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Inspiring Stories from Far North

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 from Far North below.

Paul Echols

Began my first business, a Denton computer repair and IT shop in 2008 right before my second senior year at UNT. I spent way more time trying to figure out how to run a business than studying at this point… finally a better excuse than watching TNG reruns. I learned about websites from my co-founder and quickly became bored of removing malware and much more interested in marketing and creative. I already had an interest in video production as I was an RTVF major at UNT until my studying habits got the best of me. Read more>>

Jordan Wollman

I’ve been in the branding and advertising space since I was a kid—watching my dad, who owned a small agency, wrangle projects for all sorts of clients. I knew from day one that’s what I was built for, and I’ve been honing those skills ever since. I forayed into many areas of business, including when I owned a record store and record label in Deep Ellum with some friends. And those ventures taught me a lot about how a brand can change the world. I was a partner at Aria Agency (in Addison) for over a decade, where I and my business partners built a world-class small agency, which was eventually bought by a larger agency in San Antonio (The Atkins Group). Read more>>

Artie Moskowitz

I have been in the printing business since 1983 and have owned Heart Printing & Graphics since 1996. I have always been interested in technology and how it can make our lives easier. In 2014, I saw a YouTube video of a young South African boy named Liam, who got a 3D printed prosthetic hand and was learning how to use it. The idea of helping children with low cost prosthetic hands ignited a spark in me and I quickly became a volunteer for a group called e-NABLE. At the time, there were less than 500 volunteers worldwide and I got to meet some incredible people with huge hearts. Read more>>

Dale Callow

I established Callow & Company in the mid 1980’s with the creation of a complete DOS based manufacturing system application. Working with networks on LanTastic, Novell, and later, the complete Microsoft versions of network operating systems, I continued to consult and program custom applications for a variety of industries, including the Home Health Medical field with a complete Medicare approved admitting and billing application. I envisioned a need to expand, and I did. Read more>>

Luqman Rashada

My musical journey started out when I was little, 4 or 5 maybe. I remember singing to my granny in Dallas, Texas from Atlanta, Georgia over the phone. The song was Just My Imagination by The Temptations. Throughout my childhood my mother put on shows in our community that me and my siblings performed in. I was a shy kid growing up so standing up in front of people and singing was not my favorite thing. As a birthday present to myself when I was 16, I decided to teach myself guitar and from there I started writing and performing on my own. Read more>>

Randy Ford

National Write Your Congressman was founded in 1958 by David N. Adamson; he recognized a need in the community to help citizens shape their national government and sought to fill that gap. A patriotic businessperson himself, Mr. Adamson recognized the importance of small business as the backbone of the American economy. He observed how difficult it was for business owners to stay informed about relevant issues in government and to consistently and easily make their opinions known. Read more>>

Kathleen and Loretta Zierhut-Santos

Jaye Weiner started the studio back in 1991. Her first employee was Loretta Zierhut. When Jaye decided to move to California, she sold the business to Loretta and her sister, Kathleen. We bought J’s Art Studio in May of 2001. J’s Art Studio is the oldest art studio of its kind in the Dallas area. We run all year around with Fall classes, Winter camps, Spring classes and Summer camps. We teach children ages 4+ and adult too! It started off smooth… With the economy tanking in 2009, we struggled there for a few years – but the students never knew the difference. Read more>>

Krystal Yates

I started EBR because I saw the need for solid HR advice for small business owners. Most small business owners are breaking at least one employment law and don’t even know about it. I wanted to provide a cost-effective solution and help them turn their employees from expenses to assets. This led to working with job seekers, helping them navigate the constantly changing job market. Job hunting is not the same today as it was a decade ago. I’m able to bring a unique view to their job search – that of the hiring manager. This helps them make much more effective use of their time. Read more>>

Tiffany Stafford

I had a close friend encourage me to follow my heart and explore my passion. Then it happened. I was bathing my German Shepherd and boom… it hit me. I have always loved dogs. I was that crazy kid that snuck the dog in my room at night or slept with him in his dog house. I would repaint it every year and decorate the inside. I laid with him when he was scared or hurt. So it makes sense I would be comfortable in this industry. The research began and six months later I found a perfect location opened my self serve dog wash business. The rest is history. Read more>>

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