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Inspiring Stories from Peoria

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 Peoria and surrounding areas below.

Brandon Mcelroy

I grew up riding dirt bikes but most importantly breaking them. So I had to learn to fix them to continue to ride! I joined the Air Force in 1999 and after my first deployment I bought my first street bike, once again I found myself fixing my own bike…. then having a garage full of my friends bikes to repair. Read more>>

David Knapp

Finding a business that is reliable, quality and stable can be a huge challenge. The main career I have followed for most of my life was with a religious non-profit in service. This life choice was at the sacrifice of a huge financial nest egg. Consequently I found my self looking for an additional source of income that I could rely on in the final years of my working life. Read more>>

Greta Paulsen

The Sun City Poms started in 1979 as a cheerleading squad for a women’s softball team, the Sun City Saints. The Saints no longer exist, but the Poms still do, having evolved from a cheerleading squad to a choreographed dance team. Read more>>

Ryan West, Clint Tallmadge

Since September 11th 2001, when the largest terrorism attack on United States soil occurred, over 7,000 people have given the ultimate sacrifice, by giving their lives, while serving our country. That’s over 7,000 men and women that will never come home to their families; that’s over 7,000 families that will never see their loved ones again. Read more>>

Richard Phillips

I obtained my commercial diver certification and began working in the industry in 1991. Growing up in Kansas I was eager to travel and was employed in the Gulf of Mexico working on offshore platforms for American Oilfield Divers in 1992, shortly after Hurricane Andrew. Read more>>

Stacy Lynch

I have been specializing in Aquatic Therapy for over 12 years. Around 5 years ago, I accepted a promising position that did not have access to a pool. I knew that I could not leave the aquatic arena, so I solely created Inertia Therapy Services. Read more>>

Aaron Lopez

In the summer of 2016 “Bid For Escape” was born. It’s been over 8yrs since I released music with my former band “Downcast Fable”. I now took on a new challenge and used my talents of being a guitar player, drummer, singer and song writer to write and record my own EP “Nothing Left To Lose” released summer of 2017. Read more>>

Dorothea Jernigan

My husband and I moved to AZ with the thoughts of travel upon our retirement. When we arrived, we were quick to learn that my husband’s travel days were behind him; therefore, the RV sat with nothing to do. My friends and I were enjoying a beautiful sunny day in the pool when one piped in saying “why don’t you put that beast to work and rent it out.” Read more>>

Martin Boonzaayer

I’m one of 9 children; my parents emigrated from the Netherlands back in 1961. They had my oldest sister in their arms and $40 in their pocket. True to the proud history of America as a beacon of hope and freedom to those willing to work, my parents worked extremely hard and saved frugally for many years in order to open their own bakery. Read more>>

Bruce Battoe

I founded Elite Business Films in Phoenix in 2014 as a new synthesis of digital video production and online video marketing for the modern age. After working for 20 years in media production in places like San Francisco, Tokyo, and Irvine, California, I realized that in today’s world of the Internet and social media, there is a need for high-quality video production and promotion for businesses of all sizes. Read more>>

Nick Verburg

AZ Xtreme was started by a good friend of mine in 2005, due to some scheduling conflicts with his career he decided to shut it down. Fast forward to 2011, I received a call from my friend asking if I was interested in buying two of the skis that he had left, I figured sure why not and along with skis he signed over the business to me and I was off running. Read more>>

Mike Poe

I’ve always felt drawn to the game of golf. I remember even as an eleven-year-old kid, I’d pick up forgotten balls from the golf range if I wanted to play, since my family couldn’t afford to buy them. I became pretty good at the game, but was a big fish in a small pond in my home town of San Luis Obispo. Read more>>

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