Like everyone else, Nathan Garrett remembers where he was during the morning hours of Sept. 11, 2001 (in Dallas). And like everyone else, he remembers how he felt when news broke of the terrorist attacks (utterly shocked and horrified). The only difference is that Garrett happened to be special agent in the FBI’s Counterrorism Division at the time.
Years before he cofounded KC-based white-collar defense firm Graves Garrett LLC with Todd Graves, Garrett held two careers simultaneously: special assistant U.S. attorney and special agent for the FBI. He had been working with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas in the late 1990s, which was investigating some of the nation’s marquee cases in counterterrorism. Specifically, Garrett was one of only a handful of agents fighting terrorism prior to 9/11. He later went on to serve as prosecutor in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history.
Although he’s glad to be back in his home state, Garrett continues to jet back and forth between KC and his company’s Dallas branch…in his private plane…which he pilots himself. “I use it as a business tool, but what it is as much as anything is an escape for me,” Garrett admits.
His other escape? Restoring and riding antique Harley-Davidsons.
Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer
The talented duo first met as students and then worked together at Hallmark for more than a decade before striking out on their own to form Ampersand Design Studio. Even if you haven’t spotted Ampersand-branded home accessories and art prints in magazines such as Real Simple and Better Homes & Gardens, you’ve almost surely seen their work.
In addition to being the graphic designers behind the branding for local businesses such as Fusion Fitness and Cafe Europa, Georgie and Kiefer have combined their creative talents on pattern design projects, stationery products and packaging for major national brands including Target and Bath & Body Works, and have just agreed to partner with children’s furniture and bedding company Land of Nod.