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North Loop’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 North Loop’s rising stars below.

Tony Ndah

Atlantic Petroleum was founded after recognizing customers were not receiving long-term, value-based solutions to their energy needs. My strategic vision for creation of a direct path to success was easy to understand and shrewd . . . every day go above and beyond customer’s expectations! In his dual roles of Director and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) Tony Ndah was instrumental in the initial organic growth of Atlantic Petroleum three ways, through inception or start-up, the creation of partnerships, and consolidations. This trifecta expanded the company’s services to its customers and includes offerings of chemicals, lubricants, bulk fuels, transportation and associated services. Read more>>

Nicholas Clough

I was raised in Northern California. Following enrollment at California State University at Hayward I decided to follow my instincts and move into a more artistic and creative environment. I graduated with honors from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. I then worked in multiple kitchens, restaurants and hotels from San Francisco to New York. In 2005, I was able to open my first business at only 25 years of age. While my career in hospitality was thriving, it was not ultimately as satisfying as I had hoped. Read more>>

Bennett Greenspan

I’ve been an avid Genealogist since I was a young boy. Therefore, studying my families’ ancestors has been 2nd nature to me my whole life. In 1999, I embarked upon the study of the only one of my 8 Great Grandparents that I had not researched. Eventually I found a gentleman living in Argentina whose surname matched my family, but I was unable to prove that we were related on paper. I turned to DNA testing to confirm that connection, and the outcome was that a whole new industry was born, Genetic Genealogy–the use of DNA testing to find genetic matches, validate family connections and trace ancestry. Read more>>

Laith Daik

After graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a BBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Houston, I went on to employ my degree in residential and commercial finance. I found an immediate calling in real estate finance starting as a mortgage loan originator. In 2001, I founded Texas Loan Star, Inc. Through a lot of dedication, hard work and commitment by our team, we have managed to stay independent and continue to grow the business. Our mission is to help our customers achieve the dream of home ownership. Read more>>

Meredith Riddick

In 2007, I began working in Arizona at a residential treatment center for adult women with eating disorders. I always knew I would want to open my own private practice one day, so 2009 presented the opportunity to move back to my hometown of Houston and begin this venture. I was a solo practice from 2009 to 2015 in the Galleria and The Heights area. During this time, I received the prestigious Certified Eating Disorders Specialist designation and also became a state Supervisor for LPCs and also a supervisor for this designation. It was around this time that my practice was full for about a year and I kept having to turn away new clients that I decided to hire my first associate. Read more>>

Greg Ritchie

Our company was founded in 1968. I actually worked in radio and TV for 25 years before becoming “a tire guy”. And I have learned a lot! Only the round tires seem to work – learned that the hard way. We are the only manufacturer of industrial tires in Houston, and only one of two left in  the US! In the five years, I have owned the business we have completely revamped what we do. We offer local homemade tires which we also install for local forklift dealers and customers. We support our local community; we sponsored the Houston Ballet last year and the Houston Dash this year. Read more>>

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