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Perseverance and determination from successful, female professionals have paved the way for the acceptance and proliferation of a wide range of women-run businesses. From stay-at-home moms that refused to sacrifice their flexibility or their careers, to women who realized they had the talent to strike off on their own—today’s females are continuing to blaze new trails and write their own definitions of accomplishment. The women on these pages turn challenges into opportunities and obstacles into learning experiences without making apologies for doing things their own way. They show that when women break the barriers within their own minds—the sky is the limit! SL WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2017 | APRIL 2017 31

Women In Business 2017

Perseverance and determination from successful, female professionals have paved the way for the acceptance and proliferation of a wide range of women-run businesses. From stay-at-home moms that refused to sacrifice their flexibility or their careers, to women who realized they had the talent to strike off on their own—today’s females are continuing to blaze new trails and write their own definitions of accomplishment. The women on these pages turn challenges into opportunities and obstacles into learning experiences without making apologies for doing things their own way. They show that when women break the barriers within their own minds—the sky is the limit!

Streamlined Solutions for a Lifetime of Needs Merry Lyn Bagwell, First Vice President, Investments

What We Do | My business partner and I help individuals navigate financial transitions. Whether you are nearing retirement, have received an inheritance, are selling your business or are working to leave something behind for the next generation, our sound straightforward process leads to practical recommendations that are designed just for you. Of particular interest to me, is helping women who have lost a spouse through divorce or an untimely passing. Becoming ‘suddenly single’ can be a difficult financial transition at a time when we can be most vulnerable. We help you to simplify these complicated financial matters so that you can feel comfortable and confident with the financial decisions you make throughout your life. That is our goal and that is what drives us each day.

What Sets You Apart | Two things really, first, we listen. Many advisors say this, but we actually do it. We’re talking about your money, your life and we take the time to hear about your goals, dreams and objectives prior to making a recommendation. We focus on you, but will share anything you want to know about us. Secondly, we share your life experiences. Any sort of financial transition you might be going through now is probably something that we have gone through too. As a result, we help you navigate these transitions from our experience.

Why Choose Us | Our process is simple. We get to know you through a series of face-to-face conversations. This allows us to develop a strong understanding of your personal goals, financial situation, investment experience and risk tolerance. If you’re like us, you’re striving to make the most of what you have—now and in the future. And while each of our clients may be different, there’s one thing they all have in common—the need for a lifelong financial plan that’s designed to help create the life you want for today, for tomorrow and for whatever comes next.

Best Advice Received | Choose a career doing something that you love and you will never work a day in your life! And that’s what I have done— both in this career that I am in now, and in my prior career with the Keebler Company. And to tie into that, I do believe that people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be—which relates to financial happiness as well. If you are constantly in a state of worry or panic about every financial market move or decision you make, you increase the chances you will make a bad decision.

Who Inspired You Most | Without a doubt my late husband and best friend, B.L. We were blessed with the opportunity to retire early from our previous careers. He suggested that I get into this business because there were lots of folks— like us—that needed good solid investment advice. They didn’t really have anyone they trusted to talk to that shared similar life experiences and he knew that I enjoy working with people, and that I keep their best interest at heart. And of course, Scott Wicke, my current business partner who encouraged me to pursue the firm where he worked.

Personal Philosophy | I am a very basic type of person. I believe in the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Imagine if we all followed this simple philosophy what a wonderful world we would live in!

Causes Close To My Heart | I am an active member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. I also proudly support the Salvation Army, Mid-Cities Care Corp and AMBUCS, among others.

You Should Know | I’m just a small town girl who was raised with my four brothers on a dairy farm in northern Ohio. I carry the values I was raised with inside of me every day. We invite you to stop by and get to know us and join our ‘family.’

1130 North Carroll, Suite 100, Southlake 76092 | (817) 310-7881

Bagwell Wicke Investment Group of Raymond James

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Extraordinary Homes

We are proud to be part of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty where excellence is the focus of every transaction. As successful businesswomen, we are passionate about creating win-win situations for our buying and selling clients. The outstanding agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty sold more than $3.2 billion in real estate in 2016. All of our agents are true professionals and are experienced in the luxury market.

Corinthian Wellness Spa

Owner Judi McQueary and the Corinthian Family Invite You to Their Neighborhood Destination Spa

Our Specialty | Offering cutting-edge technology that reflects your beauty inside and out!

My Favorite Services | I love our “Ultimate Beauty Experience” and literally treat myself to it every, single week. Both the transforming facial and body treatments feature a very exclusive, resultsdriven French product line that can truly deliver “anti-aging” to the maximum. Corinthian Wellness Spa was chosen exclusively for this line.

What Sets You Apart | Corinthian focuses on honoring women and encouraging them to put themselves in their own conversation by taking a little quality time to recharge batteries, reflect on their blessings and take down the noise level. We love our men, too, and have created a “Man Cave” just for them. They are not an after-thought at Corinthian. It’s amazing how doing a treatment every week or even every month restores one’s soul and recalibrates to what is possible. Beauty needs attention from both the outside and the inside. CWS has created an environment offering ultimate relaxation so the awesome results are maximized and linger in the souls of our clients.

Best Advice Received | Let it go—move on and embrace that God has gone before us always!

