Where you grew up and your background can often have surprising effects on our lives and careers. We’ve asked folks from the community to tell us about how their background has affected them.

Kevin Won | Artist

I am the second son of three boys of Korean immigrant parents. I was born and raised in Houston, TX. My speech, mannerism, and decision-making stem from this. Read more>>

Molly Magill | Artist

I grew up in a small town in West Texas, and my upbringing there, where my family has lived for 7 generations, has played an integral role in my life and especially my art. Because of my deep roots there, and now my pride and commitment to my life and work in Dallas make my work an expression of primarily of place. Read more>>

Sarah Jo Blanchard | Operations & Marketing Director

I’m originally from Lake Charles, LA and moved to DFW in 2006. I started going to school at UNT as an art student and at the same time working at a datacenter for community banks where I fell in love with business. I dedicated 14 years of my career to that datacenter where I worked as Operations Manager. Read more>>

Matt Wandersee | Realtor, Team Lead, The Brooks Team, RE/MAX Four Corners

I am born in Chicago, raised in rural Minnesota, and from a middle class background. I was taught at an early age the value of hard work and honesty. After graduating high school, thankfully I was blessed with a football scholarship to a small school in MN (MN State-Moorhead) where I was able to play 5 years and attain a degree in Social Studies Education. Read more>>

Erica Todd | Part Owner of WildWood Restoration and The Hoefer House, Teacher, Mother and Wife

Hello! I am Erica Todd and I was born and raised in Ennis, Texas. It is a small town outside of Dallas where everyone knows everyone and Texas High School Football rules Friday nights. My mom and dad play a vital part of who I am today. At a very early age I was taught that there is only one way to work and that is to work hard. Read more>>