Don Tomlinson Named President of Texas Premier Title


Don Tomlinson has been named President of Ebby Halliday Companies’ Texas Premier Title. Tomlinson assumes the role from Martin Ripoll, who, after a 40+ year career in the title industry, has announced his retirement and desire to spend more time with his wife and family.

In 2011, Ripoll helped create Texas Premier Title to better serve the real estate industry across North Texas. Over the last decade, he and his team have closed over 30,000 real estate transactions and collaborated with thousands of real estate professionals to provide a stellar closing experience. Ripoll is known as both a true student of and a teacher in the title industry, and helped develop and launch the careers of countless professionals. His dedication to employees, real estate professionals and clients is renowned in the industry, as is his commitment to service and willingness to solve any issue or challenge. 

Tomlinson assumes the role of President as of June 21. He and Ripoll have been working closely together during the transition period. 

Tomlinson comes to the Ebby Halliday Companies from HomeServices of America sister-company Long & Foster, where he has served as Regional Vice President of RGS Title since 2013.

“During my roles as Managing Attorney and Regional Vice President, I learned something new each day,” Tomlinson says. “This type of role has been my goal for many years, and I’ve spent my time at RGS honing the skills I would need for it through additional education, networking, reading, and listening.” 

“Martin has built something special that will last long into the future,” he continues. “It’s an incredible accomplishment. I have to respect the foundation he built while looking toward the future. My approach will be to take things step-by-step. Current team members are working hard every day, and I will support them while also finding new avenues of growth.” 

Tomlinson is coming from a similar, very active market in the Washington, D.C. area. He plans to use his understanding of the commonalities and adjust to the unique elements of the North Texas market, thinking about the rest of this year but also planning for five, 10 and 20 years from now.

Catherine Sims, Vice President Core Services, spoke of the transition, saying, “While Martin is responsible for elevating Texas Premier Title to the level it is today, we are confident Don is the right leader to continue the upward trajectory with his visionary thinking. We are looking forward to having his title savvy and expertise here in Texas.”

“I’m looking forward to a lot of things about Texas, but the people really stand out to me,” Tomlinson says. “I’ve only met a few on prior visits, but they have been incredibly welcoming. It will be a big move for my East Coast family. We’re really looking forward to becoming part of the community and getting to know the people and places that make Texas unique.”

Texas Premier Title is a full-service title company that take pride in building strong, long-lasting relationships with clients. Strategically located branch offices located throughout the D-FW area provide clients the ability to close at a convenient location. Escrow officers and associates are dedicated to ensuring that every detail of the “contract-to-close” process is executed with excellence for an exceptional customer service experience. For more information, visit txprem.com.

Having celebrated 75 years of service to North Texans and those moving to the region in 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. In addition to three real estate brands: Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew, the Ebby Halliday Companies’ core-services brands include Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title. For more information, visit ebby.com.

Juneteenth: Celebrate Freedom


Juneteenth celebrates freedom, community, and progress while acknowledging the ongoing strides still needed toward racial equality. 

The holiday is the oldest national commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Union troops landed in Galveston, Texas announcing the end to the Civil War and the end to slavery. The news followed two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are vital to the improvement of our work culture, the future of the real estate industry, as well as the future of the region we call home. 

We encourage everyone to take advantage of the many events across North Texas to listen, learn, engage, and celebrate the significance of Juneteenth.

2021 Juneteenth Events In DFW

Juneteenth Celebration Presented By Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center & The Dallas Police Department Office of Community Affairs

Saturday, June 19 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center | 2922 MLK Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75215

Juneteenth Celebration Presented By Dallas Heritage Village

Saturday, June 19 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dallas Heritage Village | 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, Texas 75215

DFW Juneteenth Celebration March & Festival

Saturday, June 19 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fair Park | 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas, Texas 75210

Denton Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 19 | 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fred Moore Park | 701 Wilson St., Denton, Texas 76205

Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration Hosted by The CIties of DeSoto, Lancaster, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville. 