Biggest Challenge | Corinthian has been very blessed by the local community—our challenge is to successfully give back to such a deserving group!

Personal Philosophy | I live by two mantras: “Do the right thing!” and “…the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Who Inspired You Most | My father (aka Daddy).

Setting The Standard | Corinthian Wellness Spa treats our customers as though they are at a gorgeous 5-star destination spa in the islands featuring Neiman Marcus customer service and fun surprises sprinkled in like Disneyland!

Cause Close To My Heart | The Gatehouse Project—a supportive living community where women (single or with children) in crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent, positive change.

You Should Know | I’m passionate about CWS and my desire to give back to our great community. I wake up joy-filled and grateful every, single day!

At The End of a Very Long Day I’d Like To... Enjoy my family, especially my grandchildren— Blake, Erin and Ava Grace—and my two Bichon Frise “children,” Tess and Maggie Mae! Of course, I do go to my very own spa two times per week... It’s the perfect end to a long day always!

Pictured | Owner/Founder Judi McQueary (on left page) and The Corinthian Wellness Spa team (above).

1251 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 345, Southlake 76092 | (817) 416-9366

The Luxury Home Experts Going Beyond Simply Selling Real Estate

Luxury Homes International by Keller Williams is an exclusive, elite and sophisticated group of real estate consultants raising the bar for service in the home market. We offer expertise, connections and marketing resources to assist buyers and sellers at the highest level. We are ready to help you with your real estate needs—and we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. (Realtors are listed in order from left to right.)

Janet Uszynski | I’m blessed to be in the ‘people’ business known a s real estate. With 20 years of combined experience in mortgage banking, sales technology and marketing at the executive level, I’ve grown and evolved with each stage getting me to where I am today. Whether you are buying your first home or a luxury home, it’s my goal to make sure it is tailored perfectly to fit your needs and desires. I offer clients superior service that involves an intimate process from start to finish—leaving my clients at their closing with fulfilled expectations! (469) 223-2297

Marcy Barkemeyer | Business savvy and indepth market knowledge span my 11-year career which includes achievements as a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Keller Williams Platinum achiever. These distinctions benefit clients in all price ranges from first time home buyers to upsizing/downsizing, purchasing new construction or retiring to their dream home. Clients receive an unparalleled level of personal attention and genuine customer service which shows through in my business growth that’s driven by personal referrals. (817) 269-7052

Sherri D. Neal | I specialize in listening to the specific needs of my clients and working with all my available resources to solve those needs. I am very passionate about my role as a Realtor—the price and location are mere details—what’s important is fulfilling their needs and exceeding expectations. I like to win, but integrity is always number one to me. I want to be known by the quality of the business that I do and the number of meaningful relationships that I build. Some of my best friends now are former clients—I treat everyone like family! (817) 583-3970

Coral Kennedy | I specialize in luxury and estate properties, but I also enjoy working with first time home buyers, those downsizing or anyone in between. I am a third generation Realtor—my grandmother, aunt and mom were the greatest influences in my career. I hold several designations including: GRI, ALHS and CHMS. I’ve been ‘Rookie of the Year’ and I am a ‘Multi Million Dollar Producer’ every year. Real estate is my passion! I know that no matter who I am working with... I treat everyone like they are my important client—because they are! (214) 293-1777

Elsa Otero-Kackley | I specialize in residential and luxury real estate—my results consistently keep me among the top-producing agents at KW. I have more than 20 years in customer service, I’m bilingual and have photography and staging experience which all provide value to clients. The relationships I create often go well beyond the closing of their home. I have lived in 3 states and 3 countries and empathize wholeheartedly with families who are in a selling, buying or moving process. Integrity and Personalized attention are the core of my business- my clients deserve the best! (817) 600-5375

Jeannie Anderson | My passion is helping clients buy and sell luxury homes in the DFW area for the past 16 years. As a top producer, my luxury team is highly sought-after and recognized as leaders in this industry. No job is too big or too small for us to handle as we find immense satisfaction in helping first time buyers find their starter homes, as well as the high end dream homes for which I have created a niche in this area. Over the years, I have developed many strong relationships in this industry allowing me to get creative in achieving your homeownership goals. (817) 313-8004

850 East State Highway 114, Suite 100, Southlake, Texas 76092 •

Keller Williams Realty Southlake KW Luxury Homes International Agents

KoonsFuller Family Law

KoonsFuller Family Law Female Attorneys and Shareholders

this page from left to right: Julie Crawford (SHAREHOLDER), Rebecca Armstrong (SHAREHOLDER), Liz Porter (SHAREHOLDER), Jessica Janicek(SHAREHOLDER), Lindsey Van Osdell, Rebecca Tillery Rowan* (SHAREHOLDER), and Lindsey Vanden Eykel.

opposite page from left to right: Reagan Vernon, Charla Bradshaw (MANAGING SHAREHOLDER), Sally Pretorius, Sarah Darnell (SHAREHOLDER), Neda Garrett, Heather King (MANAGING SHAREHOLDER), Brook Stuntebeck, and Laura Hayes.

Southlake Town Square Office 181 Grand Avenue | Suite 225 (817) 481-2710


Divorce? Child Custody? Property Division? Appeals? See What a Difference KoonsFuller Makes.

