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Committee Member: Preston Evans

Preston Evans

Dallas - President of the John T. Evans Company

As President of the John T. Evans Company, a commercial real estate brokerage and development company, Preston T. Evans keeps quite busy. But not too busy to start his own Texas style barbecue restaurant, Ten50 BBQ. “The restaurant has been a great outlet to express my passion for hospitality design,” he says, and now as the restaurant reaches the five year mark he’s developing plans for a second outpost in 2020.


Q&A:

Hometown?

Dallas.

Place you call home now?

West Highland Park.

Any notes on your education?

BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University.

Favorite sport to watch?

Tennis.

Favorite sport to play?

Soccer.

Best vacation ever?

Sailing off the coast of Croatia.

Dream trip destination?

Amanpuri (Phuket, Thailand).

Favorite dinner?

Roast Chicken and Negronis at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco with my late father.

Favorite dessert?

McConnell’s Turkish Coffee Ice Cream.

Favorite TV show as a kid?

Oddly enough I watched old black and white shows as a kid. Dick van Dyke was a favorite.

Favorite movies?

Thomas Crown Affair
Any Nancy Meyers movie--she always shoots in the most beautiful homes.

Favorite bands?

Deerhunter
Spoon
Tame Impala
SALES
Washed Out
Men I Trust

Most impressive live performance you ever saw?

Local Natives. The first band I’ve seen live where there is no lead, all five artists are equally talented.

Car you drive now?

Range Rover.

Car you’d like to drive?

Porsche Targa.

Best car youve owned?

1952 MG TD, a gift from my father.

Motorcycle?

I would love to own a 1940 BMW R12 but wonder if I’m cool enough to pull it off!

Got a favorite watch?

I’m a big fan of Cartier. I wear a Roadster most days.

Got a dream watch?

Patek Philippe Calatrava.

Bourbon or Scotch?

Neither.

Vodka or gin?

Both, but I prefer gin in my martinis!

Cologne?

I bounce around but right now I’m wearing Le Labo Thé Noir 29.

Go-to red on a wine list?

Cliff Lede Cabernet.

Go-to white?

Far Niente Chardonnay.

Favorite beach?

Harbour Island, Bahamas.

Best work advice you ever got?

The best advice I ever received was from Elaine Agather, Chairman of the Dallas Region for JP Morgan Chase and a close friend. She says “Like what you do. I didn’t say Do what you like – there’s a big difference. Liking what you do means you know how to make the most of opportunities. You look for the positives in every situation. You play the hand you’re dealt, and you win.”

Best thing about your career?

Working with my family. I was lucky to have a great working relationship with my father. Now that he has passed, I work closely with my sister and mother on running the company and carrying on my father’s legacy.

Do you have any philanthropic interests/endeavors?

I have enjoyed volunteering my time and raising money for the AT&T Performing Arts Center the past few years. Not only is the Center a fixture in Dallas Arts District, I love that they are focused on programs that involve underprivileged children who might otherwise never experience a ballet, opera, or broadway show.