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Inspiring Stories from Katy

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 rising stars from Katy and surrounding areas below.

Steven Fernandes

I was fortunate to be exposed to real estate and investments through my family at an early age. While I was obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Houston- Downtown I simultaneously became a licensed realtor. Read more>>

Andrea Cudin

I moved to the U.S. from my native Italy in 2012. I have a background of philosophical studies, and while I was struggling to find the right occupation for me here, I also started making cheese at home, since I could not find the flavors I grew up with. Read more>>

Eileen Jones, Kristin Severson

Kristin and Joe Severson started Cool Hands Heating & Air Conditioning in 2009. The company focused on being fair, honest and ethical. With only tools, truck and a credit card, it was built on word of mouth, referrals and networking. Read more>>

Wendy Hackney

Edible Moments started by complete accident 5 years ago! I was fortunate not to be working when I had my two babies. When my youngest turned one, I had the time & opportunity to bake & decorate her first birthday cake. Read more>>

John Pham

I was raised in Katy Texas and attended Seven Lakes High School, Class of 2010. I pursued a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business with minors in Management and Entrepreneurship from Sam Houston State University in 2014. Read more>>

Maritza Ortega

My journey started in 2013 when I was let go of my 8-5 job. I was lost and scared of what the future had in store for me, but I was hopeful. I wasn’t sure of what life would bring, but I knew that a new door had opened. A door full of opportunities. I had been set free! Read more>>

Maurizio Montanari

The Montanari family moved to Katy back in 2011 when it was only a small city, and a few years later noticed how fast this city was growing. Due to the rapid growth. we realized the need for food, especially a fresh, authentic Italian place. Being Italian, with the help of my mom, I realized we could bring our neighbors the most authentic Italian flavors they had ever tasted. Read more>>

Nathan Davila

Our love for German Shepherds began long ago when we had them as family pets. Their gracefulness, loyalty, and companionship is like no other. The breed is strong, yet faithful – and whether for show or for work, German Shepherds are loving. Read more>>

Betty Welch

I was a school librarian for years bring joy and happiness to young students with my storytelling and puppeteer skills. In 2009, I had an idea about opening a business which celebrated people’s life-changing events. I thought about it for two years, and when the opportunity came to team up with a ISES (now called NACE) winning company in Colorado I jumped at the opportunity. Read more>>

Amber and Christopher Pedlar

We met in dental school in Houston and got married shortly after. Amber worked in public health for several years immediately after dental school treating patients that otherwise wouldn’t receive any dental care. Chris worked in a private practice setting and still teaches at the dental school in Houston once a week. Read more>>

Layla Zakaria

I started photography at age 17 and had a dark room in my bathroom. I later worked in the medical and after having my own five children I decided to go back to photography and Art, so I linked it with my medical experience to focus on my passion for newborns. Read more>>

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