Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Yepuri Family

Moha and Jay Yepuri have two sons.  Jay is a gastroenterologist and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  After residency and fellowship training at Parkland/UT Southwestern, Jay completed an additional year of training in advanced endoscopic procedures.  He is a partner with Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT) in Bedford and practices both general gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy.

Jay is an entrepreneur, a graduate of the Texas Medical Association Leadership College and President Elect of the Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy.

Moha is a graduate of the BBA/MPA program at the University of Texas and SMU’s Dedman School of Law.  She is a CPA and an attorney in government practice.

Moha and Jay are active in their sons’ school and extracurricular activities including fundraising, running chess clubs and coaching soccer and basketball teams.   They are also proud Texans - “We weren’t born in Texas but we got here as fast as we could!”

The Wilson Family

Virgil and Glenda Wilson are featured with their children and grandchildren.  Virgil and Glenda moved to Fort Worth from San Angelo five years ago after retiring to be near their children who now live in this area.  Virgil attended Hamlin High School and while attending Texas Tech on a football scholarship he graduated with a BBA in Finance.   In San Angelo he built custom homes, and also designed and built three retirement communities.  The largest of the three communities is the 100 acre Rio Concho West.   Glenda Wilson grew up in Andrews, Texas and worked in the banking business in Ozona, Texas before retiring

Andrea Wilson has a BA in Communication from Michigan State University and now works for the advertising agency Sq1 in Dallas, Texas as an Account Director.  Steven Wilson graduated from TCU with a BBA in Finance and Management and is now in compliance at Northwestern Mutual in Dallas Texas.  Dr. Chris Wilson is a graduate of TCU with a BBA and a Masters from Brite Divinity School and a Doctorate from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  He is now Senior Minister for Rush Creek Christian Church in Arlington.  Chris’s wife, Jennifer Schooley, is a Graduate of TCU with a BA and also holds a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School.  Their children are Sara, a 7th grader at North Star and Walker a 2nd grader at Nancy Neal elementary.

Ty McKinney is a graduate of Angelo State University with a BBA and is now active in real estate investments. Tammy McKinney attended school at Middle Tennessee State University and is now Vice President of Individual Giving for the Southwest affiliate of the American Heart Association.  Her responsibilities cover 6 states.   The McKinney’s live in Fort Worth and their daughter Amanda Salinas attends All Saints Episcopal High School.  She is a junior and a varsity cheer leader.

The White Family

Larry was born and raised in Aledo, TX.  He started his own property investment company, Larry White Jr. Investments, over 27 years ago.

Larry supports FFA and 4H clubs through his involvement with The Fort Worth Businessmen Association, an organization he started that helps youth further their education through college opportunities.  Larry is also involved with the Adventures In Christ, Round Up For Autism, Gods Missionary Church, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Cowboys for Kids.  He also has been the past President and Chairman of the Steeplechase Club.  Larry serves on the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is beginning his 15th year as Chairman of U’Ol Goat.  In 2010, Larry became the first member of the Grand Slam Club - someone who has bought the grand champion animal in all four classes - steers, hogs, goats and lambs.
Larry still resides in Aledo, TX with his two children, Taylor and Tanner, along with the most expensive lawn mower in Texas, FWSS 2010 Grand Champion Steer, War Admiral.

The Walsh Family

Evelyn and Bryan Walsh, are pictured here at their Fort Worth home with daughter, Winnie, and her best friend, Barley.  As full-time professionals, the Walshes balance careers with parenting their 14-month old daughter, entertaining friends and family, and supporting the Horned Frogs.  Barley keeps tabs on the family and entertains Winnie!

Bryan, a Fort Worth native, graduated from TCU and works in his family’s business, Southside Trim, which has served the Metroplex since 1949.  He is a member of the Steeplechase Club where he has served as an officer and President, as well as the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate and the TCU Lettermen’s Association.

Evelyn grew up in Alice, Texas, and graduated from University of Texas.  For the past 12 years she has worked in fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she is currently Director of Major Gifts.
The Walshes are members of All Saints Episcopal Church.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bill Wallace and Jan Klodner

Bill Wallace with the help of Jan Klodner started this high level connecting and mentoring group as suggested by his mentors, Herb Kelleher and Rodger Meier. For 25 years Success North Dallas has met monthly, currently Prestonwood Country Club, averaging 250 attendees, including a light breakfast, relationship building connections, speakers you can’t afford, and so much more.

Few networking groups or even businesses survive 25 years, what makes SND so special?

Bill and Jan developed a model of Servant Leadership extending beyond business and into the community.  Bill calls it, “living beyond success,” the title of his new book.

Women have been included since 1988, speakers nor their expenses are paid and include a who’s who of business leaders, model is “pay it forward” including mentoring students, “business cards not necessary,” relationships are key and magic happens!

