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Inspiring Stories from Glendale

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 Glendale and surrounding areas below.

Zachariah Willekens

My name is Zachariah, and I’m the bar manager at CUFF New American and the event coordinator at Off the CUFF, our adjoining event venue. We are on a mission to provide Glendale, and the West Valley as a whole a place for lovingly prepared food, craft cocktails, and a center for entertainment. Read more>>

Duhamel aka DJ DU Cassell

After leaving my job in the country nightclub industry I started my own company 5 years ago working out of Nashville but living and expanding in Arizona. I was signed and represented by CAA (Creative Artist Agency) as a touring artist performing and touring with the likes of Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and more. Read more>>

Salomae (Sal) Schroeder

Been playing with food since the age of 10 and always dreamed of opening a bakery. Emigrated to USA in 1987 and always worked in the administrative/secretarial field but always found myself baking and cooking for friends on the side. I would attend a party and find myself “working” it (LOL). Read more>>

Regina Nixon

I started with Phoenix Conservatory of Music in 1999 as a 6 hour a week intern. I answered phones and filed. I moved up to Music Education Intern, Classroom Music Teacher, Outreach Coordinator and Teaching Artist. In December 2004, our founder, Bonnie Lou Coleman retired. She handed the organization over to me. Read more>>

Tim Lass

After nearly 20 years in the computer industry, I became disillusioned by the office politics and began casting about for another line of employment. For a couple of years, I rehabbed and flipped homes, and did quite well. It really gave me a background in what to look for when helping people find a new home. Read more>>

Jordan Suess

Doc Suess Music started with a young boy with a dream who stayed dedicated and never gave up. Doc Suess has been an extremely prominent member in the 307 hip hop community for years. One of 307’s best freestylers and song writers, Suess doesn’t have to fight for his spot. Read more>>

Moe Madrid

I am an native american man that got in trouble all the time in school for drawing , not my schoolwork, and with a lot of determination to be the best i can be i started working in a body shop at the age of 19 and started to apply my artwork into the the cars and motorcycle. Read more>>

Robert Conover

I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and as a young boy was fascinated with the A-10 Warthog which flew over my childhood home regularly. When I turned 18, I wanted to take flying lessons which my parents were against. So in January of my senior year of high school I left my childhood home and moved in with a friend and his parents, who allowed me to live there until I finished high school. Read more>>

Mary and Tom Platt

I (Mary) started in the real estate industry in November 2001. I had been working at Honeywell for 14 years but needed to work from my home to help my children more as they were entering elementary school. For the next 13 years I worked hard to build my business in residential real estate while getting certifications and further education in commercial real estate, rental properties, and short sales. Read more>>

Rick DeCosmo

Arizona native. Married 36 years. Currently reside with wife Pam and our two miniature wiener dogs, Katie and Ivy, Played music for a living for 15 years or so beginning in college thanks entirely to wife’s still amazing voice, First obtained a real estate license 1980-ish, got broker’s license and started Cozland Corp in August 1991. Read more>>

Christine Naomi Portillo

I am in my second year of being open as a local boutique but that is definitely NOT where I started. I am an Arizona native and I lived in South Phoenix most of my life. I think around my high school years I discovered my “passion for fashion”. However, it wasn’t until college that I realized how much it actually meant, not just to me, but to others as well. Read more>>

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