Quincy Preston, founder of Dallas Next and co-founder of Dallas Innovates, is fueled by an entrepreneurial spark.

Launched in 2015, Dallas Innovates’ multimedia platform was built to tell the stories about Dallas-Fort Worth game-changers and disruptors. It has since become a must-read among business leaders and innovators in North Texas.

Preston, who launched media company Dallas Next in 2021, is recognized for her ability to anticipate media trends, identify problems, and develop smart, workable solutions.

In her previous role at D Magazine Partners, in collaboration with the Dallas Regional Chamber, she incubated Dallas Innovates and relaunched the chamber’s DALLAS publications: Economic Development Guide, Real Estate Review, and Relocation + Newcomers Guide.

At D Magazine Partners, Preston also led the launch of D Healthcare Daily at D CEO and the launch of D TV. She developed data solutions to provide insights and measurement for growth across D Magazine Partners brands.

Preston has worn many hats in her media career, including stints as a writer, photographer, and award-winning designer.

During her long tenure at the Dallas Business Journal, Preston managed project schedules and resources; she also developed several cost-saving and income-producing initiatives that were adopted across the ACBJ chain of more than 40 newspapers.

Preston’s first editorial job was working for a fashion magazine at the Dallas Apparel Mart with an office a few doors down from Lucy Billingsley, daughter of legendary real estate developer Trammell Crow. At the time, Billingsley was running the market center where she led three expansions and a ~7 million-square-foot development. It was good company to be in.

Later, when Preston launched an agency that she ran through the early nineties, Billingsley helped her with tough-but-kind advice—and some pivotal connections.

Today, Preston also helms the DALLAS publications group, published by Dallas Next for the Dallas Regional Chamber. The DALLAS platform includes Dallas Innovates and focuses on Dallas-Fort Worth business, including real estate, relocation, economic development, and innovation.

Twitter: @QuincyPreston