“May you do what you love to do, with the people you love to do it with, on purpose. God bless and God speed.”  Bill Wallace

The Tyler Family

Colleyville residents Gene and Shelby Tyler are pictured here with their daughters Mallory (25) and Lindsey (30), son-in-law Ross (30) and two adorable grandchildren, Maverick (4) and Maddox (21 Months)

The entire family is active in Colleyville's Compass Christian Church, where Gene serves as an Elder and Shelley is a Stephen Minister. Mallory is a greeter and Ross and Lindsey volunteer in the children's ministry area.

Mallory attends Arlington's Green Oaks School, a private Christian school for individuals with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Gene serves on the Green Oaks School Board and the entire family is involved in the school's fundraising and volunteer events.

The Tylers own United Specialty benefits, a national insurance agency based in Grapevine, that provides online enrollment, benefits administration and employee benefits for school districts across the country.

They enjoy traveling and spending time together as a family.

The Tigue Family

The Tigues have been active in the metroplex for over 30 years.

Joe Tigue created Westway Ford and Texas Toyota and grew them and others into successful dealerships before retiring in 2004.

Ginny Ttgue, a longtime community volunteer, is the immediate past chairman of the Fort Worth Art Council and the incoming co-chair of the Tarrent County College Foundation Advisory Council.  She is a member of Texas Ballet Theater Patron's Council, Northeast Leadership Forum Board and the Arts League Board.

Jimmy Tigue, Sales Manager at Orr Nissan and Molly Tigue, Advertising Production Coordinator for JC Penny Headquarters, Both live in Dallas.

The Springer Family

Drew and Linda Springer are pictured with their Westies, Sherlock and Lucy.

Drew has been a financial planner and money manager for high net worth families for 40 years and owns Springer Financial Services.  Besides his office in Fort Worth, he has offices in Weatherford and Memphis, Tenn.  Drew serves on the foundation boards for the University of North Texas and Camp Fire First Texas.  You can find Drew working out at 5:00 a.m. at River Crest Country Club.  His passion rests in rescuing animals and fundraising for pet charities.

Linda is a volunteer chaplain for Baylor All Saints Hospital.  She is very active with many Fort Worth charities.  Linda is a member of the board of directors of the Fort Worth Garden Club,  Camp Fire First Texas and Fleur-de-lis Women's Club.  She is active with the national Chi Omega foundation and is co-chairing this year’s Great Conversation Dinner benefiting  the Alliance for Children.

The Springers are excited about their new home on Byers Street to be completed by Thanksgiving.  They also enjoy snow skiing, fly fishing, traveling and spending time with their four children and six grandchildren.  They are active members of Christ Chapel Bible Church.

The Scharar Family

Ryan and Bronwyn Scharar live in the historic Ryan Place Neighborhood in south Fort Worth with their two sons, Joseph and Patrick.  Ryan, a Houston native, is licensed as an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant.  He recently started dual practices in both law and accounting, focused on filing tax returns and advising small businesses, non-profits, and other entrepreneurial minded clients on a variety of legal, corporate transactional, entity governance, and tax planning and compliance matters.

Ryan received his Texas bar license in 2009, and, since that time, he has been active in the Tarrant County Bar Association and the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of CPA’s.  Ryan is a current board member of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (TCYLA) and currently serves as its President-Elect.  Dedicated to giving back to the community, he also volunteers his time assisting several legal nonprofits and local charities.

Bronwyn, born in Mobile, Alabama, is an attorney at Anderson & Riddle, LLP, a civil litigation and appellate practice, in Fort Worth.  She participates in the MOMS group at the family’s church, Arborlawn United Methodist, and does volunteer work.

Ryan and Bronwyn are passionate about their family, work and community.  They love Fort Worth and enjoy spending their free time visiting the Fort Worth Zoo and local museums, riding bikes along the Trinity Trails, and gathering with friends and family on the weekends.

The Ryon Family

Sean Ryon, owner & president of Sean Ryon Saddle Shop & Western Store in the Fort Worth stockyards, has been in business for over 30 years.  The Ryon family has been in the stockyards for seven generations.  Sean's great great grandfather, T. J Ryon purchased the first load of cattle in the stockyards in the late 1800s.  Sean Ryon specializes in 100% handmade saddles, which are all built in house, custom handmade boots, and fine quality hats that are all made here in Texas.

Sean is pictured with wife Dixie, sons Kevin, Matt, & Michael and daughter Windy.

Kevin attends TCU and will graduate in December 2014 with a degree in combined Science & Geology.  Matt also attends TCU and is majoring in Applied Geoscience and energy Management.  Michael is a Freshman at Argyle High School and plays football & basketball for the Argyle Eagles.

Sean is the grandson of Don "Windy" Ryon, who at the age of 13, left home and went to work on a ranch in New Mexico in the 1930s, and later brought that knowledge back to Fort Worth and opened Ryon's Saddle Shop in 1944..  Sean continues to carry on the tradition of quality to this day.

