News Article | 4/30/2010

Perot, Sowell named to commercial real estate Hall of Fame


Ross Perot Jr. and James E. Sowell have been selected for induction into the North Texas Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame.


Perot, chairman of both The Perot Group and Hillwood, and Sowell, president of Sowell and Co., will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for having made a significant impact on the commercial real estate industry in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They were selected by the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, and will be honored at NTCAR’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame Induction and Reunion on May 13 at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas.


Twin brothers John and Jerome (Jerry) Bradley will together receive the Michael F. McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award at the same event.


In 1977 the Bradley brothers started their own firm, Bradley & Bradley Realtors Inc., and began a career-long involvement in downtown Dallas real estate. Their firm has assisted in the brokerage of more than 110 properties in downtown Dallas. Recently the firm worked with Parkland Hospital to assemble more than 30 acres as part of the site of the new Parkland Hospital.


Usually the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to one individual, but this year the selection committee made an exception, said Robert Grunnah, co-chairman of the Hall of Fame Event.


“As twins, Jerry and John Bradley together have accomplished a great deal professionally and given generously of themselves to numerous charitable and civic endeavors,” Grunnah said.


Perot serves as chairman of The Perot Group, which manages the various Perot family interests that include real estate, oil and gas and financial investments. He’s also chairman of Hillwood, one of the nation’s top real estate developers, which he founded in 1988.


Perot is a founder of Perot Systems Corp. and served on its board of directors beginning in 1988. He served as chairman of the board from 2004 until the company was acquired by Dell Inc. in 2009.


Sowell is the president of Sowell and Co., an investment firm formed in 1972. Sowell was also the majority stockholder in American General Hospitality Inc., which was the largest operator of Hilton Hotels in the world.


Sowell has served on the board of directors of several New York Stock Exchange companies, including NL Industries, Todd Shipyards Corp., Lomas and Nettleton Mortgage Investors, and Ketchum Drug Co. He has also served as chairman of the Board of Regents for Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Medical School, and is a past president of the Boy Scouts of America’s Circle Ten Council.


“Ross Perot Jr. and Jim Sowell have distinguished themselves in North Texas and across America for innovative, smart leadership in the field of commercial real estate and many other arenas,” Darrell Hurmis, co-chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee, said in a prepared statement. “They both have made a very remarkable impact on our industry that will be long remembered.”


The Hall of Fame was launched in 1988, when the first six distinguished real estate recipients were Trammell Crow; Lyn Davis; Henry S. Miller Jr.; John M. Stemmons Sr. and his brother, L. Storey Stemmons; and Angus G. Wynne. Later additions to the roster have included John Carpenter, Roger Staubach, Henry S. Miller Company and others.


General tickets to the Hall of Fame induction are $100 per person. Premium tickets are $150 per person.