Category: Business

Working Mom Shares Success

Sallie Behnke and Christine Ashmore look to empower other moms. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

Juggling a small business and life as a wife and mother hasn’t stopped Sallie Behnke from excelling at both.

The financial planner from University Park recently became Texas’ only Morgan Stanley adviser named to Working Mother Magazine’s Top Wealth Adviser List for 2017. She ranked 104 out of 200. She works with clients with a typical net worth of $7 million to $15 million.

Dallas Hilton Park Cities To Get $6 Million Renovation

The new owners of the hotel plan to remodel the restaurant, bar, and meeting spaces next year. (Photo: Woobine Development Corporation)

Woodbine Development Corporation plans to invest an additional $6 million into the Hilton Dallas Park Cities hotel.

The 224-room facility on Luther Lane just east of the Dallas North Tollway was built in 2001 and most recently remodeled in 2013. The latest renovations are slated to begin early next year, with an expected completion near the end of 2018.

Longtime Retailer Spreads Love of Wild Birds

David Hurt started his store from scratch without social media almost 25 years ago. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Wild Birds Unlimited owner David Hurt slid back the tall security gate with a custom cutout bird design, brought out two Adirondack chairs, screwed in a traffic-attracting pinwheel, and went inside to check the placement of merchandise, fill the till for customer change, and open for business.

“I like everything laid out neatly,” Hurt said.

Enter Retirement With a Purpose


Andy Raub.

Dallas-area retirement adviser Andy Raub has made a living helping people plan, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t like surprises. Not even at Walt Disney World.

He remembers one day, he got on a rollercoaster ride with a young grandson, and it “scared us both to death.”

Game Maker Builds on ‘TerraGenesis’ Success


Inspired by the movie The Martian, the game TerraGenesis is about modifying a planet’s environment. (Courtesy photo)

Alexander Winn, a 31-year old Highland Park native, is embarking on a new journey.

“I’ve thought for years that terraforming would make for a cool game mechanic,” Winn said of the hypothetical process of modifying the environment of a planet to make it habitable for Earth-based life.

Blank Moves Beyond Lawsuit


David Blank.

David Blank fought nearly two years to save his name.

In 2014, a Nashville attorney who had won financial settlements by making similar claims about other jewelers accused Blank’s business, the Diamond Doctor, of defrauding customers. Blank decided to fight.

“It took almost every ounce of my energy [not to settle],” Blank said. “Every single category of people that I had in my life were harassed.”