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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.

Jeff Hoctor

Parents started the business the year I was born 1961. Family owned and operated still to this day. Started out as a kid breaking down tires and getting paid 5 cents a tire. I learned on a daily basis growing up on how to pull parts, sell parts , it was on the job training. Read more>>

Kiya Murphy

I’m just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world… love that song. However, I am just a small town girl. Raised by a single mom, who is phenomenal and strong and smart and sacrificed everything for her three daughters. I am a passionate, caring, hardworking, thorough, funny, assertive mother of three. Read more>>

Alexis Carter

Cookie Girl Cookie Shop was created out of a deep passion for delicious cookies. Alexis Carter, a former Girl Scout and school teacher, started baking and selling cookies in Southern California after her junior year of college. Read more>>

Michelle Alexander

My husband, Jason was encouraged by executives from his old company to start a distributorship. He battled with the decision for nine months and then sat down to talk to me about it. I said to him, “you have never made a decision based on fear, why would you start now?” Read more>>

Stephen Lehner

I earned a piano tuning certificate from the American School of Piano Tuning in 1992 while in Nashville, TN where I also earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University. Initially an aural tuner, extensive work in recording studios and concert halls convinced me that state-of-the-art electronic tuners are useful to check accuracy and drift while changing string tension. Read more>>

Joseph Kluesener, Paradise Winds

Members of Paradise Winds met at Arizona State University while completing graduate degrees in music performance. The birth of the ensemble was in the form of a reed trio (oboe, clarinet, bassoon), performing cocktail music at a local fundraiser held in Paradise Valley in 2009. Read more>>

Ryan Watson

I am a native of Arizona and have been in the industry for 19 years. I started in the industry as a busboy at 14 years of age at Flo’s Chinese Restaurant in North Scottsdale. I worked my way from the bottom up and in 2012, through hard work and dedication, became a managing partner for the local Humble Restaurant Family (The living Room, Rock Lobster, Chop). Read more>>

Whitney Rose Aymar

I started in photography by chance. My Father was an avid hobbyist and my Mother gifted him a Nikon dslr for his 60th birthday in 2010. He started showing me things and teaching me how to use a camera and I was hooked. Read more>>

Tylor Foster

I am the Owner and Chief Pilot for First Take Aerial. Originally from the Chicago area, I relocated to the West after graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Boiler Up! Upon graduating I began working for one of the largest general contractors in the US, Granite Construction. Read more>>

Michael S. Seaver

I was raised in a West Michigan town of 2,500 residents. My grandfather started the family’s business, Seaver’s Lawn Service, Inc. in 1953 and my father took over in 1987. From ages 12 through 24, I maintained lawns, landscaped properties and plowed snow leading crews of 5-10 people. I learned the values of hard work, sacrifice and setting long-term goals. Read more>>


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