Today we’re excited to feature Navy veteran Tyler Moore of the Apara Autism Center for our Small Business Saturday! The Apara Autism Center is opening in Sugar Land in order to provide integrative and collaborative programs designed to give your child the best therapy and support options available while also supporting the caregivers and family members. Read on to learn more about Tyler and the newest and most comprehensive Autism resource coming to Sugar Land this month!
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived (or worked) in the Houston/Sugar Land area?
I was born in Reno, NV and have lived in Sugar Land for about 12 years.
2 daughters (17 and 14), 4 dogs and 2 bunnies.
One thing about living or working here that has surprised you the most?
I’m constantly surprised by how large the Houston Metro area is and how it keeps growing every year.
Can you provide me with a description of your business?
We provide therapy services for children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. We help families figure out insurance and make the best decisions they can as they navigate the healthcare system.
How long have you been in business?
We started the company in January of 2019.
What made you decide to be an entrepreneur and open your own business?
As the father of an autistic daughter, I wanted to find a better way to support families with children on the Spectrum. My wife and I had a challenging journey with our daughter and were constantly surprised by how few resources there were for families. After spending 20 years with Optum Behavioral Solutions, a large mental health wellness company, I decided it was time to merge my personal and professional lives to create something completely new.
What do you enjoy the most about running a business?
Helping parents who have children with Autism realize that 1) they didn’t do anything wrong, 2) they’re going to be okay, and 3) their child may appear different but they are amazing in ways that make them the greatest gift in life.
Have you always been entrepreneurial and a risk-taker?
No! I worked for a large company for 20 years and it took a lot of courage to take the risk and work for myself. I miss the peace of mind that went with a corporate job but I love the freedom and independence of being an entrepreneur.
What did you used to do before you opened your own business?
I worked for Optum Behavioral Solutions, a subsidiary of United Health Group for 20 years.
Why is your place of business different from the rest?
This business is deeply personal for me and is born of a perfect marriage between my personal life as a father of a child with autism and my professional development as an operations leader for the largest Mental Health and Substance Abuse Insurance company on earth.
Favorite restaurant to eat at in Sugar Land?
Blue Fish Sushi!
How do you unwind after a long week of work?
Walk dogs, paint (oils), play guitar, and spend as much time as I can with my kids and wife of 22 years.
What would be one fun fact that would surprise people about you?
I’m a Navy veteran. I don’t think most people know that about me.