Category: Business

Entrepreneur Aims to Cut Medical Bills

ExHale Healthcare Advocates founder Sarah O'Leary and Hubert Zajicek, CEO of Health Wildcatters. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
ExHale Healthcare Advocates founder Sarah O'Leary and Hubert Zajicek, CEO of Health Wildcatters. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Meet Sarah O’Leary and you’ll know immediately that this woman is doing something big.

The relatively new Preston Hollow resident has a lot of experience under her belt, from handling multi-million dollar campaigns at HBO to owning her own advertising agency in Los Angeles. But it’s her latest endeavor that’s turning heads.

O’Leary is part of the latest graduating class at Health Wildcatters, a healthcare startup accelerator in downtown Dallas. Her business, ExHale Healthcare Advocates, will finish the three-month intensive program as the H&R Block for healthcare, and with the advisory board and seed money to prove it.

Luncheon Discusses Women in Construction

Meloni McDaniel

Meloni McDaniel

The role of women in architecture, engineering, and construction is the subject of a luncheon program on Wednesday from the Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

Meloni McDaniel, president and CEO of TEXO will present the program, entitled “The Concrete Ceiling,” which describes her experiences leading one of the largest construction associations during a period of growth in the industry.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Park City Club. Cost is $55 for members and $65 for non-members. For more information, call Kim Hopkins at 214-890-6490 or email her.

Home Prices Could Be Shifting Away From Sellers

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Amid a seasonal slowdown in the housing market this fall came possible signs that sellers might have to take their feet off the gas pedal.

Home sales in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow declined sharply in September compared to June, for example, and prices showed a modest drop as well, according to statistics from the North Texas Real Estate Information System.

“I think we’re seeing a little bit of a market adjustment. I don’t think it’s a downturn,” said Michelle Wood, an agent with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “I’m still seeing a busy market.”

Council Approves Transwestern Project

Here's a rendering of the Transwestern complex coming soon. (Courtesy: Dodd Communications)

This luxury apartment complex is coming soon. (Rendering: Dodd Communications)

After almost two years of controversy, compromises, and neighborhood meetings, Transwestern has been given final approval for its luxury apartment complex at the northeast corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway.

The Dallas City Council passed the developer’s latest concept on Tuesday, clearing the way for construction at the site to begin early next year.

“I think this is a good project for the neighborhood,” said council member Lee Kleinman. “The developer spent a long time with the neighborhood working with amenities and concessions.”

The project will replace a complex of 34 outdated condominiums on the property, known as Town House Row. The Transwestern complex consists of 164 units with building heights ranging from three to four stories.

Buffett Affiliate Buys Allie Beth Allman

Allie Beth Allman

Allie Beth Allman

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett made a big splash into the Dallas luxury real-estate market on Wednesday by acquiring local giant Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

HomeServices of America, which is an affiliate of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., completed its purchase this week, meaning Allie Beth Allman will now be a brand under the HomeServices umbrella. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Allie Beth Allman, which was founded in 2003, has 335 brokers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and closed almost 2,100 units and $1.5 billion in volume last year, putting the firm near the top in terms of Dallas market share.

Allman, who serves as the company’s CEO, will continue to manage day-to-day operations from the company’s office on Tracy Street near Highland Park.

Sundance Opens NorthPark Location

Sundance opened a store at NorthPark Center.

Sundance opened a store at NorthPark Center.

Sundance, a men’s and women’s premier lifestyle retailer, opened a Dallas location at NorthPark Center. The store’s grand opening celebration is Nov. 12.

 “We are thrilled to be joining NorthPark Center,” said Sundance CEO Matey Erdos. “There is an obvious fit for the Sundance brand through our mutual appreciation for and promotion of the art community.”

Sundance is donating a portion of the proceeds from its opening weekend to the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, a non-profit focused on community building through art.

The Dallas location opening is part of the store’s longterm expansion plan which also included opening a location in Edina, Minn.

Skybridge Vote Likely Will Be Delayed Again

We've seen this before. (Rendering: Dodd Communications)

Could this be the Preston Center of the future? (Dodd Communications)

The next chapter in the pedestrian skybridge saga at Preston Center will probably be a long and uneventful one.

Dallas City Council member Jennifer Gates said this week that Crow Holdings has requested the case be postponed from Nov. 10, when it was scheduled to go before the council for a final vote, to next August. Gates said she plans to request such a deferral from her council colleagues.

The reason for the delay is the ongoing Preston Road and Northwest Highway Area Plan, which has a volunteer task force, city leaders, and consultants working to map out some guidelines for future development around Preston Center. That effort is supposed to finish up next spring.

Solis ‘Disappointed’ in New ACS Guidelines


The recommendation from the American Cancer Society on Tuesday that women should get fewer mammograms caused a stir in medical circles and among breast cancer survivors.

ACS issued new guidelines saying that women can start getting mammograms later and less frequently, at age 45 instead of 40, agruing that the risks outweigh the potential live-saving effectiveness of the preventative measure. Essentially, the group said that mammograms aren’t as effective a tool in detection as previously thought.

Addison-based Solis Mammography, which has 31 locations in four states, is among those rebuking the latest ACS findings.

Passion Fuels Career Choices for Cuellar

Catherine Cuellar helps match businesses and nonprofits as director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Catherine Cuellar helps match businesses and nonprofits as director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Haley Rogers
Special Contributor

Catherine Cuellar’s diverse resume has various jobs in the local media and arts scene, having been an editor and columnist at The Dallas Morning News, a reporter at KERA-FM, a board member for various nonprofits, and a Dallas Cultural Affairs commissioner.

Most recently, Cuellar left her post as executive director of the Dallas Arts District this summer to become director of Entrepreneurs for North Texas, a program of Communities Foundation of Texas.

The job finds Cuellar working with companies that are too young or too small to have an in-house corporate affairs department, helping them leverage their employee volunteerism, philanthropy, and sponsorships. Such efforts include organizing service projects, networking opportunities, and fundraisers.