The women of KoonsFuller Family Law are clearly a family of overachievers. Here in Southlake, Heather King and Jessica Janicek give KoonsFuller a distinct advantage. Each is a board certified family law specialist. (And, fewer than one-in-ten attorneys in Texas have earned this significant distinction). The expertise and performance of these proven attorneys have helped make KoonsFuller the Southwest’s largest family law firm.

Diana Scothorn

Specialty | At The Benefit Link, we are advocates for seniors with Medicare supplements, prescription drug plans, dental, vision, life and health insurance. Working with seniors is our sole expertise—there’s no charge to clients for our services and we’re available on a direct basis every day.

What Sets You Apart | What truly sets us apart is our heart to serve others with a level of honor and excellence that’s been lost in this generation. We provide our clients peace-of-mind with their Medicare needs. With over 25 consecutive years being the top sales agent, we are considered the best in our business. We are licensed in all 50 states and have access to all major insurance carriers.

Best Advice Received | Live life with passion and purpose—choose to make decisions today that will not cause regret tomorrow.

Who Inspires You Most | Hands down, it is my mentor and husband. He’s a visionary who leads by example with a commitment to excellence, honor and integrity—I’m inspired by his big vision! What many people see as a problem… he sees as an opportunity!

Biggest Challenge | Staying current in an everchanging market.

Personal Philosophy | To never give up and never grow weary in doing good. To always do what is right even when no one is looking because God promises an abundant harvest in my life!

Setting The Standard | It is important to stand firmly on our Christian principals as an organization. We have a level of excellence most would call extreme—we pray together daily as a team, over our clients, and each other. We walk in love, integrity and faith.

Causes Close To My Heart | I am proud to support both community and national organizations that focus on human trafficking, children with special needs or high level medical needs, orphans and widows. My husband and I have a ministry that reaches out to women and children all over the world with a strong focus in Israel. I also serve as the Board President for an international ministry, as well as sitting on the boards for several other organizations I support.

You Should Know | I come from very humble beginnings with many trials and tragedies along the way. My passion is to inspire men and women by helping them realize that nothing is impossible if you work hard. All things are possible!

6209 Colleyville Boulevard Colleyville, Texas 76034 (817) 539-0626

The Benefit Link

Blue Stone Dental

Tara Eisenrich, dds

Specialty | Comprehensive family dentistry including: general dentistry, dental implants, laser dentistry, PerioLase laser gum treatment, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, sleep apnea treatments and TMJ dysfunction.

What Sets You Apart | We take care of your family’s dental needs all in one place. With three dentists who have additional training, we provide not only general dentistry for every age, but also orthodontics, wisdom teeth removal, implants, cosmetic dentistry and sleep apnea appliances. We make appointments easy and convenient for our patients.

Biggest Challenge | As a privately-owned practice in a field flooded by corporate chains, we strive to differentiate ourselves from other offices by building relationships with our patients and providing consistently excellent care. The trend in dentistry right now seems to be “sell, sell, sell.” We aren’t like that—we know that when we treat people honestly and do great work, everyone wins.

Best Advice Received | “Never say never.” With a nine-month old daughter at home, I have learned that there’s a lot of truth in that statement. I will try anything to get her to eat vegetables!

Who Inspires You Most | Joanna Gaines from the Fixer Upper tv show on HGTV—she sees potential in a broken house and makes it a beautiful home while maintaining a great work/life balance. She inspires me to be the best in my field— to take a “before” smile and turn it into a dream “after,” and to be the best wife and mother I can be.

Setting The Standard | High quality and ethical treatment are what I expect to receive in any service, so that is what I value most in my practice. I also like to hear my options. As a dentist, I owe it to my patients to give them the information they need so they can make the decision that will work best for them.

Causes Close To My Heart | Over the last 10 years, I have traveled all over Texas and to Central America on dental mission trips. I love having a skill that allows me to tangibly help others, and I’ve always found that the joy I receive from serving far outweighs the service itself.

You Should Know | We approach oral healthcare with an understanding that it affects your overall health. When you become our patient, you can be confident our team will give you and your family the close attention and exceptional care you deserve.

1675 Keller Parkway Keller, Texas 76248 (817) 337-0223

CAET Project Management Consultants

Molly Sandlin

Specialty | We specialize in owner representation, construction management, project management and contract administration for construction projects. As owner reps, we manage the budgeting and cost tracking, scheduling, procurement, negotiation and oversight of the project so that our clients can focus on their core business. Our team brings over 50 years of experience in financial services and project management. We assist clients from project concept development and budgeting through construction closeout.

What Sets You Apart | CAET Project Management Consultants, LLC is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses-owned and operated by women of the United States.

Best Advice Received | Take time for you. We are all working so hard to balance life and work to meet the needs of our clients, family and friends. When we take time to focus on ourselves we are better at everything.

Biggest Challenge | Finding the right balance between work and home. It requires a lot of flexibility and dedication— but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I want to be present and focused for our clients and then when I am home, my family deserves that as well.

Who Inspires You Most | As a mom, my mother is my inspiration. My dedication and passion to be a mom is based on what I learned from watching her. She taught me practical life skills that have helped me achieve so much. My aunt Dell is my career mentor. While in college I worked for her architecture firm. It was there that I learned about client services and values, as well as networking and reputation.

