Craig and Kathryn Hall discuss their varied business ventures, from crafting award-winning wines in Napa Valley to building a vast office park in Frisco. But for The Halls, it is the upcoming Hall Arts Center in Dallas’ Arts District that is taking center stage. Learn how a volatile market delayed Hall Financial Group in developing the long abandoned lot.
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Craig Hall’s successful career in business and as an author, civic leader and philanthropist reflects the highest qualities of entrepreneurship. He formed Hall Financial Group in 1968 at age 18 with $4,000 saved from small ventures begun at age 10. The company’s interests today range from real estate to oil and gas, and from lending to the vineyard and winery business. Hall’s philanthropic involvement focuses on the arts, education and entrepreneurship. He is the recipient of numerous honors including the Ernst & Young Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year Award; he was inducted into the Ring of Honor by the Entrepreneur Foundation of North Texas; and he was named a member of the Horatio Algers Association for Distinguished Americans.
Kathryn Walt Hall has enjoyed a distinguished career as a businesswoman, community activist, philanthropist, and as the United States Ambassador to Austria. She and her family have been involved in the California wine industry since first purchasing a vineyard 30 years ago. Continuing her family’s tradition, she maintains a strong emotional attachment to the vineyards, wine and the wine country. As vintner, she has worked to create and manage the award-winning HALL wine brand and most recently launched a second label, WALT Wines. Long committed to social issues, Kathryn has served on numerous nonprofit and institutional boards and continues to be actively involved in civic and social issues. Kathryn earned an A.B. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.