Russell Webb, a 1991 graduate from the Rawls College of Business has been recognized as the Best Commercial Real Estate Agent in the Murray Media Group's 2018 edition of "Best of Denton County."
Webb, who earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, comes from a Red Raider family that has helped drive his success. Webb's father, David, received his BBA in accounting from Texas Tech University in 1965 and his brother, Glen, earned his MBA at TTU in 1996.
After graduating from TTU, Webb began working in the oil industry. He then went on to work with his father's property management company, David Webb Realtors, where he developed a strong work ethic that helped him start his own business. In 2011, Webb established Silver Oak Commercial Realty which specializes in seller/buyer representation, land site selections, investments sales, 3rd party leasing, and property management. Silver Oak is owned by Webb, along with LeAnn Brown, Jim Leatherwood, and Deb Perryman.
Webb believes that his education in the Rawls College of Business helped prepare him to be a leader in the commercial real estate industry.
"The professors I had in the Rawls College of Business were very solid," said Webb. "Paul Goebel taught my real estate classes and he really helped motivate me to consider the real estate field."
As a student Webb was very active on the TTU campus, serving as a member of both the SAE fraternity and Interfraternity Council from 1987-1991. He believes that his involvement with student organizations helped him learn time management skills that have carried over in to his professional career.
"I believe you have to be a good time manager and have a solid weekly plan to attack your objectives daily," said Webb. "At the end of the week, my goal is to complete my objectives in some way by 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon and cross it off my list."
Webb keeps close ties to Texas Tech, currently serving as an emeritus member of the Rawls Advisory Council and a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association National Board of Directors.
"Through both of these boards I have made lifelong friends and business acquaintances that share my love for Texas Tech University," shared Webb.
One particularly special connection is Webb's friendship with recently retired Director of Alumni Relations, Susan Brown.
"I am so glad I got to know Susan," said Webb. "Her passion for the Rawls is unmatched. She was and always will be the 'glue' that held everything together at the Rawls."
Webb says he has also enjoyed working with TTU administration and leaders such as former TTU Chancellor, Kent Hance, and Margaret Williams, current dean of the Rawls.
"Margaret is making a huge difference with students, faculty, and alumni," said Webb.
According to Webb, the best part of giving back to his alma mater is watching the students develop and find success in the business industry.
"I think every alumni should give back to their alma mater," Webb said. "Over the years I have been fortunate to visit several classes at Rawls and share my business insights and tips on starting their careers after Rawls. Giving back has been very rewarding and I love to see our students succeed."
Webb encourages students to always work hard, regardless of the circumstances.
"Business is not always easy," Webb said. "There will be up markets and down markets, but it is how you prepare for these challenges that will make you successful."
Webb will be featured in the 2018 Edition of the Best of Denton County magazine, which will be published in late November of 2018.