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Inspiring Stories from Stafford

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 Stafford and surrounding areas below.

Abdullah Elasmar

My father supported our family by going door to door and selling Home Decor items on payments. We were young babes at the time and couldn’t do much but except take much from his money for baby formula and clothes, but we knew we couldn’t watch him suffer through this hard life on his own just for us. Read more>>

Hai Le

I came to Houston in 1992. I started as a nail technician. After two years working hard, I owned a nail salon. I sold my nail salon one year later and enter new business as a nail supply. In 2002, I expand my business in the pedicure spa industry. Read more>>

Terry Futschik

Firstly, I am a mother of 5 young adults and a grandmother to 4 beautiful children. I dated my husband for 4 years and married him 18 years ago when I moved to Houston from Colorado! He is the love of my life and my friend. Read more>>

Kristal M. Johnson

In my last semester of college, I received an internship to work at a local nonprofit organization in the development department. My love of fundraising and making a difference was born. I was eventually assigned the lead on major fundraising campaigns. Read more>>

Norberto Clemente

I came from Cuba without a penny 10 years ago. Got fired from my first job after a year and was forced to pursue art which is my passion as a job. Made some good money, rented a studio and had some loyal collectors who were buying art from me. Read more>>

Jamee Cox

My partner and I both suffered from bad credit, as did most of our family members. Unfortunately, how to handle credit isn’t taught in schools, so many people are clueless about how credit really works. Read more>>

Kiet Duong

Being in Houston with its close proximity to Louisiana, crawfish was something I first ate as a teenager in a backyard boil. In 2012, as Viet Cajun style crawfish started to become more popular, I had the opportunity to open my own crawfish restaurant. Read more>>

Dr. Doniel Ervin

She is the CEO and founder of “Ervin Management Group (EMG2011)”, once name Organize N Disguise(2007), a premier specialist that offers in-person and online e-services to educate start-up businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit companies in organizational development and income tax services. Read more>>

DeMarco and Tara Howard

DeMarco, raised in Missouri City, Texas, started dancing at the age of 9. Throughout his childhood, he participated in activities that included dance, sign language, drum lessons, twirling, art and more. He later became president of the art club in high school. Read more>>

Mike Renier

KwiKool Portable Cooling Systems was started in 1997 to provide computer rooms with an affordable cooling solution for delicate electrical equipment. KwiKool products are ideal for customers with budget or flexibility issues, since they can be easily moved. Read more>>

Loren Stark

My great grandfather, Leander J. Stark, started the company in 1910 in Guthrie, Oklahoma. At the time it was called L. J. Stark & Son. My grandfather, Loren D. Stark, joined him in 1921 after serving as a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery in First World War and then graduating from Northwestern University. Loren, because of the Great Depression, moved to Houston where in 1938 he brought his family and young son Donald Dayton Stark (Don). Read more>>

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