D CEO’s monthly feature, My Roots, shares the stories of North Texas business leaders who immigrated here from other countries. Supported by a vibrant, welcoming community, they’re now playing a big part in the region’s economic success. It’s the American Dream, in action.
Rolando Blackman Gets Real About Overcoming the Challenges of His Past
From a physically abusive home to deep depression in the ninth grade, Blackman turned his pain into a decorated basketball career and a leadership role in the Dallas Mavericks' front office.
By Ben Swanger
Avocados From Mexico Executive Miguel Molina on How Dreaming Big Brought Him to America
Molina thought he might join the small family business in Mexico, but today leads an organization that represents 30,000 avocado growers.
What Chilean Immigrant Andrés Correa Learned About America
The partner at Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegman describes life under the Chilean dictatorship and adapting to the states.
How Mother Theresa’s Orphanage Gives Sanjiv Yajnik Lasting Perspective
The Capital One Financial Services president dives into his childhood in Kolkata and working with orphans.
Steve Miff’s Journey From Domino’s Pizza Chef to Healthcare CEO
The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation leader shares his journey escaping communist Romania and making a life in the United States.
Rebecca Acuña’s Fight For Residency
PepsiCo's director of government affairs (and Biden's former Texas campaign chief) shares her immigration journey from Sinaloa, Mexico.
By D CEO
How Fred Perpall Went From Life in the Bahamas to Leading a Global Design Firm
"It was jarring to grow up in a country where everyone looks like you and then come to a place where no one looks like you," The Beck Group CEO said.
By Chance Townsend
My Roots: Jacobs Executive Madhuri Andrews Left India With $500 to Pursue Higher Education in the U.S.
Now the Chief Digital and Information Officer for the engineering firm, she paved her way cleaning houses, driving a shuttle bus, and working as a security guard.
My Roots: Carlos Vaz of CONTI Organization
The real estate CEO came to America from Brazil with just $300. His company now has a $1 billion portfolio.
My Roots: Ossa Fisher
The Istation president and COO credits her passion for education to her upbringing in America as a dual citizen with Swedish roots