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Irving’s Rising Stars

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 rising stars from Irving and surrounding areas below.

Dionne Cheshier

My story starts a very very long time ago. My mother whom I must first tell you about for a complete understanding began working for the SBA in the 60’s. She started in a time when women and minorities just did not have equal opportunities. The glass ceiling was so low probably ankle high. Read more>>

Danelle Murray

As a lifelong entrepreneur, I have always had a passion for running my own business. My husband and I had come across a local Tropical Fish and Coral Wholesale Distribution Company and immediately we knew we had to have it. My husband is an electrical engineer and profession marketing expert, I’m more of a hands-on manager and operations person. Read more>>

Charles Houk

I first bought half of the original Southern Junction in Royse City in 2008. I decided to buy in after my first visit there in 2003 when I fell in love with the concept. Steakhouse and Nightclub! It screamed TEXAS! I believed the concept was repeatable and bought in with an expansion vision, and was able to start that process this year with the opening of the Irving location in partnership with Eric and Tara Linder, who owned the building in Irving and were seeking an operator. Read more>>

Paul and Karen Bonarrigo

Messina Hof began 40 years ago in 1977 when founders Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo established the fourth winery in Texas. Messina Hof has grown from an experimental vineyard to now 60,000 cases per year with three winery locations in Texas: Bryan, Fredericksburg and Grapevine and national distribution. Dedicated to pioneering the Texas wine industry, Messina Hof is the top producer of Texas appellation wines crafted from 900+ acres. Read more>>

Carlos Chapa

Dr. Chapa is a U.S. Navy Veteran & Proudly served as a Corpsman (Marine Medic) from 1995-2004. Hospital Corpsmen are also known as “Docs” since they are the primary medical providers on the field. He provided battlefield first-aid and medical treatment to U.S. Marines and worked in several Emergency Rooms where he learned the foundations of Western medicine. Read more>>

Tiffany Pearson and Lauren Jones

The two met while working for a Healthcare company and became friends. It was through their friendship that they learned what each other’s passions were. Tiffany had previously owned an Event planning company in Memphis, Tennessee before moving to Dallas in 2005. Read more>>

Judy Gaman

In 2005, our founders, Drs. Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman, were ready to give up on medicine and pursue different careers. They loved treating patients and making a difference, but the HMO world was nothing more than a treadmill that left the doctors exhausted and the patients frustrated. Read more>>

Rob Banda

6 yrs ago, I had a tree fall in my backyard and had to borrow a huge, heavy, Stihl farm boss chainsaw to cut it up. I decided to leave a stump instead of digging it up, I just started carving a bear. Read  more>>

Dara Hall

I discovered a love and talent for writing early on. College allowed me to narrow the field by a process of elimination. I spent time as Editor of my college newspaper; I interned with a major consumer magazine; and, after graduation, I landed my dream handling the press for the Dallas Market Center. Read more>>

Samar Kelani Kayal

Ten years ago, I started my company. I was a focusing on interior design. My husband and I were watching a television show and he suggested that I do something different like what we were watching on the television. I traveled to Lebanon and started to learn how to design and craft custom balloon creations that were unique and stood out. Read more>>

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