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Inspiring Stories from Downtown

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Houston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out Downtown’s rising stars below.

Ross Tremonte

Before I started my company Texas TRU Distribution, I had always been a service industry person. All of my life, I had waited tables and bartended. In 2006, I began working with a small distributor in Houston selling beer and eventually wine. Working for a smaller company allowed me the opportunity to have a more hands on education on how the business is run. Read more>>

Kelli Dunn

I’ve always been intrigued by massage therapy. When I found out that I can make this my career I was so excited, I asked my parents to fund this for me and they were like no we’re not paying for that. I then later found out that WorkSource would pay for me to go to school and I went that route. Read more>>

Rick Canady

I have spent the last 44 years in the Healthcare field. I started off after graduating from college, with a double major in Business and Accounting, as a Medicare Auditor in Nashville, Tennessee. I audited the large chain organizations corporate offices like HCA and many others. Read more>>

Ressa Gallardo

Ressamazing is a travel-fashion blog where I showcase my personal adventures around the world. It all started in 2016 when I decided to travel the entire year after I graduated college in order to find a deeper understanding of my culture and gain a different perspective of life. Read more>>

Jennifer Aronson

I knew I wanted to do makeup since I was 5 years old. I began my career in the cosmetics/makeup industry 22 years ago. I got my start in retail cosmetics. The first company I worked for was Lancôme Cosmetics at Neiman Marcus North Park in Dallas. I was a resident makeup artist at Lancôme for 3 years. Read more>>

Erika Labuzan-Lopez

I always say I began my journey to becoming a therapist in first grade because I was the kid of the playground who all the other kids came to talk about their problems! I have always been the person who sits back and observes what others are doing before jumping into a situation, and people love to open up to me. Read more>>

Dara Taherpour

We started out how lot custom integrators/installers in our industry started out. My business partner, John Bates, and I were both working as sales people for a distributor when we just got tired of the never-ending rat race to hit the “number”. A customer of John’s, Nick Lekousis, presented us with an opportunity to partner with him and his existing custom installation company and honestly it seemed like a perfect situation for all of us. Read more>>

Heather Hyde Wargo

HW Music and Visual Design is a performing arts and production design studio that specializes in the brass, color guard, movement, and design needs of the Texas band program. Owner Heather Hyde Wargo began her work with instrumental music and dance education in 2005, while touring as a cast member with performing arts organization Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Read more>>

Michael Tucker

DR. Hair was founded in 1982. We started in a small house on Woodedge drive that was at one time on the property of a wedding chapel. Several moves later and today, we are located on the 4th floor of the Denmark House office building on Jones Rd. Our building is across and diagonal from the met very near the intersection of Mills and Jones Rd. Read more>>

Ressa Gallardo

Ressamazing is a travel-fashion blog where I showcase my personal adventures around the world. It all started in 2016 when I decided to travel the entire year after I graduated college in order to find a deeper understanding of my culture and gain a different perspective of life. Read more>>

Erika Labuzan-Lopez, LMFT, LPC

I always say I began my journey to becoming a therapist in first grade because I was the kid of the playground who all the other kids came to talk about their problems! I have always been the person who sits back and observes what others are doing before jumping into a situation, and people love to open up to me. Read more>>

Jennifer Aronson

I knew I wanted to do makeup since I was 5 years old. I began my career in the cosmetics/makeup industry 22 years ago. I got my start in retail cosmetics. Read more>>

Chris Casto and Mike Cox

After I graduated high school, I worked for all different sorts of jobs in different industries while going to college. After doing that a couple years, I found myself unemployed and skating along in college. One night I was on the phone with my aunt Marcella and asked her how my uncle Mike was doing. Read more>>

Daren Guillory

I was always drawing as a kid – coming up with ideas, and sketching and doing simple lettering. This carried into middle school and high school. I wanted to go into architecture at first and received an academic scholarship to do so, but after two short years at the University of Houston and some personal issues I dropped out of college, unfortunately. Read more>>

Mark LaCour

The Houston Chapter of the API (American Petroleum Institute) is a nonprofit organization of oil and gas professionals dedicated to providing a forum for discussion of energy related issues and promoting actions to improve the energy industry through education and personal interaction. Read more>>

Heather Hyde Wargo

HW Music and Visual Design is a performing arts and production design studio that specializes in the brass, color guard, movement, and design needs of the Texas band program. Read more>>

Michael Tucker

DR. Hair was founded in 1982. We started in a small house on Woodedge drive that was at one time on the property of a wedding chapel. Several moves later and today, we are located on the 4th floor of the Denmark House office building on Jones Rd. Read more>>

Ross Tremonte

Before I started my company Texas TRU Distribution, I had always been a service industry person. All of my life, I had waited tables and bartended. In 2006, I began working with a small distributor in Houston selling beer and eventually wine. Read more>>

Eric Hymowitz

Eric has been in the construction industry since 1994. He started ROC Homes in 2002 by himself bringing all of his accounting, purchasing and management experience with him. He hired highly awarded, 20 year veteran (at the time) to run the operations of the company (construction, permitting, purchasing) while he focused on the floor plans, accounting and of course home sales. Read more>>

Dara Taherpour

We started out how lot custom integrators/installers in our industry started out. My business partner, John Bates, and I were both working as sales people for a distributor when we just got tired of the never-ending rat race to hit the “number”. A customer of John’s, Nick Lekousis, presented us with an opportunity to partner with him and his existing custom installation company and honestly it seemed like a perfect situation for all of us. Read more>>

Birgit Walker

Experts agree that in order to change established destructive patterns, juvenile offenders must be exposed to positive adult influences and programs that boost self-image. Children’s Prison Arts Project (CPAP) focuses on incarcerated youth because of the great need these children have for positive intervention. Read more>>

Kelli Dunn

I’ve always been intrigued by massage therapy. When I found out that I can make this my career I was so excited, I asked my parents to fund this for me and they were like no we’re not paying for that. I then later found out that WorkSource would pay for me to go to school and I went that route. Read more>>

Carol A. Niemi

It all started with my first massage. I was in my mid-thirties, newly sober and had never felt so relaxed, nurtured and alive as during that massage–I felt the healing in it. Somehow the therapist knew how to work with my body in a way that felt perfect. I was in a state of wonder. Near the end I remember having the thought, ‘I’d like to do this for others.’ But I had no idea how, and I didn’t believe I was intuitive enough. Read more>>

Joy Ekhator

I started Joy Superfoods as a way to express my deep passion and love for self-care and health. Struggling with cystic acne and hormonal imbalance due to three back-to-back pregnancies, made me very curious about the power of healthy lifestyle. I started researching why people get cystic acne and how to control my hormones without relying on medication. Read more>>

Rick Canady

I decided it was time for me to start my own business and opened a healthcare facility that was a Partial Hospitalization Center for 8 years. While I was still operating my center, I got a call from a friend that asked if I would help in a consulting agreement they had. It was HEA and I said yes. This was in 1998. I continued the consulting, part time, while I took another consulting job in Arkansas for a 1,000 bed hospital system, St Vincent. Together it was full time. Read more>>

Enrique Adame

The first website that I optimized was a “Simpsons Fan” website back in 94. I was 14 at the time, got some pretty great traffic and good ranks on Yahoo. When I turned 20 we moved from a small city called La Verne, California and moved to Houston – for economic reasons. Read more>>

Mark Rome

My wife and I have owned our own businesses for thirty five years. Most of those businesses serviced the high stress newspaper circulation industry. We wanted to find a businesses that would be less stressful and more fun. Read more>>

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