who now live in Portland, Oregon, New York City, Austin, Dallas and Xiamen, China.


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