Dallas Business Journal’s 40u40

As part of The Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 class of Top 40 under 40 business leaders in Dallas, our CEO / Founder Steve Deitz had fun filling out a profile for the DBJ. Below is a short excerpt of his profile. So, read on and get to know Steve Deitz.

40 UNDER 40 Q&A

Twitter handle: @SteveDeitz

Hometown: The tiny town of Merkel, Texas. Where the heck is that?! Born in Germany.

Alma mater: Texas Tech University

When did you decide what you wanted to do in life? 5th grade

What’s one thing that everyone needs to do or try in DFW? Drive your family down to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Now, please take a second and stretch your legs. Touch your toes. Take a really deep breath. Exhale. Get in line (with 463 hyperactive children) and get ready to race a life-size T-Rex in our interactive Run Museum Exhibit!

What would you go back and tell your 20-year-old self? 1) Buckle up. It’s going to be a wild ride 2) What the heck is Google? Buy shares. 3) Eat more vegetables!

What accomplishment has meant the most to you in your career? Throughout this journey, I have never borrowed or raised any investor money.

Tell me about your family. My father passed away about 18 months ago and I miss him. He inspired our family with determination and perseverance. I see my mom often and I want to make sure her last decade or so on this planet is as good as it can possibly be. My brother is a brilliant PTSD-focused professor in S. Korea. My sister is a paralegal and proud parent in California.

What’s one thing that some would never guess about you? Despite all of the heartache and painful ulcers that I have accumulated over the years, I am still one of the biggest Chicago Bears fans that you will ever meet.

Alter ego (i.e. if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you be doing?): I work really hard so I appreciate disconnecting when I can and immersing myself in the history of other cultures. I would create an adventure explorer TV show where I would utilize emerging technologies to decipher the mysteries of ancient civilizations. Thankfully, I have had the opportunity to travel to 27 countries.

Favorite restaurant in DFW: HG Supply

Favorite app for your phone or tablet: DuoLingo

Favorite nonprofit: Children’s Hospitals