LIFESTYLE PROFILES

Welcome to Lifestyle Frisco’s weekly video interview series, LIFESTYLE PROFILES.

Watch while our CEO, Wendi McGowan-Ellis, is “discovering and disclosing the people who create the fabric of Frisco.”

November 7, 2018 Tumbleweed Texstyles
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Brian Wysong and Jeb Matulich – Handcrafted Texas Apparel by Tumbleweed Texstyles

Interview #44 Meet Brian Wysong and Jeb Matulich, founders of Tumbleweed Texstyles, a brand that has it's own Frisco...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
November 1, 2018 allison-burum-chris-morgan
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Allison Burum and Chris Morgan – Thanks and Giving with the North Texas Turkey Trot

Interview #43 This Thanksgiving, the mashed potatoes will wait and you can DVR the Macy's parade. Meet Allison Burum,...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
October 26, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-thumbnail-shannon-kmak-heather-webb
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Shannon Kmak and Heather Webb – Giving Through Gifting at JLCC

Interview #42 With a gift for giving, Shannon Kmak, President of the Junior League of Collin County, and Heather Webb, Chair of...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
October 17, 2018 jasin burt - bottled in bond
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Jasin Burt – Creating a Craft Cocktail and Dining Culture

Interview #41 Pull up a seat at the dark, hardwood bar that the runs the length of the restaurant, order your favorite classic...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
October 10, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0040-matt-wixon
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Matt Wixon – Fourth Down in Texas

Interview #40 “Where Friday Night Lights Meets Concussion,” Matt Wixon is the Facilitator for Athletics in the...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
October 3, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0038-bill-cates
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Bill Cates – Frisco’s First Veteran of the Year

Interview #39 Having lived in Frisco for 87 years, Bill Cates is our city's first recipient of Mayor Cheney's Distinguished...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
September 20, 2018 Dawn Cruzan - Camp Craig Allen
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Dawn Cruzan – Seeing and Serving the Overlooked through Camp Craig Allen

Interview #37 Delightful as she is professional, Dawn Cruzan is the Founder and President of Camp Craig Allen. Come join us at...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
September 12, 2018 Crystal Gornto of Heartstories on Lifestyle Profiles
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Crystal Gornto – Replacing the Noise with HeartStories

Interview #36 On the outside do you look like you have it all together, but on the inside, you’re fighting a soundtrack of...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
September 5, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0035-andre-angel
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Andre Angel – An Entrepreneur Ending Hunger

Interview #35 After taking his kids to volunteer at a food pantry in Plano, TX, Andre Angel was shocked to discover that hunger...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
August 29, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-episode-0034-thumbnail
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Frisco Flyers – Frisco’s Newest Volleyball Club

Interview #34 Jason Rogers and Bill Raitt were looking for the right sport for their kids and an opportunity to help them learn...

by Scott Ellis
August 22, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0033-earnest-morgan
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Earnest Morgan – From Bar-B-Que to Burning Bridges for a New Life in Frisco

Interview #33 With a passion for people, this teddy bear of a gentleman, Earnest Morgan, is touching lives and moving hearts in...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
August 15, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0032-allyson-mendel
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Allyson Mendel – California Beauty Bringing the Best to Real Estate in Frisco

Interview #32 This week, let’s meet Allyson Mendel. With a college National Volleyball Championship and a father who played in...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
August 8, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0031-peter-burns
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Peter Burns – Building the Future of Entrepreneurship in Frisco

Interview #31 Building the future of entrepreneurship in Frisco, Peter Burns is the Program Manager for Young Entrepreneurs...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
August 1, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0030-lauren-newman-burge
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Lauren Newman Burge – From Farmland to Fastest Growing City

Interview #30 The Newman family was here before Frisco was Frisco. Listen in as Lauren Newman Burge tells the story of her...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
July 25, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0029-dave-frakes
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Dave Frakes – Welcome To The Family at Industrial Cigar Company

Interview #29 Years ago one evening, catching his grown sons smoking cigars in the family hot tub, father Dave Frakes found a...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
July 18, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0028-carrie-daniel-himel
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Carrie and Daniel Himel – Bringing Baseball Tournaments to Tweens with Middle School Matchup

Interview #28 Carrie and Daniel Himel, weren’t satisfied with the fact that their middle school aged boys couldn’t play...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
July 11, 2018 Jordan Knowles Fast Forward Valet
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Jordan Knowles – Driving Frisco Forward with Fast Forward Valet

Interview #27 This week, let’s meet Frisco’s favorite valet, Jordan Knowles, founder and CEO of Fast Forward Valet. If you...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
July 5, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-thumbnail-template
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Kristin Grammar – Creating Connections and Commercial Developments in Frisco

Interview #26 Connected to almost everyone in Frisco, Kristin Grammar is an Associate Vice President at TIG Real Estate, a...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
June 27, 2018 jenny dean fitness
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Jenny Dean – Frisco’s Fitness Femme Fatale

Interview #25 This week, let's meet Jenny Dean, Founder of Jenny Dean Fitness, and a Frisco fitness pioneer. Jenny believes in...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
June 20, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0024-marsha-clark
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Marsha Clark – Enhancing the Pipeline of Powerful Female Leadership

Interview #24 A woman who is in full possession of her mind, who is responsible for her thoughts and actions, and who is...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
June 13, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-thumbnail-template
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Uma Mohan – Empowering Frisco Kids to Think Critically

