A profitable Tremendous Bowl proprietor and highly effective ladies enterprise leaders.
Black leaders guiding Dallas’ prime enterprise teams throughout a summer time of racial justice unrest right here and throughout the nation.
A philanthropic-minded chief engaged on North Texas’ most urgent pandemic drawback, and one seeding the longer term for all times after a vaccine.
These are a couple of of the movers and shakers that The Dallas Morning Information’ veteran enterprise columnist Cheryl Corridor launched to readers in 2020.
Her tales seize the resilience of Dallas-Fort Price enterprise leaders as she peels again the veneer to unlock the perseverance and optimism behind their success. Listed here are 9 of the individuals who made up Cheryl’s Dallas this 12 months.
Clark Hunt: The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ driving drive
When the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs knocked off the San Francisco 49ers in Tremendous Bowl LIV and captured the franchise’s second NFL title, it ended a 50-year await Dallas billionaire Clark Hunt and his household. The 54-year-old runs the Hunt household’s $3 billion sports activities empire, together with the soccer group his father Lamar based because the Dallas Texans in 1960 earlier than shifting it to Kansas Metropolis three years later. » Read the full story.
Ken Hersh: Switching lanes to philanthropy
Ken Hersh is strategic, opportunistic, persistent and, sure, fortunate. It’s a profitable mixture that has made the 57-year-old co-founder of NGP Power Capital Administration a “close to billionaire.” In school, he wrote a cold-call letter to legendary Fort Price investor Richard Rainwater asking for a summer time job. That led to pioneering the now-pervasive personal fairness possession within the vitality trade. In 2016, he examine esports in a commerce weekly. He’s now the biggest single shareholder of Dallas-based Staff Envy. Today, his day job is philanthropy, as chair of Hersh Household Investments and as president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Heart. » Read the full story.
Vanessa Ogle: By no means depend her out
Vanessa Ogle constructed the spine know-how for in-room leisure, high-speed web and touchless controls at practically 2,000 resort properties, together with Hiltons, Marriotts and Intercontinentals. Then COVID-19 shut down the resort trade, personally touched her household and despatched her homegrown firm, Enseo Inc., reeling. Among the many employees the 49-year-old Latina let go had been her brother and sister. This was the third time Ogle was seemingly down for the depend, solely to rise from the mat for one more spherical. » Read the full story.
Trisha Cunningham: ‘Starvation tends to be hidden’
Actuality smacked Trisha Cunningham within the face on April 2 because the 55-year-old CEO of the North Texas Meals Financial institution surveyed an limitless line of vehicles at Honest Park ready free of charge packing containers of meals. The pandemic had simply taken maintain, and she or he was shocked by the turnout. For 3 hours, Cunningham, her husband and about 30 meals financial institution staff and volunteers loaded 1000’s of packing containers of groceries into the trunks and beds of autos pushed by individuals of each demographic. As she reminded drivers to not roll down their home windows, they mouthed “thanks” over and over. » Read the full story.
Anne Chow: Groundbreaking roles her norm
Lower than a 12 months in the past, Anne Chow was promoted to CEO of AT&T Enterprise, the telecommunications big’s $37 billion unit that gives companies to almost 3 million enterprise prospects, together with practically the entire world’s Fortune 1000 corporations. The 54-year-old daughter of Taiwanese immigrants is the primary lady to carry this place and the primary lady of colour to be named CEO at any AT&T firm in its 144-year historical past. She’s additionally the company’s highest-ranking Asian American. For many mortals, that will be sufficient precedent to soak up for some time. However then, Chow isn’t like most mortals. » Read the full story.
Fred Perpall and John Olajide: A every day technique name
Fred Perpall and John Olajide begin every workday with a 7:30 name to plot technique. The chairs of the Dallas Residents Council and the Dallas Regional Chamber wish to make certain their organizations are doing all the pieces attainable to struggle the twin pandemics of coronavirus and racial injustice. The duo established this every day routine shortly after COVID-19 set in and have continued it for months, even when Perpall was on trip together with his household in his native Bahamas. Perpall, the 45-year-old CEO of the Beck Group, is ending out his two-year time period because the Citizen Council chair. Olajide, the 39-year-old CEO of Dallas-based Axxess Expertise Options Inc., is eight months into his one-year time period as chair of the Regional Chamber. It’s the primary time in historical past that Dallas’ two most influential enterprise organizations are being led by Black males. » Read the full story.
Fred Ortiz: A sports-lovers’ enthusiasm
When Fred Ortiz went to an October recreation at Globe Life Area in Arlington, the spotlight wasn’t watching the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves sq. off within the first recreation of the Nationwide League Championship collection. The 53-year-old principal at HKS Inc. spent 4 years as lead designer of the $1.2 billion, 40,300-seat stadium constructed for the Texas Rangers group, and it was his first alternative to see residing, respiratory baseball followers really sitting in a few of these seats. It was additionally a second for this first-generation Mexican American to replicate on his blessings, having grown up in a federal housing challenge in El Paso and turning into the primary of his prolonged household to go to a U.S. school. » Read the full story.
Nancy Greatest: ‘Tremendous fountain’ namesake, park advocate
“Each park wants a Nancy Greatest” is how one supporter of Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park describes the girl who, along with her husband Randy, is selecting up the $10 million tab to put in an interactive “tremendous fountain” on the downtown deck park. The fountain will bear her identify and is anticipated to be accomplished by the point the vacations roll round subsequent 12 months. » Read the full story.
Abby Johnson: Wealthy, highly effective, ‘refreshingly genuine’
Abby Johnson is likely one of the richest, strongest individuals on the planet of finance. But most individuals know little about her. The chairwoman, president, CEO and reportedly the biggest particular person shareholder of Constancy Investments — her household’s enterprise — offers an occasional speech, spends plenty of time at occasions for shoppers and is in common contact along with her legion of staff. Constancy has 6,000 staff in Dallas-Fort Price, primarily at its sprawling buyer contact campus in Westlake — the corporate’s largest worker inhabitants within the U.S. However on the subject of speaking about herself, she usually doesn’t. » Read the full story.