'Visionary Change Agent'
A born businessman- who's entrepreneurial path was sparked in his native Jackson MS seeing his family running businesses and using their God given talent to make a living. "From carpenters, painters, drywall contractors to auto body mechanics, lawn services and store owners, restaurateurs. You name it, someone in my family owned it. My grandmother made beautiful hats that became a staple fashion choice of mothers in the church."
At 19 years old Houston and his brother-in law David Johnson partnered to create a very successful barbershop-MassAppeal on Plymouth Ave in N.MPLS. The client list was a who's who in the city. Randy Moss, Chris Carter along with most of the 98' MN Vikings. RL, T-Low and Tweet from the super group NEXT were regulars". We had the whole city on lock" Rep Keith Ellison was a client when his office was right across the street.
This is where HW gained the confidence and felt it was time to take it to another level. He and good friend Shone Scott began to talk real estate, and pursuing The American Dream! These conversations lead to the launch of Brownstone Construction. The barbershop patrons provided a client pool which soon lead to a booming remodeling company. "We routinely worked 17 hour days. The grind was real". We banged Jay-Z, ate funyons, and drank Mountin Dew.
Houston's foundation in remodeling lead to HWhite custom homes, a niche' firm that built one of a kind homes for upwardly mobile professionals. The summers spent working on high end homes in Ms coupled with a eye for true style, gave HWCH a edge on its competitors. In the mist of building his signature home, a two million dollar modern master piece in Golden Valley's exclusive Tyrol Hill neighborhood. The financial crisis hit, the housing market was especially hard hit". The entire industry collapsed. The feeling of failure, helplessness and depression set in".
The only 28 year old determined to never experience uncertainty like that again. The thought of a base a headquarters-so no matter the state of the economy, we would have a place to BE! That's what HWMR represents, as Grandma's house for many of us in or community is a place of gathering. My goal was to create a spot that I wanted to hangout in. A place where institutional EXCELLENCE would exists for generations.