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Gators Make The Grade For Houston Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’ Class of 2022


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Two University of Houston-Downtown alums were honored recently with a place on Houston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2022.

Spanish language and literature graduate Angel Cabrera (’09) is the owner of Tacos Doña Lena, a family-owned Mexican taco restaurant, and finance graduate Tohra Shariff (’14) is co-founder and president of EnerGenie, a consumer energy management service.

Cabrera and Shariff join fellow alum Marcus Bowers (’11) on the prestigious list who was named to HBJ’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2021.

More than half of the honorees are founders, co-founders, owners, or CEOs of their respective businesses or organizations. HBJ received hundreds of nominations and applications for the highly competitive 40 Under 40 awards.

All the 40 Under 40 for 2022 honorees were featured in the special section of the June 17 weekly edition of the Houston Business Journal. Go Gator Alums!


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.