Jeff Benson began working with glass at a young age, helping out in his parents’ decorative glass studio in California. His duties evolved from cutting glass panels to learning all other aspects of the business, including product design and development. 

Benson continued to hone his craft after moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area 20 years ago. He initially started his own decorative glass company, J & L Glassworks, along with his wife, Lynne. Jeff and Lynne Benson brought a single employee, Jordan Lively, into the business as an apprentice in 2004. After selling J & L Glassworks to a local glass company, the three continued to work together with interior designers and custom home builders for more than eight years before joining forces together with Josey Parks to form Designer Glass Specialties, in 2012.

When Lori Carroll launched her design firm Lori Carroll & Associates in 2000, she could not have predicted how successful it would become. With hundreds of notable projects throughout Arizona, Carroll has left a definite impression on the region and says that’s due in no small part to the careful approach and collaborative spirit her team sets in motion on every project.

As a graduate of the University of Arizona’s interior design program, Carroll spent a short time working for a local furniture store before breaking out and establishing her own company. Working alongside two partners for more than twelve years, Carroll’s business was flourishing when she decided to set out on her own once again. Today, Lori Carroll & Associates specializes in high-end interior design for residential and commercial clients throughout the Tucson area.

After 20 years, Heritage Homes has no plans of staying stagnant. President and owner Tyrone Leslie says, “We always want to improve as a builder. When you take on that philosophy, success follows.”

Based in Fargo, N.D., Heritage Homes both designs and builds custom homes locally and in the surrounding areas. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tyrone has 28 years of experience within the real estate industry. “My family has been involved in it for forever,” he notes. 

After owning and operating a real estate firm for years in Canada, Tyrone’s father and mother transitioned to the United States when they decided to build the Ramada Plaza & Suites location in Fargo, N.D., in 1994, along with their oldest son, Norman. Once the hotel opened, they started making plans to get into the residential side of home building. 

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