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Gilbert’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 Gilbert and surrounding areas below.

Michael Sackett

People always ask what we want to be when we grow up. I never really knew, and still don’t really. 🙂 But when I moved to the East Valley 10 years ago I noticed that there were not nearly enough performing arts studios in the valley. And yet there are plenty of talented youth looking for exactly that. Read more>>

Ryan Bullock

Family Owned & Operated Ryan Bullock and his wife Marisol opened the current El Sol manufacturing facility over 13 years ago. Today, they are still a family-owned and operated business that stays true to their roots ‒ an honor to heritage and tradition. Read more>>

Taryn Pollock

The word Serendipity means to find something great by accident and that is exactly how my business came about. I was at a crossroads in my career and my best friend was getting married and she knew I had a background in television and knew a ton of videographers so she asked me to help her find someone to film her wedding. Read more>>

Mike Casten

My name is Mike Casten. I was born in the Chicago area and moved around several times before finally making Arizona my home in 2001. I currently reside in Gilbert with my wife, stepson, and our two dogs. I am a creative, a business man, and a natural problem solver. Read more>>

Karen Willes

My business began with kids. 4-H and Girl Scouts in the neighborhood. Soon adults wanted to paint ceramics, too. We converted a 24 x74 mobile into a store and kept on growing. Soon we built a 4000 square foot store as we grew out of the mobile. The key to our growth is that we owned the property and everything was paid for. Read more>>

James Morin

WLSC was founded by James Souza and Jim Morin in July of 1986, the James Souza worked at the time for Lumonics Corporation one of the largest industrial laser OEM companies and saw an opportunity to provide better, faster service to end users of Lumonics Lasers so we started Worldwide Laser Service Corporation [WLSC]. Read more>>

Scott Utter

Ever since I was a kid I have had a love affair with European sports car. What started with little Hot Wheels cars being raced around my parent’s kitchen counters turned into a little side business out of my parent’s garage when I was 15. My Dad and I bought a project car back when I was just coming out of grade school. Read more>>

Nate Doane

When I was really young – maybe 5 or 6 years old – I remember my grandpa showing me a whole bunch of Sci-Fi movies. The main ones that stuck with me were The Abyss and Alien. There was something about the atmosphere in those movies that just really stuck with me. They built a whole world out of just an amalgamation of fake things – sets, props, costumes, etc. Read more>>

Michelle Grady

What began as a Kickstarter campaign to create one full length show, Rogue Dance Theater, Inc. has since launched a non-profit, contemporary dance company now in its third season. After successfully creating The Salem Witch Trials and Cleopatra, Rogue Dance has begun new work on the famous Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None, the inspiration for the board game Clue. Read more>>

Jessie Corder

I am very passionate about photography and have always loved creating art! When I was five, I was convinced I’d grow up to be an artist. At the time, I was thinking this would happen by becoming a famous painter or sculptor, and although that dream has changed some along the way, I still need to give my 5-year-old self some credit for being crazy enough to chase her wildest dreams. Read more>>


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