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Inspiring Stories from Far West

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 West below.

John Lee Hunter

In 1956, five artists gathered in a private home, set up a small still life and began painting. The next month, they gathered again to paint. In time as their numbers grew, they found places to accommodate their growing numbers, hired a Dallas art teacher, and began children’s programming. Read more>>

Ezekiel Setne

I started the company at age 19. I started recycling at 14 however. I would collect as much metal as I could from my household and Every time we went into town once I had scrap collected enough scrap I would go to the scrap recycling center and exchange the metal for cash. Read more>>

Trent Tidmore

For several years, I worked for an auto finance company with a very little creative outlet. My family encouraged me to pursue my passion and talent in photography. In 2012 I started Tidmore Portraits. One of my very first jobs as a teenager was a newspaper photographer so my approach to weddings is more of a photojournalistic One. Read more>>

Erik Radle

After graduating Baylor University, I was determined to head off to law school, but needed to put some money away to fund that portion of my education. Quite by accident (and maybe a little hard work) I ran into a series of sales and marketing positions as well as incredible mentors that prepared me for the challenging and rewarding seat I occupy today. Read more>>

Christopher Green

I’ve always been a graphic designer. I learned early on that I had artistic talent. I would draw pictures and construct my own toys out of household materials. I never felt my drawings were complete until I added some kind of heading or type treatment to it. Read more>>

Tina Nealy

I started Paradise Cove at Lake Grapevine April 1, 2002. When I first took over the property I had no idea what I was going to do with it I owned a restaurant across the lake and this property became available so I took on the lease from the same company I leased the restaurant from. Read more>>

Basil Schaban-Maurer

My early training in Architecture began at The University of Texas at Arlington’s school of Architecture and environmental design, now known as CAPPA, where I was influenced by the humanist work of my mentor, the late professor Andrej Pinno. His design philosophy was distinguished by its emphasis on the users of Architecture and how they engaged their buildings. Read more>>

George and Travis Baker

Started All Star Corrugated with 2 partners in 1983. We began by making boxes for a few customers and quickly realized that we needed to continue to look for customers in the DFW market. We found a part of the metroplex that was under-served in their need for custom boxes. Read more>>

Kerry Kelley

Kerry Kelley grew up with family in the metal business, his parents owned a heat treating shop in Fort Worth. With metallurgists and other science based skill sets in his family, he learned a lot about how different metals and processes affect outcomes, and he studied how to use the right materials and procedures to get the results he wanted. Read more>>

Ed Markwardt

In 2009, I was working in an insurance office looking for work on the weekends. I came across an ad for a DJ company and because I was in the A/V field for several years I thought it was a good fit. I joined the DJ company and received the Rookie of the Year award. I left the company in 2011 and planned to leave the industry. Read more>>

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