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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.

Paul Hansen

Being in Corporate America for over 20 years, I wanted more fulfillment and have to mean. Thru prayers, the Lord answered and I was called into creating the Flying Vikings. We had an initial event 8 years ago with 10 kids, now, will all events we are well into the thousands. Read more>>

Christina Smith

Born and raised in Houston, TX, I have always had a love for cooking. I began cooking family meals with my mom at a young age. I graduated from Lamar High School with the IB diploma in 2009. I then moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas. Read more>>

Stephen Carter

Sterling Staffing Solutions started in the Fall of 2011 with one physical therapist, our co-founder Dr. Sterling L. Carter. We began with one home health agency client contract for services and serviced 2 patients twice a week for our first month on the southwest side of Houston. Read more>>

Rick Caouette

In 1989 I lived in Central Texas and was fresh out of college buying and selling real estate, flipping property and doing construction. The Iraq war took all my customers and tenants so I came up with the brilliant idea of moving to Queens NY and starting a clothing company called Bond Street Clothing. Read more>>

Maurice Rankin

I was born with a natural talent to fix things, I started breaking down electronics (TVs, VCRs, radios etc.) when they stopped working and started trying to fix them. Eventually, I started breaking down things that were not broken (and mom tore my butt up for that) so I had to learn to put things back together again to stay out of trouble. At 13, my neighbor across the street (Mae Nacole Mclaurin) had a Commodore 64 Apple computer. Read more>>

Roger Ferguson

Roger Ferguson is not your typical “HR guy”. He is more likely to be found leading an afternoon trivia contest to energize the team when working on a personnel policy or procedures manual. He once dressed as Bob Dylan and played the guitar, singing the annual goals to a group of bankers (to the tune of “The Times They Are A-Changin”). Read more>>

Lauren Culpepper

Ally & Belle is really more of a movement. I grew up in Stafford, Texas just down the road from where our shop is now. The Township Square was the place to be when I was young. Read more>>

Marlon Martin

At the age of 24 I found myself at the end of a 10 year drug addiction that started at the age of 14. My parents desperately whisked me off to treatment with the hope of getting their son back. Read more>>

Michael Banigan

BalletForte will be presenting our annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Stafford Centre, December 8-10. BalletForte is a nonprofit pre-professional ballet company serving Fort Bend County and Greater Houston. BalletForte was founded in 1996 by Michael Banigan, Artistic Directo, and Dianne Jarrell, Associate Director. Read more>>

Kristi Wolfe and Elil Yuvarajan

Kristi – I grew up in Ohio and moved to Waco, Texas in 2007 to attend Baylor University for graduate school in clinical psychology. In graduate school, I worked at several internships, including child and family mental health clinics, Texas Youth Commission, and a college counseling center. Read more>>

Whitney Langerud

My love affair with hair goes back as far as middle school. I wrote in my best friend’s yearbook that I wanted to “grow up” to be a hair stylist. I graduated from Paul Mitchell Houston in 2009, and ordered the Color Specialist award for my graduating class. This is where my love of all things color truly began. Read more>>

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