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Neartown’s Rising Stars

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 Neartowns’s rising stars below.

Elizabeth Dukes

My partner, Don Traweek, and I were providing outsourced office and facility services to the Fortune 1000. We were managing with spreadsheets, paper logs, and emails and were unable to effectively manage service delivery and demonstrate ongoing value to our customers. Read more>>

Heidi Stieglitz Ham

The transition from adolescence to adulthood for individuals on the autism spectrum can be a time fraught with uncertainty, and even desperation, as these young adults try to find their place in society. I have met with many families over the years, and they shared their heartbreak with me as their now young adult children are left behind as their siblings grow up, marry, and start families of their own. Read more>>

Chase Hayden

When I was growing up on the southeast side of Houston, in Pasadena, I dreamed of playing professional baseball for the Houston Astros or professional baseball for the Houston Oilers. I played competitive athletics from the time I could walk and envisioned myself playing under the lights and sounds of a packed stadium. Read more>>

Marilyn Brooks

Assistance League® Houston has a long history of giving and supporting the community. Beginning with its forerunner Assistance League® of Southern California in 1919, and the National Assistance League in 1935, ALH is one of more than 110 chapters and guilds across the country. Read more>>

Byron Godfrey

As a gym, we began a little over five years ago. After bouncing around other private studios, I gathered a small group of trainers and we decided to start our own gym. Along with my good friend and business partner, we took everything we had and invested it in a small garage style building that would become Misfit Strength and Conditioning. Read more>>

Alberto Chavez

Bikanics USA is the result of the unexpected meeting of three bike adventurers. Close to two years ago, Javier and I had a serendipitous re-encounter. We graduated from college together and met 20 years later walking our dogs at the park in Sugar Land, TX. Read more>>

Geraldine Boyer

Born from a passion for travel and deep love of cultural background, Collectivo made its debut this summer in Houston, Texas. Collectivo is the first Concept Store in the United States dedicated to curate and showcase the best and most coveted Latin American fashion and luxury lifestyle complements (known as “LATAM Glam”). Read more>>

Elissa Davis

I got my bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, from the Hilton College of the University of Houston, and trained extensively as a professional chef. A dead-end training program resulted in my finding work at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and a new career path. Read more>>

Alecia Lawyer

When I founded ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) in 2005, I was fortunate to be able to build something from the ground up. I was not hired into a situation where innovating in the classical music world meant needing to challenge the status quo. Read more>>

Tiffany Parnell

I started this company in 2012 in home as a party entertainment company .I based my business around the love of science .Now its 2017 and my clientele has changed from birthday parties to daycare centers to public schools. Read more>>

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