Personal Philosophy | It’s easier said than done sometimes, but don’t sweat the small stuff. It can take away the energy needed for the really important things.

Causes Close To My Heart | We are very involved in volunteering our time with the Keller Lions Club and the many local organizations supported through them. It is very important for us to serve the community that we call home for our family and business.

You Should Know | My success is a direct reflection of the support of my friends and family—especially my husband and business partner, Jason, and our 6-year-old twin boys Caleb and Ethan.

1139 Keller Parkway, Suite B Keller, Texas 76248 (817) 741-6546

The Clariden School

Sallie Wells, head of school

Specialty | I specialize in the field of education and have a strong background in child development.

What Sets You Apart | Having a master’s degree in child development and being a member of the National Lecture Staff for The Gesell Institute of Child Development allows me to have an in-depth understanding of children. This aids me in creating Clariden’s learning environment—assuring that it is an environment where students feel empowered.

Best Advice Received | When I was in my early twenties my boss told me to never assume anything—there is great wisdom to gain in asking questions.

Biggest Challenge | It’s an exciting time in the field of education as there is more research available to aid in how best to educate children. I’m fortunate to be in the private school sector and leading a cuttingedge school that specializes in project-based learning. My biggest challenge is keeping up with current research and assuring that Clariden is continually evolving to meet the needs of our students and educators, while providing our students with one-of-a-kind experiences that challenge and inspire them.

Who Inspires You Most | I am inspired each day by our students and my colleagues. As I encourage them to be their best selves— they encourage me to be my best self.

Personal Philosophy | Action without reflection is lost learning—to productively move forward it’s important to reflect as it provides opportunities to gain clarity and insight.

Setting The Standard | It’s essential that a business has a connection with their clientele. In my case, it’s with our students and their families. A strong connection builds trust which is essential to learning as it allows students to feel comfortable enough to try something they’ve never tried, thus gaining new knowledge and a heap of confidence. It is also essential that a business is flexible, intentional, focused and progressive.

Causes Close To My Heart | I love to help parents and others learn about the development of children. If one has an understanding of how children develop, they can best understand their behaviors. I donate a significant amount of my time to parent education—leading parenting classes and speaking at conferences that aid educators, administrators and parents.

You Should Know | I love being creative. I’m not a great artist by any means, but whether I am writing a project for Clariden, aiding a student in solving their problem or designing a classroom—I love the process of creating.

100 Clariden Ranch Road Southlake, Texas 76092 (682) 237-0400

Dolak Dispute Resolution

Sharon Dolak

Specialty | When people experience anger, dissatisfaction and resentment over unresolved conflict Sharon is called to mediate, helping the parties communicate then work together to resolve the disagreement avoiding divorce, court interventions and expensive legal fees. Very simply, Sharon helps couples, stepfamilies, businesses or any relationship to take the gloves off so they can come to a mutually satisfying solution to the problem and get on with being happy again.

About Dispute Resolution | Dispute Resolution is an ideal solution for people who are committed to preserving their relationship, want to be equally involved in resolving the conflict, and have tried but failed to resolve their issues on their own. Also known as mediation, dispute resolution is a private and voluntary process that brings together the parties in conflict with a trained, impartial mediator.

What Sets You Apart | Sharon became interested in dispute resolution and mediation after her own personal experience sparked a desire to help others explore an alternative to time-consuming and emotionally draining litigation. When there is chronic disagreement, the repeating cycle of arguing or the silent treatment people begin to lose hope so they start to search for a way out. What Sharon offers through mediation is an alternative that is very practical, confidential and rapid in that for most cases only one or two appointments are necessary to resolve the problem thereby saving the relationship, saving time and saving money.

Characteristics That Lead To Professional Success | During meetings, it is essential for the parties to feel they are being heard and understood. For open, safe communication and trust to occur it is crucial that Sharon remains neutral—not taking sides nor giving advice. It is up to the parties to discover and determine the best solution—she helps them do that. Her very specific training allows her to stay true to the core belief that using mediation/dispute resolution is truly a win-win process.

Professional Training | In 2013, Sharon completed Mediation Dynamics training that satisfied the standards of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable and Texas Mediator Credentialing Association for family mediation training. Sharon received her Mediation Certificate in 2006 from Texas Woman’s University. Sharon is trained in the fields of family dynamics, child development, and family law, as specified by Texas law. She is also qualified as a court-appointed mediator able to perform dispute resolution for parentchild relationships, most frequently in divorce and post-divorce cases.

121 Olive Street Keller, Texas 76248 (817) 781-7910

Eclectic-Maison Renovation & Design

Karla Cogburn

Specialty | Eclectic-Maison Renovation and Design LP has been inspiring clients for over 30 years with residential construction, renovation and custom design. The Eclectic Team works very hard to create homes that reflect our client’s unique living style, tastes and budget.

What Sets Us Apart | Eclectic-Maison understands first impressions are important. We know discerning clients require superior workmanship with excellent return for their dollar. From the get-go Eclectic suppliers, vendors and our custom craftsmen depend on Karla’s expert leadership. Her cutting-edge skill and superior knowledge of the marketplace gives their clientele the most current style and a qualityfinished product.

