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Garland’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out rising stars from Garland and surrounding areas below.

David Gampher

I was working on an associate’s degree in nursing in the late 80″s. I was not convinced I was cut out to be an RN, I withdrew from the program and spent the next 5 years bouncing between Dallas and a small town in Missouri outside of Jefferson City. I decided to clean up and get serious my first stop was working for Dougherty’s pharmacy/medical supply. This is where Sheila keen and Ken Wilson taught me about the industry. I spent about 5 years learning from them. My father became ill and passed away in march of 1998. Read more>>

Benjamin Ham

Yes Doors is family owned and operated with 25+ years’ experience servicing garage doors in Dallas and surrounding areas. I started as a helper and a large commercial overhead door company while attending high school. Working on big industrial overhead doors and openers while training with some of the best garage door service men and the industry. Working my way up finally got the opportunity to run my own truck. Being a lead residential technician for over two decades provided me with the experience and knowledge to create my own company, providing honest and fair business. Read more>>

Lee Ann and Charles L. Bradford, and Kaola Flor Chavez

In 2008 we took over a very small mom & pop type dance shoe retail that started in a garage. At that time, the inventory was under a mere 500 pair of odd ball dance shoes. The company, unknown to us, was suffering from bad customer service and debt or bad sales to both customers AND to the vendors. The first week we opened, the phone rang nonstop from unhappy customers wanting their paid orders, and vendors wanting their monies due. We hired my daughter Kaola Chavez to come in and answer phones. Eventually as customer service was provided, she stayed on as a valuable and capable asset excelling in customer service. Read more>>

Cody Benson

My story in photography started because I needed help paying rent in all honesty. When I started, I was newly moved out from my parents and on my own while taking classes at Texas A&M University-Commerce where I currently am today. Being on my own for the first few months was great, I got to do what I wanted when I wanted without having to deal with anyone telling me no. It was a lot of freedom that gave me the ability to spend money that I didn’t have. After the 3rd or 4th month of being on my own, I was struggling to pay bills that were coming in and I was constantly in the paycheck to paycheck mentality. Read more>>

Barry Wilson

I grew up in Waukomis, Oklahoma where my love for cars started at a very early age. My grandfather was the Ford Dealer in this little town of 671 people. When I was a preschooler he would pick me up and I would spend time at his dealership walking around the garage with a rag hanging out of my pocket as if I were a mechanic. When I got older, I worked after school and during the summers. All the men at the dealership could see that I had an interest in fixing cars and they took me under their wings and gave me car repair lessons. Read more>>

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