NBC Sports announcer and Golf Channel talk show host David Feherty was in Southlake May 17 to help reintroduce the renovated Vista at Solana office building to DFW-area real estate brokers. He was a guest of Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), Equity Office and property owner Blackstone Group. The City of Southlake was the sponsor of the luncheon.
Blackstone purchased the entire Solona office complex in 2014 and has been investing tens of millions of dollars to prepare the properties for new office tenants. The 380,000-square-foot Vista at Solana in Southlake(http://www.discoversolana.com/properties/the-vista-at-solana/) has been completely renovated with new interiors, a new garage, new lobby and extensive exterior and landscape improvements. JLL representatives are working with several large office users and expect to announce tenants for the building by the end of 2016. Southlake Development Director Shannon Hamons and Southlake Community Enhancement Development Corporation VP Martin Schelling were on hand to let brokers know the City is ready to work with them to secure tenants.
Feherty welcomed the brokers to the luncheon in typical form with humorously frank anecdotes from the golf and sports television world. He also talked about his bumpy past with CBS Sports and his commitment to working with wounded veterans. The Dallas area resident also spoke to the commitment by Blackstone in recreating the vision for Solana and the hard work commercial real estate brokers do to keep the area economy going.
“You (select brokers) are here because you are the best at what you do,” Feherty said with Irish accent. “You work hard for your companies and clients. If I would have worked as hard as you, maybe my golf career would have lasted a bit longer.”
Since retiring from the professional tour, Feherty has worked as a television personality. From 1997 through 2015, Feherty served as an on-course reporter for CBS. In 2011, he introduced a self-titled interview series on Golf Channel, and subsequently joined NBC Sports full-time in 2016.
Feherty was born in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. He turned professional in 1976 and spent most of his playing career in Europe. He also played for Europe on the 1991 Ryder Cup team. In February 2010 at the age of 51, Feherty became a naturalized citizen of the United States, which he said was one of the proudest moments of his life.