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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.

Alicia Mandel

I’ve been working in Learning and Leadership Development in different companies for many, many years. And through these years I’ve spent a significant amount of time in big companies, start ups, non-profits and privately held organizations. Read more>>

Wendy Bader

Life was great. I had a wonderful job at a non-profit organization. Then, in 2008, when the economy tanked, my team and I were laid off a week before Christmas. So, like so many others, I reinvented myself and went back to college. Read more>>

Josh Fink

Nick’s Menswear is Family owned and operated by the Fink Family. The Finks moved to Arizona from North Dakota to join other family and get out of the cold! The whole family participates in the purchasing of Nick’s inventory together, so we have a wide variety of styles to fit your life style= young or old – career or special occasion. Read more>>

Kinsey-Beth and Neal Kendrick

My husband and I both spent our early 20’s behind brick and mortar bars, but always had a side hustle and enjoyed working for ourselves. Both of us moved on to hold corporate sales jobs after that, but when my husband was laid off we decided to start Couple of Bartenders. Read more>>

Dave Shrein

It has always been believed that there are two main areas individuals will believe themselves to be experts in: politics and religion. However, there really is a third and that is marketing and that is a very dangerous belief for small business owners. Read more>>

Dr. Sheetal Karnik

Growing up in India, education focused on STEM was a big part of my upbringing. It not only helped me to progress through my college years, but also helped me get my Ph.D at Arizona State University with scholarships paying for my entire education. Read more>>

Frank Leutz

My beginnings began in 1990 working alongside my father-in-law in his automotive service station as an apprentice. I left to expand my knowledge and experience as an automotive technician working for a GM dealership where I acquired Chevrolet factory training. Read more>>

Natalie Picht

My name is Natalie Picht. I am 22 years old, and I recently graduated with a BA in Photography from The University of Arizona. My journey as a photographer started simply enough: a fine arts requirement in my freshman year of high school. Read more>>

Jeremiah Green and Thomas Howard

Jeremiah, an entrepreneur at heart, has a long past of starting small businesses. After visiting his brother Thomas, that had recently moved to Ahwatukee, Jeremiah saw an opportunity to take his window cleaning career to another level. After reaching a management position at a franchise window cleaning company in Illinois, Jeremiah realized that he had no more room for advancement with that company and really wanted to own his own business. Read more>>

Candace Heiken

A passion for learning is what started Lively Minds Tutoring. I am a life-long learner, and I believe that this world is a better place when it is full of humans who are on a constant quest to learn. This passion along with degrees in psychology and education, and a true entrepreneurial spirit, made it clear to me that my own tutoring company was the perfect fit. Read more>>

Anna Jean Ouellette

I have been into nature photography for as long as I can remember. My friend from high school started getting into portrait photography, and I thought, “There’s no way that will ever be my style. That’s so boring.” However, when I started modeling for her and saw how much creativity portraits still include, I instantly fell in love and bought myself my first DSLR. Read more>>

Heather Rodriguez

I’m Arizona born and raised, grew up in a small mining town east of the valley. I attended ASU and graduated with a BS in Marketing. I spent the past 20 years climbing the corporate ladder and held various Sr. Level Sales Leadership positions some of the largest companies in the United States. Read more>>

Austin Ryan

No Lungs is a loud, indie rock project and the moniker used by musician and songwriter Austin Ryan. I grew up in Chandler, Arizona and fell in love with music by middle school. Beginning my freshman year of high school, I started playing drums in bands ranging from grunge to surf rock, continuing through his freshman year of college. Read more>>

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