Compassionate Property Developer Wins Award

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What’s the motto of Dallas, Texas—America’s unofficial big hair capital? “Live Large. Think Big.” Dallas property whiz Ari Nessel makes that motto his maxim. He encourages residents to “live large” at swanky apartments refurbished by his company, Nessel Development, and he “thinks big” about animals and the environment when developing new rental properties.

How so?

  • Nessel Development welcomes spayed and neutered companion animals with open arms—and features dog parks at its properties.
  • Ari makes sure that every new resident receives a copy of PETA’s “Vegetarian Starter Kit.”
  • Staff members at Nessel Development headquarters enjoy free vegan lunches.
  • Ari strives to reduce his company’s use of energy, water, and materials by renovating properties instead of building new ones and keeping everything as energy-efficient as possible.

For his efforts to promote animal rights and protect the environment, Ari Nessel has earned PETA’s “Compassionate Company” Proggy Award.

He joins other caring individuals, companies, and charities—such as U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, and Payless Shoe Source—that are working to make this world a better place for the people and animals who inhabit it.

Written by Karin Bennett

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