The Rouse Family

Robert and Dianne Rouse have been married for 28 years and are pictured with their daughter Calli Rouse. A member of the Texas Christian University class of 2015, Calli is majoring in Communication Studies and Business. She is also a senior member of the TCU Women's Equestrian team and Delta Delta Delta fraternity.  Robert was a former professional athlete and Dianne is active in the equestrian world. Robert and Dianne reside in Langley, British Columbia, Canada and enjoy the time they spend in Fort Worth visiting and watching their daughter compete. Her fourth year on the team, Calli said the experiences and lessons she has received are invaluable. “Playing a sport in college has been so rewarding in many different ways. The girls I have met have become my best friends. The lessons learnt not only from the coaching staff, but also from the horses will stay with me forever. I feel very fortunate for the experience that this city and institution has given me.”

The O'Kelley Family

J. Steve O’Kelley is shown with his fiancĂ©e’, Ann Perryman, and his 1964 Studebaker Daytona convertible.

Steve is a Founder and President Emeritus of Summit Consultants, Inc., a prominent Fort Worth-based consulting engineering firm.  His civic endeavors include serving as a member of the TCU Board of Engineering Advisors and as a Board Member for Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure which sponsors an annual car show in downtown Fort Worth and donates all proceeds to research and testing for prostate cancer.  This year’s event will be held on September 20 and is expected to include more than five hundred automobiles.  Free prostate cancer screening will be available at the show.

The Niederer Family

David and Maryam have been married for 7 years. They are pictured together with their two daughters ages 4 and 2. David and Maryam both grew up and reside in the DFW area.
David is a graduate of University of North Texas and is an avid pilot, hunter, and accomplished sporting clays shooter and instructor. Maryam is a graduate of Texas Tech University.  After graduation from Texas Tech, Maryam attended the University of North Texas and completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling.
Together David and Maryam run and operate Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, which is a 500 acre ranch that offers premier sporting clays, rifle and pistol, private instruction, and special events.  Most days you can find both of them at the shooting range instructing or shooting clays.
The Niederers enjoy spending their free time with family, traveling, flying, and hunting. They are proud supporters The Lena Pope Home and The Defenders of Freedom.

The Nealy Family

Tina, Zach and Joyce believe that if you can give you should give whether it is time, talent, prayer or financially so they pride themselves on running their business with kind giving hearts.

Over the past 12 years since Paradise Cove at Lake Grapevine has been in business they have donated to Special Olympics, Rotary International, Embrace Grace, Real Choices, Holt International, GRACE, Operation Finally Home and many many other not profit organizations.

The Murray Family

Carole and Scott Murray began their journey together in college, when Scott was studying to be a pediatrician. They have been married over 35 years, while raising their two greatest joys, Doug, their son, and daughter, Stephanie.  Both graduated from Baylor University.

Scott spent over 30 years with NBC television as a multi Emmy Award-winning sports anchor and broadcast journalist.  Today he is Chairman/CEO of Murray Media, a video/HD/television production and A/V media event company that he founded in 2005 with his son, who is the company’s President.  Meanwhile, Stephanie is a corporate event planner based in New York City.  Both Scott and Carole have long remained active community volunteers spending the majority of their free time assisting others, while serving on the board/advisory boards of countless children’s, civic, charitable and non-profit organizations such as Cook Children’s Medical Center and Jewel Charity Ball.

Scott has served as master of ceremonies at thousands of charity galas and non-profit events, raising money and awareness for hundreds of agencies that deal with medicine, the arts, military veterans, children and families in need for decades.
Aside from Murray Media, Scott stays active as a keynote speaker, published author and host of the weekly television program, Conversations with Scott Murray, on KTXD-TV.  His commitment to community has resulted in his being honored with such awards as: Man of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Director’s Award from the FBI and the US Department of Justice and Father of the Year.

Carole and Scott were inducted into the Philanthropy World Hall of Fame in 1996.  And, Scott, weekly shares their philanthropic spirit on The Scott Murray Radio Show on KLIF, when he talks with the leaders, legends and difference makers in our world, signing off each week with his trademark close….  “LIVE YOUR LIFE AS A GO-GETTER…. SHARE YOUR LIFE AS A GO-GIVER”.

The McGuire Family

John and Nicole have been happily married for 18 years they live in Brock Texas on the family farm John's grandparents purchased in 1945.John and Nicole had their first date in high school and have three beautiful girls to complete their family Brenna (17)  Sloan (12) and Heartsill (3) all the girls are extremely active in sports and other social activities which keeps everybody on the move.Brenna is a senior at Brock high school and is the acting cheer captain she is super excited about her senior year and upcoming decisions about her future. Sloan enters middle school and is starting the seventh grade. Sloan is an extremely talented student athlete and excels in multiple sports as well as in the classroom. Heartsill, the baby completes our family "we love having a baby" she is perfect. After studying at the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond Oklahoma  John followed his legendary father into the car business. He has had a passion for that ever since. John currently sits on the on the Brock  ISD school board and volunteers in multiple capacities throughout Parker County. Nicole is an incredible  mother and wife and also volunteers at Brock ISD never missing an event or program. John is the general sales manager Durant Toyota in Weatherford,  and has worked for Jerry Durant auto group many years, starting in high school as a body shop porter. John Nicole and family attend the gathering church in Brock.

