2015 Tastemakers (part 2)
Apr 02, 2015 01:29PM
● By Dia
Kelly ForemanKelly Foreman started MopTop Hair Care as an entrepreneurial venture, but also as a mission. elping people, particularly young women with frizzy hair, feel better about their appearance can be paramount in helping them to feel better about themselves. And that can be key to achieving their personal best in life.
“People tend to create an impression of others within the first three seconds of meeting them,” says Kelly. “So how you look, how you dress, how you present yourself overall, determines half of what you’re saying to another person. That can be a very crucial thing, particularly for young women. It’s all about self confidence.”
MopTop Hare Care products are specifically designed to tackle hair that is dry, kinky, wavy, curly or frizzy. MopTop products grew from Kelly’s own experience growing up with frazzled hair. Kelly experimented with natural blends and leading European shampoos and conditioners. “My shower looked like a retail store,” she says.
Frizzy is hardly how Foreman, who moved to Southlake seven years ago from Denton, sees the fabric of the city around her. Wonderful people and a sense of commitment that is alive and well, are descriptors she uses when discussing the spirit that makes Southlake a good place to live and build a business. “I’m amazed at the people. You can bump into people at the community pool, experts in everything from marketing and advertising to how to run a business, who are only too happy to reach out and lend a hand.”
Giving back keeps Kelly busy with several community groups, including GRACE and The Gatehouse, a not-for-profit group that helps battered women. This personal mission dovetails closely with her vision for MopTop Hair – “Inspiring millions to discover confidence and natural beauty one head at a time.” And that’s a beautiful thing.
MopTop Hair Care is growing rapidly, enjoying distribution now in Whole Foods and soon in HEB’s large chain of grocery stores.
On Kelly: Gingham Sleeveless Dress, $178
Mim TranThirteen-year Southlake resident Mimi Tran has a simple belief: If you’re going to do something, give it everything you have and then some. That’s been a simple mantra for the child of Vietnamese immigrants who operated her own stationery business before hanging her shingle at Frost Bank. Among many organizations Mimi serves are the Southlake Women’s Club, the Carroll Education Foundation and the Carroll Medical Academy. She also serves on the board of the Irving Healthcare Foundation.
“I’m simply so grateful for everything America has given to my family that I feel compelled to give back in any way that fits my abilities,” Mimi says. Moving to Southlake because of the school system— as do many—she quickly discovered a community in sync with her own high standards and aspirations. After 13 years, Mimi sees around her a place where “everyone gets involved. The residents here really believe in giving back.”
The key to really making a difference, as Mimi sees it, is finding opportunities where an individual can have the greatest impact. She also believes that everyone, whether they work at home or occupy a corner office, has unique skills and talents to give. “People in Southlake tend to find ways to take the spirit of involvement to a higher level, and I see the spirit of giving back everywhere,” she says. “My personal passion is in education, because our children are the future. It’s something I believe in strongly, and it’s an area where I can have a meaningful impact.”
On Mimi: Stellita Fit Jacket, $498 Pencil Skirt, $288 Fitted Striped Dress Shirt, $98
Bradley Taylor’s father was an inspiration and prime driver who shared a gift for giving and a focus
on excellence—traits that Bradley brings to his involvement with the Southlake Kiwanis and also his leadership of Southlake’s Pro Players Foundation. The Foundation matches volunteer professional athletes with disadvantaged youth to help make sure every child has the ability to succeed and the opportunity for a bright future.
When not manning the grill for the PPF’s Feed the Need barbeques, Bradley finds time to serve on the Carroll ISD board, ring Christmas bells for the Salvation Army, and help feed the needy at Fort Worth’s Phillip’s Wish shelter. By day, he puts his background in construction to work for oil & gas clients at Upshaw Insurance. His top job is, he says, imparting the lessons he’s learned to his two elementary-aged daughters who’ve seen kids in need gladly receive a helping hand from dad.
Taylor, whose professional background is in construction, knows that character is something that needs to be built early and on solid ground.
“I learned about charity from my father and integrity from my mother,” Bradley says. “Both those things mean you’ll strive to do the right thing even when—especially when—nobody’s looking. I try my very best to center my life around those two things.” He also says those qualities are reflected in the community he calls home.
“Southlake has a pride like no other place I’ve seen, and I’m proud to live here,” he says. “The town isn’t an individual, but a group of individuals, and everyone seems to be focused on being the very best at everything. At the end of the day, I’m all about that.”
On Bradely: Brooks Cool Sport Coat, $498 Classic Fit Dress Shirt, $92 1818 Gaberdine Trousers, $168