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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.

Cole Rice

Cole Rice, a recently licensed Texas real estate agent, joined CSD Realty Co. as a key team member and is injecting new energy and marketing tactics by use of technology including boosting the firm’s web and social media presence. In addition to his contribution to the firm’s existing line of business, Cole is expanding the company’s scope of specialties to apartment locating. As a young adult, he is uniquely positioned to serve his network of young professionals and students who have requirements for a new place to live. Read more>>

Marcus and Kinga Guss Wunderle

Marc has been a homebrewer for 10 years and I always wanted to have my own business. Marc works in Oil and gas and I have a law degree from London, UK. Marc is originally from Ohio and I am from Poland. I also lived in England for 8 years. We moved to Houston from CA in 2013 and one day when Marc came back from work I told him that I have registered brewery as a business. It was very first baby step. We named the brewery Baa Baa Brewhouse and the inspiration came from our kids favorite nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep. The brewery is very kid friendly since we have 3 kids – 2, 4 and 6 year old. Read more>>

Robert Gruener Jr.

My father helped me start the business in 1984 and was located one mile west of FM 529 and FM 359. In 1989, I moved the business to Katy located at 5330 E 5th Street. It has not been easy. Just because you know how to do something well doesn’t mean you can run a business. We are an automotive service and repair facility. We do all types of repairs mechanical and electrical. We are known for being able to fix the cars other shops can’t. We do a lot of diagnostic work for other shops. We have the equipment that other shops don’t have, especially when it comes to computer programming. Read more>>

William Cornell

I have always been a hands-on guy who enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together. I got a taste of woodworking in high school and ever since then have dabbled in it making many unique pieces. I appreciate the ability to be creative and use many different materials that can be transformed into customized pieces; works of art if you will. It wasn’t until 2004 that I really started focusing on perfecting my craft. I am constantly seeking new challenges whether it is new building techniques or perfecting a design until the customer’s vision is realized. While challenging, I also find the work exhilarating and believe that is how we become better at the life’s work we each have chosen. Read more>>

Jane Moughon

I’ve had a passion for Teens and young adults since I was in college. In 2000, I wrote and self-published two booklets for teens. One called “Discovering Who You Are” and “What Are You Feeling?” I’m a certified coach and certified group leader with a degree in Accounting (worked at Enron 5 years) and Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. I’ve been known as the “Hugging MOM”, and “The Mother of Human Potential” I’m a former professional recruiter and taught Career Development for 10 years. Read more>>

Amy Hartmann

I was a teacher for 10 years. My husband and I also ran a business consulting company that required him to travel quite a bit. We decided that we wanted to start a business that would keep us closer to home but still give us the opportunity to help small businesses grow. My brother was already working in real estate, so we decided to partner with him and make it a whole family business 🙂 Real Estate was the perfect choice because each Realtor that walks through our doors is running his or her own business. My passion is working with agents to help them grow their businesses. Read more>>

Dawn Appling E.A.

As far as the beginnings of my fondness for Accounting, (I could say “my love for Accounting”, but those two words in the same sentence creep people out 🙂 ), my beginnings go back to hanging out in my grandmother’s craft store. She held handmade crafts on consignment and sold them. There was the writing of the receipts, item for item, then a percentage of the sale would be allocated to the store and to the makers of the items. After each sale, I would sneak back to the back room where the walls of binders of Accounting for each client were kept, and get in the books calculating the percentages, and recording my results in the books. Read more>>

Frieda Aboul-Fotouh

When I started my psychiatry training I began to think about what it means to go see a psychiatrist – how hard it can be to reach out for help and how vulnerable it can make us feel. I saw this first as a medical student and resident at Baylor College of Medicine where I had the opportunity to train under very knowledgeable and compassionate psychiatrists in all different treatment sittings. Over the years of my training, and especially after I specialized in child psychiatry work at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, I saw the impact it had on children and families to have an ongoing trusting relationship with a mental health provider. Read more>>

Mitch and Amanda Justice

Basically we started out of our garage we outgrew that very quickly, moved to a small rental piece of property we out grew that very quickly we bought some land close to Katy Texas and have been there ever since 1994 we don’t have much competition and what little competition we’ve had through the years they don’t stick around. We give a three-year warranty on the appliances that we sell which our customers love we get a lot of repeat business which we love. We also service appliances in the home and we also sell parts new and used over-the-counter. Read more>>

Deborah Medrano

I started this business back in year 2000 right when the Y2K scare was around. I was working full-time as a parts and order taker at Milwaukee Electric Tool here in Houston. I was tired and wanted to stay home with my kids at that time and work from home. So I started checking out the internet and what I could possibly do with myself. I began to be glued to the computer and I was very interested in how it all worked. I studied and studied for about a year and I became very good with writing code. I also became very good with SEO placement in Google with a website I had created. Read more>>

Elly Berman

I grew up with a passion for horses. This passion turned into a family business when my parents, Ed and Ada Perwien built Bluebonnet Farm on picturesque rolling hills near Bellville, Texas nearly 30 years ago. Bluebonnet Farm offers a wide range of services including both riding and driving lessons, training, breeding and sales. We are dedicated to the beautiful and versatile American Saddlebred horse. Over the years, I have had the good fortune to compete around the country with horses we bred and raised. Ed Perwien at 91 still competes in driving classes with his beloved horse iPod. Read more>>

Toni Taylor

B.ETC Styling Studio was established December 2012, from a dream written out in 2005. Growing up, I believed that everyone could style hair, this could have been because both my mother and grandmother were hairstylist and I grew up very involved in the industry. I’d been styling hair from as early as five years old and I believed that everything beauty, came as second nature to all women and my talent to care for and style hair was a talent to all. Having this mind set pertaining to my talent leads me to categorize the ability of hairstyling as a hobby and not a gift worth pursuing or taking seriously. Read more>>

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