SBA Houston District Office honors 30 Small Business CEOs


SBA Houston District Office honors 30 Small Business CEOs

2019 Emerging Leaders Course Graduation

HOUSTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District Office is proud to announce two graduating classes – 30 CEOs in all – of Emerging Leaders small business growth training initiative!  This is the fifth year the district has offered this prestigious initiative in the Houston area honoring participants in a graduation ceremony 12:00 p.m. Oct. 15 BakerRipley – East Aldine Campus.

In today’s booming economy these graduates are now quipped to build stronger communities, create more jobs and contribute to a stronger American economy,” said South Central Regional Administrator Justin Crossie.

“These Small businesses are graduating from a proven initiative that is vital to the U.S. economy, and here in the 32 counties of the SBA Houston District Office, we rely on small businesses to create jobs in our neighborhoods,” said District Director Tim Jeffcoat. “As leaders in their communities, I am confident these graduates will be recognized by local officials, the media and our citizens as shining stars in the Houston, Texas ecosystem.

SBA identifies businesses across the nation demonstrating high growth potential and provides approximately 100 hours of free, intensive business education in the form of an in-depth, seven-month course in organization management, growth strategies and management, market development and strategic planning. The program’s curriculum also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities.

The SBA Emerging Leaders initiative is a catalyst for expanding opportunities for underserved communities. Since its inception in 2008, graduates have secured more than $3 billion in government contracts and accessed $300 million in new financing. They’ve also reported creating nearly 6,500 new full-time jobs. Sixty-two percent of surveyed participants reported an increase in revenue while 70 percent of those surveyed reported maintaining or creating new jobs in their communities.

Emerging Leaders honored at this year’s graduation ceremony:

Taylor Wilson- Velocity Auto Care

Todd Yough- Tonatco Cryogenic Services, Inc.

Sandy Huang- SunNet Solutions

Carl Spinnler- BluTex Pools

Ramon Soriano- La Calle Tacos & Cantina

Paula Broussard- Speech Pathways Plus


Erica Hayes- Cornerstone Learning Academy & Childcare LLC

John John- Las Palmas Holdings

Yusi An- Magical Winter Lights

Luke Billiot- Cornerstone Maintenance and Landscaping

Benito Hernandez- B&MS Construction, Inc.

Nayeem Amin- Decca Consulting LLC

Ashley Brown- Accera Technologies, Inc.

Gustavo Suarez- JPG Accounting & Payroll

Marco Novo- Chef Units, LLC

Caleb  McCollim- Home Exterior Systems

Debra Simpson- Bakers Safe and Lock Co.

Jennifer Torres- OAI Art Services

Tony Alcock- Mercom

Mike Lopez- Houston Cool Pools

Davud Koch – AKA Group

Robert Bowdon- Verity Advisors, LLC

Nasir  Dadabhoy- SEL-FAST PRINTING

Carlos Pena- C&C Commercial Refrigeration, LLC

Michelle Saltarrelli- Autumn Oak Speech, Voice and Hearing

Gerardo Vargas- Schlotzsky’s Restaurant

Jenny Gonzalez- Letter Design & Sign Display

Oscar Combs- ISO 9001 Group

Richard Robertson- Iron Horse Freight Line, Inc.

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