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Merriman Anderson Architects (MAA) announces continuous growth as the firm adds twenty professionals to the Dallas office. Architects and Designers who have joined the firm in the last few months include: 

Chuy Adame

David Anderson

Raphael Anguiano

Courtney Batten

Jordi Brown

Leah Culver

Sunil Demel

Sam Goulas

Kaylee Lamb

Allison McCoy

Emily Neil

Nicolas Otto

Rhody Parrish

Brady Porter

Nicholas Reachi

Andy Shell

Bristie Smith

Audrey Spradlin

Matthew “Eli” Tomalanovich

Kevin Vandersall

“Merriman Anderson Architects has been in a constant state of growth, and we are fortunate to have a multitude of interesting and impactful work from new and devoted clients,” says Milton Anderson, President of MAA. “We are pleased to add twenty new architects and designers to our firm that have demonstrated an immense amount of talent and skills. I’m confident each and every one of them will be able to carry forward our firm’s commitment to design integrity and client service.”  

MAA provides the full spectrum of architectural and interior design services including programming, urban planning, architectural design, space planning, interior architecture and design, graphic design, construction document production, construction observation, 3D visualization and facilities move coordination. The firm’s portfolio features projects of all types including master planned developments, urban housing, office buildings, corporate facilities, hotels, hospitals, schools and retail projects throughout the United States and internationally. 

A few current projects include EpicCentral in Grand Prairie with the addition of two new hotels, two parking garages and two restaurants to the 170-acre recreation and entertainment development; Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa renovations in San Antonio; renovations to The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton in The Woodlands; and many more significant projects of all types.

For more information about MAA, please visit the company’s website

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Sheraton Dallas is thrilled to welcome Pierre Daval as the hotel’s new Executive Chef. Daval has more than 25 years of culinary experience, including 20 years with Marriott International.

Born and raised in Northeastern France, Daval instilled a love for cooking from a very young age when he started working at his family’s butcher shop in the summer at the age of 14. During his youth, he held various positions at hotels and resorts across the world, including France, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico.

In his new position as the Executive Chef for Sheraton Dallas, Daval will lead all aspects of hotel food operations, including the hotel’s banquet facilities and four food and beverage outlets. He will lead an energized, inspired kitchen to develop unique and seasonal menus. Daval draws his culinary influences from traveling, his grandmothers’ upbringings who are Italian and French, and procuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and passionate artisans.

Daval started his culinary career in the United States at the Marriott Tan-Tar-A Resort in Missouri in 2000. His most recent role was at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Illinois as the Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director where he personally managed an apiary and a two-acre farm. He also previously worked at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare and the Chicago Marriott Downtown.

“We are proud to have Pierre join Sheraton Dallas as Executive Chef and are confident his culinary passion and talent will provide amazing results to our dining outlets and banquet facilities,” said Frank Quant, Sheraton Dallas Hotel’s Director of Food and Beverage. “We look forward to sharing his talent and delicious dishes with our guests as well.”

Providing more than 230,000 square feet of versatile event space, Sheraton Dallas Hotel features the perfect backdrop for any type of gathering. Offering the latest in technology with a functional and updated style, events of all sizes can be accommodated from motivational team meetings, training and annual conferences to intimate social gatherings and large galas. The conference center and spacious pre-function areas are centrally located within the hotel to provide seamless access to state-of-the-art hotel amenities. The experienced event management team works closely and creatively with meeting planners to conceptualize new ideas and leading-edge experiences while assisting with implementation. The Sheraton Dallas Hotel is larger than life, redefining the convention hotel experience and connecting guests to all Dallas has to offer. 

With four food and beverage dining outlets: Open Palette, Draft Sports Bar & Lounge, Open Mkt. Grab ‘n Go, and The Parlor, Sheraton Dallas features world class culinary experiences. Open Palette serves fresh, flavorful American classics inspired by the hotel’s Dallas roots. Open Mkt. Grab ‘n Go provides a wide selection of healthy foods and plenty of options for those on-the-go. Draft Sports Bar & Lounge is a 4,000 square foot world of sports nirvana that provides the ultimate entertainment experience with 25 televisions, local beers on tap, outstanding eats, craft cocktails and a complimentary karaoke room. Available to book for special events, The Parlor is a private, upscale lounge bar designed specifically for intimate gatherings regardless of the occasion. 