Saturday, June 19 | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Grimes Park | 501 E. Wintergreen Road, DeSoto, Texas 75115

Frank Frazier Juneteenth Art Exhibition

Saturday, June 19 | 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pencil on Paper Gallery | 14466 Midway Road, Farmers Branch, Texas 75244

City of Fort Worth Juneteenth Celebration: Film Screening of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom

Thursday, June 17 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center Lecture Hall | 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107

2021 Juneteenth FTW Community Festival 

Saturday, June 19 | 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Panther Island Pavilion | 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Frisco Juneteenth Market

Saturday, June 19 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Flea Style | 6765 Winning Drive, Ste 830, Frisco, Texas 75034

Juneteenth Freedom Festival

Saturday, June 19 | noon – 8 p.m.

Music City Mall | 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, Texas 75067

Wylie’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration

Saturday, June 19 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Olde City Park | 112 South Ballard Ave., Wylie, Texas 75098

Learn more about Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth? – Juneteenth World Wide Celebration

What Is Juneteenth? – HISTORY

Visit Black History Museums:

https://civilrightstrail.com/app/uploads/2017/12/CRT-Top-10.pdf

Watch Movies/TV Shows About Black History:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90598537/91-movies-and-tv-shows-to-stream-for-black-history-month

https://www.history.com/news/tulsa-massacre-black-wall-street-before-and-after-photos

Read or Listen to Books:

https://www.aaihs.org/the-best-black-history-books-of-2020/

The Weekly Wrap-Up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

2508 Beacon Crest Drive | Plano | $4,200,000

3790 Hamilton Heights Avenue | Frisco | $1,799,900

1271 Shelby Lane | Celina | $1,699,999

6917 Forest Glen Drive | Dallas | $1,532,000

13203 Glad Acres Drive | Farmers Branch | $1,450,000

6316 Avalon Woods Drive | McKinney | $750,000

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

WiNGS, Ebby Halliday Foundation Team Up to Impact Women in DFW


WiNGS – a 113-year-old nonprofit organization that empowers women, fights poverty and impacts generations – has been named the beneficiary of all donations made to the Ebby Halliday Foundation through the end of summer. This partnership continues the legacy and connection between WiNGS (formerly the YWCA of Dallas) and Ebby, and will expand the impact made on women in Dallas through WiNGS programming.

Ebby Halliday embodied the spirit of entrepreneurship, support and mentorship of women, which is foundational to WiNGS’ mission. Causes benefiting women and children were always dear to Ebby, who supported the organization back when it was known as the YWCA. She remained a faithful supporter of the mission of women achieving financial security and self-sufficiency through the transition to WiNGS, and even became the namesake of the WiNGS building, “Ebby’s Place,” which opened in 2015.

“Ebby Halliday was doing the work of WiNGS before she even knew about WiNGS,” said Kate Rose Marquez, CEO of WiNGS. “This partnership is a continuation of her unwavering support of women, and will allow WiNGS to have an even greater impact on families in Dallas.”

“The WiNGs Center at Ebby’s Place goes above and beyond to help women get back on their feet,” said Chris Kelly, President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies and board member of the Ebby Halliday Foundation. “Its goals and our mission of service align perfectly. We’re very proud to support this vital community asset.”

Just as Ebby approached mentorship, WiNGS is not a one-time service – it is an organization that practices the principle of teaching women to fish. The services at WiNGS empower women to become self-sufficient and take ownership over their path to success. WiNGS staff, coaches, nurses and volunteers take a customized approach to tailor resources, action plans and one-on-one mentorship to each client’s specific goal and build resiliency to prepare for the future. WiNGS views “Ebby’s Place” as more than just a physical building, but rather a state of mind.

The Ebby Halliday Foundation is accepting contributions through the donations page on its website. If you would like to contribute to this life-changing cause, and follow in the footsteps of one of Dallas’ great philanthropic leaders, visit https://www.ebbyhallidayfoundation.org/donate.

For more information about WiNGS and Ebby’s Place, visit wingsdallas.org.

