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Inspiring Stories from South 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 South Dallas and surrounding areas below.

A. Mayte Noguez

At the age of 5, I was taken to live with my grandma. I began to learn womb health orally. I was taught the care that goes into it and to love my body. Then slowly began to learn the techniques through practice, observation, repetition and most of all guidance. At this very young age I fell in love with the medicine and most of all the womb. I knew I wanted to do something with medicine I just didn’t know what, but I knew it had to do with the uterus. I attended School of Health Professions in Townview Magnet Center in high school as an aid to explore where I belonged. Read more>>

Randy & Cheryl Elledge

In 1979 I leased a food truck form Industrial catering where I learned the business over the next 2 years I saved $10 a day at the company which I used to buy my first cold food truck. Cheryl and I built that up to a fleet of 8 trucks over the next 5 years and then we bought our first hot food truck which we operated together until I went to work as VP for Jolly Chef a small company with about 10 hot trucks, over the next 20 years we built J C into the largest food truck company in the world with over 450 trucks that we ran successfully until the recession hit us around 2007 when we went bankrupt. Read more>>

Joshua Thibodeaux

I was raised by a single mother in a small town, south of New Orleans. I became the first in my family to attend college and earned a Bachelors Degree in Management from Southeastern Louisiana University. I found out about State Farm from one of my customers at a retail job I held after college. It required me to take a pay cut, but I knew I wanted to help people after seeing the aftermath of hurricanes and how the right policy makes a difference in a loss. This career has allowed me to meet great people me in some of the weirdest places whether it’s for a claim or to write a policy. Read more>>

D’Lisha Thomas

I am a dental professional with over 20 years of clinical and educational experience in the dental industry. I began my journey in the dental field in Louisiana through career training while in high school. After working in the dental field for a year in Louisiana, I realized there were no growth opportunities and decided to relocate to Texas. Relocating not only allowed me the chance to further my education in the field but also extended opportunities to advocate for and assist dental professionals with staying compliant with the Texas State Board of Dental Professionals. Read more>>

Ricky Dean Wyrick

My journey has been quite an adventure. And like many artistic entrepreneurs, I have reinvented my business several times. I started in the over saturated market of portrait photography and quickly discovered the difficulty of competing with novice hobbyist willing to take pictures without concern for turning a profit. It seems everywhere I turned, I discovered people who inevitably knew a friend with a camera. I know several professional photographers who have had success photographing weddings, but I quickly discovered that the wedding industry was just not the place for me. I’m just too laid back and prefer to work in a stress-free environment. Read more>>

Willis and BJ Johnson

I have more than 30 years’ experience in broadcasting, advertising, marketing and sales and served as a Marketing and Sales consultant to several technical and telecommunications companies. At Service Broadcasting Corp. I served as the Morning Show host for 30 years as well as the Program/Promotions Director and supervises a staff of on-air talent and sales/promotions activities. JBJ Marketing was started as a suggestion from Former Mayor Ron Kirk, because people were always asking him to ask me (Willis) about issues within the city of Dallas. So Kirk suggested I start a consulting company. Read more>>

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