President / Chief Operating Officer, Miyama USA Texas

What is your best childhood memory?

Our family trips. My parents took us on trips to many places such as Santa Fe, New Mexico and Park City, Utah for skiing. We also visited Mexico, India, and Argentina. Those are fun memories with my family and gave me a comprehensive perspective on the world.

What is your life motto?

Win-Win-Win (not just Win-Win). I learned from my father that it doesn't just take two parties to win, but employees/community/city/society to also win—a little bit broader perspective.

What’s your favorite book and why?

“Seiko He No Jonetsu” by Kazuo Inamori. The English title is “Passion for Success.” That’s my bible for business, which my father gave me when I joined the family business. Especially the Chapter “Heaven or Hell” inspired me a lot, and we shared that chapter with our employees and gave a copy of this book to so many business friends.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Instead of giving a fish, teach how to fish.” This is what my grandfather told my father when he joined the family business, and exactly what my father told me when I turned twenty years old and asked for an expensive Cartier watch for my birthday. He didn’t buy me a watch, but instead, took me on a trip to Cambodia for the school opening ceremony that our family donated. He gave me a lot of business and life lessons, so that one day I would be on my own and be able to buy myself a watch. Now I have three children, who I want to teach this same lesson.

What’s the best decision you’ve ever made?

I have two. One was to marry my husband, Ryota, who always supports our business and family. I cannot do what I do without him. The other was to come to Dallas from Japan to maintain our family business and carry over a 400-year family legacy in the US. There are so many great people in Dallas and great business leaders that I respect, and I’ve learned so much from them.



Just a few steps away for the award-winning Klyde Warren Park is one of the last office locations available in this dynamic area of Dallas. Located at the corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and N Harwood Street, the 29-story tower will feature innovative design and 493,346 square feet of Class A office space. Beneath this modern tower will be 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a spectacular corner plaza.

Tenants will be able to enjoy the iconic beauty of the park from any floor in the tower. The greatest vantage point will sit 100 feet above street level at the Sky Lobby. This distinctive centerpiece will act as a shared tenant space equipped with outdoor terraces to encourage collaboration and relaxation. Parkside Uptown will also feature an abundance of natural light with unobstructed views of uptown and downtown Dallas.

Tenant safety and well-being were factored into the design plan. Parkside Uptown will feature the latest in safety standards and procedures throughout the building with touchless controls on doors, plumbing fixtures and elevators. Advanced air circulation and filtration methods along with an advanced infection control mode of operations supports a commitment to a healthy workplace.

The building’s location offers easy access to a variety of transportation options. Besides the abundant walking opportunities surrounding the future office building, the free M-line trolley runs down the street connecting to DART light rail and other Uptown locations. Commuters can utilize the Dallas North Tollway and Central Expressway which are minutes away and offer easy access to Love Field and DFW Airport.

Parkside Uptown will perfectly tie amenities and innovative design with thoughtful practicality to create the ideal urban workplace in the heart of Dallas. KDC, the Miyama Family, world-renowned architects Kohn Pedersen Fox and celebrated design firms Corgan and OJB Landscape Architecture are working together to deliver this timeless and collaborative representation of today’s modern workspace.


Celebrity Edition

Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity?

Aarica Mims

"I've been told I look like Audrina Patridge from The Hills."

Tracie Frazier

"I have been told throughout the years that I look like Jennifer Aniston…I wish…but, I'll take it!"

Frank Benenate

"I've been told I look like Billy Joel."

Gabi Figueroa

"I get told I look like Madelaine Petsch from the CW show Riverdale. But I've also been told that I look like pretty much every other redheaded actress under the sun, so I'm thinking there's a pattern here!"

Sherry Thompson

"I get told I look like Jamie Lee Curtis...I'm not sure I see it though!"

Deb Velez

"People tell me I look like Sandra Bullock. I seriously do not get the connection, but I am told that I have her “character” so, I guess I can see that (as she plays good hearted, goofy, yet tough women)!"

Who is the most famous person you've met?

Travis Parker

"George W. Bush!"

Debbie Countryman

"I met United States Army general Norman Schwarzkopf."

Ignacio Herrera

"I spent about 20 minutes chatting with President H.W. Bush about life before he spoke at a commencement ceremony at Texas A&M. Pretty cool memory!

Jeff Innmon

"I met George W. Bush."

Audrey Dunlap

"I went to preschool with Hillary Duff!"

Bill Guthrey

"I ran into Shaq at the Louvre."

Larry Wilson

"I drove the Wilson brothers (Andrew, Owen, and Luke) to school."

Jim George

"I met Bob Hope when he came to Diego Garcia with the USO Show at Christmas time in 1972. It was a great show. After the show, we entertained Bob Hope, his wife, and all the performers at the “officer’s club” while the Air Force C-141 crew had a required crew rest before flying on to the next show location in Vietnam."

Phillip McDavid

"I met Enrique Iglesias when I was about 7 or so. My family and I were temporarily staying at the Grand Marriott in Moscow, and Enrique Iglesias happened to be on tour and staying at the same hotel. After seeing all of the attention he was getting, I got curious and walked up to him at breakfast to have a chat (much to my parents shock and confusion)."


We polled the KDC team in a series of "This or That" questions to learn more about each other.


Bringing ‘Howdy’ to New Heights at KDC

KDC’s Senior Vice President / Development, Michael A. Alost, has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumni of Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture. Michael joins an elite group, comprised of fewer than one percent of alumni, in receiving the highest honor bestowed to Texas A&M graduates by former students. Michael has led KDC projects valued at more than $3.6 billion and has distinguished himself as a leader and humanitarian. Notable project experience includes Frost Bank headquarters in San Antonio, Toyota North American Headquarters in Plano, Texas, and CityLine, home to State Farm and Raytheon, in Richardson, Texas. The 2021 Outstanding Alumni were honored at the Hilton College Station and Conference Center on February 10 for their contributions to their industries.


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