Sheraton Dallas is one of the largest hotels in North Texas with 1,841 guest rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center with five Peloton bikes, pool with city views and Club Lounge, in addition to the meeting and convention space and four dining outlets. Located right off the DART Pearl/Arts District station, Sheraton Dallas offers guests and employees a convenient location in the epicenter of Downtown Dallas. Dare to Discover Our Dallas.

For more information about the Sheraton Dallas or to book a stay, visit For more information about events, contact the sales team at or call 214-303-4200. 


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You gotta nourish to flourish, right? W DallasAWAY Spa is inviting guests and Dallasites to get fit and feel fabulous doing it for 2022 World Wellness Weekend at free sunrise and sunset yoga sessions on Saturday, September 17th at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

Starting with a sun salutation, the sunrise yoga session will take place on Wet DECK, the hotel’s exclusive 16th floor panoramic infinity pool deck. Late riser yogis can limber up before a night out on the town at the  sunset yoga session at Altitude, the hotel’s 33rd floor event space with its own stunning panoramic downtown views. 

The yoga classes will be taught by instructor Vanna Collins, a champion of wellness and inspirational practices. Quickly becoming one of Dallas’ most sought after yoga instructors, Vanna prides herself on keeping up with the evolving styles of yoga to work with students to create innovative, effective sessions that cultivate self love, weight loss, and increased energy. 

Attendees will be provided with a yoga mat, water, and healthy bites during the session and will be given a voucher for 40% off select spa treatments at AWAY Spa. W branded yoga mats will be available for purchase after the class at a discounted rate. 

Reservations are free, but required to participate in the class. To make reservations, click here

Those interested in booking a pamper sesh between yoga classes can make AWAY Spa reservations at We recommend the #WorldWellnessWeekend inspired wellness rituals for detoxing AND retoxing.

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'Tis the season to book your holiday travel plans! For those that want to take a Texas road trip for a magical getaway can pack up their sleigh and head to the Hill Country in San Antonio. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has wrapped up their favorite gift of the year for holiday travelers with the annual Santa in September Sale. The Santa in September Sale offers the lowest rates of the year and will be available to book now through September 14 for stays between November 16 through December 30, 2022. Holiday room rates are significantly reduced from regular high-season room rates. Stays can be booked for any day of the week; some blackout dates and exclusions apply. 

The Santa in September sale features rates beginning at $179 per night for a standard room. Guests may book holiday rates beginning September 6 through September 14 using the rate code XCX on the resort’s website at Rates are per room, per night; taxes and resort fees are additional. 

Travelers looking for a festive getaway to enjoy the holiday season among picturesque Texas Hill Country views will be delighted at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Guests will enjoy the magical holiday decor; thousands of twinkling lights; merry holiday music; cheerful JW Elves frolicking around the resort with treats for young guests; and themed activities of all kinds. The nightly Light Up The Night holiday light show is synchronized to festive music and an experience not to be missed. The show lights up the resort’s back lawn and huge outdoor 30-foot-tall Christmas tree with thousands of twinkling lights that flash to the sound of joyous holiday music. Guests can sit on the lawn or gaze from room balconies that overlook the light show.

During the holidays, guests can each seasonal holiday food and beverage offerings; jolly reindeer, penguin and yeti animatronics singing holiday tunes and interacting with guests; visits from live reindeer; holiday cookie decorating; hot chocolate and S’mores galore; Build-A-Bear Workshop; Elf on a Shelf Scavenger Hunt; letters to Santa; ornament decorating; the Polar Plunge and many more themed activities.  

“Every year we look forward to hosting families and friends seeking a holiday destination to experience the special season at the resort with our lowest rates of the year,” said Brian Morris, Director of Sales & Marketing, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. “We are proud to offer a unique holiday experience that really embraces our home here in the Texas Hill Country. It’s an honor to be part of our guest’s holiday traditions every year.”

