We had the good fortune of connecting with Thanh Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Thanh, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m originally from Colorado, but have lived in Texas most of my life. As both of my parents are from Vietnam and being a first generation Vietnamese-American, things didn’t come easily. My father owned various businesses that I helped him with as a kid, which taught me to be humble and hard-working. Growing up the second oldest in a family of 7 kids, I had a lot of responsibility at a young age and had to learn to share and adapt to different situations, which contributed to my resilience and versatility. I moved out on my own at the age of 19 and was initially going to school to be an interior designer, but got laid off during the financial crisis in 2008. This led me to switch careers and I ended up working in the oil & gas industry, which helped me gain experience and skills in various areas of the business that later became useful for building my company. After years working in the industry, I knew this was not my true calling for the long run. I wanted to do something that would allow me to express my creativity and be in charge of how I present myself and give back to the world. I didn’t want my future to be limited or dictated by working for others. I’ve always had a passion for traveling, learning about different cultures, and finding unique products around the world.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m currently working in the oil & gas industry for the time being, but my plan is to make my candle business a full-time career. I’ve always loved candles, but I was not aware of all the intricate details that go into making a candle and the required materials that are used.  I came across a candle that was made with a crackling wooden wick, which is part of what inspired me to make candles as a Christmas project to give as gifts. I’ve always wanted to have my own business, but wasn’t sure what I would dive into. Candles just happened to spark my interest and the flames just grew from there – pun-intended. Not everyone is aware that several candles on the market contain chemicals and toxins that we are breathing in, which can be harmful in the long run. My candles are handmade and non-toxic that contain coconut soy beeswax and are eco-friendly, sustainable, and made with a crackling wooden wick. It also comes in an elegant reusable glass container. Making a candle may seem like an easy task, but there’s an elaborate science to it that must be precise, otherwise things could easily go wrong. I’ve encountered some challenges along the way, but quickly did my research and made the necessary modifications. This has definitely been a learning experience and will be on-going, but the most important thing is to never give up and keep moving forward.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a foodie and there are so many go-to places in Houston that I love, but some of my favorite spots would be BCN Taste & Tradition, Xin Chao, Tiger Den, Kin Dee, and Bacco Wine Garden. The attractions to see would be Discovery Green, The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou, Montrose, The Heights, The Galleria mall, & The Waterwall. I would take a trip to Austin to see Mt. Bonnell, Lake Travis, and dine at Steiner’s Steakhouse and/or Emmer & Rye.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank my family, as well as my friends for supporting me personally and professionally throughout my life. I believe everyone comes in your life for a reason, whether temporarily or permanently – you can learn something from everyone and every experience (even failures) if you can see them as blessings in disguise. This has made me the person I am today.

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