CREW Dallas’ Annual Awards Program Shines Spotlight on Cassidy Turley's Diane Paddison as Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

Published on December 20, 2011

DALLAS – Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Dallas today announced that it has awarded its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) for 2011 to Diane Paddison, Chief Strategy Officer of Cassidy Turley, one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate services firms.  

Paddison has been a recognized leader throughout her real estate career, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer of two Fortune 500 companies -- Trammell Crow Company and ProLogis.  She is an independent director of Behringer Harvard’s Opportunity Fund II and Air Advice and active on The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board. Paddison is also a trustee for Oregon State University Foundation and the Harvard Business School Christian Fellowship Alumni Association,  founder of the non-profit organization 4word, and author of “Work, Love, Pray: Practical Wisdom for Young Professional Christian Women.”  She is dedicated to helping young women learn from the best in commercial real estate, and as such, recently sponsored and served as an advisory board member of CREW’s national “Bridging the C-Suite Gap” mentoring program.  Paddison’s professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute, National Association of Corporate Directors, and Women Corporate Directors. 

“With so many talented and dedicated OAA nominees, it was very important for CREW Dallas to review the unique contributions that each nominee has made to women in commercial real estate,” said Sharon Herrin, Herrin Commercial Real Estate and co-chair of the CREW OAA selection committee. “Diane is making many valuable contributions that have a positive influence on women working in Dallas’ commercial real estate business community.  Given her untiring dedication to reinforcing the great strides that women in commercial real estate are making, we presented Diane with the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award.”
Ka Cotter, who is the 2010 OAA recipient and a founder of CREW Dallas and Vice Chair – Retired of The Staubach Co., presented Paddison with the 2011 award.  Cotter also introduced the other four OAA finalists: Brenda Brantley, Chief Financial Officer, The LaSalle Group; Cindy Cohn, Chief Operating Officer, Parameter Realty Partners; Kennis Ketchum, President/Owner, Portfolio Development; and Leigh Richter, Senior Vice President, Bradford Commercial Real Estate Services.

Other CREW members honored at this year’s awards event included: Brenda Blake, B&J Financial Services, Most Valuable Player Award; Karen Hart, Bell Nunnally Martin, Outstanding New Member Award; Tanya Little, Hart Advisors Group, Career Advancement for Women – Individual; and Hudson Peters Commercial, Career Advancement for Women – Company.

“We saw a wonderful sold out attendance this year of more than 250 business associates, family and friends of the nominees for the CREW Dallas awards event,” said Vicky Gunning, president of CREW Dallas and partner with Locke Lord.  “All of the award finalists were not only honored for their work with CREW, but also for their work throughout the commercial real estate industry.”

CREW Dallas is a nonprofit organization of commercial real estate professionals affiliated nationally through membership in CREW Network.  The 30-year-old CREW Dallas provides opportunities for networking, business development, education, leadership development and civic/philanthropic involvement and seeks to positively impact the industry and community.   For more information, visit

About Cassidy Turley
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,400 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. The company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $18 billion in 2010, manages 455 million square feet on behalf of private, institutional and corporate clients and supports more than 25,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and occupiers with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. In 2010, the firm enhanced its global service delivery outside of North America through its partnership with GVA. Please visit for more information about Cassidy Turley.

Maureen Wheeler

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