The award-winning JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is an environment of casual elegance perfect for adults who want to relax and children who need to stay busy. Nine acres of refreshing water park fun, a full service spa, TPC San Antonio’s two 18-hole PGA TOUR golf courses, seven dining outlets, sports court, Topgolf Swing Suites, hiking and biking trails, and an abundance of resort activities will keep guests of all ages entertained. Boasting an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, the temperate San Antonio weather and resort’s heated pools allow for a bright and merry vacation. 

With luxury amenities, plush bedding, delectable fare and hand-crafted cocktails, sunny skies, and a lengthy menu of holiday fun, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa’s Santa in September Sale is the answer for travelers seeking holiday plans. 

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Texas is preparing for corny dogs, fair rides, and deep-fried-everything with the State Fair of Texas in Dallas from September 30 - October 23, 2022, and Sheraton Dallas is ready to host visitors, and Dallasites alike, to make this year’s fair trip the best. 

Sheraton Dallas has deep fried a room package for the State Fair of Texas, Stay & Play at the State Fair of Texas, where guests can enjoy discount rates, breakfast for two each night of the stay, 20% discount on food and beverage with a State Fair of Texas ticket, life-size Big Tex to greet and pose for pictures, and access to hassle-free transportation directly to the fairgrounds. 

The “Stay & Play at the State Fair of Texas” package can be booked online with the promotional code S4B for stays during the fair, between September 30 - October 23, 2022. Rates for the package start at $294/night. 

Guests can park at the hotel’s parking garage, leave their car behind and take the DART rail line straight to the fairgrounds from the Pearl/Arts District station which is steps away from the hotel. No one wants to be stuck in fair traffic, dropped off far away in the dark, or have to walk a mile with a belly full of fried goodness! 

The State Fair of Texas has been bringing people together from all walks of life to create lifelong memories since its establishment in 1886. It is the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest. Everything is bigger in Texas, and that also includes Sheraton Dallas, one of the largest hotels in North Texas and the second largest Sheraton in the world. Sheraton Dallas has 1,840 guest rooms, 230,000 square feet of stylishly updated and highly flexible event and pre-function space, pool with city views, outdoor garden, fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and Peloton bikes, and three dining outlets. The hotel is an urban downtown Dallas destination located only steps away from the city's vibrant arts and business districts and in close proximity to the entertainment, culture, sports centers, shopping and dining options that have made Dallas a world renowned destination. Sheraton Dallas is located at 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. 

To celebrate all things Texas, book a stay today with Sheraton Dallas to say “Howdy Y’all” to Big Tex and enjoy all the fried things, carnival rides and games, funnel cake beer, car shows, petting zoos, performances, culture exhibits, livestock activities, and more!

Dare to Discover our Dallas, and expect the unexpected at Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

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Merriman Anderson Architects (MAA) is proud to introduce two new team members leading the firm’s Interior Design division. Tracy Rumsey oversees Commercial and Corporate Interiors while Erin Tallent is leading the firm’s Hospitality Interiors.  

Tracy Rumsey, RID, joins MAA as Director of Commercial Interior Design and brings with her a rich background of 17 years of experience. Rumsey’s portfolio includes a breadth of workplace interiors including retail, restaurant and corporate interior design commissions. Rumsey is skilled at creating a collaborative work environment, building trust among clients and fellow consultants, and providing exceptional service and solutions for each project. 

Erin Tallent, RID, assumes the role of Director of Hospitality Interior Design for MAA and brings a varied background across all spectrums of the hospitality design industry. Tallent’s impressive portfolio of hospitality installations includes both new construction and renovations catering to a variety of flags in the hotel market. At MAA, she will be responsible for leading a group of talented fellow design professionals to develop unique, thoughtful and creative interior concepts. Her process includes designing and developing the FF&E packages while coordinating with owners, consultants and contractors. Both Tracy and Erin work with the owners, design teams, and consultants to ensure projects are completed on time and within the budget further developing MAA’s outreach within the commercial, corporate and hospitality industries. 

“Our firm is proud to welcome Tracy and Erin to the MAA family,” says Milton Anderson, President of MAA. “They both are extraordinarily talented design professionals and their passion for the industry and leadership skills will provide a huge asset to our team as they lead our Interior Design projects.”

