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D CEO January/February 2021

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We Are in The Golden Age of Innovation

Meet the changemakers who are disrupting business in Dallas-Fort Worth—and beyond.



The Risk of Losing Cultural Adhesion

The need for physical human connection will be instrumental in the restabilization of DFW’s office market.
James Fripp Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Yum Brands

Yum! Brands James Fripp Leans Into Paving The Way

He got his start working behind the counter at a Taco Bell restaurant. Now, he’s in the global C-Suite leading diversity and inclusion discussion.

Meet the Dallas 500: Energy Transfer’s Thomas Long

The longtime executive has taken the reins as co-CEO of the midstream energy company co-founded by Kelcy Warren.
DFW industrial space

Dallas-Fort Worth’s Industrial Sector is on Fire

E-commerce defined the region’s commercial real estate market in 2020. Here’s a look at what that means for the future.
michael ablon hilda galvan wyman robertsillustrations

On Topic: How These Business Leaders Plan to Thrive in Difficult Times

Some of the top names in commercial real estate, law, and dining on how they see their industry’s outlook in 2021.

How to Develop a Succession Plan

It doesn’t have to be dramatic. The worst thing you can do is not plan for them, says business adviser G. Bradford Bulkley.
Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum rock climbing

Café Momentum’s Chad Houser is Scaling New Heights

The nonprofit restaurant’s founder, CEO, and executive chef is passionate about indoor rock climbing.

7 Books Dallas Execs Think You Should Read

Ken Hersh, Melissa Reiff, Charlie Vogt, and other leaders share the one book they think everyone should read—and why.
Kellie Sirna Co-Founder of Studio 11 Design

Art of Style: Kellie Sirna, Studio 11 Design

The designer behind projects for Hyatt, Starwood, Thompson Hotels, and more says fashion in all its forms is inspiration.
The Grand Solmar Resort at Land’s End
Executive Travel

Unwinding With KAI Enterprise President Darren James in Cabo San Lucas

Along with plenty of opportunities for recreation and R&R, the region is becoming a hotspot for golf, with two impressive resorts opening in the last year.
The Fishers with their daughters on Stockholm’s riverfront in 2017

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
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center

Women Leading Tech and Innovation 2021

Though still too small in number, Dallas’ female STEM leaders are fiercely working to lay the ground for more women in the field.
Adolphus Hotel built in 1912
Dallas History

Royally Haunted: The Adolphus Hotel

The iconic 22-story hotel, the tallest building in Dallas for a decade, is known for its history, opulence—and paranormal activity.