While protecting wage and job growth in the private sector is key, Marcus Hiles points out that political efforts also must promote educational opportunities that empower students. The Programme for International Student Assessment noted that U.S. school children are in the middle of the international pack for math and science, with the Pew Research Center reporting scoring 36th and 28th out of 65 countries in the study. While politicians have for decades frequently denounced the results and demanded better training, new policies must ultimately encourage more children to study math and science at the university level; The U.S. Department of Education believes that, “only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a [science, technology, engineering or math] career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics.” Though changes in learning standards and curriculum must be incorporated as early as grades K-6, students finishing high school need the ability to master trade skills that equip them for jobs in the construction and health care fields. Many expect that the current presidential administration will make good on promises to provide a bigger role for community colleges in the economy, with commercial real estate and home building industry career paths readily available to students pursuing a future in development and infrastructure improvement.
Marcus Hiles, the CEO of Western Rim Property Services, has been a wholehearted supporter of the ENERGY STAR voluntary labeling program since its launch, in 1992. Every year, consumers, including Hiles’ company, buy over 300 million ENERGY STAR rated appliances and products, and experience total energy savings of more than $31 billion. When compared to older units, the energy efficient appliances use almost half less electricity.
Marcus Hiles has made it Western Rim’s goal to provide the thoughtfully designed homes with comprehensive facilities and an elegant lifestyle at an affordable price point. The Mansions at Lakeline in downtown Austin, Texas provide easy access to the rich mecca of arts and culture with chic, urban living and hundreds of trendy restaurants and shops nearby. In Conroe, Texas, The Towers Woodland’s stunning natural landscape is showcased at every opportunity with breathtaking lake views, 44 acres of running trails and picnic areas, a fishing pond, and an off-leash dog park. Each neighborhood seeks to create a year round sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life, offering full day spas, personal trainers, and twenty four hour concierge and maintenance services.
Marcus Hiles’ Dallas communities remain ecologically proactive, and each new development strives to grow the tree canopy beyond its pre-developed state. In just the past year, 2,500 trees have been planted during the creation of public and private parklands and preserves, with each absorbing an average of 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air annually. Over the initiative’s lifetime, over 30,000 trees have been planted which grow to remove 75 tons of carbon dioxide each year. One of Western Rim’s crowning achievements is a 44 acre park that houses century-old oak trees, along with a pond, stream, and Frisbee golf course. By prioritizing the integration of eco-conscious designs into Texas’ naturally beautiful coountryside, Hiles is looking to the future, and ensuring attainable luxury living for future generations.