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Inspiring Stories from Fort Worth

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 Fort Worth’s rising stars below.

Grace Thoma

We first opened the doors of Reconnecting Relationships Therapy in May 2015. Which at the time, we felt was the biggest milestone of our business. The months leading up to our open house had been a crash course in marketing strategy. Something we knew very little about, primarily as we were all recent graduates in a completely different field, Marriage and Family Therapy. Read more>>

Dale Null and Trey Corkran

Dale and Trey have been replacement window installers for 17+ years. They ran across an opportunity to open the Universal Windows Direct Dealership in the DFW Metroplex in 2013. Read more>>

Chuck King

Managing Director-Chuck is a composer, actor, director and producer of stage and film. Having just completed 8 years of ministry as the Worship Arts Pastor at Heritage UMC in Van Buren, AR, he is honored to join the production staff of THE PROMISE. Read more>>

Anastasia Taylor

Alliance Child & Family Solutions or “ACFS Texas” started out of a desire to provide quality care with flexible options for staff. Over the last nearly 5 years of being in business, we have expanded from providing only home-based services to now having offices in Aledo, Arlington, Burleson, Fort Worth, Keller, Mansfield, and the 4 Family Resource Centers of Fort Worth ISD. Read more>>

Emily Youree

From the get go, I’ve been a lover of words. After a stint as an intern in high school at a radio station, I knew some form of career in communications was in my future. College found me pursuing an English degree and landing two intern positions — one of which led to a full-time gig at a publishing house in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more>>

Doug Renfro

I worked every summer at the factory starting in sixth grade (shhhhh, we don’t hire 13-year-olds anymore!) Having to do extremely monotonous manual labor is, to me, the best way to learn from the ground up, plus it encourages you to do well in school. I mixed all the spices during college, leading me to graduate early and take a corporate job with EDS in Dallas.  Read more>>

Angela Torres

Having experienced death of losing both my grandparents closely together, The funeral director whom assisted us in their arrangements was who inspired me to get into this field. No one in my family has ever been in the death care industry. Read more>>

Nate Henry

Watercourse Books started as a desire to create a new business using only one hour a week. I’ve always loved kids’ books and rhymes. As a dad of 4 children, I’ve bought tons of books over the years and many weeks read 15+ books to my kids. Sometimes it’s the same book 15 times. Read more>>

Lerii F. Smith

I founded Project Partners, your partner for good, with Lia Zaccagnino, my friend and former co-worker at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. At that time, I was Director of Local Business Development within the Economic Development Division and Lia was Director of Governmental Affairs under the Urban Development Division. Lia left the firm in 2001, but with plenty of client work and exceptional associates, I carried on. Read more>>

Laron Cheek

Rabbit Hole Brewing was formed in 2012 by Laron Cheek, Tom Anderson, and Matt Morriss. We were friends and homebrewers that decided to take our hobby and turn professional. We opened our doors (and sold our first keg) in December of 2013 and have been going strong ever since. Read more>>

Alan Akard

Back in 1990, I was employed by a Major Off Highway Tire Co. in Fort Worth, I was responsible for servicing all of Wise County and points north and west of Ft Worth. I befriended the man (John Raines) who owned J&A Radiator. In Sept 1989 he decided to retire and offered me the business. Read more>>

Jordan Pierce

I graduated from University of Houston College of Optometry in May 2009. With a friend from class, Aaron Lee, OD, we opened our private office in March 2010. We started from scratch leasing and building out a space in Keller off North Tarrant Parkway. Read more>>

Kristin Shirley

Opening a child development center is something that I have dreamed about since I first walked into a child care environment. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Business from the University of North Texas and through my education I have learned the value of teaching children at a young age. Read more>>

Shannon Gonzalez

Back in 2005, I helped to make our first homecoming mums for the pee-wee cheerleaders of the Azle Youth Association in Azle, Texas. Fast forward 10 years later and I was still making mums occasionally for my own children. Read more>>

Whitney Scheef

As a child, I moved around the world, literally. My father was a mechanical engineer for a well-known natural gas conglomerate and his job moved my family every 2 years since I was 9 years old. After all of the moving around, I had not been able to establish long-term relationships that can be so crucial not only during childhood, but also into adulthood, to enable a person feel like they have somewhere they belong.  Read more>>

Carolyn Bernard Young

My work pays respect to my Choctaw heritage, and brings a modern voice to the Native American art I so love to make. For 33 years, I was a quality engineer for a major aerospace company. Midway through my career, looking for a way to relieve stress, I discovered and fell in love with clay. Read more>>

Steve Lackey and Cheryl Duncan

SporTherapy is an outpatient rehabilitation physical therapy center specializing in the treatment of orthopedic, sports and work-related injuries. We have five locations in Tarrant and Parker counties and originated in southwest Fort Worth in 1989. Our philosophy of patient care is to provide an individualized program to restore the patient to their prior functional level. Read more>>

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