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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.

Bill Buitenhuys, Lillian Buitenhuys

We love to pair wine and food. There is something special when you can find the right set of flavors and textures to compliment. When we moved to Phoenix (or moved back to Phoenix in Lill’s case) from Boston, we found that restaurant wine lists were much more California or West Coast-centric whereas the New England lists were more Euro. Read more>>

Felicia Romero

I grew up playing sports. Loved softball, volleyball, track and was always super active as a child and into high school. I decided to attend Arizona State University (Go Devils) and played D1 collegiate softball for them. I loved playing, especially in college, and I feel like that is where I started to become more aware of my health and fitness. Read more>>

Ann Noder

I am a former TV news reporter and anchor, including six years in Tucson at the ABC affiliate anchoring Good Morning Tucson. I spent 10 years in broadcasting before making the switch to public relations – and definitely found my true passion! Read more>>

Ellen Barnes

My early career took root as a photojournalist in Chicago, working for the Herald Newspapers. Every day was a new story and a new production challenge…I learned to travel light, think fast and roll with every situation I found myself in. Read more>>

Elizabeth Ayers Cluff

I founded I’mpact One Breast Cancer Foundation because I wanted to help women feel whole again. I’mpact One Breast Cancer Foundation’s goal is to IMPACT each individual woman at a time, meeting her wherever she finds herself in her personal breast cancer recovery journey. Read more>>

Svetik Sambell

An artist practically from birth, Svetik learned from early childhood the beauty awaiting within the world of fashion by inheriting traditions and family secrets from her grandmother; valuable techniques which would serve her well later in her journey as a couture fashion designer. Read more>>

Sharron L. Sauls

After educating family’s on the law for 20 years and receiving a law degree from Arizona State University, I knew that I wanted to do more, more to ensure justice and fairness . After educating families on their rights and responsibilities, I felt it important to extend my efforts to providing justice for groups like our veteran’s, families with disabilities and domestic violence victims. Read more>>

Bridgett McGowen

Since 2002, I have been a professional speaker and have made hundreds of presentations all across the country and around the globe, reaching thousands of professionals in corporate America and students, faculty, and administrators at four-year and two-year universities and colleges. Read more>>

Jason Heinkel

My story began in small market television as a news cameraman in Colorado. I was working my way up through bigger stations when an opportunity to move to Tempe, AZ came up and I decided “why not?”. I came to Arizona in 1994 as a freelance camera operator and built a business showcasing my abilities and increasing my business contacts. Read more>>

Rod Dunlap

We jumped into the golf business back in 2002 without a basic knowledge of the industry, starting a business or designing and getting a product to market. Just a couple of friends (working for a medical software firm at the time) with a product idea that wasn’t readily available in retail – a golf bag cooler. Read more>>


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