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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.

Christopher Jimenez

It started shortly before moving to Arizona. I was 12 years old, living in New York, and had not a clue in the world what Arizona would throw at me. Art and photography were always a huge part of my childhood. I was intrigued by how artists capture their essence and style. Read more>>

Fina Haler and Nataly Flores

We’ve always had a passion for coffee. We know it’s not just a cup of coffee. There is a story and many people involved. We wanted to do our own thing for a while so we started preparing ourselves by taking business classes, searching for great coffee and for a trailer that we could remodel to make it a mobile coffee shop. Read more>>

Becky Miller

I am a Hairstylist based in Gilbert, Arizona. I originally went to beauty school when I was a Junior in Highschool and by the time I graduated I was a licensed cosmetologist. I got to work right away at a local salon when I spent several years. I worked every position within the company from front desk. Read more>>

Jennifer Bohlman

I wanted to get out of the corporate world so I could spend more time with my family. I have a wonderful friend who encouraged me to start a company that would help brides and grooms who need help with the big day. Read more>>

Ebony Green

I started my career as a teacher several years ago. I taught bilingual students at the elementary level and then I taught high school Spanish. I was a Teach for America corps member and after teaching for a few years I decided to try something different but that would allow me to still make an impact on students’ lives. Read more>>

Joe Klein

A Journey in learning how to build a strong business with a strong internal culture… The hard way. In 2012, I moved away from being the Vice President of a digital marketing firm to try my hand at owning my own company. I had a Business Administration degree from Southwestern College (now Arizona Christian University). Read more>>

Leah Sutherland

After I graduated from college in 2006, I took a local cake decorating class. I loved it and fiddled around with cake decorating here and there. At the time, I was more focused on baking and selling various baked goods to my coworkers. I eventually moved out of state with my husband to Arizona. Read more>>

Erica Gentile

A few years after graduating from ASU’s W.P. Carey MBA program, my brother approached me about opening a franchise called Kid to Kid that buys and sells gently used kids’ stuff. I was single with no kids at the time so I had ZERO knowledge about kids’ stuff. Read more>>

Jennifer Lockwood

After having two babies back to back, I left the restaurant industry to be a stay-at-home mom and spend more time with my kiddos. I was used to working 50+ hour weeks, so I was going a little stir crazy and decided to start an Etsy shop to help bring in some money and mainly to keep me busy. This was early 2014. Read more>>

Justin Hoyt

I began my career in financial services with Bank One in 2002 where I focused on developing a deep knowledge of investments, insurance and holistic financial planning. I was recruited to Wells Fargo in 2007 and remained there until 2019 when, due to the negative activity we all saw in the news, I began to look elsewhere for a better place for my clients and my team. Read more>>

Vanessa Glamann

I’ve always been an artist at heart. When I was a little girl, maybe five or six, I remember sitting next to my mother while she spoke to her sisters on the phone in fluent Spanish, and watch as she would doodle circles, swirls, and flowers on paper napkins. Read more>>

Mariah Beeman

I grew up taking care of my two younger brothers. I made sure we woke up on time for school and had food prepared. My mother had severe rheumatoid arthritis so it was difficult for her to get up most mornings. In 2006, when I was in 6th grade my mother passed away. Read more>>

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