Category: Business

HPHS Alum Recognized in National Publication

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Tommy McBride

Highland Park High School graduate and former Providence Christian School Board Chair Tommy McBride, a managing director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, was recently named one of the “Top 400 Financial Advisors” on the annual Financial Times list. He was also honored on Barron’s Magazine’s 2017 "America's Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State" list.


AFP Names Philanthropy Day Honorees

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The Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals announced its 2017 National Philanthropy Day Award honorees. They will be recognized during the 32nd annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Nov. 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Dallas.


Buckner High Rise to Open in 2019

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Ventana by Buckner retirement towers are being built at North Central Expressway and Northwest Highway. (Courtesy photo)

With adult children in Dallas and a church they love near Highland Park, Rick and Melissa Owens don’t want to move far, but up works just fine.

The retired American Airlines pilot and his wife look forward to moving to Ventana by Buckner and enjoying the “high-rise living, which will be new to us,” he said.

Buckner International, a Dallas-based nonprofit, is building the 12-story continuing care retirement community on three acres just beyond the University Park city limits and across from NorthPark Center. Whiting-Turner serves as lead contractor for the project designed by D2 Architecture.


‘Temporary’ Job Lasts 51 Years And Counting

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Co-workers describe Sonia Moss as a leader of their office family. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

In 1965, Sonia Moss took what she thought would be a temporary job at the front desk of a downtown office. She intended to stay around six months before going back into the business world. More than five decades later, she’s still not sure when she will leave.

“It’s because [there’s] never a dull moment, and I guarantee you that today,” she said.

Moss, or “Miss Sonia” as she is known around the office, is the first staff member most customers see at the U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management office on Preston Road.


Park Cities Man Named Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

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Alex Danza

EY announced that Parks Cities resident Alex Danza, founder and CEO of Vonlane luxury motor coach service, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Southwest region.  The honor recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Danza was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. 


David Miller to Receive Folsom Leadership Award

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David Miller

Methodist Health System Foundation named business and community leader David B. Miller the 2017 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient. The honor will be presented at a dinner October 25. at the Hilton Anatole.

Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership that emulate the achievements of the late Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.

“David Miller clearly exemplifies Bob Folsom’s legacy as a revered community leader, serving Dallas with integrity, humility and respect,” Methodist Health System Foundation president James M. Johnston said.


Dallas TreeHouse Store Opens Friday

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Rendering of the new TreeHouse store opening this summer. (Courtesy of TreeHouse)

TreeHouse, a green home improvement store, will open its first Dallas location Friday in Cypress Equities’ The Hill redevelopment at Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway.

CEO Jason Ballard said the new store will allow homebuilders to create healthy and sustainable houses. TreeHouse, which also has an Austin location, only sells Earth and human friendly products.

According to company officials, the Dallas store will be the first energy-positive home improvement store in the world, meaning that it will create more energy than it consumes. According to the company website, the store will feature on-site solar energy and battery storage systems; non-toxic paint on the walls; and large windows, to curb electricity use for lighting.


Southwest Airlines Celebrates Construction Milestone

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Courtesy McCarthy Building Companies

Southwest Airlines officials marked the topping-off of its new six-story, 425,000 square-foot, Love Field office building last Thursday. More than 750 people attended a celebration, that included company executives and representatives from lead construction company McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., as well as 36 subcontractor teams, project architects, and engineers.

The building is part of a Southwest’s new “Wings” project, which includes new office space and a Leadership Education and Aircraft Development (LEAD) Center with the capacity to house up to 18 flight simulators.