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EXACTLY EIGHT YEARS ago, friends and business partners Ashley Gooch and Andrew Pappas were putting the finishing touches on their brand-new cycling studio, RYDE, in the River Oaks Shopping Center on West Gray. Back then, Houston's boutique-fitness scene was just heating up, but the duo was certain they were on to something.

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TAKEYA GREEN, ONCE a member of the Houston Texans cheerleader dance team, has joined a different squad — and she means business. The Rice University MBA graduate was recently awarded the AT&T Future Executive Leader of Distinction Award in Honor of Randall Stephenson from the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

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