Modern Luxury Magazine is pleased to present some of the most distinguished men that are taking Dallas by storm. These outstanding industry leaders are shaping the future of their respective fields as some of the most prominent influencers in our community.
AYA MEDICAL SPA MEDICAL DIRECTOR & CO-OWNER
“Our practice philosophy is to listen to the patient and ultimately determine what treatment track is going to get their optimal result,” shares Dr. William P. Adams, Jr., medical director at AYA Medical Spa’s Dallas outpost and board-certified plastic surgeon. An international authority on breast augmentation, Dr. Adams is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, the Program Director of UTSW Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship, the Education Commissioner and Vice President of Aesthetic Society and the Chief Medical Officer of The Plastic Surgery Channel—not to mention a published author. A big believer in continual education, Dr. Adams focuses his time on both learning and sharing his innovative techniques of personalized, rapid recovery. In his own practice, his fast track ’24-hour’ recovery is globally recognized, as well as a triple antibiotic solution his research developed to assist in minimizing bacteria, benefitting surgeons and patients since 1999. “We’ve fostered a lot of great friendships with surgeons all over the world in plastic surgery,” says Dr. Adams. When he’s not lecturing mid-procedure, he’s actively involved in the community, supporting local sports teams and schools, or volunteering his time and talents.
When Derrick L. Miles decided to leave his executive position in hospital administration to become an entrepreneur, he could not have predicted the bumpy road ahead of him. But his desire to encourage others from a young age continued to push Derrick to eventually become the founder of CourMed, one of the world’s best startups. “I wanted to start a service that would encourage others, because I know the power behind a word of encouragement. Encouragement could save someone’s life,” notes Miles. Improving quality of life is important to Derrick who started his career in health sciences. CourMed provides doorstep delivery of essential healthcare items to keep Americans healthy and safe. “We partner with healthcare providers (independent pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, etc.) and then add our 5-STAR concierge delivery on top so that your family can stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. When someone receives a delivery from CourMed, they also receive at least three encouraging messages.”
DALLASFACEDOC FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON & RHINOPLASTY SPECIALIST
With a minimally-invasive approach, Dr. Masoud Saman offers clients a bespoke experience and exquisite cosmetic results. You may know him around town as DALLASFACEDOC™. A familiar moniker in Highland Park social circles, it’s the brainchild and atelier of the dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Saman. Armed with a skill set developed from high acuity surgery and a background in art, he combines surgical excellence with aesthetic artistry to deliver masterful results. “I have appreciated facial beauty and its intricate anatomy—shadows and highlights, curves and troughs, angles and textures—for as long as I can remember, long before becoming a facial plastic surgeon,” he shares. “My entire concept and work philosophy is rooted in artistic expression.” Experienced with complex craniofacial defects related to advanced cancer, ballistic trauma, nerve injury, and congenital anomalies, technical precision and finesse is the means to express his vision. His edge? Creating mutual trust. “I tell patients that I will give them all the knowledge in my head, all the care in my heart and the skills of my hands toward achieving the results they want,” says Saman. Up next? Teaching a rhinoplasty course in France and traveling around Europe, bringing back the latest tips and tricks as souvenirs.
ALLIE BETH ALLMAN & ASSOCIATES FOUNDING PARTNER AND SENIOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
A well-known name in Dallas real estate, Frank Purcell is a founding partner of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. In Purcell’s world connections run deep. As Dallas natives and Park Cities residents for over 30 years, he and his wife Jane’s involvement in community, schools and church served him well early on when launching his real estate career. “I was blessed with a lot of good connections to great friends and clients from which to grow my business,” he shares. “Today it is not only those friends and clients but in many cases it is their referrals and family members whom I represent in buying and selling their homes.” For a buyer or seller who’s looking for a guide to the market, Purcell exceeds expectations. “In today’s market place everyone looks online for property information, but what you cannot determine accurately by an online view is where the property fits in the neighborhood from pricing and desirability to make it a good investment. That is where an experienced knowledgeable professional comes in,” states the veteran realtor. “In today’s world a home is not only a place to live. It is also one of the largest financial decisions they’re going to make- and it’s one of the best ways to build wealth.”
Even in this unusual year, the firm and Purcell have enjoyed the biggest July sales in the company’s history. “Each client has a set of desires and goals and luckily with the Dallas real estate market supply right now they can meet most of those objectives. With so much relocation to the DFW area and interest rates so low, it is a great time to be investing in real estate.”
