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Chandler’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Chandler and surrounding areas below.

Paulensia Shepard

I have worked in health care for the last 11yrs, and have recently had the desire for a change. Something that I could call my own. In 2016 I had to undergo surgery and during my recovery period I found myself to have a lot of time on my hands, so I began crafting to pass the time. Read more>>

Diana Brafford

A decade ago I was beginning what I thought would be my forever career, commercial real estate investing. It was a great beginning that came with a ton of learning that I value to this day BUT it did not become my forever career. After working nearly five years in that industry. Read more>>

Preston White, Anna Heinbach and Gene White

The business began with my mother (Anna) making various baked goods when we first moved to Arizona. I was still in middle school at the time and my parents would go out to different farmer’s markets and events every day to sell the pastries. My mom (Anna) cooked all the food while my dad (Gene). Read more>>

Jade Ramsey

Hello, my name is Jade also known as YungTastebudzz_AZ. I am a Chandler based foodie originally from a small town in Louisiana. After Katrina, my family decided to move to Colorado and upon graduating college in 2017, we decided to make a change and venture on to the valley of the sun. Read more>>

Ann Marie Marciniak

I started creating low carb/ketogenic recipes after following the keto diet for a few months. I was getting most of my inspiration from Pinterest and thought it would be fun to create my own blog and collection of recipes. I wanted to create something everyone could follow. Read more>>

Mia Elting

I started out working many jobs in Corporate America but not any that I was truly passionate about. I was a collector for Chase Bank and American Express. I tried the military, got an honorable medical discharge. Worked as a security guard, clothing retail, barista property manager and caregiver. Read more>>

Paige Hanson and Nikki Garrison of Arizona Blessing Bags

In early 2014, Paige was invited to Nikki’s house to assemble blessing bags for the homeless with her church group. The blessing bags were full of travel-sized necessities to help those experiencing homelessness. This simple act of kindness can have a profound impact on someone in need. Read more>>

Jake Syreini

When I was ten years old I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Tourette’s Syndrome during the same year. It made being an elementary student tough for so many reasons. Naturally, I was embarrassed and felt different. So I over compensated. Read more>>

Bill Drevyanko

My business background is diverse, to say the least. I started my business career as a night club and radio DJ back in the late 70’s. Then I transitioned into the health club business where I enjoyed several years in that industry. In the early 90’s I tried my hand at the corporate world and while I had success. Read more>>

 

Liz Trokey

My background is a numbers girl with a degree in Finance and Banking and Real Estate Investments. I have always loved business but more importantly people. I was 50% owner in a canvas manufacturing company for several years and then a clothing buyer, COO and Sales Manager of a very successful boutique. Read more>>

Jennifer Ruiz

I got into fashion reselling because of my love for vintage clothing. When I was a teenager I would shop at vintage clothing stores, and I would ask the owners how they found inventory and how they got started with their businesses. Eventually, I got it in my mind that I wanted to own my own vintage clothing store. Read more>>

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