Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year
I (Tina Tran) launched myself into the fashion show industry about 12 years ago as a freelance fashion show coordinator while working in fashion retail. I worked in both large and small events in the Vietnamese entertainment production industry and was personally flown into many events as part of the back-of-house production. The fashion shows were always the highlight of these local concert events as well as the bigger live productions. In addition to these productions, I have coordinated fashion shows for university clubs and organizations such as the University of Houston, Atlanta University and Brown University in Rhode Island that showcased local designers.
Since catapulting myself this industry, my tasks have revolved around doing whatever is necessary to make sure the designers’ vision is brought to life. I ensure that the models represent the designers’ concepts seamlessly from makeup and hairstyle to garments and accessories. Ensuring that everything is “runway ready” includes coordinating the lineup, music and seating chart. My goal is to make every single show I am part of run as smooth as possible!
Coordinating fashion shows is my passion while I professionally grew my skills and abilities in working in fashion retail (Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Kate Spade and Macy’s). I started my professional career as a stylist and was promoted to management after receiving my bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Bauer College of Business in 2005. After earning my degree, I was placed into leadership roles such as Sales and Merchandise Manager and Human Resources on the executive level in these stores. These roles made me realize my passion for planning and executing fashion events, and I knew that was what I was meant todo.
My specialty lies in managing the front and backend of productions since I am incredibly detail oriented. After working in more than 60 shows, I excel in casting, leading, organizing and coordinating great teamwork among everyone I work with. My core team that I have been grateful to put together is hardworking, knowledgeable and passionate. Our priorities are to get things done and have an amazing time doing so. We are excited to help you portray your vision through an incredible production. Contact me to find out more about my services!
Distinguished Service Award
Diana Duran is a professional organizer and stylist that helps you get organized and be happy. Her goal is to transform cluttered spaces into organized ones while teaching practical techniques to help people stay organized.
With a focus on helping people GET DRESSED NOT STRESSED in the morning, she will help you organize your closet, bathroom or kitchen! She does this by helping you make decisions about what to keep, helping you create new outfits from your closet as well as create organized systems in the spaces you use everyday.
Organizing packages can be anywhere from 4 to 24 hours depending on your plans to get organized. Diana helps you in your closet as well as all the other places clutter can hide. Including cabinets, other closets and that guest bedroom……. everything behind those closed doors! During the organizing sessions, you decide whether items will stay in the space, create a purpose throughout the space, and make design changes to help create a less stressful environment.
Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year
I am Blaire Kunard and I am a Junior at Sam Houston State University. I was the president of the Fashion Merchandising club in Spring of 2020. I have interned with Runway Dallas and a Fashion Art website. In my spare time I enjoy exploring Houston’s downtown art district and of course shopping. I will make up whatever excuse I can to dress up wherever I go. I am so honored to be apart of this organization and to be given the opportunity to further the members in any way I can.
Junior Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year
Jordyn B. Wright is the 12-year old creative behind the natural beauty and bath brand J. Brielle Handmade Goods. She is not only a young business owner, but also a cheerleader for literacy, youth entrepreneurship, and empowerment. Jordyn started her business because she loved to shop for sweet-smelling soaps and awesome bath bombs, but they were always too expensive or full of chemicals. So she decided to make her own. She began selling her soaps to her neighbors and church members and found that they really liked them. She then began to sell her items at vending events and her business grew from there. Jordyn is an avid reader and also a talented artist who hopes to attend Parsons Design School upon graduation and eventually open her own gallery one day. You can follow Jordyn on Instagram and Facebook @jbriellehmg or visit J. Brielle Handmade Goods at www.jbriellehmg.com.