Interview #23 For many of us, summer break means a welcome shift to less-structured days, more flexibility, and no required...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
June 6, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0022-heidi-wysocki
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Heidi Wysocki – Avoiding, Mitigating, and Overcoming Active Shooter Situations

Interview #22 We're 23 weeks into 2018, and across our country, there have already been 23 school shootings where someone...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
May 30, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-brandon-frakes-gabe-harris-thumbnail
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Brandon Frakes and Gabe Harris – The Go Local Guys

Interview #21 This week, we got the Go Local guys - Brandon Frakes and Gabe Harris - out from behind the camera to talk about...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
May 23, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0020-raj-chhadua-thumbnail
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Raj Chhadua – The Pharmacist Focused on YOU

Interview #20 With leadership experience in pharmacy operations, compliance, and overall quality improvement, Raj Chhadua and...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
May 11, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0019-tomasz-kwiatkowski
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Tomasz Kwiatkowski – Sales Exec and Strategist with a Passion for People

Interview #19 "Give Back. Make Things Happen. Take Risks." All mottos of Tomasz Kwiatkowski. A natural connection builder with...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
May 4, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0018-susan-sanders
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Susan Sanders – Developing the UNT Texas Fashion Collection

Interview #18 Guarding a unique repository of high fashion and style, Frisco resident Susan Sanders is the University of North...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
April 27, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0017-kevin-hail
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Kevin Hail – Comforting Others with HOPE for a Cure at National Breast Cancer Foundation

Interview #17 Since we tape all our LIFESTYLE PROFILES vides in the National Breast Cancer Foundation studios, the opportunity...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
April 20, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0015-raphael-smith-v2
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Raphael Smith – Serial Entrepreneur for Athletes

Interview #16 As a serial entrepreneur in the sports and athletic industry, Raphael Smith is changing the way injuries are...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
April 13, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0015-erin-smith
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Erin Smith – Business Strategist and Entrepreneur Expert Delivering the Entrepreneur Summit

Interview #15 Erin Smith has a vast background in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. Starting out from college with a...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
April 6, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0014-michael davis
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Michael Davis – Kids’ Character Development at ETHOS Education Group

Interview #14 Frisco resident Michael Davis is meeting social and emotional needs for kids through character development...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
March 30, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0012-scott-pontikes
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Scott Pontikes – Founder of Scotty P’s – A FOODIE Before It Was a Fad

Interview #13 This week, let's meet Scott Pontikes, founder of Scotty P's Hamburgers. Scott was a foodie before being a...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
March 23, 2018 peter-claffey
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Peter Claffey – Leading All the Mind-Stretching Fun at Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Interview #12 Executive Director of the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Petter Claffey brings energy, enthusiasm, and expertise to...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
March 16, 2018 johnny dela valdene
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Johnny Dela Valdene – Keeping Frisco Fit at Cowboys Fit

Interview #11 Johnny Dela Valdene is an entrepreneur in the truest sense... He has never worked for anyone else. As the CEO of...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
March 9, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0010-trey wilcox
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Tre Wilcox – James Beard Award Winning Chef with Techniques, Recipes, and Execution

Interview #10 Tre Wilcox looks like he belongs at the gym more than in a kitchen. If judging his athletic physique, many are...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
March 2, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0009-suad-bejtovic
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Suad Bejtovic – The Best Dressed Photographer in the World

Interview #9 Suad Bejtovic is the best-dressed photographer in the world… He has a big Canon and he’s not afraid to shoot...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
February 23, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0008-finley
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Thomas Finley – Making Frisco Smarter at the Public Library

Interview #8 Thomas Finley is the Adult Services Manager at the Frisco Public Library. As a former book scout for Larry...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
February 16, 2018 casey-mceuin-project-relo
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Casey McEuin – Furthering Opportunities for Veterans Through Project RELO

Interview #7 Casey McEuin is the President and Executive Director of Project RELO. He's on a mission to create opportunities...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
February 9, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0006-tammy-meinershagen
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Tammy Meinershagen – A Champion for the Flourishing Arts in Frisco

Interview #6 As Executive Director of Frisco Arts, Tammy Meinershagen is on a mission to advance the Arts in our community. Hear...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
February 2, 2018 lifestyle-profiles-0005-calloway
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Brooklyn and Matt Calloway – Sharing Their Passion For Downtown Frisco

Interview #5 Brooklyn and Matt Calloway have a passion for all things vintage including historic Frisco. Brooklyn is a former...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
January 26, 2018 tracie-shipman-lifestyle-profiles
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Tracie Shipman – What Makes Frisco Special

Interview #4 As a former Mayor Pro Tem, Tracie Reveal Shipman has a unique historical perspective on Frisco. In this interview,...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
January 19, 2018 donny-churchman-the-rail-disctrict
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Donny Churchman – The Man Behind “The Rail District”

Interview #3 Join us for an enlightening conversation with Donny Churchman, the man behind "The Rail...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
January 10, 2018 lsf-profile-lorie-medina-20180110
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Lorie Medina – Frisco’s First Chief of Staff

Interview #2 In this episode, learn Lorie's favorite vice, her biggest drive, how she helps set the pace of the growth in...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis
December 22, 2017 Lifestyle Profiles - Jeff Trykoski
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Jeff Trykoski – The Man Behind the Lights in Frisco Square

Interview #1 Get the inside story on the start of the light and music show every Holiday season in Frisco Square. How many...

by Wendi McGowan-Ellis