Trey Bowles is a serial entrepreneur, social capitalist, and educator. He co-founded the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC), a central location for entrepreneurs to learn how to start, build, and grow businesses through training, education, mentorship, promotion, and capital investment. Under his leadership, the DEC launched a public-private partnership called the Dallas Innovation Alliance to help design, develop, and launch a Smart Cities solution in Dallas. In an effort to get more young professionals engaged in the City of Dallas, Bowles cofounded The Mayor’s Star Council with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to find culturally diverse and civically minded emerging leaders that wanted to embrace and engage the city today rather than just inherit it in twenty years. Trey also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University where he built and launched an entrepreneurship program in the Arts Entrepreneurship and Arts Management department in the Meadows School of the Arts.
Jill is a nonprofit leader, dedicated to making the community better, one piece at a time. She believes everyone plays a unique role in making the world better. She has a background in nonprofit management and leadership, nonprofit fundraising, and program development and measurement. As the Chief Impact Officer at The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Jill developed multi-year funding and impact investment for 8 years. At Catholic Charities, and The Kennedy Institute, Jill worked directly with the local government and court system to provide support to both adults and children. Jill’s degree in Psychology and subsequent training in nonprofit leadership and fundraising has helped her in building and growing The DEC. She volunteers with the Junior League of Dallas and serves as a mentor for young professionals.
Shelly is the Director of The Addison TreeHouse. The “TreeHouse” was the DEC’s first satellite location created through a partnership with the Town of Addison to create an economic development initiative in the Town of Addison that supports entrepreneurship and small business. Shelley leads all programs, events, members relations and all other elements of the Addison Treehouse. Because of the great work the TreeHouse has done in Addison, Nerd Wallet named Addison the “#1 place to start a business in Texas” in 2015.
Josh joins the DEC to head up all of the affiliate locations that comprise the Worldwide Entrepreneur Center Network. A serial entrepreneur, Josh has worked in the area of real estate and online businesses as he is also the founder of The Village Push, a collaborative based health and wellness fitness program. Josh works daily with the Directors of all of our locations and ensuring that The DEC programs, platforms, and Playbook is being implemented in each of our locations.
Michelle joins The DEC most recently from Leadership ISD and has joined the team lead our expansion efforts into Southern Dallas and Southern Dallas county. The DEC is excited about the opportunity to support entrepreneurs throughout North Texas and Michelle brings the experience and expertise to manage our entrepreneur efforts in the Southern Region.
Brittany heads up all events and programming for The DEC and its affiliate locations. With a background in event planning, and a demonstrated heart for service through her previous work with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Peace Corp, Hibbs creates and executes impactful and proven programming to help entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their businesses.
Floridian turned Texan, Will graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Hospitality and moved to Dallas in search of a thriving entrepreneurial community. As a Community Manager, he helps manage the day-to-day activities as well as the Mentor program and he enjoys connecting with entrepreneurs in the community.
Emmanuel is currently the Community Coordinator at The DEC where he provides support to DEC Staff, members, and visitors. Prior to joining the DEC Emmanuel spent the last 10 years working as a business development lead in the travel industry. After becoming a DEC Ambassador, joining the team was a natural next step.