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D CEO July-August 2009

Cover Story

34 Great Dallas Entrepreneurs

Ernst & Young selected some of the region’s most innovative businesspeople to compete for the coveted title of Entrepreneur of the Year. Here’s how the dynamic local finalists built their companies—and positioned their firms for success.
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Features


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Business

How To Keep Hope Alive in a Bad Economy

Doing so may be hard—and lonely—but it’s the chief executive’s job.
By Merrie Spaeth
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Business

Baylor Health Refines Its Marketing Message

Documentary-style, black-and-white spots mean success for the local hospital’s ad campaign.
By Spencer Michlin
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Publications

Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists Share How They’re Coping in 2009

It’s still a jungle out there, but things may be looking up.
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Business

Five Questions for John Carrier, President of Essilor of America Inc.

Talking shop with the president of Dallas-based Essilor of America Inc.
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Business

How God Would Hire a CEO

When houses of worship need an “executive pastor,” they often call David Lyons of Lewisville-based MinisterSearch.
By Mary Jacobs
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Business

Meet the CEO: Fred Reid

The executive of Flexjet, the Richardson-based fractional business jet ownership program, refuses to let the economy slow him down.
By D Magazine
Business

Quotes

Memorable comments Culled from “CEO Spotlight,” a weekday program on KRLD-AM (1080) featuring interviews by business analyst David Johnson
By D Magazine
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Business

What Happened to the Dallas Morning News?

Dallas’ daily newspaper has become a shadow of its former self. But it didn’t have to be this way.
By Ed Bark
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Business

Who’s Following Whom On Twitter?

The social-networking web site Twitter.com helps some Dallas icons stay in the know.
By Dave Moore
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A New Low for Dallas City Politics

Personal attacks against Mayor Tom Leppert mark a new low in local politics.
By Crayton Webb
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Business

The Business Lunch: Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen

Superstar chef Kent Rathbun serves it up old-school style with his most approachable concept to date.
By Todd Johnson
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Why You Should Know Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau Chair Laura Estrada

The president and owner of Garza Business Services cheers for Dallas with vigor and a smile.
By Diana Kunde