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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.

Krysti Dailey

We started in 2008 in a living room in Memorial during hurricane Ike. There were 9 students in our first show. We rehearsed in living rooms and dance studios until we finally got a space in October of 2010. We moved into our space on Post Oak on the day of the show! At this point we had 2 classes and a total of 30 students. The next semester we had about 65 students and the following semester over 90. Now we are going into our Fall 2017 with what I believe will be 310-325 students. Read more>>

Ronin Wu and Andres Aras

We’re nice, normal guys who used to absolutely SUCK with women!!! Both of us were successful (a Doctor and an Engineer) nice guys who just found it extremely difficult to navigate the dating scene. There was a point in our lives when we finally decided to do something about it. For Andres that point came when he suffered through a messy divorce after nearly 10 years of marriage. He had very little experience before meeting his wife, and after his divorce he had no clue where to even begin. Read more>>

Marilou and Milton Schopper

When founders, Mike and Nora Aden made the decision to take a step back from some of the day to day work of the business, they approached their friends, Marilou and Milton Schopper and asked if they would like to pick up the reins. Milton was a business consultant and had worked with Encore Caregivers and its predecessor company, Cameo Caregivers (also founded by Mike and Nora) since the ’90s. Marilou had diverse experience in public and private sector communication in Houston. Read more>>

Thomas Wink

Virtuoso Graphics started the beginning of 2004. My business partner at the time, Jamie Novak, and I both had different skill sets and we decided to put our knowledge together and open a sign and graphics company. She was a graphic designer and I came from the sign industry. We noticed a lot of the sign companies around here didn’t have a dedicated graphics department. We not only wanted to offer sign and banner products, but also a full-scale design center where we could design anything from your basic sign layout to a custom logo. Read more>>

Rachel Davis

I started out as a classroom teacher and never really thought about cooking. My mother cooked for the family. Once I got married, I realized I needed to learn how to cook. I began to watch food-network and talk with my mom. Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade, seemed to be a show I could easily learn from. I thought maybe cooking would not be so bad. I discovered that I liked to cook. I soon wanted to start making my dishes from scratch and a little healthier. I took a few cooking classes and watched more food network. Now 8 years later, I have my own business. Read more>>

Diane Barkin

With a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and 18 years of process, manufacturing and automation engineering experience I decided to start my own company providing engineering and design services for industrial automation projects. Automation can be used in industry to make any product through the use of field equipment (tanks, pumps, valves, for example), sensors (temperature, pressure, level) and connections to computer systems which use software to start/stop, use recipes and procedures to make the products at these industrial locations. Read more>>

Sylvia Garcia

Sylvia Garcia is a native Houstonian who doesn’t confirm to “normal” boundaries. While attending school and after college, she worked in various roles at the Houston Business Journal — Assistant Editor, Production Director and Classified Sales Manager – no one had crossed into leadership in so many departments. In 2002, Sylvia made a career change and went into the staffing business. After about two years with creative/marketing/IT staffing, she landed a huge Oil & Gas client and never looked back! Her passion for the O&G industry has never wavered despite the ups and downs — and consistently dealing with a male dominated environment. Read more>>

Alyse Makarewicz

With a passion for both art and business, architecture was a natural choice for Alyse, AIA, owner and President of Houston’s AMB Architects. She likes the balance of the creative and analytical aspects of architecture. “I love what I do. It allows me to be a creative problem solver every day.” She founded AMB Architects with colleague and now business partner Michael Boykin in 2005. She wanted to create a firm that had a culture that allows the employees to balance creating architecture and to have an engaged family life. Too often in the architectural industry, long hours and working on the weekends is the norm. Read more>>

Ray Ann Phillips

Office Cubicles was started in 2000 when I lost my son due to a motorcycle accident! I was mad at my employer for not giving me condolences or enough time off to mourn! I quit my job and formed Office Cubicles Inc. It has definitely not been easy for a Black Female to run a Systems Furniture Dealership! I have had to compete against large manufacturers in a white male dominated business! Word of mouth and great services go a long way! The largest setback was during the war when Bush was President! We have prevailed! Read more>>

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