In 1993, the Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District (VMPID) was formed to enhance the quality of life for Vickery Midtown residents, and thereby stabilize the values of real property and real property improvements within the District. The community of Vickery Midtown is supported by the Vickery Midtown Management Corporation (VMMC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that oversees the VMPID. In collaboration with residents and area stakeholders, VMPID remains committed to making Vickery a healthy and thriving community.
Board of Trustees
- President Mark Wolf
Mark Wolf President, Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District Mark is Principal of JHP Architecture / Urban Design, a firm with a national practice based in Vickery Midtown for forty years. As a Principal he offers clients expertise in (re)development related to urban infill, mixed-use and housing programs, with an emphasis on the underlying urban design.
For nearly 20 years, Mark and his colleagues at JHP have taken a pro bono role in improving outcomes in architecture, particularly the core area of Vickery Midtown. He’s a long-time Public Improvement District board member, and currently serves as its president. He is also professionally active in AIA/Dallas, Urban Land Institute (TOD Council), Congress for New Urbanism and as an adjunct professor has led a Graduate studio at UTA School of Architecture focused on urban redevelopment.
- Vice President, Treasurer Ted Palles
Ted Palles Ted Palles is one of the United States’ leading entrepreneurs and real estate developers in multi-family housing. His company Pallas is one of the few companies that has principals that have participated in the management, ownership, planning and the continued administration in the Midtown Dallas marketplace for more than 35 years. As one of the largest property owners in Vickery Midtown, Ted’s understanding of the district is deep, with a vast comprehension of the properties, the people who live in the district, the past trends, the current trends and the needs of the community. Outside of the on-going management of our properties, we also participate in all facets of identifying, communicating, championing and implementing opportunities for the neighborhood through the City of Dallas, Dallas Independent School District and other governing/related entities.
Ted has invested corporately and substantially on improvements to the workforce housing he owns and manages in Vickery Midtown.
Specific initiatives of which Ted is most active and passionate about are the Ridgecrest road improvement construction program as a part of the Midtown Complete Streets re-design to facilitate both vehicle and pedestrian vibrancy, safety and efficiency; district branding for Vickery Midtown; the Trail to Trail recreational greenspace initiative, the Midtown Blues security program; and building awareness of the 311 Code Red system for reporting issues and concerns in the district to City of Dallas.
- Secretary Sabrina Bunks
Sabrina Bunks Sabrina started her career in the radio industry ndustry, first selling ads in Houston in 1982, then Dallas and rising to executive sales positions as her expert business building skills brought success to stations such as KLIF and to ABC Radio Networks.
While working in radio, Sabrina and her husband Al Taylor began slowly purchasing and renting investment condos in the Vickery Midtown area and established their company Great New Place, which now owns and manages more than 65 homes in the district. A champion for community service and teamwork for improvement, Sabrina also serves on the boards of six different homeowner associations in the district. Sabrina was appointed to the Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District Board in 2010 and has served on the Vickery Midtown Executive Committee since 2014. She leads the Vickery Midtown Beautification Committee that has planted more than 600 trees in the community since 2018. She is graduate of Tulane University and an MLA graduate from Southern Methodist University.
- Orlando Alameda
Orlando Alameda Orlando Alameda is the Director of Real Property Management for the Dallas Independent School District, the second largest school district in the State of Texas, with more than 155,000 students. A licensed Real Estate Broker, Orlando is responsible for managing the school district’s real estate portfolio, which includes over 230 schools, 12 athletic complexes, 25 administrative facilities, and various miscellaneous properties. Prior to joining Dallas ISD in 2004, Orlando worked in the Real Estate Department for the City of Dallas.
- Dustin Davidson
Dustin Davidson Dustin Davidson is Director of Land Development for Hines, responsible for land and residential development, acquisitions and dispositions of projects within the Southwestern Region of the United States, focusing also on the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Since joining Hines’ Dallas office in 2012, Dustin has worked on more than 20 single-family development projects in cities across the Southwestern United States, totaling more than 9,000 lots. Dustin has specialized in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and is responsible for sourcing financing, both equity and debt, and has been directly involved in more than $800 million in project revenue. He is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
- Bob Herrera
Bob Herrera Bob Herrera is minister of Community Ministries at Park Cities Baptist Church. He is deeply involved at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School in DISD, providing tutoring and leading teacher lunches and back to school events, actively involved in the lives of the parents and their children. Additionally, Bob is involved in ESL programs, Bible Studies and mentoring in four apartment communities in Vickery Midtown. He is also a leading volunteer with the Vickery Food Pantry. During his more than 40 years of community service in Dallas he has led programs to provide support for families on utilities, rent and food.