DANIEL KINKADE FINE ART OWNER + FOUNDER
From a young age, it was Daniel Kinkade’s dream to work with Oprah. As the founder and owner of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art—which works with high-profile interior designers, architects, developers and hoteliers to place cutting-edge art—his dream came true: He’s dressed the walls of Harpo Studios, and worked with countless other discerning clients, including Simeone-Deary Design Group, Starbucks, Neiman Marcus, St. Jane Chicago and Nate Berkus Associates. This year has been an especially successful one for Kinkade. “People are home and nesting,” he says. “They want to work on their environments. … Since everyone on our staff has a degree in interior design, we speak the language our clients need us to speak.” For Kinkade, being a modern man is all about seeing the world. Last year, he spent eight weeks in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, and before that it was the Seychelles and Nepal.
Since everyone on our staff has a degree in interior design, we speak the language our clients need us to speak.
It’s also through travel that he finds new works and connects with artists; he’s expanded his network to include hundreds of artists from around the globe. Coming up, look out for Kinkade at Intersect Chicago—the reimagined SOFA expo—where he’ll be exhibiting next year. And heed his sage advice when it comes to your own space: “Take a chance,” he says. “Art should make you feel alive.”
PARTNERS AT THE MCCATHERN LAW FIRM
Ushering in a new era of the McCathern law firm, in 2012 Partners Levi McCathern, Arnold Shokouhi, Carl Evans Jr., and Paul Grinke took over the ownership of the firm, which was originally founded in 1998. With a presence across the metroplex as well as Houston and Los Angeles, the firm is known around town as an energetic and dynamic law firm that builds close relationships with clients. “We want our clients to be our partners,” says Shokouhi, “and to be a true partner, you’ve got to have trust both ways”. A couple of those are Bill Hutchinson and Jerry Jones. “Jerry has been a great partner to this law firm for 25 years,” shares McCathern. “He was the first major client that came forward.” Hutchinson called on McCathern to handle various projects within the revitalization of the Dallas Design District, including the Virgin Hotels Dallas. “When you’ve got a great working relationship and you’re heavily involved in their business, it just helps you handle them a lot better,” says McCathern.“They know us and our strengths and we know them.” Serving individuals, families and Fortune 500 companies, the partners take pride in improving people’s lives. How, exactly? By being trailblazers. “Trailblazers in both business and the legal field,” adds Shokouhi.
VITALYC MED SPA FOUNDER & CEO
When Auditor-turned-entrepreneur Amir Mortazavi joined his wife for a Coolsculpting treatment five years ago, it sparked an idea that would become Vitalyc MedSpa. Well-versed as a business owner with a 12-year background in healthcare, he opened Vitalyc (mid-pandemic) in partnership with Dallas-based hospitality leader Imran Sheik. Drawing inspiration from that world—down to the welcoming feeling of a signature scent—the gender-neutral Medspa was born with a mission of giving their clients confidence. “Confidence is the key to being successful in life…it allows you to be dialed in” says Mortazavi, but believes a gap occurs when people age. “If you’re looking for the bridge to the old you, or maybe the you that’s never existed, we give you years back on the outside—cosmetically and aesthetically—so you can be your best on the inside” shares the founder. A standout in Dallas’ saturated market, Vitalyc relies on app-based technology and patient education. As one of only two practices in the metroplex with four Coolsculpting machines in-house, clients can have multiple areas treated simultaneously or as a couple. “A key differentiator,” he shares,” is doing stuff together as couples. A wife’s getting a facial…the husband’s getting an IV. They spend the afternoon watching Netflix and having food catered to them; It’s like a Four Seasons hotel experience.”
SAUCE BEAUTY FOUNDER & CEO
With an extensive background in luxury haircare, Sauce Beauty founder and CEO Andrew Rah set out to amalgamate his pastime with his career. “I married my two passions in life: cooking and haircare,” says Rah. Launched in 2018, the haircare line offers several recipes for healthy hair. By his enthusiasm (and Guacamole Whip hair treatment), you’d think he was a native Texan. After moving to Texas for his wife, raising their kids here, and starting a homegrown haircare brand, it’s evident he’s now Texan. Rah is a true family man, and it feeds into his food-inspired venture. In fact, he and his daughter Delaney often whip up inspiration in the kitchen together. With the rise of clean skincare, Rah shines a light on clean haircare, including its proven benefits for hair and scalp health. “We care so much about what we put into our bodies, should we not feel the same about our hair?” asks the CEO. He coined the term TransHAIRency to spotlight the biological properties of the food-inspired ingredients—think Greek yogurt, avocado, Jarrah honey, cucumber water and shea butter—and their purpose. The creator doesn’t shy away from traditional ingredients entirely, noting the need for baseline preservatives to keep the shelf life of the products. After all, they’re in a hot, steamy shower for months on end. Locally made in Texas and crafted with precision, just as a chef would, Sauce Beatuy offer customers no-fuss products that get down to the root.
