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West 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 West Loop’s rising stars below.

Erica Jarvis

My very first event was over ten years ago helping my best friend plan her bridal shower and wedding, from that experience it evolved into a true passion. After working in Corporate America for years feeling unfulfilled. I decided to follow my dreams and become an entrepreneur full-time in October 2013. Read more>>

Adonis Alexander

I started as an Advertising Design student at Barbara Jordan High School for Careers which is now strictly a career center. After graduating from high school, my love for creating brands became not just something that I did, but a part of who I am and I would create many make-believe brands simply for fun. One of those was an expansion NFL team before the Texans came to be, and I called them the Houston Hurricanes. Read more>>

Dyshelia Williams

I was in school for education/business management. Rewind; I grew up being in the salon atmosphere with my mom, granny, and aunt, we would go to the salon every 2-3 weeks, it was a routine. It wasn’t until I was 14/15 where I would do little upkeeps for myself, my mom, & some friends in between salon visits. I kept it up well to where our stylist complimented me on my work, I’m a visual learner. Read more>>

Elizabeth Geeslin

I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote and illustrated my first book when I was five. The school principal laminated and stapled it for me and that was the first time I remember other people besides my family really praising my creative efforts. I earned a BA in Art History in 2008 and that actually propelled me to where I am now more than anything else… along with severe obstinance. Read more>>

Traci Aure

I started experimenting with different desserts but what became a hit was a good ole chocolate chip cookie. I kept making them until they had the right consistency. I gave out samples to my close friends and took their honest critiques and would modify as needed. A close friend ordered a batch for her co-workers and they loved them. Read more>>

Michael Wiggins

I actually started taking photos at an early age (7 or 8) but never thought I would do it professionally, let alone, watching it grow into a Creative Media company. My mother was a super creative woman and loved photos & fashion & my dad was ex-military infantry personnel, a mechanic, & truck driver. Read more>>

Elizabeth and William Wood

Being an entrepreneur has its challenges, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are both very hard workers, and we wanted to see all of our efforts going into something built for our family. With both of us coming from corporate jobs, one of our biggest challenges has been learning to drive our big delivery truck in Houston traffic. Read more>>

Emily Rudelson

A Houston native, I graduated in 2011 from The University of Georgia with a degree in Advertising and quickly found a home in the marketing department for CultureMap Houston. I was very drawn to the lifestyle brand (as well as it being a voice for a city so near to my heart) and was committed to working my way up. As such, I spent four years as CultureMap Houston’s marketing manager. Read more>>

Sherry Byrd

Raised in Memphis, TN, I began working at what was then called Memphis State University (Now U. Memphis) in 1974. My journey in higher education took me from U. Memphis to three other colleges and universities; the last one being Houston Baptist University. After a 45-year run including the last 21 years at HBU, I retired this spring. Read more>>

Patrick Barrios

I guess I really fell into photography. In high school, I bought an inexpensive Kodak camera and took pictures of friends just for fun. Soon, people were asking me to take their pictures! I didn’t even know what I was doing, but I enjoyed it so I continued. Unfortunately, one weekend while on vacation at the beach I dropped my Kodak in the sand and it was game over. I stopped taking pictures for a while. Read more>>

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