The McCarthy Family

The McCarthy’s have made an art of sharing their front porch in the Fairmont Historic District with family, friends and associates.
These gathering have become known as Porch Parties or Friday on the Porch

Is seemed appropriate that when Kailyn was getting married that we would gather on the front porch of the family home for a portrait to commemorate the special event.

The Mauldin Family

When  the Mauldin family sits down to dinner at a restaurant, with the now associated spouses, significant others and five grandchildren, it does not look like a typical family. And when everyone starts to call the gentleman at the end of the table "Dad" it raises a few questioning eyebrows around the room. John Mouldin has seven children, five of whom are adopted and as he told me, I have two Asians, two blacks, a blond, a brunette and a redhead." John is a financial writer with five best-selling books and an online letter with close to a million readers. He also grew up on Fort Worth. All but one of the kids live in the Dallas area and all get together often. Pictured above: Amanda, Tiffani, Chad, Henry, Dad, Melissa, Abigail, Trey.

The Khan Family

The Khan family has been in Fort Worth for more than 40 years. Shujaat Khan and his wife Elane moved to Fort Worth and Shujaat started his plastic surgery practice in 1976.

The Khans have four children, Shireen, Asif, Zareen and Immy.

Shireen lives in New York City with her husband John and three children, William, Alecander and Charlotte.

Asif and his wife AnneClaire live in Dallas with their four children, Kellen , Leonie, Campbell and Whit.

Zareen lives in Fort Worth and is the broker/owner for Bloom Real Estate Group, a local residential reals estate boutique.

Immy also lives in Fort Worth and operates the family's 'The Lunch Box' restaurants.

The Khans enjoy working hard together and playing hard together at Shady Oaks on the golf and tennis courts or at a tailgate supporting the TCU Horned Frogs

The Hockman Family

Pictured are the Hockman Family, Steve, Carla and Ryan.

Steve and Carla were married 27 years ago at Southcliff Baptist Church and after a five year absence returned to call Fort Worth home.

Steve is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and is Senior Vice President of Lending at Ciera Bank. Carla is a Fort Worth native, graduating from Southwest High School and works in the trust department for Southwest Bank. Ryan is a recent graduate of The University of North Texas, a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and is employed with Ciera Bank as a Financial Credit Analyst in the Flower Mound region.

Steve is the past Chairman of the Board for the Day Resource Center for the Homeless and a current member of the Regional Counsel for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Carla, Ryan and I get true joy through giving back and volunteering in our community. Having the opportunity to help those that have been less fortunate than ourselves really gives our life prospective and purpose.”

The Havran Family

Joy Ann and Bob Havran both graduated from TCU. After college, they married and remained in Fort Worth to start their lives together. Bob is the president of Texas Bank Mortgage Co. and has been in that industry for over 40 years. He has served as president of the Fort Worth mortgage bankers and is active in the Colonial Country Club and the University Christian Church. Their son Blake is a Baylor graduate and is active in civic work, most recently with the Arts Council and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Joy Ann is a CPA and a busy community volunteer and fundraiser. She has served many organizations in leadership capacities including president of Jewel Charity. She was recently honored by Big Brothers, Big Sisters Lone Star's 22 county areas as Volunteer of the Year for her late son's educational initiative, The Barrett Havran Little Steps Big Futures Program.

The Batton and Harlin Families

The Batton Family

Robert and Linda Batton are pictured  with their children and grandchildren and are delighted that their entire family calls Fort Worth home. Robert and Linda grew up in small central Texas towns and came to the metroplex for college. Robert attending TCU and Linda UTA. After receiving his BBA and MBA from TCU and his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, they returned to Fort Worth where Robert began his dental practice. As Fort Worth prospered and grew so had the dental practice, necessitating the wonderful addition of Dr. Justin Harlin in 2005. Dr. Batton and Dr. Harlin work seamlessly together in that they both have excellence as standard of care for each patient they see, respect for the individual and concern for what is best for that patient, not just for the today but for the long term. They will welcome their third dental partner in May.

Bob and Linda realize what a blessing it is to have both children, their mates and six grandchildren in Forth Worth. John Batton and his wife Elizabeth are pictured here with their children, Rob, Lauren, and Katie. John is the Chief Investment Officer for Trailwind Advisors. Mary Batton Kendall and Husband TJ are pictured with their children, Jackson and Riley (newborn Hudson is not pictured.) TJ is New Car Sales Manager for Sewell Infinity. While the mountains and the beaches call to all that Batton family for pursuit they enjoy including mountain climbing, hiking, bicycling and scuba diving, they feel most fortunate to all live in Fort Worth, a city they love.

