About Us

After 25 years of providing timely, relevant Commercial Real Estate news and marketing client properties across Texas, REDnews joined Real Estate Journals Company in August 2019. We continue to market client properties with creativity and innovation while maintaining cost-effectiveness. Our focus is the commercial real estate industry in Texas. We are committed to providing exceptional service and developing a strong, lasting relationship with our members and clients.

In 2018, REDnews expanded its reach by hosting educational networking events throughout Texas. A full schedule of events is planned for the new year in Houston, Dallas and Austin. As we move forward, additional cities will be added to the roster.

REDnews Team

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Benton Mahaffey | Senior Vice President

To put it simply, Benton Mahaffey manages the day-to-day operations at REDnews. He spends his days developing and executing our business strategies, ensuring we are fulfilling our short-term and long-term objectives.

“We provide a quality, unique service that benefits our clients and the commercial real estate industry in general,” he says. “What I love about the real estate industry is how much it changes. It’s very dynamic.”

Benton attended Baylor University for his undergraduate studies, subsequently, he received his Master’s degree from Texas A&M University. A Texan through and through, Benton appreciates all the opportunities this great state has to offer.

“Texas is probably the only place in the country where you can go do everything,” he says. “You can climb mountains, go off-shore fishing or attend a world-class ballet.”

Benton is also the father of two boys: one is a graduate student at UT’s McCombs School of Business and the other is enrolled in Texas A&M’s Professional Program of Accountancy.


Jessica JohnsonJessica Johnson | Sales Director, Northern Texas

Jessica Johnson is from Dallas, Texas, and loves the great state of Texas for the food, culture, and beauty. Jessica has a successful background in media consultation, marketing, event planning, sales, and public relations under her belt. She has won awards for her efforts in sales and media consulting. Jessica is the REDnews Sales Director for the North Texas region. She is passionate about creating valuable connections for her clients and executing unique successful events in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. She enjoys concerts, traveling, fashion, and working out. Her ideal day would be sitting on a beautiful beach reading a fashion magazine and REDnews. Or, walking her two cute red pups on a sunny day.


Sarah Evans Carter | Digital Marketing Director

With more than 20 years in Marketing and client services, Sarah joined REDnews in 2019 and currently directs the digital side of marketing properties. She believes strongly in customer service; delivering maximum value to clients by increasing the visibility of their properties. Sarah graduated from LSU with a B.A. and is an accomplished artist selling her paintings to a variety of markets in the Houston area.


Abby Lestin

Abby Lestin | Event Coordinator

Abby Lestin brings to the table over 15 years of multi-faceted restaurant, catering, event, sales & marketing experience. Abby has held tenure as an event sales manager at celebrated restaurants and venues across Houston, soliciting business, coordinating logistics and executing both large and smaller-scale events. Her pursuit to bring new clients and ideas to the REDnews team is substantiated by her business development experience in addition to a desire to provide genuine hospitality and exceed expectations. Working for an acclaimed local business publication and in the special events field have strengthened her passion to prioritize and maintain her relationships with her clients. In her new role, Abby will be coordinating turn-key events and generating sales leads in addition to implementing marketing goals and sponsor commitment fulfillment.


Brandi SmithBrandi SmithContributing Writer

With more than 15 years in journalism under her belt, Brandi Smith brings her storytelling and news-gathering skills to REDnews. An Oregon native, Brandi enjoys exploring everything Houston has to offer: friendly folks, amazing food, lots to explore.

 



Ray Hankamer

Ray Hankamer Contributing Writer

A runner, a rollerblader, a hiker, a broker, a reporter … Ray Hankamer has laid claim to dozens of titles during his decades in Texas commercial real estate. His years of experience make him a valuable contributor to REDnews each month. Since 1967, Ray’s Hankamer & Associates and Southwest Hotel Management have brokered land syndications, office buildings, hotels, apartments, retail centers, farms and ranches throughout Texas, Colorado, Alabama and Louisiana. Ray, a voracious reader and world traveler, also writes a monthly restaurant review and travel log.