Monthly Archives: April 2013
By: Cheryl Hall
Mickey Ashmore worries that the creative arts are getting short shrift in our schools, and that’s bad news for Dallas’ future workforce. For the last five years, the 64-year-old teacher-turned-real estate CEO has put on a photography contest that sends high school students out into the retail world. Ashmore sees it as a way to encourage creativity while introducing real estate and retailing as possible career paths.
“If you reach one or two kids who say, ‘Wow! I’d like to get into this,’ you’ve made a difference,” the president and chief executive of United Commercial Realty Inc. says in his offices on North Central Expressway across from NorthPark.
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DALLAS (April 15, 2013) – United Commercial Realty (UCR), Texas’ largest retail real estate services provider, presents the fifth annual “Retail as Art” Exhibition & Reception on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Three Three Three First Avenue Studio (333 1st Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75226). The event is complimentary. RSVP is required at www.retailasart.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 214.868.252.1137.
“When UCR was starting out and growing, one of my former associates, who today is a competitor and a friend, Tim Hughes of Falcon, suggested that we find ways to give back to the community. Through the years we have supported many causes and gave money to many charities.”
“Our UCR team discovered a meaningful mission that combined our passions: retail, art, and education. Thus Retail as Art was born. It’s a program that reaches hundreds of high school students and introduces them to the world of retailing and the visual arts. It encourages participation by high school students and ultimately exposes these young people to professional photography, retail and marketing executives and, of course, related careers.”