Best Advice Received | Simply put—love God, love self and love others.

Biggest Challenge | After working 30+ years in the Construction/Design/Build industry, I love my job, but there’s so much more to learn, experience and create. I am my own challenge!

Who Inspires You Most | Elsie de Wolfe—the first American Interior Designer. Elsie passionately used architecture and color to create outstanding beauty through home design. Ms. Elsie’s words “I will make everything beautiful around me—that will be my life” resonate in my mind daily and drive me to action to do the same.

Personal Philosophy | Do all things unto the Lord and you will never be disappointed in business, personal work, home and community.

Setting The Standard | Having patience, being flexible to client changes, continued education of the industry and a sense of humor during difficult moments, aid in handling varied projects with grace and ease. Our rigorous attention-to-detail, trustworthiness and quality really set us apart from the competition.

Causes Close To My Heart | During tear outs of large projects my company makes it a practice to donate all parts and pieces to Habitat for Humanity for re-purposing to help others. My church also hosts ‘Full Moon’ outdoor concerts that my husband and I are contributors and participants of—so fun!

You Should Know | I can be prissy, bossy and have expensive taste—to which my husband responds: “I like prissy, everyone needs a boss, and darlin’, I’ll get a second job if you want me to!” That’s one super wonderful cowboy who I fire every day at 4:30pm to head back to the ranch to cook up delish grub for us for dinner (JK). I just love my superintendent husband, Robert, and my best friend and business mentor, Maureen!

Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 891-1023

First Financial Bank Southlake

Banking and Financial Services

Specialty | Banking and Financial Services. Our mission is to be an exemplary financial services organization which serves the financial needs of the markets in which we operate.

What Sets Us Apart | Our tenured staff that has a commitment to building loyal, lifelong relationships with first-class service and personal attention. First Financial Bank is proud of the team of dedicated bankers in our company that have stood ready to serve you for over 126 years.

Setting The Standard | “You First” is our tagline, because we strongly believe that putting our customers and stockholders first is the only way to properly do our job. Much of our success comes from the lifelong relationships we’ve built with people just like you.

Best Advice Received | Always do the right thing for everyone involved and treat customers the way you want to be treated.

Professional Philosophy | Our “One Bank, Multiple Regions” concept combines the best of “Big Bank” customer benefits with the local decision making and community involvement of a community bank. First Financial is not your everyday bank. Discover for yourself how at First Financial, it’s You First.

You Should Know | We were the very first bank in Southlake with 32 years here and 126 years in Texas. Our success is based on the fact that our customers are at the center of everything we do. Recognized regularly as the ‘Best Bank’ in our local markets. We are so grateful for the opportunity to give back to the Texas communities where we proudly live and work. Stop by and see first-hand why our bank has been #1 in the nation for 3 out of the last 7 years.

Who Inspires You Most | Our community! You are why we are here doing what we do. Every day we’re here to help you make sound financial decisions. And don’t be surprised if you step through the door and see a familiar face. Many of our employees are known leaders in the community. After all, being involved with the community is an important part of who we are.

Pictured | (l-r) Tracie Talkington (15 years), Jennie Mercer (15 years), Gayla Collins (12 years), Jamie Vest (1 year) and Ricca Coursey (15 years).

151 West Southlake Boulevard Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 410-2915

Fran W. Hoover

Keller Williams Realty DFW Southlake

Services | Luxury residential real estate, relocating buyers and sellers, working with past clients as well as many referrals.

What Sets You Apart | It was 1986—at the height of the savings and loan crisis—when I left a good job to launch a new career in real estate. April 2017 will be 30 years since I walked out of my corner office. And because of you—my clients—whom I value beyond words, I’ve never looked back. Time and again you’ve chosen me as your realtor and you continue to refer me to those you know.

Best Advice Received | In the words of Walt Disney, “First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.” And that’s what I did. I dared to begin a second career in the throes of a compromised Texas economy instead of heeding advice to ‘keep my job.’

Setting The Standard | When I got my real estate license three decades ago, I made a solid commitment to you—my clients. To know my job so well that I could represent you at the highest level. To be personally involved in every stage of your transaction from start to finish. To be available whenever you have a question. All these years later, my commitment to you stands stronger than ever.

Who Inspires You Most | My son’s paternal grandmother. She was smart, successful and one of the first women in Arkansas to sell real estate. She entered a man’s world and quickly rose to the top. She never went on an appointment without a lady’s three necessities—white gloves, a hat and a corset. No business-minded lady would be seen in public without being ‘cinched-up.’ Thank goodness that was then!

Professional Philosophy | Fran W. Hoover—one respected name, one single focus. To serve you like royalty and to treat you like family.

You Should Know | Truly, I’m grateful for each of you who has been part of my life these past three decades. If I could say thank you in a thousand different languages I would, but the best I can do is to say this, Thank you! (…with a slight Texas drawl.)

About The Photo | Ralph and Louanne, I loved using your incredible home office that overlooks Eagle Mountain Lake as the backdrop for this photo. Your incomparable view will be on the market soon—along with your totally renovated, gorgeous home. Can’t wait to meet the new people who will live life at the lake!

