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Inspiring Stories from the Woodlands

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 the Woodlands and surrounding areas below.

Andrew Bauman

I started my career in the Computer industry in the late 80’s when personal PC’s were on the verge of becoming mainstream. After spending over 30 years (25 of which was with Compaq / HPE working my way up the corporate ladder in technical, product and marketing roles. Read more>>

Nicky Gomez

I began my career in Real Estate in Aug 2015, two months after my youngest son left for college. I knew I would have to jump right in and make things happen for my business right away. I was leaving a guaranteed paid position with benefits. Read more>>

JD Garnier

I have been an investment advisor for nearly 20 years. From traditional investment advice to eventually advising clients worth hundreds of millions of dollars on an array of complex issues. When I first began, I had a difficult time overcoming my own personal insecurity. Read more>>

Matt Peringer

I grew up in rural Washington State, with family role models in police work, military, and agriculture. There was a common thread in the lessons I learned from them. My police and military influences often showed me that their career-goal was to be able to say at the end that they always did right by their partners and the communities they served. Read more>>

Tracy Jones

I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1995. I then pursued my graduate degree, earning a Master of Professional Accounting degree from University of Texas at Arlington in 1999. My career in public accounting began at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Read more>>

Summer Chancey

Little did I know, I was born an Entrepreneur. Growing up, I was curious about everything and always the first to ask questions. I vividly remember sitting on my Dad’s knee while he worked at his computer, he designed drilling jars for his oil field service company. Read more>>

Alie Santini

Long before we thought about growing our family, my husband and I decided that if and when the time came, I would leave my teaching career to become a stay-at-home mom. In the spring of 2018, when we found out we were expecting, I finished out the school year and then turned in my letter of resignation. Read more>>

Carolina Arenas

I am the owner of Meraki wayuu. I am a social worker, mom of two boys that is now taking on a new venture as a business owner. I wanted to incorporate my social work passion with that of being a women entrepreneurship. I was born and raised in Queens. Read more>>

Michelle Williams and Jarron Darton

Independently, we’ve both had our own culinary paths. As cliche as it sounds, I’ve had a love for food for as long as I can remember. I went from seafood to sushi and have been expanding ever since. Jarron started in a seafood restaurant and has grown, expanded. Read more>>

Alisha Hicks

Growing up between farmers in Oregon and a homesteading family in Alaska I learned at an early age the importance of hard work and dedication. Playing in the dirt was not just a fun child thing to do on summer days. It was our way of life. My grandmother and mother raised much of our food in a garden. Read more>>

Allison Abney

I’ve always been creatively inclined, whether it was just doodling during teacher lectures or making crazy sandcastles at the beach. I like to do art in any form or media but most I paint and sculpt. That led me to playing with edible materials! Trying out new techniques and pushing myself with crazy ridiculous designs. Read more>>

Davion Botts

I’ve been in music my whole life. My dad was a quartet singer and had me playing the drums at age five. From there, I graduated to playing the piano and organ in my later teen years while playing at church. I started working at Guitar Center in 1999, and that is what catapulted my music career. Read more>>

Maria Teresa Sequeda

Seven years ago, I was an executive in a prestigious automotive company in Colombia with a very promising career in the corporate world. I was 37 years old, divorced, and had no children. I would never have imagined that today, I would be telling my story while living in The Woodlands, TX, happily married. Read more>>

Misty and Dore’ Lewis

My wife and I conceived a baby boy (Dallas) 18 months ago using IUI. We wanted to start a side hustle to pay for his college. Knowing nothing about beards, having no facial hair, I researched everything I could on an all-natural way to make beard oils and balms. Read more>>

Ashley Hemmati

Born and raised in Houston, TX. I got my bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (hook’em horns!). Then went to optometry school at the University of California, Berkeley (go bears!). I’m currently a practicing therapeutic optometrist and glaucoma specialist working for a company where I fill in at several offices in Houston. Read more>>

Veda Cavitt

The Portia Southern Foundation was started in October of 2015, as a non-profit organization, geared to advocate for families that felt they had nowhere to go, nowhere to turn, and no one who would listen. Portia Southern was a silent victim of Domestic Violence till her death. She was born April 29, 1985. Read more>>

Melissa Hawkins

I’ve always had a huge interest in photography, but I would say my true photography journey started after my son was born. Prior to his birth, I worked full time as a counselor. I literally went from talking to people all day long to staring at this beautiful baby that did absolutely nothing but sleep. Read more>>

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