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D CEO December 2020

Cover Story

Lori Ryerkerk is D CEO’s CEO of the Year

The trailblazer makes social responsibility a priority at the $6.3 billion Celanese Corp.


Dupree Scovell

Meet the Emerging Leader Addressing the Racial Divide in Commercial Real Estate

Woodbine Development Corp. Managing Partner Dupree Scovell is using his influence to start some uncomfortable conversations. Here’s why.
Bobby B. Lyle

Meet the Dallas 500: Bobby B. Lyle, The Name Behind SMU’s Engineering Program

The founder, chairman, and CEO of Lyco Holdings has been deeply engaged in the community for decades.
Bailey's Blossoms

Locally Sourced: Meet Four Dallas Entrepreneurs Who Turned Their Passion Into Profit

Founders of companies like Bailey’s Blossoms and Baublerella show that doing what you love can lead to success.
Nikky Phinyawatana Nikky Feeding Souls virtual classes

Asian Mint’s Nikky Phinyawatana is Expanding Her Thai Empire

The restaurateur has bottled sauces, created virtual cooking classes, guided trips to Thailand, and hopes to eventually extend her brick-and-mortar reach.
Scott Harper

How Dialexa’s Scott Harper Is Embracing Personal Change

Ten years in, the tech CEO is leaning into growth while maintaining an innovative and familial culture.
Tonya Thomas

Meet the Administrative Matchmaker Connecting Executives With Virtual Support

In an increasingly virtual world, remote services like Tonya Thomas’ are becoming more in demand.

Unshackling Texas’ Economy

The free-market state has work to do on regulations that stifle competition and entrepreneurship, SMU economists say.

On Topic: What 2020 Taught Me

Top executives from Bell Nunnally, Mary Kay, and UMB Bank share lessons they learned this year
Lawrence King Headstorm CEO

Corporate Citizenship in DFW: New Ways to Give Back

Find that sweet spot between what you can afford to contribute and where your team can drive the most impact, advises Headstorm CEO Lawrence King.
Terry D Loftis TACA President and Executive Director

TACA’s Terry D. Loftis is Redefining “Old Man Chic”

The president and executive director of The Arts Community Alliance says his style is dapper, professional, and somewhat out of the box.
HALL St. Helena at the Bergfeld Vineyard
Executive Travel

A Journey to Northern California’s Wine Country With Kathryn Hall

The entrepreneur took over her family’s wine business in the 1970s and has grown it into a flourishing, award-winning enterprise.

My Roots: Hesham Elgaghil

The president of luxury dealership Avondale Group shares how his upbringing in Cairo, Egypt taught him how to pay it forward.
The Pittman Hotel built in 1916
Dallas History

Early Influencers: William Sidney Pittman Was A Pioneer for Black Architects

The first practicing Black architect in Texas, an avid publisher, and son in-law of Booker T. Washington served as an inspiration for those in the Black community.

Higher Education Guide

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