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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.

Taylor Froiland

It was 2013 and Adam and I were working as pharmacists in a busy retail chain pharmacy. It had only been 3 years since graduating and we had already realized we were in the wrong place. We weren’t able to spend enough time interacting with patients and were just counting pills and verifying prescriptions all day. Read more>>

Beth Rouin

After becoming fat and sick in my early 40’s I turned to a healthy plant-based lifestyle. I lost 50 lbs, cured my constant headaches, and finally got off pain medication. Before changing my lifestyle I would shop at the dollar store and buy 99 cent shampoos and cheap cosmetics from China. Read more>>

Franco Zavala

There are plenty of chapters in my life that I could share with you today that would really help you and your readers understand not only who I am but “WHY” I am. The story that I will share with you today will begin in my later years right after I tuned 31 years old. Read more>>

Dave Streen

I removed dents from cars and traveled the world working for insurance companies, body shops and dealerships after severe hail storms. While working in Australia I injured my shoulder due to RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) which cut my amazing career short. Read more>>

Cassy Saba Shovak

At the age of 13 I turned my hobby of making beaded jewelry for friends and family into a business. It really took off when I was in high school and started to get into semi-precious stones and crystals. I did trunk shows and sold my pieces to local stores. Read more>>

Meghan Carter

I started baking about 8 years ago after watching some of the baking shows that they have on Food Network. The fondant cakes were becoming a huge thing at the time and I remember thinking I want to do that. So I decided one that I would try a fondant cake and see what it was like. Read more>>

Randy Walters

Started with a hot dog cart in 2005 after I was fired from Chandler hospital. Opened a small hot dog joint inside Merchant square antique mall as Pittsburgh Willy’s gourmet hotdogs in 2008! Moved to downtown Chandler in 2013 and renamed it Wimpy’s Paradise/Pittsburgh Willy’s! Read more>>

Kim Worswick

I always wanted to get into interior design, but didn’t want to go to school for it. I was a stay at home mom for 3 years and then decided I needed to pursue this career. I was hired by a firm as an Design Assistant and was able to work for them for under a year and once I left I decided it was time to open my firm! Read more>>

Skip Wood

I’d always wanted to have my own supplement line and as luck would have it, a former co-worker began formulating products at a manufacturing plant in Utah. He (Bryan Stevens) called one day and asked if I had any ideas for a product to produce and I did. Read more>>

Gil Sandoval

I started as a graphic designer in high school. I would go door to door to local businesses asking if they needed anything for free. I worked primarily in print and branding. Then my brothers and I started a band and marketed ourselves. Read more>>

Latoya Beverly

Before all the luxurious trips, podcast, making six-figures, booking speaking engagements and changing peoples lives. I was a woman who survived child sexual abuse, suffered from childhood PTSD, was a corporate climber and was completely ready to give up on my life. Read more>>

Riane Roberts

Photography had always been a hobby of mine growing up. After learning more about my camera and what it takes to create a beautiful image, my hobby turned into a passion which then turned into a business. I have been a professional photographer, specializing in Weddings & Engagements for a few years now and have loved every minute. Read more>>

Denae Hostetler

I grew up helping my mom make a variety candies & wedding cakes for special occasions, in IL where my parents still live. She works in a fudge shop and sells her candies there. I also did a lot of traveling in my 20’s because I taught whitewater rafting, kayaking, and also contracted with BIA for wildland firefighting. Read more>>

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