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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.

Robert Castro

I started with my education in the United States Marine Corps. I was trained on component level repair of radio equipment and cryptographic equipment that went on jeeps and tanks and other track vehicles. Was reprimanded for improving a basic radio’s transmission and inadvertently knocking out local TV stations. Read more>>

Brandii Niles

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Texas- Houston was licensed and accredited by The Joint Commission in the Fall of 2012. However, we are a national hospice and palliative care provider. Our company was founded in 1997 in Illinois and twenty years later, we are now the 5th largest hospice company in the nation, operating in 19 states. Read more>>

Paula Whitaker

Paula Whitaker began her career directly out of college at University of Houston and upon graduation at mid-term accepted a teaching position 3 weeks later and has been working ever since. She spent 23 years in the public school arena while simultaneously founded 2 Private Christian Schools and one academy is still in operation 30 years later. Read more>>

Sara Turk

Cherry Blossom Yoga was inspired by a desire for personal change. My sister (co-owner) and I are both scientists, and towards the end of grad school we set a future goal of opening a studio when we tired of the scientific life. My exhaustion came sooner than expected. Read more>>

Patrick De Haan

We discovered a new way to generate lots of electricity. Physics and the electricity part grabbed my interest in high school. Years later, working with energy companies, some using wind turbines, solar panels and landfill methane recovery, I thought there have to be reliable alternatives for baseload power. Read more>>

Mary Frank

I have always had an interest in the human mind. Why do people react in certain ways? How do our cognitions relate to those behaviors? What is the role of emotion in all of this? I am extremely curious about others. I want to understand the misunderstood. Read more>>

Christina Floria

My introduction to insurance was probably like many of us. It was definitely an introduction by necessity. When I got my first job that offered insurance benefits, I only understood that it was something great to have. I did not understand the value or how it worked! The second moment was of course, getting my first car. Read more>>

Diana Jaques and Mary Kuna

Mary: I was working at Compaq Computer Corporation and was in a Director-level marketing position at the time. Along with that title came the responsibility for hiring/firing within our department. We were having layoffs every April and October, it seemed, as we were outsourcing more and more of our work to suppliers and contractors. Read more>>

Silvina Aguirre Smith

ezMetal.com located in Houston, TX manufactures high quality metal panels along with accessories for the metal construction industry. We carry coil inventory and produce custom length in house steel decking, wall and roof panels, flat sheet and trim. The owners of the business Mr. Ceballos Zamora and Mr. Akaki are from Mexico and have a Group of Companies in that country. Read more>>

Monica Rodriguez

When we got our first yorkie puppy, we had no idea where we would take him for his grooming. After discovering good groomers were difficult to come by, Monica started taking grooming classes and learning to groom on her own puppies. She soon realized this was a true passion of hers! Read more>>

Heather Wilkins

My passion has always been in the kitchen. I learned and loved to bake along-side my dear grandmother, as she prepared goodies our family. The artistry of measuring and mixing intrigued me at a very young age. I began experimenting with a sound recipe of a little of this, and dash of that, and the most important ingredient was love! Read more>>

Charles Enriquez

I grew up in the AC industry. My best friend’s dad owned an AC company, so during the summer we would work for his company. I realized I had a knack for the technical side of the industry, that on top of being a “people person” it was only natural that I work towards getting my AC license. Read more>>

Dawn Ewing

Dr. Dawn Ewing is a naturopathic practitioner in Houston, Texas, Executive Director of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM), and author of Let the Tooth Be Known, now in its fourth edition. She began her career as a dental hygienist after graduating from the University of Texas Dental School in 1988 and was eventually appointed to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners by the governor, serving two terms. Read more>>

Caroline Batson

I was in a very strict Ballet School as a child… but have always loved to dance. I am a graduate of The University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Dance. While at the University I was asked by the university theater department to choreograph “Jesus Christ Superstar”, this launched my love for choreography, theater, and dance, and I wanted more. Read more>>

Arlin Kethley

In 2012, after working for other Houston companies, I knew I wanted to have my own company. The window industry has been in my family for two generations already so I thought I’d make it three. Paul Ryan Windows’ first commercial project was the Rise at Northgate in College Station and was a huge accomplishment for us. Read more>>

Greg Brainerd

In 2001, I got married to my wife of 16 years in Tucson, Arizona. I was working for a small computer company that was very similar to Braintek. Unfortunately for me, at the time, I was laid off. I started looking for work in Tucson, Phoenix, and in California. Read more>>

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