ThisandThat for March 2020

Bay Area: The agents in the Bay Area office got off to an exciting start this Spring! Megan Daugherty and family traveled to Aruba, Kelly Paul lived it up in Vegas, Trena Thomas visited friends in Germany and Pam Helzer spent a relaxing weekend in the Hill Country.  And then… well, you all know what we are doing now. We are all hunkered down and keeping our distance. We are finding ways to stay connected to each other and to our clients through Zoom, Facetime and social media. Our agents are also selling houses! Versatility is the key and our agents have it! If you are looking for something to keep you entertained, please check out QuaranTea Time with our very own Jennifer Capps on FB or Youtube, grab a puzzle from Ann Papes (she has 100), ask Pamela Helzer for a craft idea, and stay home and healthy!

There was life before Shelter in Place! Both Sally Beck and Mimi Tanner went to DisneyWorld. Not together, though. Sally went with her son in law, 4 grandkids and another set of grandparents. Both Mimi and Sally just made it out right before they closed the park… Dan Singer traveled to Dallas to support his daughter who is expecting a baby. She had a boy and that made grandchild number 8 for Dan. We are all jealous. He also visited his daughter and family in Colorado. Jackie Carter and her husband also went to Florida to catch a cruise out of Port Canaveral. As luck would have it they were able to see a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Now that was a trip! Beth Eaton and Husband Jerry went on an African Safari. A trip of a lifetime. They had no idea how exciting it was really going to be because the US canceled all flights into the US while they were there. Since they were not prepared to hang out in Africa for weeks, they hurried home and then spent two weeks in quarantine. Now that’s a trip they won’t forget… Julie Gaenzle added to her family by adopting another fur baby. Its her third dog. It’s a boxer named Arthur. What great timing. Arthur can keep her entertained while she shelters in place. Our office is happy to welcome Chris Hardee and his long-time assistant Shonna Durham. Chris merged his C21 company with Gary Greene after having his own brokerage for 26 years. Shonna has been with him for24 years. So now 26 more years with Gary Greene??

ThisandThat for February2020

Champions: The Gary Greene foundation gave a donation to the Pearl Fincher Museum. The museum is a hidden gem in the Champions area but flooded during Harvey. The donation was used to help with the cost of refurbishing the facility. Pam Hughes serves on the board of the Museum and has since its beginning.  We gave back in another way too. One of the Auction items at our annual fundraiser was a dinner at manager Sharon Teusink’s home. Each guest paid $100 toward the fundraiser and we raised $1000 for the Gary Greene foundation. Tyler and Sally Beck, Brian and Linda Beck, Bruce and Wendy Roloff, Terry and Nancy Brown, Becky Lowe and Ann Sheppard were served a delicious dinner cooked by Sam Salah. Sam has a company and everything was better than if in a high-dollar restaurant. There were wine pairings with each course.  Carol and Charles Thornburg entertained the group with their fabulous singing. Linda Kowalski and Ken and Sharon Teusink along with the Thornburgs served the food. It was a fun event, and we are planning it again for next year’s fundraiser. Giving back is in the culture of the Champions office. We once again gave bags of toys to a local charity, the Northwest Assistance Ministries. Linda Beck headed up the drive and we filled 40 bags of toys for children with no Christmas except for the donations of our generous agents. Also, our team donated food for the Super Bowl of Caring this year again. The food will be donated to Northwest Assistance Ministries. Ray Jones daughter Trishelle was awarded the Navy-Marine Achievement Medal for the second time in her 11 years of service.  She is a RDC (Recruit Division Commander) at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, Illinois. The first time she was awarded the medal while serving on the USS Stennis, CVN-74 in the Pacific fleet. She is a 2007 graduate of Klein High School. Tracy Devine attended the graduation of their son, at Quantico Virginia. He graduated as a second Lieutenant and is a Navy Aviator.  

Corporate:- The Real Estate Business Institute (REBI), Texas Chapter, conducted a CE workshop entitled “Hot Topics to Fire Up Your Business” on February 8.  Facilitating the 10 subject matter experts was (left) Pat Strong, and speakers Ken Brand, The Woodlands Research branch manager speaking on recruiting and retention, and Dianne McCoy, Chapter President and BHGREGG Corporate who spoke on Risk Reduction. Speaking of Dianne, We are so proud of her for being winning the 2020 Education Program of the Year Award (Legal Category) presented by the Texas Realtors Conference in Austin for our submission “Contracts and Addendum – Negotiating from Offer to Closing Workshop.” Please join us in congratulating her!

Galveston: pictured are our Galveston agents who gave in a recent Donation Drive to the Hope Academy. Donations were matched by the Gary Greene Realtor Foundation.



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Toni Nelson is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, Houston's largest and most productive real estate sales force in Houston, Tx. Toni began her real estate career in 1983, has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors and the Houston Association of Realtors. She specializes in marketing, trains agents, writes blogs and stays involved in the ongoing evolution of the real estate industry.

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