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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.

Janine Iannarelli

My career in aviation started as a researcher at a company formed by a woman entrepreneur that specialized in the gathering of data on available aircraft that was then sold to the trade. I was the first employee of the AMSTAT corporation who today is one of two providers of research within the business aviation industry. Read more>>

Mary Shekari

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for marketing and advertising. I suppose it was the stories that attracted me the most; every brand has such a unique and dynamic narrative to deliver to their audience. In the end, it was my mother who inspired me to fulfill my dreams and found this company. Read more>>

William Vanderbloemen

The foundation for Vanderbloemen Search Group was laid long before the firm began helping churches find key leaders. For fifteen years, I was active in local church ministry, the bulk of which was spent as a Senior Pastor of churches ranging from 350 to over 5,000 people. Read more>>

Howard Covens

After he returned home from serving in WW2, my father graduated from the Pharmacy School at Ole Miss with a minor in Botany. I inherited his love and appreciation for flowers and live foliage, and in 1975 we started installing and maintaining plant landscapes in commercial and residential accounts throughout the greater Houston area. Read more>>

Amanda Sanchez

During college, I always knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field and I planned on going to dental school to be an orthodontist. So I began working as a dental assistant to gain experience. In my senior year of undergrad, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident and severely hurt my shoulder. Read more>>

Mathew Paul

As an immigrant family, we started our life with $20. And then as our income increased, our standard of living also went up, and we were soon living paycheck to paycheck. 2006-2008 was a trying period in our lives with regard to family circumstances, finances, as well as the Great Recession. Read more>>

Johann Arboleda

KAJI Soccer Academy was founded by Johann Arboleda, Coach Johann has been working with youth soccer for about 10yrs. KAJI are the initials to the 4 children of coach Johann Arboleda. Karina, Angelo, Jeyden & Isabela. The creation of KAJI Soccer Academy was inspired by seeing the huge gap that the majority of the youth soccer players have a technical aspect in Houston and the US vs Europe and South American players. Read more>>

Carlos Ulloa

After graduating college from the Gerald D Hines School of Architecture, University of Houston, I started working for a local builder; it was my introduction to residential work and immediately fell in love with the idea of a house, as it embodies and thrives as the true sense of the word “home”. Read more>>

Brooke Young

15 years of working in the beauty industry afforded me the opportunity to work for retail giants. My daily routine was to make women- and men- look and feel they’re very best. My skills as a runway, print and TV makeup artist in New York City gave me much joy and was heightened one day while working for Sephora. Read more>>

Daniel Allford

I started ARC Specialties as a part-time sole proprietorship in 1983. At night and on the weekends I built machines for manufacturing. The first was a truck wheel welding system. The next was a welding and cutting system used for hot tapping a monitoring port on a smokestack. Read more>>

Paula Schulenburg

It all started in 2000 when I received a phone call from a friend and the former owner of The Gallery, asking me to come by and take a look at the property and see what I thought about turning it into a wedding venue. It was love at first sight. I knew that one day, somehow, someway that The Gallery would be in my life in a big way. Read more>>

Marc Boucher

Marc started his career in architecture over 40 years ago, and worked for a number of architects in Houston; and collaborated with some world-renowned architects such as Renzo Piano. Ultimately finding his niche as a designer and site planner, Marc established himself as one of the go-to people for commercial retail developments among developers in the Houston market. Read more>>

Kay To

When I started running and training for triathlons, I remember feeling so out of place and, almost, alone in those communities. It seemed like everyone knew everyone else – except me. Athletes in these communities are warm and encouraging – after you make a few friends but breaking the ice can be daunting for most. Read more>>

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