Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation
Enterprise. Startup. Education. Invention. Creative. Social.

Innovators, game changers, and business influencers — across industry and geographic boundaries: Dallas Innovates reaches a unique and engaged audience with a mix of news, business intelligence, data, and thought-leading commentary in digital (online and e-newsletter) and print (annual). The fourth annual print magazine published in December.

There’s a lot going on in Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation, and we’re here to connect the dots.

As the online source for what’s new, next, and reimagined in North Texas, Dallas Innovates shares the stories of our creativity, commerce, and collaboration. With media coverage by local journalists, commentary and opinion from community voices, and profiles of innovative individuals and companies, it’s a focal point bringing attention to the region as a hub for innovation.


Dallas Innovates is a collaboration of the Dallas Regional Chamber and D Magazine Partners. Launched in 2015, we have a collection mission at our core: To make Dallas the region everyone is talking about. The future is here, and innovation is our engine for growth.


D Magazine Partners
Dallas Innovates Publisher and Editorial Director Quincy Preston
Senior Editor Alex Edwards
Research and Strategy Lauren Hawkins
Creative Director Michael Samples
Business Development Manager Steve Reeves

Dallas Regional Chamber
Research and Innovation Senior Vice President Duane Dankesreiter


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Dallas Innovates 2021, our annual magazine, covers game changers, disruptors, creatives, and the new frontiers of technology in Dallas-Fort Worth. For more information, contact Publisher Quincy Preston.

Meet Our Founding Editorial Advisers

The editorial advisers served from 2015 to 2016 during the initial launch of Dallas Innovates.

To help us tell the story of the innovation scene in North Texas, we invited influential movers and shakers spanning our content pillars — creative, education, enterprise, invention, social, and startup — to be editorial advisers in our launch year. These founding advisers from a vast array of backgrounds added insight from their expertise to our organization. Each person was hand-selected to be a part of Dallas Innovates.

Hayden Blackburn

Trey Bowles, Founder, the Dallas Entrepreneur Center

Janis Burklund, Director, Dallas Film Commission

Calvin Carter, CEO, Bottle Rocket

Catherine Cuellar

Duane Dankesreiter, Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dallas Regional Chamber

Nan Ellin, Dean, University of Texas at Arlington

Melanie Ferguson, Director of Special Projects, Matthews Southwest

Art George, Retired Senior Vice President, Texas Instruments

Bob Gessel, Head of Network and Technology Strategy, Ericsson

Frank Grassler, Vice President of Technology Development, University of Texas at Southwestern

Deborah Kerr, Executive Vice President and Chief Product and Technology Officer, Sabre

Paul Kimbel, Senior Director, Microsoft Technology Center

Pete Lerma, Principal, Richards/Lerma

Clarisa Lindenmeyer

Krista Nightengale, Managing Director, Better Block Foundation

John Olajide, Chair, Dallas Regional Chamber Innovation and Capital Committee

Quincy Preston, Publisher, DRC Publications, D Magazine Partners

Bart Showalter, Department Chair of Intellectual Property (Firm-wide) Partner, Baker Botts

Nicole Small, CEO, Lyda Hill Foundation

Suzanne Smith, Founder/Managing Director, Social Impact Architects

Miguel Solis, Executive Director, Latino Center for Leadership Development

Clyde Valentin, Director of SMU Meadows Art and Urbanism Initiative, Southern Methodist University

About the Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber is the area’s leading membership-driven business organization committed to promoting economic prosperity by leading economic development, driving improvements in public education, influencing public policy, and catalyzing and advocating for regional partnerships. The Chamber works to ensure the Dallas region will become the most economically prosperous region—and the most desirable place to live and work—in the United States.The Dallas Regional Chamber serves as a single point of contact in the region for companies, site selection consultants, and corporate real estate executives examining the region. The Chamber is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses, which represent all facets of the North Texas business community. Contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214-746-6600 or visit dallaschamber.org

About DRC Publications, published by D Magazine Partners

DRC Publications at D Magazine Partners is the exclusive publisher for the Dallas Regional Chamber and is focused on telling North Texas’ stories. The DRC Publications group includes Dallas Innovates, the Dallas Newcomer & Relocation Guide, the Dallas Economic Development Guide, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review. The DRC Publications highlight the people and companies in the region. The DRC Publications operate with a vision we call “publishing + mission.” Together, the publications paint a lay-of-the-land picture of the business and innovation ecosystem in Dallas-Fort Worth. Contact Publisher Quincy Preston for more information.


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