850 East State Highway 114, Suite 100 Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 366-5978

The Interior Collection

Whitnie Cypert

Tell Us About Your Business | The Interior Collection specializes in full interior design services including: custom furniture, window treatments, one-of-a-kind accessories and art. We pride ourselves on connecting with clients to create and visualize a design concept as they reveal their personality. Timeless design, classic elements, and everyday elegance are distinct characteristics in each of our design projects. We’re celebrating 11 years at our Southlake retail showroom and design center where we serve the entire Metroplex and beyond by traveling for many of our out-of-state design projects.

Childhood Dream Job | I’ve always dreamed of designing. As a young girl, I enjoyed fashion and interior design, but as I matured, my love for interiors strengthened. I also felt the industry of interior design would allow me the opportunity to pursue two great loves—a family and a business.

Greatest Influence In Career Choice | I was surrounded by creative women all my life, so starting off in Design Housing & Merchandising at Oklahoma State University just made sense. I’ve never regretted my decision or looked back for one moment and I can honestly say I am enjoying my successful career in design and look forward to the next stage in “my life as a designer.”

Knowledge That Serves You Well | Exceed customer expectations every time! By providing a pleasurable experience, clients will look forward to returning again and again… they’ll tell family and friends too!

Most Significant Barrier To Female Leadership I don’t believe there are ‘significant’ barriers—the key word being ‘significant.’ As the mother of two young boys, I know the ‘significance’ of the balancing act between family and business. It is possible to achieve—not easy—but possible!

Female Inspiration | My mom. She’s a strong, determined, business woman with tons of creative talent. She possessed the perfect formula for maintaining the ‘work-life balance.’

Best Advice For Readers | Be faithful, be grateful and have integrity in all things! Biggest Challenges For The Next Generation Of Women | Resilience and perseverance in a competitive world while staying relevant in a fastpaced ever-changing environment.

At The End Of A Very Long Day I’d Like To... Spend time with my husband and my sons eating dinner together as a family and sharing stories.

2600 East Southlake Blvd., Suite 130 Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 748-0444

Justice Law Firm

Tracey Justice

Specialty | Justice Law Firm offers experienced and reputable legal representation specializing in family law, including but not limited to divorce, collaborative divorce, termination and adoption, child support, CPS cases, enforcements, marital property agreements and enforcements as well as handling general civil litigation, wills and probate. Their goal is to preserve your legal rights and protect your family.

What Sets Us Apart | All of the attorneys at Justice Law Firm work together as a team to provide its clients with individualized attention. The success of this team approach is reflected in their excellent reputation and is a result of always providing quality, individualized service.

Qualifications / Associations | Tracey is licensed to practice law in Texas, as well as in the Northern District of the Federal Court. She became a certified mediator in 2000, received a specialized certification to mediate Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship in 2008 and became a member of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics in 2014. She is a member of the Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association, the Northeast Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, the Tarrant Collaborative Divorce Council and the Collaborative Institute of Texas.

Setting The Standard | Over the last 16 years in business, the staples of Justice Law Firm’s success has been hard work, professionalism and always treating others with respect. In living by and acting on these character traits, Tracey has built an honest reputation that has served her well in finding professional success.

Causes Close To My Heart | Tracey is a founding board member of Stepping Stones Foundation, a 501c(3) that helps underprivileged and at-risk children in our community. She is an active board member of Spiritual Outreach Worldwide, a Christian non-profit organization that ministers to the people of the Ukraine and more recently, Honduras. Tracey is also an active board member of Ohlook Performing Arts Center, a non-profit organization that exposes and educates local children to performing arts.

You Should Know | Tracey is proud to have built a reputable and well-respected law firm right here within the local community. Justice Law Firm is conveniently located in the heart of Southlake near Southlake Town Square at the corner of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue (next to Capital One Bank). Together as a firm, they will continue to provide excellent service for their clients, and continue to build a reputation as honest and ethical attorneys.

1100 East Southlake Blvd., Suite 400 Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 421-0300

Melissa Nickelson

Personal Life Coach

Specialty | As a personal life coach, I work with clients who are facing or considering life-changing choices. I am a certified divorce coach and a certified Mindset for Success coach, and I specialize in working with clients during and after divorce—to help them work through the emotional side of divorce.

Why Choose You | I help clients move forward, set realistic goals, and empower them to grow, envision and develop personal, unique strategies that give them the confidence to take action. Each session with me is one on one, either via telephone or in my private office.

Characteristics That Lead To Professional Success I learned early on to really listen to what others are saying—to really pay attention. Then I’m able to take what I have learned and incorporate it into my business.

Greatest Professional Influences | I worked as a family law legal assistant for over 15 years and saw firsthand the pain clients experienced with little to no help to work on the emotional side of divorce. This propelled me to become a divorce coach to guide clients through one of the worst times in their lives. I have also been fortunate to have been mentored and inspired by several strong women who pushed me to become the best person I can be and to never give up.

Best Advice For Readers | Be yourself and live your life—not someone else’s. Be open and experience new things. Learn to balance work life and family life and don’t ever let anyone hold you back.

