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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.

Ron & Carolyn Yokubaitis

We both grew up in Houston and attended U of H. After college, we served in the Peace Corps together in Brazil. There, we worked on community development in the favelas of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. We’ve always liked adventure, and an adventurous spirit is what led us to starting our own business. Read more>>

Toni Harris Taylor

My entrepreneurial journey started 27 years ago with a phone call from my mother asking me to quit my job at Exxon to come and work for her. My initial reaction was, absolutely not! I had seen her struggle and I didn’t want that same struggle. She asked me a question that I still live by today, it was, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Read more>>

Robert Mata

nce I had the money I started looking for places where I could start my business and soon enough I found a place, it wasn’t huge but I believed it was a great location to start. In 2007 I opened for business and it was a very proud moment for my wife and I and we’ve been in business ever since. Read more>>

Maria and Jerry Charping

For a long time Jerry and I wanted to be business owners but didn’t know ourselves what kind of business would suit us. I always admired my father who had various businesses even before I was born. Now that I am a business owner and deal with the stresses of bills, knowing my craft, maintaining current customers, along with obtaining new ones, I have more respect for him than ever before. Read more>>

Haytham Kader

Ever since I was a kid, I would frolic with all the toys I can get my hands on. However, unlike most kids, I enjoyed making my own toys, helmets, and crafts. …Every day, I am doing what I love to do, and that gives me the energy and motivation to continue to grow and improve in my profession. I found my passion at a young age, and that is something I am forever grateful for. Read more>>

Bart Peterschick

In 2010, Humble Sign Co was a side business to the owner of an auto mechanic shop. It was a two man printing company, and that’s being generous! In the midst of a horrible economy, I found myself under-employed and with a bleak future, suddenly along came the opportunity to purchase this ailing print shop. Read more>>

Ari Riar and Rohana Perera

We both come from middle class families from south Asian countries India and Sri Lanka. After our higher studies in structural engineering we landed here to pursue our American Dream. We spent about 15 years honing our skills through hard work and dedication. And in 2014 we decided to start our own structural engineering consulting firm Nexgen Engineers. Read more>>

Johnnie Williams

Starting off from a small town in Buckholts, Texas, as a small boy, I enjoyed working on cars to pass the time away. As time passed I wanted more, I moved to Houston to continue my education at UTI. Once I graduated from UTI, I began working for independent owned shops, bouncing around trying to find the job that fit my desires and dreams. Read more>>

Xochitl Flores

Both our boys have been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, which limits the ability to attend public school for many reason. As a family we decided that homeschool would be the best for our boys. This is where our journey started, I was looking for hands on ways of teaching our boys. Read more>>

Russell Young

I used to work for many large companies and dreamed of owning my own business. I got a chance in 2007 while working for HP and accepted a retirement buyout. Too young and too broke to really retire, I started looking for a business to buy and found a niche IT business in Waco, TX called Vista Com. Read more>> 

Tina Murphy

I started this business after I put some of my family’s estate into an auction. It wasn’t the best experience but I was curious about the whole business. I started attending storage unit auctions, working the floor at an auction house, being in a partnership with an auction house and eventually going to school to become an auctioneer and owning my own. Read more>>

Micaela Liem

I love that someone can come in with pain and body misalignment and walk out pain-free. I get to be the best part of someone’s day. There’s nothing better than that. Read more>>

Felix Florez II

I’ve had the fortune to begin the Ranch 2 Kitchen Network, True Texas Honey, Jefferson Co. Rice Company, and a custom knife business. I humbly count my many blessings and march forward with a simple hope to bring the flavors of Texas to tables across our great nation. Read more>>

Anchalee Chu

We started Zon Energy- Broker company in 2007. We are still in the business till now. We enjoy helping and working with our clients to save money. Most of the clients are still with us ever since we started the company today. Read more>>

Dr. Richard Toney, PhD

I am the youngest or four children. I am currently the owner and operator of RT Counseling Services. When I was younger, my paternal grandparents lived two blocks from my home and I spent a lot of time with them. My grandmother visited the nursing homes in the local and surrounding areas frequently to volunteer and to visit her sister (my great aunt) who was a patient in one. …Ever since then, I had been intrigued with the way the mind works and why people think and act the way they do. Read more>>

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