26 GoodLifeFamilyMag.com NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018 C raig Hall once said, “You could drop me on Mars, and I’d be starting a business.” He’s been starting businesses since he was in elementary school. Now he is celebrating five decades of business – strategic, visionary, ethical and ultimately very successful business. Together with his wife Kathryn, Craig and the HALL Group have their footprint on companies around the globe. In North Texas, they can take credit for having driven the growth of Collin County and entire communities in Dallas. HALL Wines are recognized as some of the best in the world. The path to success hasn’t always been an easy road, but this is a couple committed to staying the course. It’s nearly impossible to talk about the Halls without talking about art. Those who know them well personally know that Craig andKathrynappreciateartanditsabilitytoinspire,andthisloveof art is evident in their business model as well. Craig’s own mother was an art teacher, so his passion started early. Examining these 50 years, one can see how the same principles that constitute art have guided this forward-thinking company. SCALE Craig has always looked at business on a very large scale. Though he started in 1968 with a $4000 purchase of a student rooming house, he soon purchased a dozen more, and by age 21 he was a self-made millionaire. At its peak in the mid-1990s the company owned more than 72,000 apartment units, and today HALL Group’s revolutionary HALL Park now includes 17 completed office buildings along with other commercial real estate and development, and HALL Structured Finance was ranked as the third largest hotel construction lender in the nation in 2017. Craig isn’t one to think small and is always looking to see how to take his investments to the next level. UNITY Craig has always recognized the importance of teamwork. His open office setting champions collaboration, and he is known for taking into account everyone’s opinions. He credits his success to loyal employees and executives who stayed by his side along the way – a loyalty that can be attributed to the respect he gives to everyone with whom and for whom he works every day. VALUE Orinthiscasevalues. Craigholdshimself,hisemployeesandallof his businesses accountable to the highest standards. He is known for his strong character and in honor of that, he was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a highly prestigious honor, recognizing individuals who demonstrate perseverance, integrity and excellence. SPACE It takes a true visionary to be able to see open space and realize its potential to enhance a community. In the late 1980s, Craig invested in land along Dallas North Tollway in a little town called Frisco. He had the foresight to see the opportunity that presented itself as Dallas was gradually moving north. At the time, Frisco had a population of 6,000 residents; today it has a population exceeding 170,000, and HALL Park is right at its cultural center. In the early 1990s HALL acquired more than one million square feet of depressed, high-quality office properties in downtown Dallas, which HALL Group ultimately turned around for a profit. Now they are working to complete construction on phase two of the HALL Arts development in the Dallas Arts District to include: a 500,000 square-foot office tower, HALL Arts Residences, which is the only new for-sale residential tower downtown; a half-acre sculpture garden; and the adjacent HALL Arts Hotel. This mixed- use development will also include restaurants and is designed to be a destination in Dallas. LINE In art, line refers to the path of a point moving through space, and for HALL Group, the line has been anything but straight in its path upward. During the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and its aftermath, HALL Group saw that rapidly declining revenues on their properties would require the company to take Artfully Done: HALL Group Celebrates 50 Years of Entrepreneurship and Vision It takes a true visionary to be able to see open space and realize its potential to enhance a community. By AliciaWanek