McKINNEY, TX - Two members of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce have been named as winners of the 40 Under 40 Award by the Dallas Business Journal. The award singles out 40 of the brightest business leaders in North Texas under the age of 40. Part of what the Dallas Business Journal considers when honoring business leaders with this award is the difference these individuals make at their organization and throughout the community.
Kyle Armstrong, the newly named Chief Operating Officer of Baylor University Medical Center was named to the list. Prior to that (and also when he was nominated), he was the president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney. The other member honored with the distinction is Kyle Gordon, owner and creator of Dillas Quesadillas.
Kyle Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer, Baylor University Medical Center
Armstrong’s nomination for the award read in part, “Kyle Armstrong believes that an essential role in a leader is to set priorities and cast a clear vision, areas where he excels. Over a remarkably short period, he has built a culture at Baylor Scott & White – McKinney centered on the patient experience and quality. As a leader, he breaks down silos across functional areas to create a shared vision that motivates staff and inspires teams to build a culture of patient safety across the enterprise, driven by evidence-based measures.”
Additionally, under his leadership, Baylor Scott & White – McKinney has experienced double-digit increases in patient volumes and measurable improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency metrics, all in the face of increased competition throughout the market.
Kyle Gordon, Owner and Creator, Dillas Quesadillas
Gordon designed the brand, Dillas Quesadillas, while he was in college at The University of Texas at Austin on a one-page business plan. After graduation, Gordon tried to gain funding for the quesadilla-focus restaurant and was turned down. Determined to succeed, he spent the following 7 years gaining industry experience as a certified training managing partner (1 of only 3 out of 100 units at the time) at Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. Gordon gathered enough funding to launch Dillas Quesadillas in 2013. Since its inception, Gordon has scaled the business from 1 unit in to 4 units! Due to his leadership and passion, Dillas continues to experience success. The brand has 2 new locations opening in the next 6 months.
Gordon is a dedicated husband, father and restaurateur. When he’s not ‘flippin’ quesadillas’ you’ll find him spending time with his wife and business partner, Maggie, and two children, Parker and Grace, or out in the community sharing his love of Dillas with local schools and organizations.
The 2020 40 Under 40 class will be celebrated during a special ceremony in March.