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Inspiring Stories from Central Dallas

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 the rising stars of Central Dallas below.

Joel Medina

I was born and raised in a third world country where the average monthly income of over 86% of the population is US$230, my country is Dominican Republic. I was raised in a humble household, my mom was divorced. During my young ages, I always felt that my family could do better, I would see my mom crying many times because of financial stress in her room with the electricity, or the phone service sometimes was shut because of this constant lack of money. My parents always told me “make sure you finish your studies to make sure you become somebody”. Read more>>

Susan and Brian Baldwin

The Grove wedding venue was inspired by our search for our oldest daughter’s wedding venue. During her engagement, we toured dozens of venues in North Texas. These venues did not meet our expectations due to price, location or flexibility of services. We were motivated to create something more affordable, flexible, private and of course beautiful. Our family began our search for a place to create our unique and exceptional North Texas wedding venue. As we drove away from the property we now call The Grove, our daughter said, “I want to get married here”. We all agreed this incredible 50-acre property in Aubrey, Texas was the perfect location to launch The Grove wedding venue. Read more>>

Jeffrey Gunning

My history is based largely on two family circumstances that influenced my career. First, I grew up in a family of retailers who owned and operated a men’s and women’s clothing store in Enid, Oklahoma. Needless to say, the retail business was in my blood. Looking back now, maybe it’s no surprise that my career as an architect has been largely defined by architectural design of retail and mixed-use projects. Second, I’m the third of four children – all architects, although our skills and focus vary from project management to project administration to design to marketing. Read more>>

Adam D. Coffey

After having worked in the mental-health field for about five years, I moved to Dallas, as I had just received my first clinical license, A year later, I opened my private-practice. Since that time, I have gained a doctorate in Family Therapy, opened a second location (in Arlington), and have become increasingly involved in Life Coaching and Speaking. Currently, I specialize in these areas, hoping to improve relationships through systemic understandings and mindfulness in action. Read more>>

Jeremy David

When I was studying at the University of North Texas, my Dad, a local community banker, asked me “what are you going to do when you grow up?” I had no idea, but dad casually mentioned he had some friends that were long time successful insurance agents. He put me in contact with one of them, a local Allstate agent in Denton. Shortly after, I began working in the field. Little did I know just how much I was going to enjoy helping others meet their insurance and financial planning needs. Read more>>

Patrick Halbert, Rocco Milano, Michael Malowanczyk, and Andrew Gill

On the Rocks Cocktails stems from a simple concept: To bring bar quality, spirit forward cocktails to you anywhere outside of a restaurant or bar. Initially, OTR was designed to deliver a full cocktail experience on airlines, (which we have been developing since its inception), but we decided to expand to everywhere this product is needed. Hotel rooms, stadiums, golf courses, even outdoor activities, you name it. We’ve had a great start, partnering with hotels and resorts around country, developed a cocktail program for Hawaiian airlines, started our offering in stadiums and venues around the country and recently just launched retail in California. Read more>>

Carole Bates

I absolutely love being a rural dentist. However, Dentistry is actually not my first career nor was it expected for me to live in Rural Texas. What brought me to this small country town of just over 3,000 people about 40 miles North-East of Dallas, is quite interesting. Farmersville Dental is my thriving private practice dental office in the small rural town of Farmersville, Texas. Farmersville is also the place in which my family and I have come to call our home. I bought the existing practice in September of 2010 and have been very busy doing dentistry ever since. Read more>>

Sherry McKinley

We’re The Newsletter Company, a boutique publisher famous for creating print publications for companies throughout the USA. We have more than 36 years’ experience publishing newsletters and magazines for companies in a wide range of industries. It all Started in 1981… Sherry McKinley was laid off from an advertising agency after the loss of a major client, but had the good fortune of being asked to continue producing their customer publication, Bankston Auto News. This launched McKinley Communications, which was officially founded in 1981. Bankston Auto News became DriveTime, a colorful quarterly publication mailed to 125,000 households in the DFW area that owned any car  Bankston sold. Read more>>

Jessica Titko and Tiffany Becerra

We started our recruiting careers in physician staffing five years ago. It only took five whole minutes into training when we knew that we were going to be besties. We left the physician staffing world to recruit for an investment real estate firm. In less than two years we had built their recruiting department from the ground up. After training and developing 13 junior recruiters across the nation we had a crazy idea to set out on our own. We had nothing to lose and literally overnight, we formed Net Gold. Within in a year, we have done over 30 placements and worked with a multitude of companies in helping them find top talent. Read more>>

Kevin Ashade

I am a French-trained culinary chef born in Dallas, TX. I spent my early childhood in the U.K. and Nigeria. Upon returning to the US, I earned my Bachelor’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Following graduation, I returned to Dallas and worked in a number of restaurants, including Craft (W Hotel), Nana (Hilton Anatole), and The Oceanaire Seafood Room. After recognizing a gap in the DFW private food service market, I founded GourmEATS Catering Services in 2013. The rest is culinary history. Read more>>

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