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Inspiring Stories from Sugar Land

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 Sugar Land and surrounding areas below.

Melissa Sustaita

As as kid growing up, I always liked hanging around the kitchen when my mom cooked or baked. Just from watching her, I picked up skills to learn how to cook and bake on my own. Keep in mind, this is before the Food Network was popular. Today, there are even more easy tutorials on teaching cooking and baking methods. Read more>>

Kafayat Ahmed, Ana Moreno, Aisha Koroma

Intellectual Properties is a Houston based, women owned consulting firm focusing on empowering the city’s small business entrepreneurs to build their ideas into fully functioning companies. Established by a group of young professionals with diverse backgrounds from psychology to accounting. Read more>>

Charles Swihart

I was a software developer through the 1990’s, but about 2000 I started seeing a lot of work being outsourced over seas. So I decided to move away from software and into support which, at the time, required a physical presence. For many years our company thrived on break-fix IT work. We quickly reacted when client networks had issues and put out those fires well. Read more>>

Ashita Khanna

Several years back, we started on this lonely path of dealing with food allergies when my older son was born. Unlike all children his age, he was kept away from most birthday parties, playgrounds and several such places, just to keep him safe and alive. Read more>>

Cami Dumitrascu, Terri Baker

Saljack Enterprises started in 2016, from an idea that founder Cami Dumitrascu had after a series of discussions with Terri Baker (who became the Saljack CEO). The two women worked together throughout 2016 to get Saljack off the ground, with a focus on digital media, including mobile and traditional e-gaming. Read more>>

Brian Hess

I was born and raised in South Florida, where I began studying trumpet performance at the University of Miami. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, I was accepted into the very competitive Rice University music performance program where I completed my master’s degree in 2009. Read more>>

Tia Foster, Marlon Foster

Tia: It started with me sitting at the hair salon talking to my stylist and showing her my husband’s art work. She was very impressed. So much so that she approached me a couple of weeks later asking if Marlon had ever done “one of those paint parties”. Read more>>

Kim Hoang

JEM Events, a grassroots business, is named after my daughters, Jordyn and Emily. I have always looked forward to planning the girls’ birthdays and hosting gatherings/ special occasions for family and friends. I absolutely love party planning from coordinating the food and dessert menus, crafting tablescape décor, to setting up the buffet spread. Read more>>

Terry Gremillion

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana it has always been a passion to cook and provide Cajun food and seafood to friends and family. My wife, Carol, has always said I should start a seafood catering business to share the delicacies for all to enjoy. Read more>>

Chelsea Santillan

The passion for photography began for me in high school. Creativity came natural for me. However, being a student-athlete for most of my life, I did not have the time or money to pursue photography as much as I wanted. It wasn’t until a few years after high school graduation that I made it a point to save up, research and and fully commit myself to pursuing the art of photography like I have always wanted to. Read more>>

Al Gonzales

I have over 30 years’ experience in men’s grooming, shaving, hair cutting, styling and shaving skin care. I hold a Class A Barber License and am a certified Master Barber. It all began in 1980 at Town & Country Memorial in Houston, Texas (now known as City Center). Read more>>

Chris Hatfield

Well, the quick version is much like any other entrepreneurs story I’d imagine. I was working 50+ hours a week as a Service Manager for another Company running all the day to day operations of 40+ employees. The owner did not live in Houston and would come every other month or so just to check in and make sure everything was running smoothly. Read more>>

Shaun Vembutty

Started off in real estate by buying rental properties, then flipped houses, then got into residential new construction, then transitioned into the luxury market new construction. In addition to that, we have added commercial developments like hotels, retail centers etc. to our portfolio. Also, developing a gated retirement community of 80 houses on 10 acres in Richmond TX. Read more>>

Garvit Nagpal

Avaiation has always been a really important part of my life, more than a hobby it is passion! To see little things to big giants like a380 fly is a dream come true. I started GaJet in 2016, and later joined with Christopher Roden who helped me fulfill requests and establish contacts. Read more>>

Veronica Grant

I guess you can call me the last “woman” standing. I started working the salon and spa 12 years ago. I was just a humble receptionist happy to be working at the upscale salon and spa in Sugar Land’s new Town Square. I worked my way up from training the Administrative staff to assisting the managers. Being of use anywhere I could. Read more>>

Jason Henry

I bought my first camera in 2008 in preparation for a family trip to South Africa that was eventually cancelled. Since I was ‘stuck with’ the equipment, photography then became a hobby which I quickly became fascinated with and learned very quickly. I would take my camera to personal trips, events, and weddings. Read more>>

Howard Partridge

I started the company with money from our wedding in 1984. Today, Clean As A Whistle is the most respected cleaning company for high quality textiles like Oriental and area rugs, carpet and upholstery as well as hard surface floors. Read more>>

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