Road to Russia: art+fashion show

Laura Velasquez, Owner of SoccerChick; Maria Duran of Duran Concepts LLC; Betirri; Lawrence Barajas  |  photo credit: Espriella Fifi

Road to Russia: art+fashion show was a success! Yesterday over 150 guests filled the Heineken Star Bar at BBVA Compass Stadium for the second installment of the Road to… event series. Visual artist Betirri exhibited selected art pieces from his collection and SoccerChick by Laura Velasquez presented the new Spring 2018 line.

Event partners and supporters included Telemundo Houston, AeroMexico, HTX Sports Creek HTX, Fresco Cafe Italiano and many others.


The event benefited EGMN (El Gato Media Network), a non-profit that provides career development services for underserved students looking to enter media, and guests had the opportunity to contribute by participating in a raffle with prizes thanks to various contributors.


Photo Galleries

Espriella Fifi  |  Ruben Garza/  |

Photo credit: Espriella Fifi

#R2R18 Media Promos

Road to Russia: art+fashion show is a few days away and we have been busy making the rounds at media outlets across the city promoting the event. A special thanks to all of the media supporting our event and helping us spread the word.

Houston Fox 26


Exito Centroamerica


Casa y Vida Houston



Un Cafe con Andres



Solo Mujeres   – ARTICLE




Rumbo a Rusia: arte+futbol de Betirri


We had an incredible evening at the office of the Consulate General of Mexico supporting our friend, Betirri, for the opening reception of his exhibit Rumbo a Rusia: arte+futbol de Betirri. This special exhibit features pieces from his collection, Futbol Series, and new works of art that he will be taking to Russia this summer.


Consul General Oscar Rodríguez Cabrera, Betirri, Maria Duran | Photo credit: Leticia Hernandez/Duran Concepts


Thank you Consul General Oscar Rodríguez Cabrera for the special recognition Duran Concepts LLC received as one of the event partners. We look forward to continuing to work with the Consulate on community outreach and other special events.

It’s exciting to see the impact the culture of futbol has and want to thank everyone that supported this event by attending and especially the media for covering it.

Photo credit: Espriella Fifi

We are working with Betirri on other events leading up to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 as he prepares to travel to the biggst sporting event in the world to exhibit his art.


Upcoming Event:

Road to Russia Facebook



Exito Centroamerica

From the desk of MDuran:

I’m excited to serve as the co-host of a new online radio show called Exito Centroamerica. The weekly Spanish show is produced by the Camara de Comercio Centroamericana (CCCA) and will be transmitted on CBBA Radio on Wednesdays at 10am.


It’s an honor to co-host this show alongside Percy Pelaez, President of CCCA, and help elevate the voice of Central Americans in our region. Each week we will talk about important and relevant business issues that affect the Central American community, provide information and resources about business opportunities on both sides of the border, invite successful Central American community leaders to share their stories and highlight positive news in our community.

As a proud Salvadoran I look forward to sharing my knowledge and resources with my community on this incredible platform.

If you are looking to align your brand or expand exposure for your services or products, contact me at to learn about advertising opportunities on this show and the powerful Central American consumer market.



Ivette Mayo = POWER On Heels

New client alert…meet Ivette Mayo! She is a Latina entreprenuer, speaker, author, business success coach and founder of the Power On Heels Fund. We are excited to add her to our client roster and start working on and executing her new social media strategy.

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We had the pleasure of traveling with her to Dallas and manage all her social media as she was one of the main presenters of the Latina Style Business Series presented by Nationwide Insurance.

Make sure to follow all her social media platforms and stay tuned for her upcoming events.



Meet Leticia

2018 has been such a great year, keeping busy with projects and now adding a new face to Duran Concepts LLC. Meet our intern, Leticia!


This University of Houston graduate is also a fellow sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. and loves to be creative and craft beer. Follow her on IG – @LittleLettuce

One of her first duties on the job was to join me at the Facebook Community Boost hosted at the Julia Ideson Building. We attended various workshops to learn about all of the features Facebook and Instagram have to offer small businesses. Have you heard about Facebook Blueprint? It’s a one stop shop for Facebook marketing tools & tutorials.





New Year, New Client

Happy World Cup year! We are very excited to start this new year with lots of soccer and big plans on the horizon. Not only will we be celebrating two years of operations on February 3rd but we are starting the year of with a new client! Soccer continues to grow in the USA and it’s exciting for us to be part of the action in one of the fastest growing leagues, the National Premiere Soccer League (NPSL). Our newest client is Houston Regals SCA, the oldest semi-pro team in Houston and a member of the NPSL’s Lone Star Conference. We are excited to work with them this 2018 Season and manage their marketing, sponsorship and event operations.

On February 24th, Houston Regals SCA will be hosting their Final Tryout in preparation for the 2018 NPSL season. We’re looking for local talent to fill the few remaining roster spots and therefore encourage all players 16 years and older to register here.


For information on sponsorship and other partnership opportunities, please contact Maria Duran at