The Harlin Family

Justin and Beth Harlin are pictured here with their two children, Blake and Grant. Justin was born and raised in Fort Worth. He is a graduate of U.T. Arlington and Baylor College of Dentistry and is proud to practice dentistry in his hometown. He has been involved in dental societies on the local and state level, including his time as a board member of Dallas County Dental Society and Fort Worth District Dental Society. He routinely volunteers at Mission Arlington’s dental clinic where he started as a dental assistant when he was a student at UTA. Outside of his professional life, Justin’s passion is health and fitness.  He is an avid triathlete and has raced in many triathlons. He recently completed his first Ironman triathlon in Arizona.

Beth is also a native Texan, who grew up in Arlington. She attended Texas A&M University followed by Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she graduated from the College of Pharmacy. She now works as a pharmacist for Target.  Beth is a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth and also loves volunteering at Trinity Valley School, where their oldest son, Blake, is a second grader.  Her favorite thing to do is spend time with their boys.

Blake (7) and Grant (4) are active athletes.  On Saturday mornings, you’ll often find the Harlin family at the Fort Worth Youth Soccer fields or involved with YMCA football, basketball, or baseball- depending on the season.

The Hailey Family

The Haileys, Wallachs and Prescotts bleed TCU purple. Jim, Barbara, Michael, Susan, Landon, Tyler, Jenny, Carter, Jermy and Holley have all attended TCU and Landry, Patton, Knox, Patterson (yes, named after CoachP.) and Tatum are Frogs in training. Jim Hailey is a retired Regional Manager with Dun & Bradstreet and he and Barbara just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Michael Wallach is a prominent civil trial attorney in Ft. Worth and is assisted in his practice by Susan Hailey Wallach. Jim and Michael are also both officers and directors of Moslah Shriners in Ft. Worth and Michael is a member of the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston.  Landon Wallach is a claims representative with Esurance and Tyler Wallach is an attorney with the City of Ft. Worth. Dr. Carter Wallach is a licensed physical therapist and Jenny Wallach, RN, is a registered nurse. Dr.Holley Hailey Prescott is the Learning Specialist for TCU Athletics and Jermy Prescott is Active Reserve and  is a veteran of the Kosovo and Iraq actions as a member of the Armed Forces.

The Hadobas Family

The Hadobas family has been in Fort Worth for 8 years after relocating from Southlake.   David and Lauri met in Los Angeles and were married almost 30 years ago.   David is the President of CCNG, a national company involved in the call center industry and Lauri is a recently retired American Airlines executive after 36 years years.   Lauri serves on the Boards of CampFire Fort Worth and Trinity Valley School.

David and Lauri have three children all who graduated from TVS.   Katie recently graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a biology degree and was involved in the Periclean Scholars Program where she studied the Appalachia region.  She also served in a leadership role in InterVarsity, a christian ministry program on campus.   Callie Hadobas will be a junior at Saint Louis University where she was recruited to be a member of the Track & Field team.  At SLU, Callie is studying to be an elementary school educator.   Callie’s twin brother, Robbie, is a junior at California Baptist University in southern California where he was recruited to play volleyball in the highly competitive PacWest conference.  Robbie is majoring in business.

The Hadobas family enjoy their time together traveling to interesting destinations including various sporting events, biking on the wonderful Trinity Trails, hiking, and skiing anywhere there is snow!

The Dwire Family

Karen and Johnny Dwire, shown with little Katie, are owners of Texas Lighting Etc. and have an interesting story. In 1999, Karen, with a passion for decorating and amazing sales talent secured one line of lights and one brand of fans and set out to dazzle home builders with her wares. Having no showroom in the beginning, she loaded her Suburban with catalogs and confidently knocked on their doors.

Being a one woman operation in the beginning, and after having sold the builder her "jewelry for the home", she went about ordering, receiving, delivering, invoicing and collecting for her goods.

Johnny, always traveling in his role as National Sales Manager for western apparel company Panhandle Slim, contributed by tending the financials, on line, from hotel rooms all across the United States.

Fast forward to 2014, now with a beautiful 10,000 square foot, full service showroom and warehouse, staffed with talented and caring designers, an outstanding service department and the respect of many, many custom builders and vendors, Texas Lighting Etc., located on I-20 in Hudson Oaks, between Aledo and Weatherford, continues to serve the DFW Metroplex and beyond with lights, fans, mirrors, clocks and beautiful accessories.
Karen's motto..."We love what we do...and you will too"

The Del Conte Family

Pictured here is the Del Conte family. Chris is the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas Christian University and has held this position since 2009. He serves on the Davey O'Brien Foundation Board, the National Sports Marketing Network Board, the Division I-A Athletics Directors Association, and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He is best known for his vibrant personality and many suits! Chris’ wife, Robin Ward, is a professor of mathematics at Rice University. She also teaches an integrated mathematics-visual arts program to the children enrolled in the early childhood program at All Saints’ Episcopal School, and she does extensive professional development in mathematics with local schools, including TCU’s Andrews Institute, Everman ISD, Fort Worth ISD, and Educational First Steps. She is a former aerospace engineer and the author of five teacher resource books that integrate mathematics with the visual arts and with children’s literature. Their daughter, Sienna, is enrolled in 8th grade at All Saints’. She enjoys volleyball and the visual arts, and has even begun her own jewelry-making business with a classmate. Her sister, Sophia, attends 6th grade at All Saints’ and enjoys tennis, cooking, and photography. The entire family counts their blessings that they belong to such a genuine, supportive, and dynamic community here in Fort Worth.