MAA’s current interior design projects include Dallas Petroleum Club, C.E.C. office space, and the McMillan James Corporate Headquarters. MAA also continues to work on the renovations for Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio and renovations and a spa addition for The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton in The Woodlands, Texas. MAA’s long-standing interior design portfolio includes The Statler, The National, Bell Helicopter Headquarters, AC Hotel Fort Worth Downtown, WeWork Domain Austin, Cambria Downtown Houston, Genband office in Frisco, Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Southlake, and more. 

MAA provides the full spectrum of architectural and interior design services including programming, urban planning, architectural design, space planning, interior architecture and design, graphic design, construction document production, construction observation, 3D visualization and facilities move coordination. The firm’s significant multifamily interior portfolio features adaptive reuse and new-build projects, including urban multifamily projects such as the East Quarter Residences in Downtown Dallas, which will soon be completed. 

For more information about MAA, please visit the company’s website


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Prism Health North Texas is delighted to share that its Free World Bound program, serving currently and recently incarcerated Texans, was awarded Nonprofit Team of the Year by D CEO Magazine at the 2022 Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards on July 21, 2022. This was the second prestigious recognition awarded to the Free World Bound team this year, the first being the Reentry and Integration Division Award as part of the Texas Governor’s 2022 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards in May.

The Free World Bound program, which works with ethnic minority individuals who are currently living with or are at risk for HIV and who are currently or previously incarcerated, includes HIV prevention services and linkage to medical care to help them succeed within society. In late 2021, the program was awarded two grants by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), allowing it to expand from 30 prisons to becoming available to any of the 61 prisons in the state of Texas. 

Daron Kirven, PHNTX Senior Director of Community Outreach, accepted the award at the ceremony at Deep Ellum’s The Factory. Kirven was essential to the establishment of the Free World Bound program in 2001, and has been integral to its development and expansion since then. 

“Being recognized by D CEO and receiving this award is truly an honor, a blessing, and verifies the importance of the work we do every single day to provide much needed services to a population who is often forgotten,” Kirven said. “Even though I accepted this award on behalf of Prism Health North Texas, the Free World Bound staff deserves all the credit for their tireless efforts traveling across the great state of Texas to meet with clients while incarcerated and linking them to services upon release. Without their dedication and commitment, the quality of services we offer would not be possible. In addition, the support we receive from our senior leadership is invaluable and really speaks to the dedication to a patient first approach.”

In addition to linking the incarcerated individuals to medical care and providing HIV and STI testing, Free World Bound provides assistance with referrals to essential services, linkage to social services, procurement of HIV medication or PrEP, housing and transportation, behavioral health services, emergency financial assistance, and with HIV, STI, and substance misuse prevention education. Process and outcome evaluation will be integrated into all phases of the project to ensure that stated objectives are on track to be achieved.

The annual D CEO Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards were presented in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas. The awards celebrate the efforts of local nonprofit organizations and professionals, and the companies and business leaders who support them. This year’s competition was particularly tough as D CEO received more than 500 nominations, the organization said in a statement. 

“In the 21 years we have been working with incarcerated Texans through Free World Bound, we have been proud to provide support and solutions that lead to success upon reentry to society,” said Kirven. 

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Draft Sports Bar & Lounge in Downtown Dallas has drafted a Fantasy Football Package to provide football fans with a venue to participate in their Fantasy Football League’s draft all together in person. Kick off the football season by gathering with friends and draft the winning team!  

The sports bar and restaurant is offering the Fantasy Football Package during all of August and September for $30/person and includes:

  • A reserved table amidst the 4,000 square foot sports nirvana featuring 25 televisions

  • Bucket of beer

  • Appetizer platter for two guests 

  • Fantasy Football Draft essentials such as notepads, pens and Wi-Fi access

Fantasy Football Drafts tend to require a lot of attention with opportunities for entertainment breaks. For those that need privacy to focus on the draft, groups that want to have a draft moderator with a mic, or for those that need extra entertainment by singing karaoke during their league’s draft can reserve the private Karaoke Room inside Draft Sports Bar & Lounge. The Karaoke Room is available to rent for $300 and will include two appetizer platters, two buckets of beer, the Fantasy Football essentials and room for up to 10 people in a private room with karaoke access. 

To reserve a table or the private Karaoke room at Draft Sports Bar & Lounge, call 469-371-1486. 

