Hundreds of Houston real estate professionals gathered at the Briar Club on March 12 for the inaugural REDnews Awards, highlighting the best and brightest of our industry. You can check out the full list of finalists and winners on page 13, but the most significant award of the night went to John Walsh. We honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of service to the Houston community. “I really wasn’t surprised because John has not only been successful, but it’s so well-deserved,” said longtime friend Howard Tellepsen, CEO of Tellepsen Builders. He and Walsh go back 50 years when the two attended Lamar High School together. “He’s very understated. He’s very humble. I’m just so proud that he is receiving this lifetime achievement award,” Tellepsen said. “I saw these characteristics of John in high school.” The pair graduated in 1962, going their separate ways. Walsh attended the University of Texas for undergrad, then received his MBA from the University of Houston before helping form Exxon’s real estate subsidiary, Friendswood Development. Click to read more at www.rednews.com.