The Daniel Family

Jackie and Benge Daniel are pictured with their family, Lauren and Kyle Trodden (pictured left), and Kathryn and Rob Daniel (pictured right.)  Jackie and Benge have lived in Fort Worth most of their married life.   Benge is a Periodontist and has served as President of the Fort Worth District Dental Society, as well as serving in many other leadership positions in the dental field.  They’ve been active in Jewel Charity, volunteering with dentistry in the community, First United Methodist Church, and River Crest Country Club, among other things.  Jackie works in their dental office, too
Their son Rob Daniel is an Attorney in the Texas Justice Court Training Center in Austin, and his wife Kathryn is an Assistant County Attorney in Travis County.  Lauren, their daughter, and her husband Kyle Trodden live in Fort Worth where Lauren is a Research Associate with Saks Fifth Avenue and Kyle is Assistant Vice President at Hudson Advisors.

The Daniels all enjoy sports, traveling and spending time together.  (“Owen” is also pictured.)

The Cupp Family

Randy and Lisa Cupp of Roanoake TX have been married for 29 years and are the parents of three beautiful children. They founded R.E. Construction the same year they got married. In their spare time, Randy enjoys fundraising with The Boot Campaign and spending time with his family on the lake, fishing, and now traveling around in their new motor home.  Their son, Blayne, works alongside his father at R.E. Construction, Stetson is currently attending the University of Oklahoma while Travis is the owner of Inland Beverage.  Tiffany is a stay at home mom for three beautiful children.

Pictured above from left- back row: Travis Cup, Lisa Cup, Randy Cup, Blayne Cup & Tiffany Cup.
front row: Cayson Cup, Stetson Cup & Colton Cup

The Courtney Family

Will Courtney, owner of Courtney & Courtney Properties and life long resident of Fort Worth is known around the city for his devotion to his family and his tireless efforts working with charities in developing funds for the betterment of the community.  He has served on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth for 50 years and was recently honored with a reception for his service.  He was also named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro Chapter for is efforts with the Ronald McDonald House expansion.

He is affiliated with numerous charities and organizations which include the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, Van Cliburn Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Fort Worth Air Power Foundation, The USS Fort Worth Committee and the JFK Memorial Tribute.

His love and devotion to his family is evident in his daily list of priorities which include his wife of 57 years, Esther Wilson Courtney.  He is pictured here with his son, Will Allen Courtney, Jr., his daughter Catherine Courtney Schmuck and her husband, Wallace K. Schmuck who is employed with Alamo Iron Works in San Antonio and their two children William Wallace Schmuck, who will enter his freshman year this fall at Birmingham-Southern College and Courtney Elizabeth Schmuck who will be a junior at TMI- The Episcopal School of Texas.

Judge L. Clifford Davis

Having been presented with the highest award for any attorney/judge, The Blackstone Award, Judge L. Clifford Davis quoted the following:  I am an advocate for SOCIO-ECONOMIC RESPONSIBILITY.  This involves care for one’s family welfare that includes instilling in children at an early age the importance of good cultural habits, education, respect for all people, plans for a career, AND for positive participation in the community development as adults.  I believe every person has individual CIVIL RESPONSIBILITY to advocate for equal opportunity for all persons regardless of an age, race, gender, or economic status.

The Bush Family

 Pictured are Chuck and Amy Bush along with their two children, Alex and Merritt.  The Bush Family lives in Aledo, TX, where Chuck graduated 25 years ago.  The Bush family loves the tradition-rich community Aledo offers. Chuck and his investment team are responsible for putting Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on the map.  Chuck, his father, uncle, family friend and another investor purchased the Berry Street Fuzzy’s location eleven years ago and turned this local eclectic place into a household name.  To date, the total number of stores in multiple states is 80 and counting.  Amy is a RN in the NICU at Cook Children’s Medical Center and has been a nurse for 17 years.  The kids are very involved in school and church activities and enjoy being a part of the Aledo Bearcat community.  Chuck is also on the board of a Wish with Wings and the couple is very involved with the charity.  Note: photo was taken 2 years ago.

The Barnes Family

Lifelong Westside Fort Worth residents Michael, Cindy, Cody and Austin Barnes have the distinct opportunity of working together at the Architects Barnes/Associates, Inc.
Michael started the firm in 1977, just as the twins were born. Cindy became office manager when they left for college. When they are not working, They are lake rats on Possum Kingdom Lake and beach bummin' in Port Aransas! From Design to construction, they are truly a one of a kind family business

The Avila Family

John and Jane Avila are pictured here with their children and grandchildren.  The couple recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. John is the Chairman of Thos. S. Byrne and Jane the Founder of The Art Station, a nonprofit agency that provides art therapy for children and adults throughout the area. From left to right are their daughter Janine Berger with husband Jeff Berger, their children  seated Dana, Erin and Elizabeth.  Next is Paul Avila, Senior Vice President at Byrne, his wife Heather and children Megan, Conner and Caitlin.   Next is Matthew Avila , CEO at Thos S. Byrne with wife Kamela and children Oren and Ila.

