The Federation’s Commercial Real Estate Society is a networking and philanthropic group of Jewish professionals in the commercial real estate and affiliated industries. Our goal is to create networking and business development opportunities and to raise money to support the Federation and the Jewish community.
Tuesday, October 16
Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.
A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett served on the commission for three years.
Judge Emmett has received international recognition for his work in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by Logistics Forum.
County Judge Emmett, working with the county commissioners, manages the nation's third largest county. He also is director of Harris County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.
Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public Affairs degree.
Judge Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Presidential Call to Service Award.
Judge Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 43 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.
Our group includes employees of multifamily complexes, tenant representatives, developers and industries like insurance, brokers, appraisers, suppliers, developers, financial lenders, attorneys, and more. The CRES meets three times annually featuring two breakfasts with local speakers and a fundraising dinner with a national speaker.
We strive to bring members informative and interesting speakers and potential mentorship opportunities with each event. Attendance at our breakfasts is usually around 150 people and the dinner hosts about 375.
Past speakers include former Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Ric Campo, Chairman and CEO of Camden Properties and the Super Bowl LI Host Committee; Dr. Robert Robbins, CEO of the Medical Center; Phyllis Saathoff of the Port Authority of Houston; Ed Wulfe, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Wulfe & Co Inc.; Gerald Hines, Founder and Chairman of Hines; Ron Ratner, EVP of Development of Forest City Realty Trust, Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston and Adam Braun, CEO Promise of Pencils.
Society membership requires each person to make an annual donation of $1000 to our Annual Campaign. Members 35 and under are required to make an annual donation of only $500.
Ted Dinerstein z"l
Lolly Friedman Miller
Reuben Bar Yadin
Jay Harberg, Jr.
Glenn R. Lowenstein
Laura Mitzner Paletz
Emily Durham Sewell
Scott Van Nostrad
This list is current as of September 2018.