Best Of People

ARTIST
Travis Stewart
Travis Stewart grew up in Clovis, Calif., and while he showed early art talent, he put that aside for his love of training horses. But in 2010, while recovering from an injury that prevented him from riding, he began to draw again. He’s back to training now, but he’s also working as a Western artist in the tradition of the masters of that trade.
4100 County Road 417A, Cleburne, Texas 76031, 559.779.4741, tmstewartwesternart.com
Rebecca Low
7608 Camp Bowie , Fort Worth, Texas 76116, 817.244.1151, rebeccalow.com
Nancy Lamb
111 Hampton St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.692.3228, artspace111.com/artists/nancy-lamb
PHOTOGRAPHER
Brian Luenser
History buffs owe much to the early photographers who recorded the history of Fort Worth, such as David, John and Charles Swartz — John took the legendary photo of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with three other Wild Bunch gang members in 1900. Future historians are likely to feel that way about Brian Luenser, a prolific photographer who lives in the Tower downtown and relentlessly records the city from his condo, on the streets downtown and in walking tours of the city’s neighborhoods. He’s not a “professional photographer” in the classic sense of that term, but he’s certainly professional quality. 
Take a look at his Facebook page: facebook.com/brian.luenser
Julia Lauren Photography
214.233.6715, julialaurenphotography.com
B.J. Lacasse, PID Productions
817.504.6087, pidproductions.com
CHEF
Jon Bonnell
We called him the “most loved chef in Fort Worth” in our cover story in the February 2014 edition of Fort Worth, Texas magazine. And according to the readers’ votes, we aren’t the only people who think that way. He’s not only an exceptional chef, but he also is a devoted participant in the community. And what he does with quail drumsticks probably should be on some federal list of addictive substances.
Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
4259 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76109, 817.738.5489, bonnellstexas.com
Waters — Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine
2901 Crockett St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.984.1110, waterstexas.com
Steve Mitchell
The Grille at Hill Country Harbor
3415 Point Road, Graford, Texas 76449, 940.779.7600, harborliving.com/amenities/the-grill
Michael Duff
Eddie V’s
3100 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.336.8000, eddiev.com
MIXOLOGIST
Kevin Borg
His boss, Chef Eric Hunter, says Borg is a draw to the restaurant because of the way he treats and takes care of the customers. And he also mixes excellent drinks.
Fire Oak Grill
114 Austin Ave., Weatherford, Texas 76086, 817.598.0400, fireoakgrill.com
Matthew Trammell
Four Day Weekend
Sundance Square
312 Houston St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.226.4329, fourdayweekend.com
Rachel Ramirez
Wine Thief/Bob’s Steak & Chop House
Omni Hotel
1300 Houston St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.535.6664, omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/FortWorth.aspx
FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Candice Ruiz
CrossFit Iron Horse
Candice Ruiz is co-owner and coach at CrossFit Iron Horse and followed her father into the United States Marine Corps in 2005. After five years of active duty, she left the service, got a degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Arlington and signed up at a local affiliate in 2009. She received a stunning number of votes from our readers.
1901 Windsor Place, Ste. 101, Fort Worth, Texas 76110, 817.922.8200, crossfitironhorse.com
Stacy Buky
Camp Gladiator, Director and Trainer/DFW Fort Worth
Multiple locations
214.930.7698, campgladiator.com
Jamie Cashion
Christian Soldiers Karate
460 Reese Loop, Azle, Texas 76020, 817.789.2900, christiansoldierskarate.net
LOCAL AUTHOR
Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is author of more than 60 New York Times bestsellers. Her works have been translated into 34 languages, and worldwide sales are more than 80 million. She was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth, attended TCU and lives in Arlington. sandrabrown.net
Dan Jenkins
Dan Jenkins grew up in Fort Worth and attended R.L. Paschal High School. He worked for the now-defunct Fort Worth Press and the also defunct Dallas Times Herald and went on to write for Sports Illustrated and now Golf Digest. He’s one of only three writers to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He’s written nearly a dozen novels, starting with Semi-Tough in 1972, and he keeps Fort Worth alive in his writing. Just out is Dan Jenkins: His Ownself, an autobiography.
Jeff Guinn
Jeff Guinn is a veteran of the Star-Telegram, where he ultimately was the book editor back when newspapers thought stuff like that was important. He’s written 16 books — one a collaborative novel with other Texas writers. He writes both fiction and non-fiction — and on an eclectic series of topics. His most recent — Glorious: A Novel of the American West — debuted in May. The one before that — Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson — was picked by The New York Times, Amazon and People magazine as one of the best of 2013. But it really all kicked off with The Autobiography of Santa Claus.
PUBLIC SERVANT
Betsy Price
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is an avid cyclist and holds rolling town hall meetings with those interested in riding with her. It’s all part of her desire to improve the health of Fort Worth’s residents through programs like FitWorth. She has seemingly inexhaustible energy — you see her everywhere. She’s the 44th mayor and only the third woman to hold that title. The others are now U. S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, and Jewel Woods, who was acting mayor for a year after Granger left for Congress at the end of 1995 and before Kenneth Barr was elected in 1996.
Joel Burns
Joel Burns was elected to represent District 9 on the Fort Worth City Council in 2007 and resigned his seat earlier this year to enter a Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in July. As an openly gay man, his heart-felt efforts to end bullying of all types earned him national attention and the 2011 Elected Official of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers in North Central Texas-Fort Worth Area Branch. Joel was born at the Gladney Center for Adoption, grew up southwest of Fort Worth on the O.C. Armstrong Ranch and attended Texas Wesleyan University.
Jeff Halstead
Chief Jeffrey W. Halstead became the 24th Chief of Police for the Fort Worth Police Department in December 2008. He came to Fort Worth from the Phoenix Police Department, where, among other assignments, he was responsible for security planning for Super Bowl XLII. That came in handy a few years later when Super Bowl XLV was played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. He’s highly visible in the community. Chief of police is one of the toughest jobs in even small cities. In a rapidly growing city like Fort Worth, the challenges are even greater. Halstead faces them with good humor and public grace.
RADIO PERSONALITY
Jody Dean
The Morning Team, KLUV, 98.7 FM
Jody’s no stranger to readers of Fort Worth, Texas magazine. For years, he wrote a popular monthly column on diners and dives — a subject he knew intimately, so they say — and he’s appeared in numerous other venues with the magazine. He’s paparazzi-level popular in both Dallas and Fort Worth.
kluv.cbslocal.com
Hal Jay
Host, WBAP Morning News, 820 AM
wbap.com
Justin Frazell
Morning Drive, The Ranch, 95.9 FM
959theranch.com