...Dallas is known as a city with BIG ideas. Big ideas that inject excitement in the lives of every individual born and raised here, as well as adventurous transplants looking for great opportunities and promising futures.

BIG INFLUENCE was created to recognize the innovative and influential Dallasites that are up and coming leaders in the community, in their businesses and in their field; people who make Big Things Happen Here!

But we're not just stopping there. We want to recognize many more of Dallas' top influencers that embody the culture and soul that makes Dallas not only the best place to call home but also a great place to visit for work and play.

I look forward to connecting with you!

-Noelle LeVeaux
Chief Marketing Officer

What is BIG Influence. . .

...it is the celebration of big ideas and the diverse people behind them. It will feature digital publications highlighting our influencers as well as a series of curated events designed to educate, engage and entertain both Dallas residents and visitors alike. The influencers will serve as ambassadors, giving a voice to the city of success — Dallas.

Dallas Arts District

Winspear Opera House

Klyde Warren Park

  • We are really blessed to have a great group of individuals and leaders coming from all walks of life, to make sure we make this a safe place and an equal place for all. The reality is that people in Dallas are very warm, very welcoming, very open minded, and very willing to see things from a different perspective.

    Sam Santiago
  • The great city of Dallas has opened doors for me that were beyond my wildest dreams. I never imagined becoming an entrepreneur, but as a young, Hispanic, female, this city has given me that opportunity, and I am extremely thankful.

    Gloria Lynette Flores
  • Whether it's arts and culture, civic engagement, philanthropy, religious life or education, we have the opportunity to transform Dallas into a city that benefits everyone!

    Gerald Britt
  • Dallas has a big heart. A city is only as good as the people that live there. I've met a lot of people along the way that have shaped who I am, and how I fit into this city. I feel like I've grown up with Dallas.

    Blake Baker
  • Dallas has one of the largest contiguous arts centers in the country and the city is making concerted efforts for continued expansion.

    Sara Madsen Miller
  • Dallas is a great place to start a business because of its talented workforce, phenomenal and affordable lifestyle, and its access to capital.

    Jorge Calderón
  • We all work really hard for the things that we have and everyone kind of works together to build that inclusive community. I'm loving it here and don't have any plans to ever leave.

    Jaime Duggan
  • Being an African-American influencer affords me the opportunity to serve as a positive example in the community but also casts an inspiring light and direction on moving our city forward...for everyone.

    Baylor Barbee
  • I am the total sum of my community. Not only have I grown in my career thanks to all the opportunities Dallas offers, but I am now able to give back by empowering young men and women to fulfill their potential through education.

    Raul Magdaleno

The Influencers...

For the inaugural launch, we acknowledged some of Dallas’ best and brightest African - American and Latino influencers. We will now recognize LGBT influencers making a difference in the city. We are excited about the optimism, hope and ambition that this special group of men and women symbolize. Whether it’s in business, arts and culture or deep in the heart of the community, our Big Influencers give a voice to authentic influence. They truly are making an impact.

The Creative Team...

...we chose the greatest creative minds in the city for this project. Say, "Hello".


Founded in 2007, Brandpointe is a full-service strategic branding and communications solutions firm. Their dynamic approach to branding and marketing includes strategic planning, innovative branding concepts, and building continuous online and offline engagement utilizing creative content, digital media and strategic events.

Jeremy Biggers

Jeremy Biggers has been involved with image making his entire life. He attended an art high school where he primarily focused on graphite and charcoal drawings. Upon entering college, he cultivated his love for painting and photography which have become the foundation for his business today. His work is a mix between realism and simplicity.

1820 Productions

1820 Productions is a full service television production company formed in 2001 and is the vision of award winning Director/Producer and content creator Korey Miller. 1820’s precise balance of business savvy and creative zest has yielded the company over fifty prestigious awards and has garnered the team an Emmy for its recent documentary entitled “The Offenders”.

r2 Latino

The r2 Latino Group is a public relations, marketing and community outreach company with a focus on emerging markets. With over 25 years of combined experience, r2 Latino Group relies on its expertise in cross-culture communications and on its market knowledge to design result-driven, effective strategies for maximum outreach. As a full service agency, r2 handles all or part of a client’s community development and outreach programs, media relations, special events, conferences, and promotions.

Tony Valadez

Tony captures tradition with style and makes images that are unique to you. Anyone with a camera can take a picture, but Tony can manipulate light in a way that intensifies the moment and captures the spirit of emotion like no other! All this while providing elegance, style and individuality.