John, a long term area construction executive purchased Byrne in 1995.  Jane combined her Art Degree from Trinity University with A UTA Masters in Social Work to open the Art Station over ten years ago.  Matthew serves as the FWISD Trustee for District 8.  Matt and Kamela enjoy sailing and snow skiing.  Paul and Heather enjoy camping, hunting and the outdoors.   Janine is an accomplished chef and she and Jeff enjoy their children, BBQing and traveling.  Jeff is a Senior Consultant with Accenture LLP.  Papa and Granny enjoy spending time with the grandchildren.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Bryan Family - 14 Apr 2014

Sean and Karen Bryan are pictured with daughters Sara and Rebekah.

Sean currently serves on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Tarrant County College Foundation and on the Board of the Greater Fort Worth/Arlington Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  He has practiced law in Fort Worth for over 23 years and is a Senior Counsel with the Fort Worth office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, specializing in partnership, business and tax law.

Karen is a graduate of Texas A&M University.  She enjoys volunteering, reading and cooking.

Sara is a junior at Grapevine High School.  She plays bass clarinet in the band, is a lieutenant in the color guard, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Rebekah is in 8th grade at Cross Timbers Middle School, plays French Horn in the band, and is an active soccer player.

The Bryan’s oldest daughter, Bethany, is a freshman at the University of Illinois, studying psychology and cold weather.

The Stevens-Conner Family - 24 Mar 2014

Kate Stevens and Halden Conner are pictured with their son William Brooks Conner surrounding the instrument that brought them together.  Kate is Australian and a professional pianist who graduated from Adelaide University, received her Masters from TCU and is ABD from Manhattan School of Music. During the 12 years she lived in New York City she was privileged to play in many prestigious venues, both in the US and internationally including Lincoln Center, collaborated with many fine artists including Dawn Upshaw and Peter Sellars and has enjoyed playing many concerts in the DFW area with outstanding artists including Ava Pine, John Burton and Martha Walvoord.  Halden is a healthcare entrepreneur who has been involved in the Fort Worth arts and civic scene for many years and is a lifelong singer whose opera career brought he and Kate together. Will is graduating soon from The Kinderplatz of Fine Arts and looks forward to entering kindergarten in the fall.

The Gillette Family - 03 Mar 2014

Melinda Gillette is pictured with her daughters, Erin and Taylor. Melinda makes fine western apparel and home decor under her label UNDERCOVER in southern California. Erin and Taylor both go to TCU and ride for the Women’s Equestrian Team. They started riding quarter horses when they were seven and nine years old. Erin, a sophomore business major, says, “I enjoy being on the team because it allows me to continue my passion - riding.” Taylor, a senior marketing major and French minor, says, “It is amazing to be part of a team with all of my teammates who genuinely love what they do. As I approach graduation in May, I will always cherish the memories and friends I have made during my time here.”

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Carlock Family - 17 Mar 2014

Elizabeth and Brian Carlock have been married for 20 years. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Brian spent seven years as an active duty army officer. While in the service, they were stationed in Germany, Missouri and Colorado. For the past 14 years, Brian has worked for Hillwood Development. He is currently senior vice president is active in many professional real estate organizations.

Elizabeth has a Psychology degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters in secondary science from The Colorado College. She currently teaches Museum School at the FW Museum of Science and History. They are pictured with their three children: Kathryn, Aidan, and Caroline.

Kathryn is a freshman TVS and enjoys playing field hockey and soccer. Aidan is a seventh grader at TVS and is active in football, soccer, and baseball. Caroline is a third grader at Tanglewood and plays soccer, basketball, and the piano.

The Carlocks are members of First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth, and they love to spend their time traveling together.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Nixon Family - 10 Mar 2014

Charles "Chuck" Nixon is an architect and Principal with Jacobs Engineering Group in Fort Worth. Chuck, Dianne, son Chris, and daughter Caroline came to Fort Worth from Houston in September 1981 when Chuck joined a local architectural firm.

Chuck has been involved in the community over the years including civic and non-profit organizations.

Dianne recently retired from the Birdville School District. Daughter Caroline Nixon and son-in-law Jeff Rodriguez are both professionals with Texas Health Resources.

Grandson Isaac is a 6th grader who plays football and soccer, and loves history!

Son Chris, wife Amy, and grandchildren Jack, Kate, and Sara (not pictured) live in Boston, Ma.

