Archive for November, 2016

BuzzBallz CEO Named in ‘EY Winning Women’ Program

Posted by Nealie Sanchez

Merrilee Kick has made her mark in a male-dominated industry and was recently honored as one of 14 “Winning Women” at the EY conference in Palm Springs, Calif., last week.

Kick, president and CEO of Southern Champion/BuzzBallz LLC, founded one …

#GivingTuesday: Kids Can Teach Us About Generosity

Posted by Susan Hoff

A colleague recently shared a story that made me think about our some common core beliefs and approaches to giving.

Her daughter’s kindergarten teacher called to tell her that her daughter had brought a little coin purse stuffed full of …

PawTracker Uses Tech to Unite Lost Pets, Owners

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris


Having a pet run away can be a frantic, stressful, and helpless experience. But like many of today’s problems, technology offers a solution.

The PawTracker allows pet owners to track their …

Unbranded Pop-up Shop Making a Return for Holiday Shopping

Posted by Rachel Hawkins

Dallas pop-up shop Unbranded plans to return this December to a Main Street storefront in downtown Dallas, according to CultureMap Dallas.

Matt Alexander of Q Fifty One Digital and Bryan DeLuca of Foot Cardigan created Unbranded in 2014 to …

Take Command Health Marks Growth in Individual Market

Posted by Heather Noel

While other health insurance disrupters have failed to meet projected profits or scaled back offerings, Take Command Health, which describes itself as the Turbo Tax of health insurance, has been celebrating growth milestones over the last four months.

The Dallas-based …

Dallas Hackathon Highlights Local Coders’ Creativity, Problem-Solving Skills

Posted by Dave Moore

More than 150 programmers, coders, and robotics enthusiasts crammed the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) over the weekend to compete for the mantle of Dallas’ best developer at the AT&T IoT Hackathon, and for the chance to compete in Las Vegas …

$6B Fort Worth Community
Boasts Fastest Internet in U.S.

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

The $6 billion Walsh planned community in west Fort Worth will boast a minimum 2-gigabit internet speeds, for the 15,000 homes, schools, and businesses planned there, Builder Online reported. 

Tony Ruggeri, co-CEO of Dallas-based Republic Property Group (RPG), is …

Fantasy Sports Merger Announced

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

If you bet on either DraftKings or FanDuel to come out on top of the daily fantasy sports war, it turns out neither one will win.

The two companies have announced plans to merge into a fantasy powerhouse based in …

Sabre’s Fundamentals for Making Products Accessible for All

Posted by Seda Maurer

Technology and the web are ubiquitous and they rapidly advance in capabilities. As a result, people may shop for goods, order food and groceries, purchase books and music, pay their bills, or obtain higher education without having to leave their …

Dallas-based BuzzShift Acquired by Ivie & Associates

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Four months after achieving Premier Google Partner status, BuzzShift has been acquired by Ivie & Associates.

Dallas-based BuzzShift focuses on digital marketing for clients such as Verizon, Landry’s, Which Wich, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The premier status …

SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Initiative Gets $300K Boost

Posted by Nealie Sanchez


Southern Methodist University received a $300,000 grant that will fund the Meadows School of the Arts’ Ignite/Arts Dallas initiative.

The three-year grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support programs and special projects for

Center for BrainHealth Honors ex-Legislator Dan Branch

Posted by Dave Montgomery

Former Texas Legislator Dan Branch of Dallas has received a prestigious honor for his efforts to help elevate North Texas into a global research hub by more than doubling the number of Texas universities that are now designated as top-tier …

GM to go Green with Wind Energy in DFW

Posted by Nealie Sanchez

General Motors is going green at it’s Arlington Assembly Plant and GM Financial headquarters in downtown Fort Worth with wind energy from Cactus Flats wind farm in Concho County, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

GM’s Arlington plant

How DFW is a Leader
in Real Estate Innovation

Posted by Lance Murray

real-estate-revolution-icon_150x150_istock_copyright-vladgrinThis is the first installment in our innovation in real estate roundtable series.

Dallas-Fort Worth is home to some of the most talented innovators in the industry. Christine Perez recently had a chance to catch up with our panel of …

‘Constellation’ Takes Reunion Tower Interactive

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

The GeO-Deck, aka observation deck at Reunion Tower, on Friday, launched an interactive experience for visitors who make the trip to 470 feet above the ground.

Fittingly, it’s called Constellation.

As anyone who’s ever driven to downtown Dallas knows, …

Solera’s Success Leads to $6.5B Acquisition

Posted by Rachel Hawkins

Westlake-based Solera changed the way the insurance industry operates in the digital world since its founding in 2005 by Tony Aquila.

The company’s history of digital transformation continues after Vista Holdings bought Solera in March for $6.5 billion. That’s a …

Cowboy Compost Works to Recycle Food Waste

Posted by Rachel Hawkins

Fort Worth-based Cowboy Compost is working to prevent food waste from reaching the city’s landfill, and in turn, raising awareness on recycling and organic waste.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, teamed up with friend Johanna Calderón …

Uber DFW On Mission to Impact Community

Posted by Nealie Sanchez

Uber DFW General Manager Beth Huddleston has taken on the personal mission of making a difference in the community, according to D CEO.

Huddleston told the magazine she hopes the ridesharing service can help solve issues such as drunken …

College Students Learn Value of Engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted by Jimmie Markham

College students –- many social media pros already –- were looped into a community service project that had them pair their digital media skills with a meaningful cause. The result was raised awareness for the students and the cause they …

Want to Build a Table? Better Block Will Give You the Design

Posted by Heather Noel


Think you need to be an architect or a carpenter to build benches, tables, or even a stage for your community? Better Block Foundation doesn’t think so. 

The Dallas-based nonprofit recently rolled out …