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Mesa’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 Mesa and surrounding areas below.

Robert Woolsey

I became an insurance broker four years ago for crown insurance. In my first year, I became one of the tops producing agents in Arizona. In my second year, I got enrolled in the program in Ohio which was for agents that wanted to grow more and become better agents. Read more>>

Justin Hagerty

We started this business in March of 2019 to fill a much-needed gap in the rental market here in Arizona, Prolift Rental is a family-owned business which consists of my wife Krissy and a combined family of five kids Alex, Joey, Lily, Ashley and Brandon. Read more>>

Nathan Davis

In 2015 I had left my heavy equipment job at a copper mine and taken a new position with a local city as a heavy equipment mechanic. At the mine I had been used to working lots of overtime but when I left and came to the city I received an increase in pay and planned to not work quite as many long hours. Read more>>

Andrea Villa

The subject of Health and Wellness has been an interest of mine since I was a little girl. I knew that one day I would have the opportunity to help others. Thanks to this social media platform, I am now able to do that. Being a Hispanic woman, with the types of food my culture has. Read more>>

Mark Matheny

Dozer Ink was established in November of 2018. Dozer Ink Tattoo Shop is named after the owner Mark Matheny’s big lovable service dog Dozer, who is a blue nose pitbull. Dozer Ink is a drug-free tattoo and piercing shop that also holds weekly AA meetings on Sunday evenings. Read more>>

Michael Felton

My family has been in the real estate industry for 25 years and owned their own Real Estate Brokerage Since 2013 called Exclusive Properties of Arizona. As a teenager I would help my mother prepare for her open houses by setting up the signs, laying out marketing equipment for potential buyers to take home. Read more>>

Maria Lourdes Pro

It is difficult to say where my beginnings are since I have remembered myself with an entrepreneurial, dynamic and creative personality to do business since I was a child. For me it never represented a dream, it was simply part of me, I always visualized entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Rae Damon

I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production. I’m Diné (Navajo) / Dakota (Crow Creek Sioux). Most recently, Sci-Fi Short “Dark Dignity” (IMDB) picked up by Indie Wire Magazine and featured in many film festivals. I’m currently working as a social media specialist and digital content creator. Read more>>

Lillian Gonzalez

I was raised by a single mother my parents divorced when I was six years old. My mother immigrated here from Mexico she worked long hours to support my brother and me. She also managed to send us to private school. My brother and I were latch key kids and figured out very young how to look after ourselves. Read more>>

AJ Young

I first became involved with the film industry when I started working at Harkins Theatres in high school. My first theatre was the now closed Fiesta 5 in Mesa, AZ. While at Fiesta 5, I worked my way up to a projectionist during my senior year. Movies were still projected on film at the time and I learned the now dying art of film exhibition. Read more>>

Emily Leitzell

I began working for my dad, James Downs, in 2000 as an insurance agent and customer service rep. He started the agency in Apache Junction in 1971. He was a very successful agent over the years, establishing strong relationships with his clients that were very loyal to him and his business. Read more>>

Connie Bunyard

We began our company on 2/11/2011 as a handyman company. It was our desire to give “handyman” a new name, by providing excellent service like we would want done for our family. Originally it was John, Jacob and me and over the years, we have grown our company to nine employees. Read more>>

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