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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.