- Ron Greene
Ron Greene A long time resident of Vickery Midtown, Ron moved to Dallas from New York in the 1990s. From the start of his living in Dallas, Ron has been a leader in various public safety and district improvement initiatives. His engaged appraoch for decades provides a unique and invaluable understanding of the dynamics of Vickery Midtown’s growth and expansion with its pivotal location in Dallas. Ron serves on various committees for Vickery Midtown’s active initiatives.
- Audrey Hinton
Audrey Hinton Audrey Hinton has lived in Vickery Midtown for 20 years. Her knowledge and understanding of the district and Dallas are a key benefit to her service as a trustee of the Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District board. A native Texan, she was born in Temple and has lived in Dallas since she was five and received her primary education in DISD and then received her BAAS in Social Work/Psychology from Dallas Baptist University. Audrey is currently retired from a career in corporate sales and marketing and technical higher education recruitment and management, and as an entrepreneur. She is also a certified educator with DISD.
- Mason Ice
Mason Ice Mason Ice is managing partner for BARetc, an agency that focuses on adult beverage brands and consumer goods in a promotional marketing capacity. Mason has been in Vickery at his house for nearly two decades. He was on the joint task force committee for years leading up to the construction of the SoPac trail having co-founded the SoPac Friends group with others in Phase 3, years before construction started. He stays busy managing a chunk of the country for Reed’s Ginger Beer and Virgil’s Soda and travels most week out of state. He helped Vickery Midtown move to Google Apps in the office for email and file share to keep things clean for our back of house. He also co-owns a boutique in downtown historic McKinney with his fiancée.
- W. Sandy Spurgin
Sandy Spurgin W. Sandy Spurgin is Senior Vice President of Operations and Development for Northwood Retail. He oversees operations for Northwood’s managed mixed-use and retail properties, as well as future Northwood Investors’ retail opportunities. In addition, he leads the company’s real estate development across the retail portfolio, which is currently comprised of 11 properties totaling over 4.5 million square feet located in cities across the United States. Prior to joining Northwood Retail, Mr. Spurgin was Vice President of Development for Cooper & Stebbins, LP, where he spent 10 years developing Southlake Town Square, a 3.5 million square foot master-planned downtown and regional central business district. During his tenure, he directed more tan 800,000 square feet of development from conceptual design and pro forma feasibility to construction completion and lease up. He was also involved in all aspects of asset management, leasing and financing. He received a BBA in Real Estate Finance and a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University.
- Martha Stowe
Martha Stowe Martha Stowe is Executive Director of Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation. The Foundation provides educational and enrichment opportunities for the children of Vickery Meadow. The Foundation is working to make Vickery Meadow a great place for children to grow to their full potential. Ms. Stowe has more than 40 years of experience in community development, creating nonprofit agencies, and facilitating community coalitions. Previously she has been the director of the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, the Director of Outreach for Presbyterian Healthcare System, and the Director of Outreach for Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. She has been part of starting 10 nonprofit agencies. Ms. Stowe has won national and international awards for her community development work.
- John Hickman
John Hickman John Hickman is Development Director for Provident. John joined the company in early 2013. He has developed five multifamily communities with 1,656 units in Texas and has financed another 627 units nationwide. Prior to PRA, John worked at KeyBank, Criterion Development, and The Beck Group. Overall, he has been involved in $488 million of construction/development volume and $279 million in finance/leasing/land disposition transactions spanning the multifamily, retail, office, industrial and data center sectors.
