Well folks, we are officially less than a month away from our big event. By now, you've heard us talk about Carson, Kyle, Sawyer, Layla, and Ellie - all local kiddos who have battled pediatric brain cancer, and have a parent in the AEC industry. Now, we'd like to introduce you to Makenzie and her dad, our very own Jon Parsons.
The thing about cancer is how close it can be, and in this case, it is in our immediate DPR family. Thank you Jon, for sharing about Makenzie and promoting this cause. We have no doubt this year will bring many more fun memories (or lack thereof)?! And if the bird ever goes missing, we'll know where to look!
If you'd like to get in touch with Jon, drop him an email or connect with him on LinkedIn.
When you head to Gilley's next February, chances are you'll drive past the work of our next guest, Travis Turgeon with Clean Scapes Landscaping, another Legacy sponsor of the Hoot and Holler. If you know Travis, you know he is fast friends with everyone he meets−which is very apparent in his responses below...
We have so many more questions now! Haha! Thank you, Travis and Clean Scapes, for your continued support and all the good times! We owe you a shot of Fireball!
If you'd like to get in touch with Travis, drop him an email or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Business Development Manager
Cherry Coatings has been around for awhile. Since the 1930s in fact, when Edward Ray Cherry and his wife Louis started their own painting business. Their children, Pat and Jan Cherry took over in the 1960s and it continues today with the third generation of Cherrys, Rocky and Zack.
With a legacy like that, there's no doubt they're doing something right, and it probably has something (if not everything) to do with their servant hearts. We chatted with Rocky about the Hoot and Holler, they've been supporters since day one, and here's what he had to say:
Rocky, in this season of thanks, we are so grateful for your continued support of the Hoot & Holler and our of community! We are excited to continue our work together with future generations of Cherrys!
If you'd like to get in touch with Rocky, drop him an email or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Chief Growth Officer
For our next interview, we bring you yet another Hoot & Holler OG, Lasco Acoustics, Drywall, Plaster & Stone! More specifically, Vice President Paxton Ellis. For the last eight years, Lasco has been a premium sponsor, donating $20,000 annually before upping it to $25,000! Paxton has humored our ideas and requests for feedback year after year, which is one reason the event keeps getting better! Here's what Paxton had to say:
This event just wouldn't be what it is without the support of Paxton and Lasco, so a huge THANK YOU and CHEERS to many more years of fun!
If you'd like to get in touch with Paxton, drop him an email or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Lasco Acoustics, Drywall, Plaster & Stone
Have you ever wondered how the Hoot & Holler started? Eights years running now, DPR has hosted the likes of Randy Rogers, Corey Morrow, Whiskey Meyers, and Josh Abbott, to name a few. It was all spurred on by a man who needs no introduction: the one and only Dave Boroughs.
At the time, Dave was leading the DPR Dallas office, before he left us to start some company. Actually two companies. Not sure if you've heard of them, The Demo Company and The Door Company? Anyway, even though Dave left DPR, he's been a huge contributor to the success of Hoot & Holler over the years. It's no secret the man likes to have a good time (and has a heart of gold) so we asked Dave to reflect back, and here is what he shared.
Jokes aside, we want to thank Dave and the folks over at The Demo Company and The Door Company for the years of support, it just wouldn't be the same without ya! Cheers to you!
- Monica and Kacie
If you'd like to get in touch with Dave, drop him an email or connect with him on LinkedIn.
The Demo Company & The Door Company
The Hoot & Holler is, and has always been a community event. Afterall, cancer and pediatric care affect us all. While we are connected within the AEC industry, we are also connected to our beneficiaries in one way or another. You can image our pride and delight when our little industry concert started gaining support from other General Contractors (ie. DPR's direct competition)! It's an incredible testimony of how our industry can come together and do big things. You may not realize that so many families affected by pediatric cancer work in the local construction industry. Carson Leslie's dad is a Project Executive at Beck Construction, Kyle Murray's mom worked at Balfour Beatty Construction, and sweet little Ellie Simoneau's dad, Dan, works at Austin Commercial. We sat down with Dan and his partner Lynn to hear about what the Hoot & Holler means to them.
Haha! Thank you Dan, and Lynn for taking the time to share your thoughts. We are so grateful for your advocacy, and support. We can't wait to see you in February 2024!
- Monica and Kacie
If you'd like to get in touch with Dan or Lynn, drop them an email or connect with them on LinkedIn.
This collection of stories and interviews is brought to you by Monica Jacobs and Kacie Crowe, DPR's favorite unicorn-llama duo. IFKYK.