Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Dec. 6 edition of Preston Hollow People.
After spending more than two decades climbing the corporate ladder, Sam Hocking turned an entrepreneurial dream into reality.
The Preston Hollow native has launched iMatchative, a high-tech finance company aimed at developing online innovations that merge science and business.
Although his new company is based in San Francisco, Hocking returned to Dallas in November to debut its first online tool, known as altX, which uses an algorithm to match hedge funds with investors in a crowded marketplace.
The idea for iMatchative had been simmering in Hocking’s head before he attended a lecture on transformative leadership at Harvard Business School in early 2012, given by professor Karim Lakhani.
“I’d really been thinking over the last couple of years about creating something that was transformative,” Hocking said. “His discussion really got me to thinking about doing what I had thought about doing for the last two years.”
State Rep. Jason Villalba’s office has announced that Fernanda Ibarra, a fourth-grade student at Withers Elementary, has been selected as designer of the District 114 ornament for the Lone Star Celebration Christmas Tree in Austin.
Villalba; his wife, Brooke; and their two daughters recently presented the official District 114 ornament to be displayed on the tree at the Capitol. The ornament was designed and decorated by Fernanda, after she won a contest at her school.“With the holiday season in full swing, Brooke and I are reminded what this time is truly about — bringing joyful laughs and cheerful smiles to the faces of our children and loved ones,” Villalba said. “This ornament represents the vitality, creativeness, and depth of spirit in District 114. I could not be more proud to represent our amazing community and its residents in the Texas House of Representatives.”
Fernanda’s theme reflected the importance of the State Fair of Texas. Fernanda was saddened at the end of the 2012 fair when the iconic Big Tex caught on fire and was destroyed. She was elated when Big Tex re-emerged at this year’s fair, bigger and better than ever.
After winning the contest, Fernanda worked after school hours to craft the ornament with her teacher, Jan Alexander. The front of the ornament represents the State Fair in the daytime, with Big Tex in the center and the Top O’ Texas Tower in the background. The back depicts the fair at night and features the star attraction of the Midway, the Texas SkyWay Ferris wheel.
The District Ornament Project was initiated in 2009 to give all Texas communities a place on the Lone Star Celebration Christmas Tree. The ornaments will be on display through Jan. 2, and each one’s story is displayed in an album in the House Chamber.
Lisa Blue-Baron Holiday party. Styx and Journey. Great night.
— Sammy Gonzalez (@Dallas852) December 8, 2013
Styx performing at Lisa Blue Baron's bash in Dallas . pic.twitter.com/cM0kwJLwlU
— Gromer M. Jeffers (@gromerjeffers) December 8, 2013
— mark lamster (@marklamster) December 8, 2013
Dallas ISD, Greenhill, Highland Park ISD, Jesuit, and Ursuline are going to be closed on Monday. But ESD, Hockaday, and St. Mark’s are expecting their students to be on campus by 10 a.m. — or at least, that’s what their websites said as I typed this.
The 10 a.m. start is also in effect for students at Parish Episcopal’s campus on Midway Road. The Hillcrest Road campus, however, will be closed.
Update at 8:46: Sure enough, St. Mark’s has canceled Monday classes. Look for the others to follow suit.
Update at 9:10: ESD and Hockaday have called off Monday classes. Parish remains the lone holdout … for now.
Update at 9:28: OK, now Parish has said there will be no classes Monday. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Cistercian, Dallas Lutheran, Hockaday, Jesuit, Ursuline, and Yavneh have all canceled Friday’s classes. The Jesuit Christmas Bazaar that had been scheduled for Saturday has also been called off.
When we last checked, ESD, Parish Episcopal, and St. Mark’s had not yet made the call, but each school’s website said the weather was being monitored. Given that DISD and Highland Park ISD have told their students to stay home, I imagine most private schools will follow suit.
Update at 7:55: My imagination came true. ESD, Parish, and St. Mark’s will be closed Friday.
#DallasISD will not hold classes tomorrow Friday, Dec. 6 and all events and activities on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 are cancelled
— Dallas ISD (@dallasschools) December 5, 2013
We bring this news to you via DISD’s Twitter. Stay warm. Drink cocoa. Don’t die. That’s all the advice we have for you today. We’ll keep you posted if we learn anything else.
The Covenant Knights, who are seeking a second straight TAPPS Division I championship in six-man football, were scheduled to play at noon Saturday in the small West Texas town of Zephyr. But the impending icepocalypse has delayed Covenant’s matchup with Geneva School of Boerne by exactly one week. The game is now scheduled for noon on Dec. 14.
Isabel Parigi of Devonshire, a freshman at Ursuline Academy and a graduate of Christ the King Catholic School, was recently chosen to be a featured skater during the Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration at Galleria Dallas.
Isabel and Karis Nowell of Richardson join a lineup that will feature Missile Toes — the Galleria’s ice-skating, back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa Claus — and Olympic, world, and national champions performing around the mall’s 95-foot Christmas tree. This year’s featured guest skaters include 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes, four-time world and Canadian champion Kurt Browning, and 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley.
Isabel and Karis’ program was choreographed by Nick Traxler. The skaters — who train at the Dr Pepper StarCenters in Farmers Branch and Plano, respectively — were part of an exclusive audition on Nov. 10 at the Galleria. After two months of preparation and practice, 18 groups comprised of two to eight skaters from surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth rinks competed against one another for a chance to skate in one of the five Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration shows.
The public is invited to the complimentary shows at 6 p.m. this Saturday and 6 p.m. on Dec. 14.
Alan Peppard is reporting that Preston Hollow residents T. Boone Pickens and Toni Brinker are engaged, with plans to marry early next year. I assume they’ll be registered at either Target or Crate & Barrel.
The Texas Tortugas lacrosse team — which includes Parish Episcopal’s Grayson Hassell, Cole Williams, and Greyson Mokarow — competed in the IMG National Tournament in Bradenton, Fla., last week. The Tortugas posted a 5-1 tourney record to finish third in terms of lacrosse, but I think we can all agree that they were first in fashion.
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