Chuck has been into automobiles beginning with the teenage yeas and in 1998 began his classic car collection. The collection ha grown and is varied in age and style. Chuck serves as a board member of Cowtown Cruisin' for a Cure, a local organization dedicated to finding the cure for prostate cancer, and each September sponsors a 500-car show event in downtown Fort Worth.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Moncrief Family - 24 Feb 2014

Tom (TCU) and Therese (UD) have two sons. Mr. Moncrief is a graduate of Texas Christian University and is active in commercial real estate leasing and development, particularly rehabilitating historic buildings, mainly in the Weatherford area. He is a car collector and is working on starting a car museum/restaurant in Weatherford.

They are standing with their 'Durangoneer'. It is a 1988 Jeep Wagoneer on a 04 Dodge Durango chassis. It is one of its kind and built by Popular Mechanics Magazine for the 07 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Because of this interest in cars and his family's association with cancer research and treatment, and the fact that prostate cancer will affect every male if he lives long enough, he and his wife, Therese, took a great interest in Cowtown Crusin for a Cure. The car show is in downtown Fort Worth on the third weekend every September. It raises money for prostate cancer research, education and treatment.

Tom and Therese were instrumental in starting a car raffle for a new car each year at the show which is sponsored by Hiley Mazda.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Ramirez Family - 14 Feb 2014

Ron Ramirez is pictured with his wife, Dee and sons, Jesse and Brady. Ron is Vice President of Wier & Associates, Inc., a Civil Engineering, Surveying and Land planning firm in Tarrant County. Ron earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and has worked in the civil engineering field since age 17. He worked for 8 years in the US Arny Corps of Engineers, before joining Wier in 1996.

Dee is a Senior Legal Administrative Assistant at XTO Energy and a Fort Worth native. Brady is a Senior at Fossil Ridge High School and hopes to study either history or math in college. Jesse is a sophomore at UNT in Denton studying percussion and Music Education. Ron has played guitar most of his life and performs regularly in a band and also as a solo acoustic act.

Both Jesse and Ron play in the worship team at Christ Church Assembly of God. They also record Ron's original material in his home studio.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Raulston Family - 10 Feb 2014

Doak and Jan Raulston are pictured with their four children and their families. Daughter, Carole Myer and sons Gaines and Garret; Son, Doak and wife Diana Raulston with sons Drew and Doak; Daughter Brenda with husband Rick Sims with son Matt and wife Caroline, son Brian and fiancé Tessa Taylor and daughter Shannon and husband Marshall Estes; Daughter Karen and husband Bill Fitzgerald with daughter Lindsay and son Robbie with girlfriend Sara Hafer.

Dr. Raulston is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon and began and ended his career here in Fort Worth; he attended Baylor College of Medicine in  Houston. He still is active with consultation and was once Chief of Staff of the former St. Joseph Hospital. He enjoys being active with his tennis group at Rivercrest CC. Jan is president of an investment club, plays bridge and active with her exercise and tennis groups. They are both graduates of SMU, where Doak was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and Jan a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

They recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary, and are longtime residents of Fort Worth and members of University Christian Church. They have enjoyed spending time with their ever growing family, supporting a variety and vast number of high school and college activities over the years and feel blessed to have them mostly all residing and working in the DFW area.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Fikar Family - 03 Feb 2014

Jannice and Dean Fikar have been married for 30 years.

Dean is a Fort Worth native and a graduate of Arlington Heights High School and TCU where he played golf and both schools. After graduation from TCU, Dean attended UT Southwestern Medical School and completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Parkland Hospital. He practiced Radiology at All Saints Hospital before retiring early. He enjoys investing and landscape photography.

Jannice grew up in Euless and is a graduate of SMU. She is active in Pi Beta Phi, the Junior League of Fort Worth, Past President of the Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance and is currently a state Director on the Board of the Texas Medical Society Alliance.

Madeline is a graduate of Southwest Christian High School and is currently a junior at Texas Tech majoring in Management and Marketing. She will be a Marketing intern at BNSF in the summer of 2014.

The Fikars enjoy spending time at their country home with their 1 year old lab Gracie Mae.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Crowell Family - 27 Jan 2014

Ready for their next adventure, Bob and Vicki Crowell are pictured here with their daughter Malorie Crowell. The picture was taken at their farm and ranch and shooting facility in Paluxy, Texas.

Bob is a farmer and rancher in North Texas while Vickie is an officer of Frost Wealth Advisors. Malorie founded 5 Star Hunting Expeditions, a premier booking agency before graduating from Hardin Simmons University.

Most Monday afternoons you'll find Bob and Malorie shooting clays and the Fort Worth Trap and Skeet Club. Malorie is a Nationally Ranked All-American shooter.

The family loves traveling to Argentina and South Africa where they enjoy the food, shops, and sightseeing as well as bird and big game hunting with friends and with clients of 5 Star Hunting Expeditions

The Crowell's are proud supporters of TCU, Stephen McDaniel Memorial Shoot, Shoot for the Blue and Big Guns in Cowtown, benefiting Fort Worth Police Department.