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CHARLES HUNTER BALLARD

Title: Superintendent

Company Name: Ballard Builders Inc.

Family Information: Married for 1 1/2 years with two dogs

What path led you to your chosen profession? Was it well-planned or a happy accident? Followed in my grandfather and father's footsteps in the family business.

What career achievement are you most proud of? My involvement in the supervision and buildout of True To Life Ministries in downtown Lake Jackson.

What personal achievement are you most proud of? My immediate family — my wife, Viviana, has always been extremely supportive of my work and constantly pushes me to pursue higher goals.

What are your career aspirations? To uphold my family business' reputation for quality construction in residential and small commercial projects in the Brazoria County area.

What leader has inspired you and how? Bobby Ballard has taught me the value of hard work and dedication. No one is above getting their hands dirty.

What are three attributes that leader has that you admire? Communication, determination and commitment.

What is a quote or motto that you live by in your professional or personal life? "Do what is right, not what is easy nor popular" (Roy T. Bennett)

What are your hobbies? Hunting and fishing

What is a guilty pleasure others might be surprised to learn that you enjoy? Binge-watching new shows with my wife on the weekend.


DEVIN RANDON

Title: Owner/creative director

Company Name: WORKish Coworking and Business Lounge; owner and chief paper girl at Once Upon A Paper

Family Information: Husband, Byron Randon (also my high school sweetheart); children: Caitlin, 21; Byron II, 16; Kaya, 14.

What path led you to your chosen profession? Was it well-planned or a happy accident?

One day, out of frustration, I created a list of all my business needs, struggles, experiences, etc. I created a Facebook post asking others the same questions. I realized the need was great, and we are better together.

What trade, professional and civic organizations do you belong to? Founder and president of the Dream Society 501(c)3; founder, Boss Babes of Brazoria County; board member, PencilPaperPen.org.

What volunteer or civic achievement is most important to you? What is most important to me is directly working with individuals to make them better. I enjoy and am very passionate about working with girls of all ages.

What career achievement are you most proud of? I'm most proud of the talent God has blessed me with to create, plan, share — and build a community of followers and supporters. Also, my designs being featured on Great Day Houston.

What personal achievement are you most proud of? I'm most proud of myself any time I fall/fail — and I get back up. I can list a few personal achievements, but without resilience, I would have quit a long time ago.

What are your career aspirations? To help others along the way. It may be absurd to say, but my career aspirations are simply to inspire others, through my accomplishments and mistakes, to believe in their dreams/goals to be successful business owners.

What leader has inspired you and how? Former first lady Michelle Obama has inspired me. She is strong in her beliefs and the social causes she supports. Most importantly, she is relateable and graceful.

What are three attributes that leader has that you admire? Former first lady Michelle Obama is compassionate, has strong character and possesses the art of perseverance.

What is a quote or motto that you live by in your professional or personal life? "Be Too You" — Devin. "Let all that you do be done in love." 1 Corinthians 16:18

What are your hobbies? According to my husband, Hobby Lobby! While that may be true, I enjoy writing, making others smile, taking pictures and cooking, when time allows.

What is a guilty pleasure others might be surprised to learn that you enjoy? Wearing my PJs all day, dancing like no one is watching, giving gifts and blessing others.

FAVORITES:

Book? "I know why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou; "The Four Agreements " by Don Miguel Ruiz

Movie? "The Wood," "Simon Birch," "Boyz in teh Hood," "Parent Trap," "The Goonies" — can't pick one

TV show? "Being Mary Jane," "Cupcake Wars," "Greenleaf"

Music genre/performer? DJ Screw, Lionel Richie, gospel, TLC

Sports team(s)? Any team my children are on! Houston Rockets, Sweeny Bulldogs

Any other information you would like to include? The only other thing I would like to share is that I'm not about having a title. Every single person has the ability to change the world one person at a time. In everything, that should be your goal in life.


FALON LESHAY TURNER

Title: Family nurse practitioner

Company Name: Sweeny Hospital, West Columbia Health Clinic

Family Information: I live with my husband, Jeremy Turner, my son, Tyler, and daughter, Charlotte.

What path led you to your chosen profession? Was it well-planned or a happy accident? My professional path was well planned out. I was only interested in the health/medical field.

What trade, professional and civic organizations do you belong to? I am a member of the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners

What volunteer or civic achievement is most important to you? I am proud to be a volunteer in the children's ministry at Brazos Pointe.

What career achievement are you most proud of? I am proud I completed my educational goals while I achieved my family goals.

What personal achievement are you most proud of? My personal achievements were completed after the birth of my two children.

What are your career aspirations? I would like to return to college to complete the doctor of nursing practice program.

What leader has inspired you and how? One of my favorite leaders is Albert Einstein. He made large contributions and found unique resolutions.

What are three attributes that leader has that you admire? 1. Honesty. 2. Passion. 3. Empathy.

What is a quote or motto that you live by in your professional or personal life? "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever." (Mahatma Gandhi)

What are your hobbies? I love being outside fishing or playing sports.

What is a guilty pleasure others might be surprised to learn that you enjoy? I love listening to audiobooks in the car.

FAVORITES:

Book? Too many to list.

Movie? Too many to list

TV show? "Friends"

Music genre/performer? Country

Sports team(s)? Astros

Postsecondary education: University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing; master of science in nursing, nurse practitioner program, 2012; bachelor of science in nursing, 2009; Galveston College, associate degree in nursing, 2007.


ROXANNA REED

Title/Company Name: Owner, The Turquoise Salle and Back Road Beauties Boutique

Family Information: Husband, Ashley Reed; daughter, Madilyn Reed, 13; son, Ashton Reed, 8

What path led you to your chosen profession? Was it well-planned or a happy accident? My grandparents have had a store for over 40 years and have always wanted my own.

What trade, professional and civic organizations do you belong to? On board of West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, board of Heritage Foundation in West Columbia, leader of Retail Committee for First Saturdays in West Columbia.

What volunteer or civic achievement is most important to you? I volunteer with Angleton and West Columbia chambers

What are your career aspirations? To grow with more stores and a larger following

What leader has inspired you and how? My grandfather (Jack Heitman) has been a successful businessman for over 60 years

What are three attributes that leader has that you admire? Hard-headed, loves his family, leads others to major accomplishments

What is a quote or motto that you live by in your professional or personal life? Shop Local/Love Local

What are your hobbies? Singing and always working

What is a guilty pleasure others might be surprised to learn that you enjoy? I love to go to Vegas. I might like to gamble a little.

FAVORITES:

Music genre/performer? Country

Sports team(s)? Texans and Astros