Zero Headache Storage

Dan Slaven and Kyle Bainter bring personal service to off-site storage. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Dan Slaven and Kyle Bainter bring personal service to off-site storage. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich)

When Kyle Bainter and his wife were remodeling their home after having their first child, they needed more storage, but didn’t enjoy the experience of renting an off-site unit.

“I’m a young and able guy,” Bainter said. “But this was a difficult, inefficient process, on a hot summer day, which isn’t fun.”

Bainter thought there had to be a better way.

He and his business partner Dan Slaven, a Highland Park High School graduate, came up with a modernized approach to streamline the entire process of moving and make storing hassle-free.


Probity Advisors Wins Fidelity Award

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Probity Advisors Inc., on Central Expressway near Walnut Hill Lane, has won industry recognition plus a charitable donation to assist families of seriously ill or injured police officers.

The Dallas wealth management firm received the 2016 Fidelity Be Greater Award, created last year to recognize companies that push boundaries to achieve excellence.

“It was phenomenal. The fact is it really is an award to Probity Advisors — our people, our staff, our clients,” Probity president Porter “Buddy” Ozanne III said.

Ozanne and Probity vice president Chris Sorrows accepted the award Oct. 18 in New York.

Probity Advisors won in the middle of three categories for fiduciaries that hold $250 million-$ 1 billion in assets under management.


Good Fit: Benedetti Launches Custom Line

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Benedetti Bespoke brings old-world detail to new line. (Photo courtesy of Benedetti Beyond Bespoke)

Benedetti Bespoke brings old-world detail to new line. (Photo courtesy of Benedetti Beyond Bespoke)

Spend five minutes talking to fashion designer Christina Benedetti and you know where her passion lies: making men look good in their shirts.

“When people meet you, before they even speak with you, they’re judging,” Benedetti said. At her company Benedetti Beyond Bespoke, she helps men make an impeccable first impression.

Benedetti, who lives off Turtle Creek Boulevard, offers custom shirts designed to complement a man’s body shape, with old world details such as front yoke seams cut on the fabric’s straight grain and chevroned at the center back to make the shoulders look stronger and wider, or hand-embroidered monograms that can be applied to cuffs or to the left chest.

“Getting dressed and knowing you look good should be easy,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to think about it, because we think about it for you.”


Longtime North Texas Food Bank Leader Jan Pruitt Dies

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pruittThe North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) announced Monday that its former president and CEO, Jan Pruitt, died at age 63.  She stepped down from her role Dec. 15 after leading the organization for 20 years.

Pruitt spent more than a year undergoing cancer treatment. She’d recently stopped in order to spend time with family and friends at home.

“Jan was a one-of-a-kind leader whose spirit and passion for feeding our hungry neighbors will continue to live in each of us as we fulfill her extraordinary legacy through the mission of the Food Bank,” NTFB Board Chair Tom Black said. “We will all miss her more than words can say, as we hold her family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Funeral details have yet to be released. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the NTFB.


Young DJ Keeps ‘Killing It’

DJ Vex, aka ESD fifth-grader Colin Koch. (Courtesy photo of Leigh Koch) 0
DJ Vex, aka ESD fifth-grader Colin Koch. (Courtesy photo of Leigh Koch)

Brian Roberts was taking in the boulevard tailgating scene before an SMU football game when he noticed a group of mostly girls staring at something.

“I was watching these people’s reaction and couldn’t tell what they were looking at,” he said. “Then I see this kid DJ up there, and he was killing it.”

The boy stopping the crowd was 10-year-old DJ Vex, also known as Episcopal School of Dallas fourth-grader Colin Koch.

“[DJing is] just fun in general, but it’s also really different for someone my age,” Colin said.


Presbyterian Announces New Executives

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Presbyterian Communities and Services named Steven Ailey chief financial officer and Scott Polzin corporate director of operations for its not-for-profit organization, which is comprised of Presbyterian Village North, Grace Presbyterian Village, Faith Presbyterian Hospice and the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

“I have worked alongside both Steve and Scott over the years in various senior living roles, and I have witnessed their leadership and management skills firsthand,” president Tim Mallad said. “They have helped not-for-profit organizations excel, and I am excited to have them both join our team.”


New Year Resolutions

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Phew! Thank goodness 2016 is in the rearview mirror. January is the month for taking stock, or this year it’s the month for a wild and woolly inaugural. People tend to do a couple of things: look at the year in review and make resolutions for the new one.

The year 2016 was inextricably linked with the 1960s. Racial tensions not seen since the civil rights era were renewed; the thorn in our side since 1960, Fidel Castro, finally, finally died; and the presidential election was even weirder than that revolutionary one in 1968. Americans dominated once again in the Olympics. America became red and blue and black and blue. The stock market went through the roof.

After the year of the tweet, methinks it’s safer to work on resolutions.


Primrose Students Cast Their Votes

Alexa McClure, Cody Jack Hale, and J.P. Balfour were excited to vote. (Courtesy photo of Primrose of Preston Hollow) 0
Alexa McClure, Cody Jack Hale, and J.P. Balfour were excited to vote. (Courtesy photo of Primrose of Preston Hollow)

Voter turnout was near 100 percent on Election Day as close to 160 kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students at the Primrose School of Preston Hollow chose “Billy the Duck” as their new presidential friend mascot.

Exit polls indicated that Billy’s campaign promise of Goldfish crackers for afternoon snack resonated more with the electorate than his opponent’s guarantee of Nutri-Grain bars.

Primrose students learn lessons from 13 puppets that each represent a different character trait. Billy’s trait is “keeping promises.”

“We want children to enjoy giving back to their local community,” said franchise owner Julia Shelton. “Voting is a great way for each of them to get involved and feel connected.”


Bipartisan Politics at its Purest

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Rep. Michael McCaul and Annette Leslie (Courtesy Jim King Photography)

Rep. Michael McCaul and Annette Leslie (Courtesy Jim King Photography)

Just a few months after meeting Congressman Michael McCaul, I quickly learned that he is a man of deep character with an unwavering conviction to make right and just decisions. I’ve learned he’s a man of his word and a promise keeper. I’m deeply honored to call him my friend.

Our unlikely friendship started a few months before he hosted the first Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus. A mutual friend in his district gave him a copy of my son Carson’s book, Carry Me. It’s a personal memoir of his valiant battle with brain cancer, the number one disease killer of our nation’s children.