SZOR COLLECTIONS OWNER
Nestled in The Plaza at Preston Center, Szor Collections features a unique array of artisan jewelry in a jewel-box gallery setting. Jay Szor ushered in second generation ownership two years ago, bringing a new level of precision to the evolving ethos of Szor Collections. The Gemological Institute of America graduate with over 10 years of experience spends his time curating collections and sourcing new and innovative designers, while maintaining relationships with the classic artists the clientele has come to know and love. “We find jewelry for people who want to wear something different,” says Szor. A loyal Texan, the gallery owner represents makers from all of the world including Germany, Belgium, Brazil and the United Kingdom. “One of our differentiating factors is that we exclusively represent all designers we carry in Dallas,” he shares. “There’s a truly special art community in Dallas, and we consider much of our jewelry to be wearable art.” Carrying on the family legacy, Szor is proudly blazing a well-carved path for the future of artful adornments at the beloved store. “We strive to bring change to an industry that has had a long history of being the same, approaching it with a unique perspective and clarity.” he says, “It isn’t always easy, but our incredible clients and our wonderful jewelry designers’ passion make it more than worthwhile every single day.”
Real estate is a complex, emotion-filled business.
It all started with one transaction—one that should’ve been really complicated. Stunned by the smooth nature of the deal, co-founders John Giordano, Eric Walsh and Rick Wegman set out to create a united front in real estate brokerage 13 years ago. Giordano and Wegman focused on upscale residential while Walsh focused on commercial, which then dovetailed into farm and ranch very quickly. A great working relationship with Christie’s International afforded them the opportunity to become the affiliate for all of North Texas, and the trio opened a Dallas branch last September. CEO Concho Minick brought on key players to round out a stellar team that changed the complexion of the company, sparking exponential growth. “Real estate is a complex, emotion-filled business,” says Wegman. “The culture that surrounds the agents translates to the transactions and disseminates to the clients.” As technology’s role in real estate instantaneously became essential this year, ULTERRE offered its agents Matterport 3D walkthrough technology in-house to keep the process smooth. “I was able to sell a seven figure house last month, basically all virtually,” shares Giordano. “The buyers never even walked through the house until the option period was over.” They’ve seen an increase in appetites for investment in North Texas Real Estate, as lake and ranch property interest skyrockets. Previously considered luxury amenities, such as home offices or pools, are now considered essential. “I think people have found the value of their home and really deeply appreciate their domiciles,” says Wegman. As they celebrate a year in Dallas, they’re looking to attract likeminded people. “We’re here in Dallas, and we’re here to stay.”
THE INTERIOR PRINCIPAL
Located at Inwood Road and Lovers Lane sits The Interior, both a trove of international finds and interior design business overseen by Principal Mark Lafferty. Having a textile and a design background set Lafferty up for long-term success, navigating the industry for over 20 years. “Your home now, is what clothing used to be.” he says, likening selfexpression of one’s wardrobe to one’s everyday surroundings. The premier retail destination and showroom offers interior design services, approaching design with a unique frame of mind that emphasizes each client’s individuality. Lafferty suggests there’s a shift toward design that reflects comfort and ease. “Our goal is to interpret our customers’ lifestyle in their home,” he shares. The team carries that out through elements such as art, furnishings, rugs, accessories, wallpaper and lighting sourced from American manufacturers and International dealers. The Interior also spotlights local artists. Whether it be a touch-up or transition, The Interior team offers expertise with managing projects in Texas and beyond. Furthermore, Lafferty offers full remodeling, from kitchen and bath to flooring and everything beyond, bringing each client’s interior design goals to fruition.
SHAW DIAMONDS & DESIGN PRIVATE JEWELER & OWNER
Coming from the world of tech, with both corporate and startup stints, David Shaw ultimately found his passion in jewelry design, or rather, the art of crafting stories through jewelry. “Ninety percent of my business is custom,” says Shaw, owner of Shaw Diamonds and Design. In fact, the fine jeweler’s tagline is ‘Your Story. Set in Stone.’” The client’s vision is integral to his creation process. A oneof- a-kind, pear-shaped Morganite rose gold ring came to life through a collaborative process thanks to computerized renderings of the designs before casting. Majority of his business is by referral. “I concentrate on and appreciate organic growth, and you have to have patience with that,” he says. “Almost all my customers have a friend or two who are also a client of mine.” While he receives clients in the Dallas showroom by appointment, his virtual accessibility sets his business apart. He credits the lockdown period to an uptick in upcycling, with clients choosing to give new life to lost treasures, if you will. “It’s been really rewarding and interesting to see how many of my clients are up-cycling,” he shares, “and it’s especially rewarding for them.” Shaw passes on the rewarding sentiments through philanthropy, with years-long involvement with The Birthday Party Project and more recently, Hope Supply Co. Given that fine jewelry is such an intimate process, it requires a passion for other’s precious stories, underscoring what it means to be a personal jeweler. In Shaw’s words, “One of the best parts about jewelry is the generational aspect of it, and that sentimentality is just tremendous.”
Photography by: Thomas Garza