DALLAS-They are the names that everyone in Dallas-Ft. Worth knows. And tonight, one walks away the 2001 recipient of the prestigious Stemmons Award. It’s the Oscar for the region and named, as the industry here well knows, for the late John Stemmons.

The North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, in secret ballot, has chosen the winner from Carey Cox of the Carey Cox Cos. in McKinney; Rick Hughes of Cushman & Wakefield of Texas Inc.; Greg McDonald of the Weitzman Group; and Brian O’Boyle of O’Boyle Properties. Tonight’s black-tie gala at the Dallas Museum of Art will include a tribute to Stemmons, who died in July.

Mike McAuley, president of Henry S. Miller Commercial’s investment division, chairs this year’s event. The secret balloting is tabulated and narrowed down by a group of past Stemmons Award winners. It’s as closely guarded of a secret as the deal of the year– until the winning envelope is opened on stage. Production and contribution to the industry and community at large factor heavily into the decision-making process.

Cox has raised $2.5 million as chairman of the McKinney Education Foundation’s endowment fund and $2.3 million as the capital funds chairman for his church. He was named McKinney’s 2001 citizen of the year. But to NTCAR, he’s president, a board of directors member, chairman of NTCAR’s education committee and MCE course instructor. He also serves on a long roster of community organizations and is a 15-year board member of the Collin County Community College.

Tonight is Hughes’ second nomination for NTCAR’s top award. He too serves on a number of civic organizations. His professional affiliations include the strategic planning committee for SIOR and a handful of other SIOR steering groups. He was one of the first service providers in the country to receive the BCCR designation from IDRC.

McDonald, also active on the civic front, is a former NTCAR president and program chair and director. A frequent “Heavy Hitter” for annual volume, he is a member of numerous professional organizations and the committee memberships that go along with it.

O’Boyle’s civic contributions span church, school and volunteer coaching. On the professional side, he is considered one of Dallas’ leading multifamily brokers. In the past 24 months, he has closed 74 deals for 19,500 units. His sales volume makes him a member of The Apartment Network, a group of five leading multifamily brokers in the southern US.

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