I put a ton of work and dozens of interview hours into this November cover story, spending time with some of the most successful business owners in the city, from the Ware family of Amarillo National Bank (including fifth-generation ownership) to the families that own Wonderland Amusement Park, Bruckner's trucking and The Big Texan.
Why has Amarillo been an incubator for these successful family businesses? Richard Ware of ANB says it's because Amarillo's isolation is also its secret sauce. "We call it the ‘circle the wagons’ mentality. People just feel like we have to take care of our own businesses," he told me.
Read the full piece here, which is broken into individual profiles of the businesses.