Announcing My New Book | In my new book “From Mrs. to Ms. – A Guide to Living Your Life During and After Divorce,” I look at the emotions surrounding a divorce. More than ever, this is a time when it’s important to take care of yourself and learn how to deal with the emotional roller coaster so you can move forward. Not only will you find out how to navigate the emotional side of divorce, but this book addresses ways to gain your confidence, reintroduce yourself to love, laughter, joy, peace and happiness, and free yourself from self doubt by accepting your missteps. Instead of merely surviving divorce, decide to live your life the way you’ve always wanted. “From Mrs. to Ms.” is available on or visit

5201 West Freeway, Suite 104 Fort Worth, Texas 76107 (817) 732-5267

Morrison Investigations

An All-Female Investigation Team

Krissy Morrison

Specialty | Morrison Investigations is a private investigations firm based in Fort Worth that serves all of the surrounding North Texas cities. They specialize in workers’ compensation fraud investigation, pre-trial investigation, infidelity, divorce and child custody investigations—and they perform surveillance really well!

What Sets Us Apart | This all-female investigation team collectively has over 10 years of experience in the private investigations field and they have a proven track record of success. This may sound like a bold claim, but it has been shown that women investigators are less likely than men to be discovered as an investigator while on surveillance!

You Should Know | Morrison Investigations was recently named to the ‘Best Of Dallas’ list for private investigators. This honor was bestowed upon only 19 of the best private investigation companies in Dallas by Expertise and more than 250 firms were reviewed as part of their research (256 firms to be exact).

Honors / Awards | ‘Best of Dallas’ Private Investigators 2016 by Expertise; ‘Best of 2016’ Private Investigators in Fort Worth (#1) based on customer reviews; ‘Best of 2015’ Private Investigators in Fort Worth (#2) based on customer reviews and the ‘Best of 2015’ Private Investigation Company in Fort Worth presented by Best Business. Morrison Investigations is proud of its distinction as being a woman-owned business holding HUB certification through the Texas State Comptroller and WBE certification in Texas, as well as being a certified womanowned business through North Central Texas Regional Authority (NCTRCA) and also a member of Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI).

Characteristics That Lead To Professional Success | Building trusted client relationships has resulted in repetitive business and wordof- mouth referrals. Morrison Investigations understands client needs and expectations, emphasizes proper training and keeps current with applicable laws and regulations. By exercising a high level of confidentiality, clients know their team can be trusted with any investigation need. My team is the key to our success.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment Obtaining a B.S. in Communications with focus on Sales and Marketing while working full-time, supporting three children and a husband, plus laying the groundwork for Morrison Investigations all at the same time.

Future Business Goals | I want to be ‘The Brand’ for investigation needs in North Texas so people think of Morrison Investigations whenever they need a private matter investigated.

500 Mercantile Plaza, Suite 300 Fort Worth, Texas 76137 (817) 902-4550

Providence Bank of Texas

Commercial Banking

Specialty | We specialize in commercial banking. We take a holistic review of a client’s business needs and work together as a team to provide strategic banking solutions for their success. These strategies include use of Positive Pay for fraud prevention, Remote Deposit Capture for convenience, and value-added Business Checking. We are also innovative in our approach to providing loan structures to meet the specific needs of our customers. When clients bank with us, they become part of our bank family.

What Sets You Apart | Providence Bank of Texas is locally chartered and dedicated to providing a high level of commitment and building personal relationships with our clients and community stakeholders.

Setting The Standard | High character, integrity and genuine concern for others are standards and qualities that are important to us.

Best Advice Received | The best advice we have ever received is—whatever you wish that others would do for you in any particular circumstance, do so for them.

Professional Philosophy | Our mission is to help people achieve their short-term goals and long-term dreams which takes both financial expertise and a consistent ethos of caring.

You Should Know | The bank has built a successful team of hardworking women, featured here, that understand the challenges people face in business and life. We will share our passion and knowledge to help our clients succeed at the highest levels.

Causes Close To Our Hearts | We are involved in civic organizations, volunteer with non-profits and engage with any number of local charities. A few of the charitable causes we are actively involved in and support are the Northeast Arts Council, Metroport Meals On Wheels, the Women’s Division of the Grapevine and Northwest Metroport Chambers. Our active involvement in both the Southlake and Keller chambers is very important to us as well. We also financially support the underprivileged in our community through other local organizations.

Pictured | (left to right) Terry Lynn Sewell, Chief Operating Officer; Robyn Martin, VP of Operations; Janice Spooner, Chief Retail Lending Officer and Joyce Mallon, President North Fort Worth.

Southlake Bank 325 East Southlake Boulevard Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 912-3444

North Fort Worth Bank 3500 Golden Triangle Boulevard Fort Worth, Texas 76244 (817) 898-6363

Victorya Rogers

Keller Williams Realty DFW Southlake

Specialty | I sell homes in all price ranges, including homes listed above $1 million. I understand the extra business savvy required for marketing homes in the luxury market—having met rigorous performance criteria to be a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and member of Keller Williams Luxury Homes International.

What Sets You Apart | I am a servant. You matter. I have been a realtor since 2010 and a life coach since 1998 after spending 11 years as a Hollywood agent. Professional, detail-oriented and unsurpassed customer service is what I strive to deliver every single time.

Best Advice Received | In business and relationships the best advice I received is “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Who Inspires You Most | Many people inspire me, but Jesus Christ inspires me most—He is the ultimate servant leader and His Book is my life guide.

