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North Texas Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame

Hunt and Backes Get Top Honors from Hall of Fame

A pair of North Texas real estate leaders, one whose decades-long work has left an immeasurable mark on Dallas, the other a visionary entrepreneur whose deals and developments are valued in upwards of $3 billion, received the industry’s top honors earlier this month. The event was originally slated for May 2020.

The North Texas Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame, in cooperation with NTCAR, inducted Ray L. Hunt, executive chairman of Hunt Consolidated Inc., and Leon J. Backes, founder and chief executive officer of Provident Realty Advisors Inc., into the 2020/2021 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame.

Also, B. Diane Butler, the co-founder and previous executive chairman and chief executive officer of Butler Burgher Group, received the Michael F. McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award. This recognition is presented to an individual who has dedicated countless hours of personal effort to their community, professional organizations committed to the real estate industry and charitable pursuits.

Marking its 34th anniversary, the reunion and hall of fame event was held at the Dallas Country Club. The title sponsors for this year’s event were The Karahan Companies and Farmers Bank & Trust.


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North Texas Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame

About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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