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CEO Robbie Briggs, on some people who show — and give — something important every day

Each Friday, Robbie Briggs, CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, writes about luxury, trends, business and more in the advertising pages of the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal. Below is his letter of August 19, 2022.

FROM MY PERSPECTIVE

I have said this before: No one gives back like this bunch.

I’m proud to work alongside some of the most benevolent people in North Texas: our agents and our staff. On their own, they give to charities, volunteer in their communities and serve on boards of all kinds. (Just one example? Our president, Russ Anderson, is on the board of trustees of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and on the board of Preservation Dallas.) Together, our folks do even more: They work all year on everything from clothing and food drives to the Salvation Army Angel Tree gift drive. In recognition of this immense spirit, I want to highlight just some of the people and charities who are benefiting from our agents’ time and hard-earned money.

Sotheby’s International Realty® is a longtime partner of New Story, the amazing nonprofit that transforms vulnerable living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes, some even built on-site by 3D printers. Did you know that global homelessness is expected to grow from 1.6 billion to 3 billion people by 2030? That’s why Sotheby’s International Realty wants to raise $400,000, ASAP, in its newest drive, to build 60 homes for 300 people in Haiti by the end of November. Come read all about New Story at newstorycharity.org.

Our Fort Worth art show: For this agent-organized event, we have partnered with the Fort Worth gallery Artspace111 to promote works by contemporary Texas artists, all in a modern space: our own Fort Worth office. A portion of the sales proceeds has benefited local charities. Plan ahead: The next one opens on August 26 and is on view through October 26, at 4828 Camp Bowie Boulevard. Insider tip: Don’t miss the additional pop-up exhibit of prints and photographs there on Saturday, September 10 — which is also Fort Worth’s fall Gallery Night — from 12 to 7 p.m. You will see some exceptional contemporary art. For more information, go here.

Love Your Neighbors: This is our own year-round program of giving back, funded by agents who voluntarily donate a percentage of every sales commission they receive. We have been able to make cash donations to area food banks and other organizations, including the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, the Crystal Charity Ball and the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County. Come see more at briggsfreeman.com/love.

Love is the key — and I am lucky to work with people who show it and give it every day.

Robbie Briggs

CEO

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

rbriggs@briggsfreeman.com

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