MEET THE TEAM


 

 

Teresa Preza
Assistant Director, Economic Development
tpreza@sugarlandtx.gov

Teresa Preza oversees the City of Sugar Land tourism program with the goal of increasing visitors to the community, thereby increasing hotel occupancy and travel spending within Sugar Land.


 

Jessica Huble
Destination Events Manager
jhuble@sugarlandtx.gov

Jessica Huble, Destination Event Manager, oversees the city-wide management of the Special Events permitting process, the operations and implementation of activities at Crown Festival Park and the Plaza adjacent to the Smart Financial Centre, as well as, assists in the marketing of Sugar Land as an event and meeting destination. Jessica works with meeting planners and local hotels to attract groups of all sizes to Sugar Land to host their meetings, events and conferences.

Jessica graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a minor in Marketing. Jessica has worked in the hospitality industry for over ten years and specializes in sales and event logistics. Jessica is an active member of the Fort Bend Junior Service League and loves traveling to new cities and going dancing with her husband and friends in her spare time!

What do you love most about Sugar Land?


I love that even though Sugar Land prides itself on being an economic powerhouse, there is still an equal focus on continuing to embody the small-town hospitality and charm of this once Company Town.

What is your favorite thing to do in Sugar Land?


Being a sports fan, I would have to say going to a Skeeters baseball game at Constellation Field. I like to sit behind center field in the Bud Light Ice House - where you have the best view of the entire stadium.

What is a “must-do” while you’re in Sugar Land?


If you have children, you must go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land to see the dinosaur fossils! Otherwise, I would recommend catching a show at the Smart Financial Centre. It’s a beautiful venue with amazing acoustics.

What is your favorite event venue to host an event?


For an indoor event, the Insperity Club at Constellation Field or Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. Both venues are versatile and offer a unique background for any event.

For an outdoor event, Crown Festival Park is the perfect location for large-scale festivals and concerts. The Plaza at Sugar Land Town Square is also a favorite because the LED light enhancements and fountain make the perfect atmosphere for any event and it’s also surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops and a hotel. What else do you need?

What are your top three places to eat in Sugar Land?


1. Live Oak Grill – Best chicken fried chicken around! It is a “hole-in-the-wall” hidden gem that has something on the menu for everyone!

2. Vino & Vinyl – Wine, music on vinyl and Poutine Cheese Fries….need I say more?

3. The Sugar Refinery – It’s a modern rendition of a Prohibition-era speakeasy that offers unique twists to comfort food classics and a drink menu that will not disappoint!


 

Melissa Raju
Tourism & Visitor Services Manager
mraju@sugarlandtx.gov

Melissa Raju, Tourism and Visitor Services Manager, is an AMA award-winning professional that leads the marketing initiatives for Visit Sugar Land in support of its mission to promote Sugar Land as a premier destination for meetings and leisure travel. This includes advertising, brand awareness, integrated marketing campaigns, grassroots marketing efforts, tourism partnership development, website management, and the development of curated experiences called Sugar Packets.

Raju is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Hook em’ horns! She has worked in the PR and marketing industry since 2012. Raju has had the opportunity to build her experience by working with the following organizations: Entercom communications, SemanaNews, a Spanish weekly publication, The Children’s Museum of Houston, where she went on to win the “Marketer of the Year” award in 2017.  Raju is a proud fur mom of a lab-mix pointer and Great Pyrenees. She enjoys trying different foods and attending with her husband.  

What do you love most about Sugar Land?


I absolutely love the parks that are nestled in Sugar Land. Some of my favorite places to go on a stroll with my husband and dogs are Cullinan Park, Sugar Land Memorial Park, and Oyster Creek. I personally feel they are hidden gems in the city and once you discover them you can’t get enough of them.

What is your favorite thing to do in Sugar Land?


It’s so hard to pick one favorite thing in the city because there’s a handful of things to do. But, I love catching shows at the Smart Financial Centre and practicing pilates at Hip Fitness and practicing yoga at Yes Yoga.

What is a “must-do” while you’re in Sugar Land?


A must while in Sugar Land is to visit the Sugar Land Town Square to catch a live cultural performance and taste different cuisines all within one block.  And because I can’t just recommend one thing or else I wouldn’t be doing my job is to grab a drink a The Sugar Refinery and order a smoked old fashion

What is your favorite event venue to host an event?


Hmm, that’s a good question. I absolutely love the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land and how you can spruce up the space for a special event to a cocktail style event.

What are your top three places to eat in Sugar Land?


Cooking Girl – I love this place because I love Chinese food, but their Hot Diving fish is just to die for, but I would recommend going with friends because their meals are family style.

Kura Revolving Sushi – A true Japanese experience. The first time I went here I was surprised with how fast the service was and how tasty their sushi is. My favorite things to have is the tempura shrimp and yellowtail.

Vino and Vinyl – Love going here with my husband and trying their different wine flights. Plus, their mac and cheese with black pepper shrimp and truffle is out-of-this-world.

 

 

Mary Roduta
Visitor Services Supervisor
mroduta@sugarlandtx.gov

Mary Roduta, Visitor Services Supervisor, oversees visitor request fulfillments and the daily operations of the Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center. Mary also assists the Tourism and Visitor Services Manager with Visit Sugar Land’s marketing and visitor services program in its mission to promote the city as a competitive leisure and meeting destination.

Mary graduated from the University of Houston – Main Campus with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an Accounting major, a minor in Marketing, and a Certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship. She continued her education and graduated from the University of Houston – Victoria with a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting and Business/Management. Lastly, she received a Certificate in Event Management and Hospitality Sales from the University of Houston. Mary is a mom of two (soon to be three) and she enjoys finding new experiences to try with her family and friends.

 

What do you love most about Sugar Land?


I love how family-friendly Sugar Land is from its attractions to the friendliness of its citizens. I also love how safe it is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out with my family until almost 10 p.m. in the evening and seeing all the other families enjoying Sugar Land’s amenities.

What is your favorite thing to do in Sugar Land?


I really enjoy the events at Sugar Land Town Square. The live shows are always great and the green turf on the plaza makes it such a fun place for my kids to play around on.

 

What is a “must-do” while you’re in Sugar Land?


The “must-do” thing while you’re in Sugar Land for me is going to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. My kids are both very young and they can really let their imaginations soar at the different exhibits, especially Kidtropolis, a city made just for kids!

 

What is your favorite event venue to host an event?


My favorite event venue would have to be the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land because it provides such a unique atmosphere. The space is versatile and who wouldn’t want to have an event surrounded by history?!

 

What are your top three places to eat in Sugar Land?


Oba Japanese Cuisine – It’s a quaint Japanese restaurant tucked in a shopping center with the absolute best takoyaki (in my opinion) in Sugar Land. It also has an all-day Happy Hour menu so I think that’s definitely a win-win situation.

Vino & Vinyl – Fantastic food and wine combined with awesome music played on vinyl records. I highly recommend checking out their brunch menu and mimosa flights on the weekends, and as an added bonus to families, you get a free kids brunch with every adult meal purchased.

Moncheri Macarons – Sweet, delectable, and unique melt-in-your-mouth flavors. I used to buy macarons from the owner of Moncheri when she sold them at the local farmers market and I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I was when I found out she was opening her own storefront. Her shop is a must-try when you visit the “Sweetest City in Texas!”

 

 

 

You can also reach any member of our team by calling (281) 275-2045 or emailing tourism@sugarlandtx.gov