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Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

2000 Willow Bend Drive | Plano | $4,440,000

6 Island Drive | Mabank | $2,900,000

6645 Whispering Woods Court | Plano | $2,699,000

5502 Monterey Drive | Frisco | $2,629,000

14784 Winnwood Road | Addison | $1,999,900

6414 Walnut Hill Lane | Dallas | $1,899,000

2109 Greta Lane | Fort Worth | $975,000

1027 Sarasota Circle | Dallas | $685,000

7818 Glen Hollow Lane | Sachse | $489,900

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

Stacey Buettner Named Sales Leader of Arlington, Mansfield Offices


Stacey Buettner is the new Sales Leader of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Arlington and Mansfield Offices. Chris Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and Carolyn Rosson, Vice President of Brokerage, recently made the announcement.

“Stacey brings a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, from marketing and lead generation to coaching agents and teams to reach their full potential,” Kelly says. “She is the ideal person to succeed Cathy Keetch, who has been an incredible leader of our Arlington and Mansfield Offices.” Keetch was recently named co-sales leader of Ebby’s Southlake Office, where she will join Rosson in leading the office.

Says Rosson, “We are very excited to welcome Stacey to her new role with our Arlington and Mansfield Offices and we are so grateful for Cathy’s continuing leadership. Both Stacey and Cathy live our People First mission daily.”

Buettner started her career with Ebby Halliday in 1998. In 2004, she created and opened her own brokerage firm, which she successfully operated for over a decade. Since 2014, she has been the Team Leader for two well-known North Texas real estate offices.

“I definitely feel like I am back at home,” Buettner says. “I am so excited with the direction of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the momentum.”

Buettner is a servant leader at heart who leads by example. “When working with agents, I like to cheer, to educate, and to always create leaders around me. I get a lot of joy from watching others succeed. I’m excited about growing our Arlington and Mansfield Offices to the next level and I am very much looking forward to working with each of our agents on their business plans and helping them achieve their goals.”

Buettner’s passion for real estate and leadership is second only to her family. She has been married for 24 years to her college sweetheart Matt and they have two daughters, one at the University of Maryland on a softball scholarship and the other in the 8th grade and also a stellar softball athlete. 

Stacey Buettner is committed to North Texas and the real estate industry. She served seven years on the Board of Directors for the Collin County Association of Realtors and was the recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. She has also served as the President of the Women’s Council of Realtors. 

“I am honored and excited to take on this new leadership role,” Buettner says. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on our Arlington and Mansfield Offices’ extraordinary success and growing the Ebby brand across North Texas and beyond.”

For more information on Ebby’s Arlington and Mansfield Offices, visit ebby.com. To contact Stacey Buettner, email staceybuettner@ebby.com.

Kristi Wallace Named Recruiting Specialist for Ebby Halliday Companies


The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today that Kristi Wallace will assume the duties of Recruiting Specialist its brokerage brands (Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew). Wallace earned her real estate license in 2003 and has most recently been an agent with the top-producing Paulette Greene Group at the Ebby Frisco office. 

With talent attraction and productivity being among the Ebby Halliday Companies’ top goals for 2021, President & CEO Chris Kelly confirmed that Wallace will be the right recruiter to help reach these goals. 

“Recruiters tend to be hired from outside,” Kelly says. “Kristi brings to this corporate position an insider’s knowledge that will no doubt be invaluable. She already knows and champions the culture here and has the mindset of an agent. Recruits will find her knowledgeable, relatable and empathetic.”

Wallace will report to Betsy Cameron, vice president of business initiatives and also sales leader for the Ebby’s Little White House and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Lakewood offices. 

“I am thrilled with the perspective Kristi brings to this vital role,” Cameron says. “Recruits are often choosing from more than one brokerage, and she will be able to offer the benefit of her personal experiences here to them. And do so with confidence!” 

Wallace confirms that this is her intent. “I wholeheartedly believe the Ebby Halliday Companies are incredible, from the leadership team to the Marketing Department, to the technology, education and coaching available. I believe my passion for the brand will shine through in every conversation I have with current agents and prospective candidates alike.”

“I have an intimate understanding of the trials and tribulations agents face every day,” Wallace continues. “From the outside looking in, it seems quite easy, right? Just put a sign in the yard and the house sells with multiple offers and on to the next.  But it’s not an easy job, especially in this market. I hope to alleviate any concerns agents have and get them started on the right foot.” 

