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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.

Juan Lopez

We arrived in this country with an investor visa e2 with the desire to have a better life in my life later we bought a restaurant and we tried to give it the concept that it tastes like home the family knows and has been well accepted we set up a business where we offer tamales sopes pozole that new product quesabirrias and we bring in food from other countries like the Popusa we are in other places with other markets. Read more>>

Lisa Chan

Our backstory: Victor, my husband, used to own and operate Brunch Kafe off I-10 and Wilcrest. It was a local, “mom and pop” brunch restaurant. After being in business for a few years, we’ve decided to sell the business to travel and explore the world before starting a family. You can take Victor out of the restaurant, but you can’t take the restaurant out of him. Fast forward: In recent years, Victor kept hinting about opening another restaurant. However, between my full-time day job and our 3 year old son, I had no interest in adding more stress to my plate.  Read more>>

Glenda Newman

I wish I had a perfectly curated story about my relationship with running. I’d love to tell you that I am a natural-born runner, but that is simply not the case. I almost passed out the first time I attempted to run the loop at Memorial Park. The only thing that hurt more than my lungs was my ego! All the runners around me seemed like they were having fun, but I felt like I was about to pass out! However, I was determined to run a marathon, and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way! I completed my first marathon in 2015, took a long hiatus after the birth of my daughter, and ran my second marathon in 2019. I called it my “comeback” run, and I haven’t looked back since! Read more>>

Deleasa Curtis

I’m a single mom of two so I had constant struggles to find relatable literature that positively represented my kids and the topics that interested them. I’ve always had a love for writing and story telling and covid shut down brought a plethora of down time. After much research and thought I said set out to write & publish my own books to represent a demographic that needs literacy pushed the most. Read more>>

Chanel Barnes

My name is Chanel – a Maryland native but true nomad at heart. At a very young age my parents & I relocated from New York City to the mountains of Maryland where I would spend most of my youth. Though this small town was safe and inexpensive, it lacked diversity and opportunity. I always knew I wanted more and would do whatever it took to gain such. I watched my parents work tirelessly to provide for our family and despite their financial situation, they always made an effort to travel. I was so inspired by my parents work ethic and value for education that I didn’t realize it was actually our travels that would ignite such a fire within my life. Read more>>

Saimun Singla

I am a board-certified pediatric rheumatologist that practices in Houston, Texas. My path to becoming a physician was satisfying, yet ordinary until I became a patient myself. This is when my true story begins because becoming a patient helped me turn a career into a calling. People think I became a pediatric rheumatologist because I have rheumatoid arthritis, but the truth is I was diagnosed with this condition after becoming an attending rheumatologist. Read more>>

James Nelson

With over 25+ years of Leadership experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience since starting my career journey on the phone as an agent and working my way thru the ranks to hold positions from a Team Lead to a Global Director of Business Development. I’ve led teams as small as 13 up to leading a team of up to 1,100 + employees for the largest wireless carrier in the cellular industry. In addition to telecommunications, I have led teams in a wide range of business sectors such Cyber-Security, Utilities, Solar Energy, Chemical Distribution, Transportation and others. Read more>>

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