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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.

Jerry Hooker

Jerry Hooker is a Principal of Mirador Group, an integrated architectural firm encompassing all aspects of commercial and residential architecture. With Jerry’s expertise in the industry, he quickly ascended to his principal role after joining the firm in 2011. Prior to Mirador Group, Jerry spent three years in New York City honing his design skills on prestigious projects such as the National 9/11 Memorial, World Trade Center, World Financial Center, and the Bette Midler New York Restoration Project. Jerry brings to Mirador Group a multi-disciplinary expertise with an elevated focus in leading his team of architects, landscape architects, and interior designers as one to realize his projects. Mirador Group is afforded the unparalleled ability to provide a holistic approach to its design projects as a result of Jerry’s talents. His skill and passion for all aspects of design unifies his projects, resulting in a cohesive aesthetic that embodies what has now become his signature style. This approach serves clients well by allowing Mirador Group to be a single point of contact throughout every step of its projects, allowing for the seamless, unified execution of each client’s vision. Read more>>

Kobe Idumwonyi

I played football at the University of Houston and ended up getting my degree from the school. A couple days into post-grad life I had a conversation with my mom about what I wanted to do moving forward and she told me to write a list of all the things I enjoyed. Mostly all of them related around clothes or fashion in some way, from shoe collecting all the way to finding archive pieces from high-end fashion designers. So at that point, I decided to work on creating a clothing brand for myself since I had all this knowledge about clothes that I taught myself. First thing I figured was really important was the name. Considering it’s the first thing you see/hear I wanted it to be memorable. “Bloody Knuckles” is from a game I used to play in middle school with my friends, where you punch each others fist until either participant doesn’t want to play anymore. So I always thought that sounded really rough and rebellious so I thought that would be a good place to start with name selection. Read more>>

Asit Shah

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. My grandparents immigrated from India in the late 1970’s and moved to Houston by way of New York in pursuit of the American Dream. While my grandfather studied Civil Engineering at the University of Houston, my grandmother worked at factories and as a baby-sitter to help make ends meet. Overtime, she decided she wanted a more flexible lifestyle and financial stability to support her three children. That’s when she realized that employing five generation’s worth of experience in trading fine jewelry and loose diamonds by opening a diamond importing and wholesaling business in Houston would be the solution to her problems. Originally a means to help finance her son’s Muscular Dystrophy, my grandmother started by working from her car and selling her small diamond inventory to jewelry stores in Houston. Fast forwarding nearly 30 years, Mody International ( has grown into a trusted diamond dealership that supplies jewelers worldwide. Read more>>

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