- Jerry Palmer
Jerry Palmer Jerry Palmer is an attorney, CPA, real estate developer and investment banker. Mr. Palmer graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to law school, Mr. Palmer worked for KMPG in Houston, leading the audits of publicly traded oil and gas companies with revenues ranging from $200 million to $1 billion. After law school, he practiced corporate and real estate law for 12 years, first with Latham & Watkins, then with Tell, Palmer & Roeper, a law firm that he co-founded in San Diego, representing developers and investors in large commercial real estate opportunities. In 1997, Mr. Palmer co-founded Pacific Equities Group LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm that has acquired, developed and sold numerous commercial real estate projects in San Diego. Mr. Palmer has also worked in corporate finance and in 2000 co-founded Ascent Partners, Inc., a specialty investment banking firm that works with institutional private equity investment companies. As an investment banker, he has successfully authored numerous business plans for some of the nation’s leading private equity investment firms, receiving equity commitments in excess of $200 million.
- Jean Smith
Jean Smith Jean Smith is a Senior Vice President with CBRE. After graduating from Texas Tech, Jean began his professional career immersed in all aspects of his family’s retail furniture business, Smith Furniture Company. This experience has given him a retailer’s perspective in trade area evaluation and site selection. Jean was a founding member and long-term managing partner for UCR. In addition to managing the company, Jean also represented numerous landmark brand retailers, including Blockbuster and Eckerd Drugs, helping them open 120 and 40 stores, respectively, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2015, Jean and his partners sold their company to CBRE.
As a Senior Vice President with CBRE, Jean works in the major Texas markets and most recently has been assisting Sprouts Farmers Market in procuring sites in DFW in emerging suburban and dense urban markets, opening 23 locations in the area. He is also working with Target’s new store development team in procuring Texas sites. He and his colleague Karla Smith have assisted developers with negotiating leases with Kroger, Market Street and Trader Joe’s.
Jean is a member of Watermark Church in Dallas and is actively involved with an East Africa missions group, Barry Wood Ministries. Jean is also an active member of ICSC, NTCAR and the Urban Land Institute. A native of Dallas, Jean received is BBA from Texas Tech University.
- Cara Talafuse
Cara Talafuse Cara Talafuse is Vice President of Texas Operations for Fath Properties. She has been a leader in the real estate and property management industries for 30 years.
Fath Properties is the second largest property owner of multifamily residential in Vickery Midtown. that specializes in owning, rehabilitating and managing quality apartment communities. The current portfolio consists of over 8,400 apartment homes located throughout Ohio, northern Kentucky, Indiana, and Dallas, Texas. Cara began her career with Fath in 2004.
She has served on the Vickery Midtown Public Improvement District for seven years, and has served as its president for two one-year terms. She is a mother of two children.
- Ken Wright
Ken Wright Ken has been at Half Price Books for 33 years. Starting starting as bookseller, he rose the ranks and helped build the legendary brand with his leadership in district management, retail store design, risk management/safety, and property management. He is now Vice President of Development for Bookmark, a subsidiary of Half Price Books that is developing commercial property in Vickery Midtown. Half Price Books has made a large investment In Vickery Midtown, redeveloping 12 acres at the southern entrance to the neighborhood as a long term asset.
- Executive Director David Whitley
David Whitley David Whitley is the owner of a Dallas-based urban planning firm, DRW Planning Studio. His practice focuses on aiding municipalities and non-profit clients with long-range planning initiatives and small area plans, as well as evaluating municipal policies and business practices through the lens of fostering more vibrant cities. He also assists development clients to capitalize on strategic opportunities to create unique and enduring places, as well as conducts development review to ensure compliance with local land use regulations.
Prior to starting his own firm, David was the Associate Director of the Dallas CityDesign Studio at the City of Dallas. Key initiatives while at the Studio included: completing an award-winning urban design plan and guidelines for West Dallas, advancing changes to city policy regarding mobile food vending, and developing an urban design review process for key areas of the city.
David has nearly 20 years experience in city planning and design. During his 11-year tenure with the City of Dallas, David worked on a number of planning initiatives including development code amendments for neighborhood stabilization, planning and economic development efforts for the Trinity River Corridor, and review and recommendations concerning zoning requests.
David previously worked with the City of Arlington, handling long-range planning initiatives, development review, and TIF District administration. He holds an architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University.
- Public Safety Coordinator Stacey Roth
- Executive Assistant Theresa Collins
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