When asked what she’s most looking forward to in her new role, Wallace replies, “I’m excited about the opportunity to not only contribute to the growth of our brands, but also to have an impact on individual agents’ lives by introducing them to the Ebby Halliday Companies and helping them elevate their careers. One of my all-time favorite Ebby quotes is, ‘Improve your life by improving the lives of those around you’ and this position will allow me to do just that!” 

Wallace is a native of Colorado. She and her husband spend their free time with their fur babies and seek ways to improve the lives of all four-legged friends through various animal welfare programs.

To contact Kristi Wallace, call 972-834-1961 or email kristiwallace@ebby.com.

The Weekly Wrap-Up


Are you searching for a new home? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

1201 Gray Branch Road | McKinney | $11,995,000

6414 Walnut Hill Lane | Preston Hollow | $1,899,000

2 Glenmeadow Court | Dallas | $995,000

102 Veterans Lane | Gun Barrel City | $749,000

6921 Mill Falls Drive | Dallas | $650,000

9209 Heatherdale Drive | Lake Highlands | $635,000

To view more spectacular homes for sale, visit ebby.com.

Ebby Halliday Realtors Announces First Oklahoma-Based Agent


In historic news for the Ebby Halliday Companies, President & CEO Chris Kelly announced that the first agent has been hired for the first Ebby Halliday office outside of Texas. Stan Gardner, an established real estate professional in Owasso, Oklahoma, near Tulsa, will carry this unique distinction into his new role. 

“Stan is a highly respected agent and member of the community,” Kelly says, “with qualities that dovetail nicely with our mission of ‘People First. Lasting Relationships. Elevating Real Estate.’ He has proven a visionary and entrepreneur in his career decisions thus far, so becoming our first resident Oklahoma agent seems to be a natural progression of that.”

The Ebby Halliday Companies first expanded into Oklahoma in October 2020 with a virtual presence. Since that time, more than a dozen Ebby Halliday agents have become dual licensed in both states. 

Sherry Smith, who currently manages Ebby offices in Sherman and Whitesboro near the Texas/Oklahoma border, has been appointed as the Oklahoma office’s first sales leader. 

About Gardner’s hiring, Smith says, “As we cross the Red River and begin building rapport with our neighbors to the north, it was crucial to bring someone onboard who could help us lay a firm foundation there. From Stan’s military service to his successful business ventures to his work with local Eagle Scouts, he invests himself wholeheartedly in whatever he does. We are excited to watch him do that in this case as well.”

Originally from Boston, Gardner attended Norwich University, a Military Academy in Vermont. He started a stainless-steel pipe business from the ground up at the age of 30 and was also the No. 1 recommended service distributor to the pulp and paper industry in the Northeast for 20 years. Outside of work, Stan has served as a local Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts, helping over 30 young men become Eagle Scouts. He once started a Boy Scout troop in an urban Tulsa neighborhood and promoted three Eagle Scouts from it, which was a first in the history of a HUD Housing Development.

His diverse background has provided Gardner the opportunity to work with professional men and women, city council members and people from all walks of life – the perfect segue to his career in real estate.

Once licensed, it didn’t take long for Gardner and his team to become No. 1 in sales production in Owasso. 

“My specialty is selling custom homes and working with developments,” Gardner says. “I have been one of the Top 25 Realtors in Tulsa for the past 10 years and am the No. 1 luxury Realtor in Stone Canyon in Owasso. My clients say that I’m the hardest-working Realtor they know. ‘Like a dog with a bone, finds it and moves it!’ I’m excited to work hard at growing the Ebby Halliday brand in Oklahoma.” 

Stan is a USMC Vietnam Veteran and lives with his wife, Maria, whom he enjoys traveling with all over the country. 

Stan Gardner can be reached at 918-430-8247 or stangardner@ebby.com.

For more information about Ebby’s Oklahoma office, contact Sherry Smith at 903-893-5921 or sherrysmith@ebby.com. For more information about Ebby Halliday Realtors, visit the award-winning ebby.com.