Professional Philosophy | My mission is simply to help you make better choices so you can live the life of your dreams—and that includes the home in which you live. I love the thrill of helping you find the home that fits your personality in a neighborhood that matches your lifestyle.

Setting The Standard | Competence matters. I stay on the cutting-edge of ever-changing trends and technology of real estate by taking advanced training and networking with realtors, industry advisors and experts. I know the communities, local neighborhoods, schools, churches, restaurants and shops in Southlake, Colleyville, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Keller, Westlake and North Fort Worth.

Causes Close To My Heart | Single mom charities are my passion! I mentor single moms as a member of Gateway Church and I’m proud to be an ambassador for The Gatehouse (a place where women and children in crisis build new lives). I was also involved in First Friday where I was one of their emcees offering hundreds of women hope and help.

You Should Know | Prior to real estate, I negotiated tens of millions of dollars in business as a talent agent representing many award winners for TV and film. I left Hollywood for love, marriage and happily ever after. I wrote four books and traveled the country as a Christian speaker, then, after missing the thrill of negotiating and feeling the pull to stay in town for my kids, I gravitated towards real estate to match my lifelong love of house hunting.

850 East State Highway 114, Suite 100 Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 719-4333

Skinique Med Spa & Wellness

JoLynn Valente

Specialty | As the owner and founder of Skinique Med Spa & Wellness, I specialize in bringing the most advanced technologies, procedures and products to my patients. We offer the world’s number one nonsurgical fat reduction treatment, Coolsculpting, and the best non-surgical skin tightening, Ultherapy, as well as customized facials, IPL, laser resurfacing, laser hair removal, medical weight loss programs, vitamin injections and Injectables.

What Sets Us Apart | My staff. We understand that walking into a new medical spa can be overwhelming and intimidating, so we strive to make you feel relaxed and welcome. My amazing staff is like family to me, together we have been recognized by the community as the Best Med Spa in our area two years in a row.

Best Advice Received | “Always go the extra mile.” I know it sounds cliché, but this is how I operate in life and in business. There are a lot of medical spas to choose from and I strive to go above and beyond the patient’s expectations.

Biggest Challenge | No two people are the same— that’s why we offer a customized plan for each patient that fits their individual needs and budget specifically. I believe high-quality skincare should be accessible to everyone and our membership options offer patients an affordable way to receive treatments monthly.

Who Inspires You Most | My husband, Dr. Mark Valente. His drive, dedication and compassion set the bar so high! I aim to achieve his level of success. Setting The Standard | We treat our patients like family! They receive the same quality of care that we would give to our brothers and sisters. We work hard to make each and every person who walks through our door feel like our biggest priority.

Causes Close To My Heart | Through the help of Skinique, my husband and I personally purchased and delivered enough rice, milk, diapers, soap and shampoo to provide for over 1,300 children living in an orphanage in Thailand. The previous year, we supported children in Africa. It is a rewarding and humbling experience to provide them with everyday necessities that we take for granted. It was such a joy to play with those precious angels and put a smile on their faces.

You Should Know | With a move to Southlake later this month, I’m so excited to meet all of the wonderful women in the community and I’m hoping to break ground on our new Skinique location off Southlake Boulevard this year!

3160 North Tarrant Parkway, Suite 404 Fort Worth, Texas 76177 (817) 484-0300

Vera Photo and Talent

Vera Crosby

Services | I am a storyteller that captures special moments on ‘film’ for your personal or professional purposes. Whether you are getting married, selling products and services, putting together a charity fundraiser or need portraits, I can provide you with ‘turn key’ solutions that will melt your heart, grow your business and document an event in your life that you can relive forever. I am an expert photographer, marketing event coordinator and model / talent management agency. I have a tremendous passion for photography, fashion, people and the modeling industry.

What Sets You Apart | Sharing the transformation process with all of my models. Much of my time is spent developing young male and female models for 2 to 3 years. Runway coaching, time in front of the camera, posing and polishing a young person’s self confidence is key to being successful in modeling and in life. A number of my models have moved on after time spent with me to larger agencies in New York and Los Angeles to pursue full-time careers. After 10 years of experience, my work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, Internet websites, advertising campaigns and on television shows. Plus, the models I represent have appeared in runway shows, concerts, videos, social media, websites and marketing collateral and campaigns.

Modeling Workshop | Vera has teamed up with her son Myles Crosby—a current New York model, who has worked for Calvin Klein and many of the world’s most famous designers. They’re offering two-hour workshops for aspiring models and current talent trying to hone their skills. Sessions are held monthly in small groups to ensure every model gets personal attention. Workshops include: Runway lessons and tips, ‘one look’ digital photos for your portfolio, posing and positioning coaching, and a styling and makeup tutorial on what to wear and what your best makeup is by a professional makeup artist and fashion editorial stylist. Plus… branding yourself on social media in text and video. Call for dates and times. $299/person. Reservations are required.

Setting The Standard | I take personal interest in every single one of my business engagements. Most of my clients are clients for life. I discuss their goals and objectives, and then help them realize their dreams. Because my company has access to so many diverse resources and skilled people, I am able to simplify my customers’ business dealings with just one call to me.

You Should Know | I am on a mission to find America’s next top model!

(817) 694-4785

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