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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.

Eric Nelson

While in Corporate America, I was a route auditor in Houston TX for a logistics company. I would drive through Houston neighborhoods all day and look at all the different aspects of homes. Over time, I realized the passion I had for the beauty of homes. As my corporate career progressed, I realized the limitations of being an employee-no matter how high up one became. In discussion with my wife, shortly after our first child was born, we both decided to become licensed. Initially, it was to assist in becoming investors. We had completed a couple of projects and purchased a number of personal properties, and knew the industry was underserved. After completing a project inside the loop, we enjoyed all the work of preparing a listing for top of the market and negotiating all the terms in detail. When that property sold, we ended up making the decision to hold off on becoming the next Chip and Joanna Gaines and focus on building a real estate career that could serve and add value to families. Read more>>

Hillary Caceres

The idea behind Sweet & Sudsy Soap came from a need as a parent. My business partner, Debbie, and I collectively have four girls. We shared the same bath time/shower struggles of our girls either not wanting to take a bath or pumping an enormous amount of soap on the shower floor while “flexing” their independence. We were shocked when we could not easily find super cute bars of soaps for kids on the market. We quickly realized this was something we could jump into and enjoy at the same time. During the inception process, we realized a goal of changing the way people view bottles of soap products verse bars as a way to dramatically improve the environment. With more than 480 billion plastic bottles being sold worldwide – less than half of those bottles are collected for recycling and around 7% of those collected were turned into new bottles. Instead, most plastic bottles produced end up in landfills or in the ocean. With such devastation to our environment, our strive to produce more products with less packaging increased tremendously. Read more>>

Ebony Kankam London

In 2019, I walked into an Ulta Beauty store in NJ to get my makeup done for my baby shower. I showed the makeup artist my inspiration, in which she was confident she could achieve. About 20 minutes after I sat in the chair, she gave me a mirror and showed me my face, which looked half done. When I told her the look was incomplete, she responded, “You’re too dark for the makeup here.” I was so upset, but this was not a new ideology to me. Growing up, I was teased by my skin color and was made to feel ashamed of it. The Ulta experience caused me to go viral and receive much media attention. This new attention gave me a platform. A platform to share my story and to encourage other women of melanin to live their life beautifully and in out loud. Read more>>

Gabriella Thompson

My story began at the age of 14 when my family decided to leave England for “The Land of Opportunities”. This is when my mindset shifted and the idea of owning my own piece of capitalism started. My father gave me the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” book, written by Robert T. Kiyosaki, at the age of 15. For my remaining high school years, I grew this obsession with real estate and wealth creation. I invested more time in reading materials I purchased for myself and attended seminars more than my actual high school education. Understanding the importance of the real estate market and then graduating in ’08… The recession was ripping our economy apart, witnessing families lose their homes, the job market crisis. I knew I needed to master the real estate industry. Read more>>

Thanh Nguyen

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have primarily lived in Spring Branch all my life within a humble Asian American culture. My grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles first arrived here by boat in the 70s to live the American Dream. I started working full-time at the early age of 16, graduated from Cypress-Falls High school and the University of Houston-Downtown with a degree in Finance and Business. Most of my work experiences come from the retail and Oil & Gas Industry, but during 2016 Oil & Gas hit rock bottom, and by the time I knew it, that would be the last time I would be working in the Oil & Gas industry. With over ten years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry in the Logistics/Supply Chain department, my passion for detailing cars and my entrepreneurial mindset, I decided it was time to create a detailing business that is catered to the unique community of Houston. Read more>>

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