Fort Worth Convention and visitors Bureau Blog

Unexpected Stories: Felipe Armenta

Felipe Armenta Restaurateur Filmmaker: Nick Utter Felipe Armenta is in the family trade. He grew up in the industry where both his parents were chefs and restaurant owners, so he’s had a lifetime of learning what makes a great experience for guests. FAR Out Hospitality, the restaurant group he…

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Unexpected Stories: Bobby Ahdieh

Bobby Ahdieh Dean - Texas A&M School of Law Filmmaker: Meridith Manning Productions The dean of a law school is not usually recognized for his urban planning abilities. But when Bobby Ahdieh became the Dean of the Texas A&M Law School in 2018, he had to learn some new skills. He’s led the…

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Unexpected Stories: Ramon Niño

Ramon Niño Mariachi Director, North Side High School Filmmaker: Ocular Pop Ramon Niño knows what it means to keep a tradition alive. As the mariachi director at North Side High School, he spends his days teaching students the tradition of mariachi. It instills in his students, and himself, a…

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Unexpected Stories: Marc Istook

Marc Istook Local News Anchor Filmmaker: Jared Christopher, Rock and Fire Studios Marc Istook has a history with Fort Worth. His family goes back six generations, and those roots run deep. He spent 18 years in Los Angeles hosting and anchoring, including several stints on red carpets…

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Unexpected Stories: Lorena Leigh

Lorena Leigh Singer + Songwriter Filmmaker: Nametag Films What do you think of when you think of Cowgirl Mermaids? Never heard of one before? Well, that’s just Lorena Leigh’s style. The creative singer and songwriter found the spirit of her style in Fort Worth: a Cowgirl Mermaid. It’s the…

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Unexpected Stories: Patrick McGrew Jr.

Patrick McGrew Jr. Shoe Designer + Musician Union Station, Sundance Square Filmmaker: Mitch Johns and Aidan Myles with Visio Viridis​ Patrick McGrew Jr. is a jack of many trades, master of all. The former Crowley High School P.E. teacher went through some ups and downs and came out on top…

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Unexpected Stories: Jobe Sanchez

Hat Shaper Jobe’s Hats, La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth Filmmaker: ArcPoint Studios Jobe is a craftsman, plain and simple. As a “master hatter,” Jobe has shaped hats for rodeo’s most famous stars. Together with his wife Sandra, Jobe used his talents and business savvy to expand his trade from…

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Unexpected Stories: Dr. Yein Lee

Performing Arts Medicine & Physical Medicine Rehab Specialist UNT Health Sciences Center Filmmaker: Ben Garrett Dr. Yein Lee hails from the UNT Health Sciences Center in a department that, she says “nobody really knows we exist.” As a physician for performing artists, Dr. Lee’s job is a worthy…

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Unexpected Stories: Chris Reale

Chris Reale Restaurateur Paris Coffee Shop Filmmaker: EC Films Legacy is a hard thing to inherit. And yet, Chris Reale took on one of the oldest restaurants in Fort Worth and kept it thriving with a dedication to quality and community. Through hard work and laser-focus on what Paris Coffee…

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Unexpected Stories: Ashley Sansalone

Hotelier Bowie House Hotel Filmmaker: Gregory A. Beck, Two Trees Productions When you walk into a beautiful hotel, there’s a chance you don’t know how much work went in to making it that way. It’s meant to look effortless. But Ashley Sansalone knows that effortlessness is the result of…

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