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Inspiring Stories from Outside the 610

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 outside the 610 below.

Ali Kizginyurek

Photography started at an early age in my life. As children, we have no limitations to our dreams, yet mine was to become a photographer. At the age of 14, I started working as a photography assistant to Mehmet Sagmak, a well-known photographer in East Turkey. Read more>>

Stephanie Dobos

I come from a very artistic family. My grandmother was an amazing painter, my mother could draw really well and my sister studied art at The Art Institute of Chicago and is also a great artist. I graduated high school in Brenham 2005. Read more>>

Analisa Valero

AnaLisa Valero is a proud Texas native who has called the Northeast Houston area home for over 10 years, moving there from the small town of Baytown, just 30 minutes east of Houston. She is a very creative person who at a young age showed artistic abilities. Read more>>

Suzanne Ricketts

In my professional career, I had been teaching and coaching in public and private school for about 15 years. In church, my husband, Mark and I lead couples groups for a number of years, but the Lord really began to put it on my heart to lead just women. Read more>>

Allen Hanes

I have been an entrepreneur since I was 13 years old. Had a desire to be in a raft race in Indianapolis, Indiana and needed funds to build the raft. I admired the local grocery store owner for which my mother worked for. He also gave me my first job cleaning floors and restrooms for $2.00 an hour. Read more>>

Shantera Chatman

I started The Chatman Women’s Foundation (TCWF) 10 years ago after volunteering at a women’s shelter. I taught Assertiveness once a week and that has morphed into something I believe is truly beautiful. At the time my organization’s name was the Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference since that is the service I provided. Read more>>

Toni Bubb

When I was a kid….yes, we are going back that far, I used to always come up with inventions, ideas and little businesses. so you could say I always had the “entrepreneurial spirit,” even though I had no idea what that meant back then. Read more>>

Tonya Thompson-Holmes

In 2014 after 20 years in customer service I decided to attend Bartending school. While in school I was inspired by Trina Braxton’s “Bar Chix Mobile Bartending Service” so upon the end of Bartending school I started my own Bartending service. Undet “Bar Beauties”. Read more>>

Chelsea Spretz

For most people, photography is something they grew up loving, but for me photography is something that found me at a time when I wasn’t sure where I was headed in life. In my late teens, I started working as a sale rep for a traveling photography company and during that time, I was able to start venturing into the photography world. Read more>>

Zach Adair

This business was built from necessity. A few years ago wife had a major seizure that then resulted in two brain surgeries. She was being given many medications that had alot of side effects, and gave her additional problems. I began looking into natural remedies and cures. Read more>>

Adriana Villarreal

I got to where I am, in large part, by breaking the rules. I learned early on that doing only what I was told to do didn’t get me very far, and it was terribly boring. At eight years old, I would rush home from school every day to watch Oprah. I remember her saying that, in life, people either help you get to success or they don’t. Read more>>

Tom Forney

I am a fourth generation born Houston Native, and attended Memorial High School before heading off to Texas A&M University to study Building Construction. After graduation in 1980, I began my professional career in the industry with Linbeck. Read more>>

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