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Inspiring Stories from North 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 North Dallas below.

Mary Bowen

With a background in corporate merchandising and pregnant with my first child, a boy, I was frustrated at the lack of options for boys clothes. I always wanted to own a clothing store, so I quit my job in 2013 and started selling cool clothes for boys. Read more>>

Tom Rachal

Our son, Sam, started going on Friday nights at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church many years ago. A group of us realized that we could make Rays of Light a very special place that could serve many families in the Dallas area. So, in June of 2009 we formed a 501(c)(3) in order to grow our services to help as many families as we could in the greater Dallas area.  Read more>>

Elle Hansen and James Hutcheson

James (Jim) went to work in his family owned business, never intending to stay there. Olan Mills Portrait Studios was a $35M, privately held company run by his two uncles. More than 20 years later he left as CEO/President of a $600M company with operations throughout North America and Europe. Read more>>

Kurt Kuehl

Most of these cars were considered obsolete for family transportation, the Ford Model A and two seat Willys coupe are prime examples. But in the hands of a 20 some year-old adrenaline junkie returning from WWII he saw potential for a custom-built speed machine. Read more>>

Roger and Jennifer Vermeulen

In 2002, Jenn and I moved from southern California to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. While studying there, we began teaching private music lessons for piano and guitar for a small handful of families. At first, it was a great way to provide for ourselves during grad school while also getting to share our love for music with others. Read more>>

Jeanine Tillman

My purpose in life is to empower others. Several years ago, I was provided with a God given vision to empower women, mentor at-risk children and unify families. It took me many years, one attempt of suicide in my adulthood, Depression and Anxiety for me to wake up and realize, “I AM GOOD ENOUGH.” Read more>>

Chris Martin

th generation business owner. We will celebrate 100 years of business in 2018. I inherited GlenMartin from my father and grandfather. The business is named after my grandfather Glen R. Martin. I worked in the family business from a very young age. I spent summers working at our Machine Shop. GlenMartin began developing telecom structures in the early 80’s. I attended the University of Missouri- Columbia and graduated with a bachelors degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Read more>>

Katherine Moyer

By age two, my parents had separated and shortly after … divorced. My father stayed in California; my mother returned to Utah where she had been raised. By thirteen, mom divorced her fourth husband and dad, his third wife. Moving every year and a half between them, gave plenty opportunities for environmental adapting. Read more>>

Charlie Wendell

I have always been passionate about three things throughout my life; Jesus, people, and music. So while I was in graduate school I decided to work on a project that allowed me to incorporate all three of those passions. At the time I was also simultaneously working for a record label; G4 Muzik. While I loved my job, I just felt like somehow all the money, fame, and resources could be utilized to help make a difference in the community. Read more>>

Kimber Westphall

I’ve always had a love for Journalism, earning my Journalism degree from the University of Kansas. So blending the PR world with the Journalism world was a seamless fit for me and I love all the work I do in the earned media realm! I have a Journalism background but have also worked the agency side as well. I have a balanced view of both sides! Read more>>

Charles Redfearn

My father and I started our business in Tulsa, Oklahoma in December of 1982. Our very first account was Harvard Tower Bank and a monthly rate of $3050. Without outside financing our company now grosses over $35 million per year and we operate in 8 states. We are now in the process of transitioning to the third generation. Read more>>

Stacey Finch

I started my business in Los Angeles designing and hand sewing hand bags. A buyer for the famous Fred Segal boutique on Melrose Avenue approached me to carry my line. My handbags attracted the attention of the young up and coming Hollywood entertainment crowd who began asking for custom drapery. Read more>>

Brian Price

I started this lawn care business because I wanted to do something different and work for myself. I truly enjoy working outside and making people’s lawns beautiful. I take the time to get to know my clients and their needs. I believe what set’s me apart is I take my time and treat my client’s lawn as I do my own. Read more>>

Anna Zhou

Joe & Anna’s family moved to Texas from Southern China (Quanqdong Province) in early 1980’s. They brought authentic Hong Kong Style cooking of Dimsum, BBQ, and true Wok cooking…fresh & healthy ingredients with friendly family style atmosphere. Their signature dish is the Spicy “Live” crab & fried rice. An authentic dish prepared specially by fishermen in Hong Kong. Read more>>

Suzanne Reid

I started working commercially in graphic design doing freehand signage for small businesses when I was 13. In high school, I practiced photography and became the photo editor of my high school yearbook. I studied graphic design at UCLA and became the art director of the UCLA yearbook. Read more>>

Leigh Ann Vernon

The Producer’s Lounge was opened in 2007 with one ambitious goal in mind – to create unforgettable experiences through creative media and live events. Over the past decade, we have expanded into a much larger studio location and grown the team to include all facets of video and live event production from concept through completion – all under one roof. Read more>>

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