DALLAS, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Much like mayors of competing Super Bowl cities, high-ranking executives of two leading commercial real estate and investment companies who are particularly well-known in Dallas have agreed to a friendly wager surrounding the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon on December 8.
The bet was sealed when Roger Staubach, Executive Chairman, Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), recently accepted a challenge from Behringer Harvard's CEO, Bob Aisner. Each company will send a team to compete in the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge, an event associated with the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon that has been sponsored by Behringer Harvard for eight consecutive years. The team finishing with the faster time will win the challenge.
"I'm thrilled that my friend and NFL legend Roger Staubach has accepted our challenge on behalf of Jones Lang LaSalle. I hope this inspires other executives to extend a similar challenge to another team participating in the Corporate Relay Challenge," said Aisner. "It's all good fun for a good cause, but everyone knows Roger's a competitive guy. We definitely have our work cut out for us."
A bit of humble pie is all that's at stake in this good-natured challenge. If JLL's team wins, Aisner, a Boston native and passionate Red Sox fan, must wear Staubach's No. 12 Dallas Cowboys jersey to the company's Addison offices. Conversely, if Aisner's Behringer Harvard team wins, Staubach will be obliged to suit up in the jersey of the reigning World Series champs for a day at JLL's offices.
"I accepted Bob's challenge because healthy competition is just good for the soul, and in this case, it's also good for our community," said Staubach. "We're both looking forward to seeing how many companies turn out for the Corporate Relay Challenge. I don't know who will have the faster team, JLL or Behringer Harvard, but I'll be waiting at the finish line to shake the winner's hand."
The SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge is a full marathon-distance (26.2 miles) relay race for five-person corporate teams. Winning relay teams in a variety of categories will share cash prizes that will be presented directly to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) in the names of their respective corporations at a ceremony in early 2014. As a result of its eight-year sponsorship of the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge, Behringer Harvard has provided more than $300,000 in funding that has directly benefited TSRHC. As a leading pediatric orthopedic center, TSRHC has treated more than 210,000 children since its inception, with more than 40,000 clinic visits each year.
About Behringer Harvard
Behringer Harvard creates, manages and distributes global institutional-quality alternative investment programs for individual and institutional investors. Programs sponsored and managed by the Behringer Harvard group of companies have attracted equity of more than $6 billion and made investments into more than $11 billion in assets. For more information, contact our U.S. headquarters toll-free at 866.655.3600 or our European headquarters at 011 49 40 34 9999 90, or visit us online at behringerharvard.com.
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet and completed $63 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2012. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $46.3 billion of real estate assets under management. For more information, visit jll.com.
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