Draft Sports Bar & Lounge is Sheraton Dallas Hotel’s 4,000 square-foot world of sports nirvana and destination to cheer on sports teams in action with innovative cocktails, local craft beers, food from scratch, 25 flat screen HDTVs and vibrant music.

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On Saturday, July 9, 2022, the Turtle Creek Chorale, the most recorded male chorus in the world, took the stage at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York, New York to perform Let Us March On! Including the world premiere of “Dreamland: Tulsa 1921”. 

Over 200 members of the Chorale were joined on stage by 30 members of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, in addition to narrarations by Tamara Tunie and solo performances by Arielle Collier, Quintin Coleman, Malcolm Payne Jr., Paul Mason, and Denise Lee. The performances of these songs inspired a standing ovation from the packed audience.

Created by TCC and developed by Black librettist and American playwright Sandra Seaton and Black composer Dr. Marques Garrett, the chorus will perform powerful yet challenging songs with vivid imagery and descriptions of the events. The piece is named after the Williams Dreamland Theater, one of the first buildings to be destroyed during the 1921 riot. The theater was owned by two Black entrepreneurs who played a key role in the development of Tulsa’s Greenwood “Black Wall Street,” a community of wealthy and thriving Black people. 

Librettist Sandra Seaton was inspired by Events of the Tulsa Disaster, a book written by Mary E. Jones Parrish, a journalist who fled Greenwood with her daughter and gathered the firsthand accounts of others who saw and suffered from the violence. Seaton’s interpretation of events is brought to life by composer Garrett, who holds a Ph.D. in Music Education and whose compositions have been performed by high school all-state, collegiate, and professional choirs.

The Chorale is no stranger to addressing social issues, and this mission was only strengthened by the events of 2020 and since. The 18-month hiatus from rehearsing and performing during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed the opportunity to be truly reflective and introspective about the future of the organization. Hoping to exemplify its core pillars to entertain, educate, unite, and inspire, the Chorale was proud to honor the memory of those lost and demonstrate their ongoing commitment to racial equity. 

Let Us March On! is one of several shows in the Chorale’s 42nd season appropriately titled FORWARD. The next performance of the season will be That 70’s Show - A Sing-Along Sensation at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium on October 8 and 9, 2022. 

“It was an unparalleled honor to perform this powerful work on the iconic Carnegie Hall stage. The theme of our 42nd season is FORWARD, which I feel is the perfect representation of our goal with this work,” Executive Director Jeremy Wayne said. “You must consider the past to truly appreciate the hope for, and progress to come, in the future.”

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On Sunday, July 24, a toast to the beloved liquor - tequila - will be made for National Tequila Day! Tequila lovers can “cheers” to the day with $6 signature OCHRE Margarita and Strawberry Margarita specials available to order all day long at Open Palette and DRAFT Sports Bar & Lounge, both inside Sheraton Dallas in Downtown Dallas. Sunday Funday at its best! 

For those that aren’t able to make it to Downtown Dallas to celebrate National Tequila Day, the bartenders at Sheraton Dallas have made it easy and shared the recipe for their signature OCHRE Margarita so anyone can stir up the tequila cocktail at home.

OCHRE Margarita Recipe:

  • 2 oz of Reposado or Anejo Tequila

  • 0.75 oz of Amaro Nonino

  • 1 oz of Lime Juice

  • 0.5 oz of Agave


  • Maldon Smoked Sea Salt

  • Fresh Lime Wheel


  • Rub a lime wedge around the rim and rub the salt mix onto the glass. Fill the rocks glass with fresh ice, and set aside the glass. Build all of the margarita ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into the rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy!

Open Palette’s cocktail menu features cocktails that are named after a certain color palette. OCHRE is the name of a color that ranges from yellow to a deep orange or brown, playing to the restaurant’s artsy theme and the hotel’s location in the middle of the arts district. 

Open Palette is Sheraton Dallas’ signature restaurant and bar and offers modern American cuisine with a bold spin on flavors. Draft Sports Bar & Lounge is the hotel’s 4,000 square-foot world of sports nirvana and destination for the local community to cheer on their favorite sports team in action with innovative cocktails, local craft beers, food from scratch with 23 flat screen HDTVs and vibrant music.