Archive for January, 2018

UNT First U.S. School to Offer Degree in Consumer Experience Management

Posted by Taylor Lowder

Amid a fast-changing global marketplace, the University of North Texas seeks to become a hub for retail expertise and educating the future professionals within the industry. 

A new degree in consumer experience management — the first of its kind in the U.S.…

7 Master Innovators and Their Secret Weapons

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

On Instagram, Amber Venz Box lives a glamorous life — she is always impeccably dressed and often traveling to some interesting international locale to promote rewardStyle, the company she co-owns with husband Baxter Box. It’s genuine reality — but it wasn’t always this way. 

East Coast Engineering Firm Opens Office in Plano

Posted by Taylor Lowder

Civil engineering and technology firm Timmons Group is opening its first Texas office in Plano. 

The Virginia-based company recently signed an agreement to operate in Legacy Town Center III on Tennyson Parkway. The sublease was negotiated by JLL.

“Establishing a new office in Texas was crucial to our strategic plan.”

Addison-Based MyndVR Strikes Exclusive Virtual Reality Deal with Global Tech Company

Posted by Katie Kelton

Addison-based MyndVR is teaming up with leading virtual reality content network Littlstar. 

The partnership will create VR simulations on a regular basis for older adults utilizing MyndVR’s interface and Littlstar’s streaming technology, according to the companies. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.…

From Stanley Marcus to Jack Ruby, The Cedars has a History

Posted by Kerry Curry

The Cedars, named for the trees that once populated this area just south of downtown, is often called the city’s first neighborhood.

The neighborhood, which dates to the 1870s, began as a district of moderately priced homes, later becoming a favored location for Victorian mansions and cottages housing the city’s business entrepreneurs, Jewish population, and some of its wealthiest citizens.…

Bullet Train Terminal Would Put Dallas’ The Cedars on Track to Economic Boon

Posted by Lance Murray

The Cedars neighborhood south of downtown Dallas is one of the city’s first and most-historic areas, one that has suddenly been thrust into a highly visible, prominent place in the city’s future.

Monday’s announcement by Texas Central Partners that it chose The Cedars for a new terminal for its $15 billion bullet train project that will run between Dallas and Houston brings the enclave opportunities for economic growth.…

The Cedars: Urban Life Takes Root

Posted by Kerry Curry

Bennett Miller is gone now but the Dallas urban pioneer — who bristled at being called a real estate developer — was the first to reimagine buildings in The Cedars when most people were avoiding this neighborhood situated on the southern fringe of downtown Dallas.

First Look: The Ambassador Hotel Redevelopment in The Cedars

Posted by Lance Murray

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 edition of the Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review.

Update: A fire on May 28, 2019 destroyed the former Ambassador Hotel.

Dallas Innovates Innovative Spaces SeriesThe 112-year-old, six-story Ambassador Hotel in The Cedars neighborhood is being adapted into micro-multifamily units.

Master Minds:
North Texas Idea Generators

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

From startups changing the way we travel and how brands can tell stories to inventions bringing new solutions to the health care and wireless industries, these North Texas innovators are making a name for themselves. 

Best known for his leadership at GlobeRanger, Brody has been a leading innovator in the wireless space for decades.

Crowdfunding: Fort Worth’s Harvest Returns Working to Simplify Agriculture Investments

Posted by Kerry Curry

A trip to a Panama coffee plantation a few years ago got Chris Rawley thinking about how to make agricultural investments more available to the masses.

Rawley, who has been a Texas real estate investor since 2000, contributed to his first crowdfunded real estate deal in 2014.…

Plano Startup Releases Hailstorm Predicting App

Posted by Katie Kelton

A Plano startup has released a tool equipping users with information on the locations and intensity of hail before a storm occurs.

With new patented technology, the DentDash app from Dynamic Weather Solutions can pinpoint localized areas of hail activity before a storm approaches an area.…

My Possibilities, LaunchAbility Merge for Greater Impact

Posted by Lance Murray

Two major North Texas nonprofits that serve members of the disabled community have merged.

Plano-based My Possibilities and LaunchAbility announced that they merged effective Jan. 15 as a way to provide greater impact by combining resources. The nonprofits will now operate under the My Possibilities name.…

Thought Leaders: Synerzip

Posted by Synerzip

Synerzip is an Agile software product development partner to software and technology-enabled companies across all industries. We embrace modern practices such as Agile, Lean Startup, and DevOps to accelerate product roadmaps and ensure software quality. Learn more in our Q+A below.

Thought Leaders: HALL Group

Posted by Hall Group

At HALL Group, we create and inspire every day. Our company spans a diverse range of industries from venture capital to wineries to real estate and more. Learn more in our Q+A below.

In its simplest form, what is innovation to you?

Thought Leaders:
Bill J. Priest Institute

Posted by Bill J. Priest Institute

DCCCD’s Bill J. Priest Institute’s mission is to help small businesses grow revenue, increase jobs and contribute to the economic growth of Dallas County. Led by its Small Business Innovation Cultivator, the institute brings together resources and assets that make it a “one-stop shop” for small business services.

Thought Leaders: Five Pack Creative

Posted by Five Pack Creative

Five Pack Creative (FPC) is a mobile app development agency based in Frisco, and we’ve been building beautiful, innovative mobile apps since 2008. We’ve worked on hundreds of apps over the years, across multiple industries, and have had the pleasure of working with companies such as American Airlines,,

Thought Leaders: EarthX

Posted by EarthX


EARTHx is the place where environmentally conscious organizations, businesses, and educational institutions come together to celebrate, as well as share conservation practices and sustainable solutions that will make a difference today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.

Thought Leaders: Deloitte

Posted by Jason W. Downing, Managing Partner, North Texas, Deloitte LLP

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Learn more in the Q+A below.

In its simplest form, what is innovation to you?

Innovation often is a buzzword—at Deloitte it isn’t.…

Thought Leaders: Cushman & Wakefield

Posted by Ran Holman, Managing Principal | Cushman & Wakefield


Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. Learn more in the Q+A below.

Thought Leaders: Bottle Rocket

Posted by Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket makes things that enhance life. Not just any life, but this new “connected life.” We leverage technology in new and innovative ways to create solutions that help people live their best life. Some of the world’s leading brands, like Coca-Cola, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Chick-fil-A have relied on us to help them connect with customers and create custom digital and mobile experiences that truly impact people’s lives.