Dallas: So What’s The Big Deal?

The opportunity really made me begin to think what is about Dallas that makes me think this is the best city in the country for me and my family to live in. Check out the blog and let me know why you believe Dallas is a great city or even if there is another city you like more.

Trey Bowles is a passionate Dallasite that views the city in a pure manner, accompanied with great historical context. Like many others, Bowles has seen the bright lights of other metropolitan areas, only to return to the town he originally called home.

“I was born and raised in Dallas,” says Bowles. “I left for about 13 years for college and then I lived in several cities across the country, including Birmingham, Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles, to name a few. I came back to get married and help the turning around of a business based in the Dallas area.”

As is the case with Dallas the city, Bowles occupational pursuits aren’t easily placed into a narrow box. Passion and drive, however, are threads that tie together just about anything he’s decided to occupy his time with over the years.

“I’m a serial entrepreneur. Most people don’t know what that means, so I just tell them that I find things I’m passionate about and figure out a way to make them successful. I’ve worked in technology, music, film, television and built non-profits. But, currently, I’m an Adjunct Professor at SMU teaching a class in the spring on Social Entrepreneurship. I’m also working on running a Startup America’s Texas region, which helps high-growth startups to be successful. I started and lead a local group called the Mayor’s Star Council which was created to find young people who want to embrace and engage the city today rather, than simply inheriting it in 20 years. If I had to sum all of this up, I would say I’m attempting to be a “Collaborative Evangelist,” by trying to create a collaborative ecosystem at the intersection of entrepreneurship and technology in Dallas.”
Trey Bowles
It’s understandable that a fellow who wears as many local hats as Bowles does has a positive take on the individuality of Dallas. Bowles has been one of the young professionals that have helped bring the city to a new golden era that is merely at its beginning.

“I believe that Dallas is in a very unique position right now. We are continually mentioned as a top city in the country in about 20 different categories. I believe with all of the work that is being done in the city by the Mayor, our city leaders, philanthropists, and those focused on developing a city based on collaboration, that we will very quickly become a top-tier city and definitely in the top 3 rankings in categories such as: Top Cities to Live In, Top Innovation Hubs, Most Entrepreneurial Cities, and Top Arts Districts.”

Bowles has spent a good bit of time in the world of non-profit organizations that give back to the community from which they spring. As much is clear when one listens to his philosophical take on how young professionals can give back to Dallas in order to help it grow productively.

“Business success and vocational prowess is a portion of what makes up a successful professional, but in addition to that, we see today that people are being determined by who they are socially, ethically, and philanthropically. I believe in the future, and even today, people will be ultimately judged by the social good they are perpetuating as a part of building a sustainable reputation and a better community.”

Below, Trey Bowles provides us with some other thoughts on his hometown:

On His Favorite (and Hidden) Dallas Gem…

One of my favorite hidden gems in Dallas is The Lancaster Corridor. Our group, The Mayor’s Star Council, has been down there working with community leaders for the last several months and I think rich history, along with an innovative approach to collaboration they are building an example that the rest of the city can see and learn from. I think the more we can all learn about Dallas history, the more we can really begin to love and appreciate our city to a completely deeper level.

On the One Dallas Restaurant He Would Eat At For The Rest of His Life…

It would have to be Shinsei. My wife and I eat there probably once a week and I think it is the best sushi in town. We love their wait staff and the owners, and we consider them a part of our family and weekly dining schedule.

On His Favorite Local Band…

My favorite local band (and I’m a little biased since my music management company used to manage them) is Green River Ordinance (often referred to as GRO). These guys have been playing together for over 10 years and have achieved great success both through major record deals, strong film and T.V. placement, and a cult group of fans that have continued to make this band one of the most well known and successful pop rock bands in Texas.

On the Last Great Concert He Attended in Dallas…

The last great concert I went to in Dallas was probably Coldplay in June. They put on a great show at the American Airlines Center (aka The AAC) and it was really cool to see how much everyone loved the show. Being in the artist management business when I was younger, there’s nothing like seeing a crowd respond to a band, and this crowd responded with a visceral reaction that involved screaming, chanting, dancing and elation. It was a pretty good show.

On the Local Legends He Would Love To Sit Down and Speak With…

This is a hard one. There are so many great leaders in our city and exemplary citizens. However, if it were up to me, I would like to sit down with group of the men that helped make Dallas what it is today: my grandfather and all of his buddies. My grandfather, Lloyd S. Bowles Sr. was the CEO and Chairman of Dallas Federal Savings and Loan and his best friends included Joe Dealy of BELO, Felix McKnight of Dallas from the Times Herald, and a slew of other key leaders in the city that helped develop the real estate, Oil and Gas and infrastructure for what Dallas has become today. With leading board roles at Southwestern Bell, The Salvation Army, United Way, TXU, and many more, my grandfather and his contemporaries were men of honor, principle and vision. I believe that, in order to appropriately plan for the future, we need to understand our past and the plans that our grandparents had for the city. It is once we understand the past vision that we can create our future vision.

On What You Can Find Him Doing On a Saturday Afternoon…

That really depends on the time of year. This time of year you will see us hitting our farm just north of Celina to do some duck hunting around 5:00 am followed by a lunch with friends and then either a trip down to Lancaster Corridor to participate in some cool events they have down there or a brief exploration of a different area of Dallas we haven’t thoroughly explored yet.

On the Thing He Hasn’t Done In Dallas Yet, But Wants To…

I’ve never walked across the entire downtown of Dallas in one afternoon. I have always wanted to do that. Having lived in New York City, where you walk everywhere, I love the idea of our downtown and how it’s becoming more and more walkable every year. I love that we are working to get public transportation that allows access to all over the city and for people outside of downtown to have easy access to our city hub.

On the Advice He Has For Anyone Moving To Dallas…

I hear from people all the time that come and visit me in Dallas that “I wish I would have known how great Dallas was, so I would have come here earlier”. I absolutely love our new Dallas slogan of “Big Things Happen Here”. I just really wish we could speak specifically to what those “big things” are. I like so many things about Dallas and have mentioned many of those above, but I think I would advise people to take a little bigger look at all that we have to offer. It’s way too easy to quickly fall into your own comfort zone of the restaurants you like and the bars you frequent, but to truly understand and appreciate this great city in which we live you have to get outside of your comfort zone and explore all of the amazing things Dallas has to offer. A few months ago on my birthday, we rented a party bus and were trying to figure out where we were going to go. I came up with the idea to take my friends (many of whom are Dallas natives) on a field trip across the city. We started at City Hall (it was amazing how many of them had no idea where it was located) and then we went over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, followed by the Foundry and then stopped at the Belmont Hotel. From the beautiful views of the Belmont, we headed over the famous and recently rejuvenated Texas Theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. We then made our way back over to the Bishop Arts district where we saw the newly renovated Kessler Theater. We didn’t have time to talk a trip down to the Lancaster Corridor in South Oak Cliff where I have been spending so much time in lately, but my friends had the best time to be on this bus and get the chance to drink, dance and explore areas of Dallas they had never seen before.

On What Makes Dallas Different Than Any Other City…

I think what makes us different are our people, our ideals, and our pride in what our city is and what it is becoming. When you look at all that’s going on in Dallas right now you, can see we are rapidly becoming leaders in all areas of life from community building, economic development, arts and culture creation, education, philanthropy and so much more. I always like to end with a quote from President Harry S. Truman: “There is no limit to what we can accomplish if we don’t care who gets the credit.” I believe this wholeheartedly, and if we continue to move forward in building a city with this mentality, there is no telling where we will be 20 years from now.


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