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Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 Jul 21 - 10:58am

It’s been a busy year for Brian Wiginton and Frank Montgomery, who bought their former employer, Silver West Limousines, from its founder in April 2016 after having worked at the company for several years. The first challenge Wiginton and Montgomery had to handle: having to move their...

Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 Jul 21 - 10:55am

It may be trite, heck, it may even sound sexist, but sometimes, you can tell the character of a woman by her handbag. In the case of Tiffany Cason, it was a large, light green leather satchel with one word on its catch: TOMS. The shoe and apparel company TOMS, founded by the Arlington native...

Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 Jul 21 - 9:53am

Gerald Alley could have written a book off of lessons he and his siblings learned from their father, who owned an Esso station in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and mother, an educator who preached to her kids the way to a life was through learning. Lesson one from his father, Troy, Alley says: “...

Posted By Courtney Dabney on 2017 Jul 17 - 11:11am

Jon Bonnell, our head judge and owner of Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine, put our four Top Chef contestants through some intense preliminary challenges at the Top Chef Challenge at River Ranch Stockyards, July 13, including cleaning, skinning and deboning a fish to his exact specifications. He...

Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 Jun 28 - 3:15pm

Enter the grand foyer through the double-glass doors of the newest Dream Home in Westlake, and it’s as if you’ve stepped into a gallery where lines of sight take you off in multiple directions. Straight ahead, and you’re in the 6,700-square-foot Spanish Mediterranean...

Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 May 22 - 3:44pm

One TCU student's memories of chronic illness and hospital stays leads to a startup that wants to bring virtual reality programming into children's hospitals, helping patients cope with pain, anxiety and depression.

As an elementary school student, Christine Clutterbuck was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a painful, chronic inflammatory bowel disease. In and out of the hospital for two years, during which she underwent several surgeries, Clutterbuck, now a TCU senior, has been symptom-free since she was...

Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 May 19 - 4:38pm

Jorge Varela, with 14 startups in his back pocket, left that world years ago to raise his four children. With the youngest in college, they’ve given him the green light to return to the starting line.

It’s the one business Jorge Varela, a gearhead, dreamed of: starting an automobile design house. But with no idea how that one could happen, Varela’s leaving that one aside for now. “I wanted to do it big time, take it public,” says Varela, an apparent gearhead who says his...

Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 May 19 - 4:27pm

How fast will Fort Worth development adjust to energy disruption and a future of fewer cars on the road?

It was a jarring statement, especially in Texas, whose denizens consider the ability to drive around one-per-Suburban nearly a birthright. “Any child born today will never drive, never, ever,” Tony Seba, the futurist who’s predicting the demise of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles and...

Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 Apr 10 - 3:16pm

Colleyville entrepreneur Hillary Strasner builds a lab company over 17 years and sells it as her oldest child enters high school. What’s next?

The deal spilled out onto a napkin at a table inside the Chili’s at Dallas Love Field airport. Hillary Strasner, just a few years out of Texas Tech, had gone to work for a health care lab in Tyler, running operations and sales, and was commuting to North Texas on weekends. Joe Bowman, who...

Posted By Scott Nishimura on 2017 Apr 10 - 3:11pm

A Fort Worth entrepreneur, retired from Alcon Labs, pursues his vision for an eyedrop that would significantly correct nearsightedness – and hits it big.

How big? Bill Burns isn’t saying, declining to answer a reporter’s question about the size of his stake in Encore Vision, which he operated out of small offices at Fort Worth’s Tech Fort Worth incubator on the Southside. “I’m not gonna tell you,” he says firmly...

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