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Inspiring Stories from Richmond

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 Richmond and surrounding areas below.

Olaide Banks

I came to Houston from the Caribbean as a college student. Got a degree in Accounting and Finance. Worked through college on campus in accounting and finance roles and later got an internship with El Paso Energy in corporate accounting at the Houston headquarters. After graduating from college, I stayed in Houston and started the accounting department for a small government contracting firm. Stayed on with an H1B Visa and later became a CPA, went to law school and became a citizen. I moved through the ranks as controller then CFO of the company, where I started the accounting department as the company grew. The firm now employs more than 120+ people across the U.S. I started a law practice and have practiced successfully for the past 15 years, along with my work as a CFO. I have also been involved as a community advocate and have been able to carve out a niche as a recording artist and voice talent. Read more>>

Vincent Markesino

I got into the coffee business roughly when I met my wife back in college. I was working on and off doing marketing for some Houston firms and her family has some estate farms in El Salvador. We wanted to make a little extra cash on the side while attending classes and that is how Houston Coffee Company was born. Over the years, we worked with many start-ups and small coffee shops but turned our focus towards veteran-owned businesses. For the next six years, we exclusively dealt only with Veteran businesses helping them grow their businesses and find more customers. We evolved Houston Coffee Company into AMCOFFEES in 2018 (American Made Coffees – whose mission is to help small VOBs establish a viable business while allowing for upward mobility in a tight market such as coffee, printing, fulfillment, and web services. Read more>>

Simira Williams

Simira Williams, CEO of Plush and Pink Body Sculpting, started her business to help men and women achieve their body goals to trim down and lose weight in stubborn areas. After dealing with the same struggles herself with gain weight and working in the medical field for over ten years, she felt it was time to move forward with her dreams. Body sculpting is a non-invasive treatment to remove stubborn fatty tissues out of the body in the most effective way thru the lymphatic system. Ms. Williams did countless hours of research and used herself as a human project to ensure that the process worked effectively and she could explain it thoroughly to her potential clients. She started her business in late 2019 mobility and now in 2020, she has a seven suite treatment room office in the Galleria of Houston located at 2323 S Voss Road, Suite 640, Houston, TX 77057. Plush and Pink Body Sculpting has super serviced over 1000 clients in the Houston, TX area and plans to continue making a difference in the Body Sculpting industry for years to come. Read more>>

Trevor Johnson

I am 29 years old, born and raised in Houston. I always felt like creatively, I had a special gift. But in the generation in which I grew up, creativity wasn’t a career that you could prosper. Creativity and expressing yourself through art were thought more of a hobby than a career. With the growth of the internet and social media, we can express ourselves and create a name for ourselves that birthed New World Wave. Read more>>

Leodegreat Orji

I am from IMO state, a state in eastern Nigeria, but I grew up in Lagos state. I started drawing as a child and knew I had the gift, and although my environment didn’t support or encourage my art, I did it anyway because I have an immense passion for it. I was creating characters and comics up until high school, when I finally sold my first piece of art. Ever since then, I have been making art for fun, but also for profit and moving to Houston a few years ago made it possible to further enhance my knowledge from charcoal and graphite to pastel and also painting. Now I do a variety of art and I love how much I’ve expounded on my talent and enhanced my creativity. Read more>>

Ken’Nadi Broussard

When I was a young girl, I was fascinated with all things fashion and beauty related. I toyed with the idea of modeling here and there but never took steps to begin. Finally, when I was a senior in college, I did a photoshoot at the recommendation of a professor who was also a professional photographer. From then on, I dived into modeling, meeting so many creatives who were able to help me perfect my craft. I’m so grateful for every opportunity I’ve received to grow and become the creative I am today. Read more>>

Sabastan Moore

The idea of sharing my story, to me, somehow suggests a higher level of importance than what is due. My story is simple but consistently underlined with purpose. Native to Northeast Houston, much of the childhood years were spent being bussed across town for a varied educational experience. Ironically, coming close to home for those final few years before going off to college really helped solidify my identity. Finding that identity helped to continually find the direction that would lead to my purpose. Sam Houston State University to a career education provided opportunities to learn that serving as a lens with which to help those willing to see their world differently was my calling. Read more>>

TeAusha Moffett

We actually started at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Both my husband and I were nervous about the possibility of losing our jobs with the shutdown. We had literally closed on our first house a month before Covid hit and we knew we needed to find a way to have income no matter what happened with our jobs. My cousin was running a rental business in Los Angeles for about a year at the time and she pretty much became my mentor in the business. I just started purchasing equipment and advertising. We’ve been at it ever since! Read more>>

Kodi Rowden and Natilea Henderson

Both passionate about spirituality, strengthening families and adjusting crowns. We saw a vision to own a waist bead company after not having the best experience in the journey to purchase beads for ourselves. We wanted our concentrated energy to create a space where waist beads and body jewelry uplifted those adorning them. We believe waist beads are more than an art form, they are an experience. We thought this would be a great opportunity to celebrate our curves and be able to empower our beautiful sisters. Many times the beauty standards for women are unrealistic, and this would be a great way to show women that beauty cannot be contained nor defined. Our Beauty is to be celebrated, Natural E. Newsletter. Read more>>

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