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Welcome to “Gone to Texas,” the official podcast of the Texas Economic Development Connection powered by Day One Experts. On every episode, we share the stories of business owners and CEOs who have relocated or expanded their business into Texas. Our goal is to use these stories as a guide to helps others who are ready to hang a sign on the door that says, “Gone to Texas.”

Hosted By

“Super” Dave Quinn, CEcD

Episodes 5 Episodes

Mike Rufail Gone to Texas Podcast Episode 4

NewEpisode 4 Michael Rufail, Founder, Envy Gaming

Gone to Texas – Episode 4 Michael Rufail, Founder, Envy Gaming

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Episode #4 Michael Rufail, Founder & Chief Gaming Officer, Envy Gaming

If you don’t know much about esports yet, you will soon. But first know that since 2017, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has been home to Envy Gaming, one of the world’s most valuable professional gaming organizations. The company made headlines last year for bringing on music megastar and fellow Texans native Post Malone as a co-owner. Founded by Texan Michael Rufail in 2007, Envy Gaming is a sports entertainment company that operates teams in multiple leagues and is best known for its highly successful Dallas Empire team in the Call of Duty league and Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League.

In this episode, learn about how Rufail grew up as a son of Egyptian immigrants in Lufkin, moved away as a young adult, and then felt the call back home in 2017 when he ultimately relocated his company here from Charlotte, North Carolina. You’ll also learn more about how esports compares to other professional sports organizations, the company’s plans for 2021 and onward, and of course, how the stars aligned to attract Malone to the fold.

“He’s just an interesting DFW guy. An awesome guy. Just really, really, really nice and cares about this metroplex, which is really cool,” Rufail says of Malone. “He’s worked really hard to get where he is and I felt like he embodied a little bit of just not only DFW spirit but also the mentality that we like to take on in every aspect, which is just ‘Work really hard for what you get’.”

Rufail explores that Texas spirit further, breaking it down into the many factors that led him and his company home, including savings from a favorable tax structure, a safe environment for raising a family, an overall lower cost of living, and how all of that translates into happier residents who are able to reinvest that money and energy into one another.

“It’s just a great place to be able to thrive. It’s a place where you have opportunity to really thrive,” Rufail says. “ … People are just a little bit more capable here to do the things that matter in life, in my opinion. So I find it just a little bit more pleasant to live here. Obviously, the economic incentives are great, because you can grow a business and apply more of your earnings to the things that matter — your family.”

Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode the Melissa Industrial & Economic Development Corporation in Melissa, Texas.

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Texas ED Connection: https://TexasEDConnection.com
Episode Sponsor: Https://TexasEDConnection.com/sponsor
Envy Gaming: https://envy.gg/
Super Dave Quinn, CEcD: https://DaveQuinn247.com

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August 31, 2021

Episode 3 Mackenzie Miller Mobility Outdoor Media

Episode 3 Mackenzie Miller Mobility Outdoor Media

Gone to Texas – Episode 3 Mackenzie Miller Mobility Outdoor Media

With stints in a Costa Rican Jungle, the Big Apple, the City of Angles, and now the Town of Fairview, Texas, Mackenzie (Mac) Miller, founder, and owner of Mobility Outdoor Media, has led quite an adventurous life. With the ability to live anywhere listen to this episode as Mac shares why she decided to return to Texas to run her burgeoning enterprise.

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Texas ED Connection: https://TexasEDConnection.com
Texas ED Connection Twitter: https://Twitter.com/EconomicTexas
Mobility Outdoor Media: https://www.mobilityoutdoormedia.com
Episode Sponsor: Fairview Economic Development Corp. https://TexasEDC.com/sponsors

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August 31, 2021

Gone to Texas Podcast Bonus Episode John Karamanos

Bonus Episode John Karamanos

Gone to Texas – Bonus Episode John Karamanos HVAC Manufacturing

In our extended conversation, John shares how COVID has allowed his company to pivot into a new business line and how Texas has given him the resources needed to make the shift.

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Texas ED Connection: https://TexasEDConnection.com
Texas ED Connection Twitter: https://Twitter.com/EconomicTexas
HVAC Manufacturing: http://www.hvacmfg.com/
Episode Sponsor: Palestine Economic Development Corp. https://TexasEDC.com/sponsors

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Episode 2 - John Karamanos

Gone to Texas – Episode 2: John Karamanos (HVAC Manufacturing)

In this episode, manufacturing tech exec John Karamanos enthusiastically shares how a move five years ago from Silicon Valley to East Texas rapidly accelerated his company’s innovation and growth. Before the move, HVAC Manufacturing employed around 15 employees. Now the company employs over 100 people and has expanded three times in its new Texas home. Karamanos and his wife and co-founder, Stella, have seen their company grow as quickly and efficiently as their easy freeway commutes. Not being stuck in traffic any longer is a handy analogy for what’s happened for the family and company, too. “We are innovating more in East Texas than we were in Silicon Valley,” Karamanos says, pointing to how the tremendous savings from the overall cost of doing business allowed them to reinvest in the company’s R&D capabilities, bring most of those functions in house and now bring new technologies and products to customers much faster. The savings have also allowed them to invest more in their people, which he loves because they’ve found such talented, hard-working people to grow the team.“There’s no way in hell we could have done this in California,” he says. “What’s amazing is we did this with no outside investment. We did it all just basically taking the profits and reinvesting it back into it. Plus, the other thing that’s really good is we came here and we’ve paid full benefits for everybody … a Cadillac plan for medical, dental, everything. It allowed us to come here and be competitive and get really good people.”Karamanos shares these and many other advantages to living and doing business in Texas with Super Dave Quinn, CEcD of Day One Experts’ Texas Economic Development Connection. Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode Lisa Denton and the team at Palestine Economic Development Corporation in Palestine, Texas.D1Experts: https://D1Experts.comTexas ED Connection: https://TexasEDConnection.comEpisode Sponsor: Https://Palestinetexas.netHVAC Manufacturing: http://www.hvacmfg.com/

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August 31, 2021

Episode 1 - Super Dave Quinn, CEcD

Gone To Texas – Episode 1 Super Dave Quinn, CEcD

Welcome to “Gone to Texas,” the official podcast of the Texas Economic Development Connection (https://TexasEDConnection.com). In this episode, you’ll meet the host Super Dave Quinn, managing partner for Day One Experts (https://D1experts.com) and founder of the Texas Economic Development Connection. He introduces the show and shares about what to expect in upcoming shows featuring stories of business owners and CEOs who have relocated or expanded their business into Texas. Super Dave is a 5th generation Texan and certified economic developer who has been helping companies move to Texas for almost two decades.

Day One Experts: https://D1Experts.com
Texas ED Connection: https://TexasEDConnection.com
Super Dave: https://DaveQuinn247.com

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