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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.

Jacki Miller

Foil & Ink started a little over 4 years ago! It’s crazy how time flies. My husband and I used to live in Salt Lake city, Utah where we were both born and raised. I wasn’t do any design work at the time, and was actually doing full time wedding photography. Read more>>

Kenny Klaus

I was the FEDEX guy and say the value in running a route and getting to know an area very well, so when I decided to get into real estate I just focused on dominating an area and called it running my Realtor Route. We were voted #1 Team in the entire Southeast Valley for 2017. Read more>>

Sean Derivan

I started PMM in 2007 after leaving my steady job to try to build a small and successful company in the metal fabrication business. Our main focus was job shop type work, building parts and assemblies for outside customers. Read more>>

Alfred Trujillo

The internet allowed me to get in touch with a community of artists that helped me hone my art to a professional level. I was published by independent publishers and started my own company and started working full time in art. I was fortunate to have my wife join the studio as well. Read more>>

Debbie Venkatesh

I began my professional career as a Registered Nurse but after my children were born I decided I needed to a change and went back to college at Arizona State University for undergraduate and graduate studies in Communication Disorders. Read more>>

Myra Markley

I’ve been physically disabled my entire life. I moved out to the Phoenix area as an adult to escape the cold and snow of Iowa. Moving to this area allowed me to be active all year round without fear of slipping on the ice or getting stuck in a snowbank. Read more>>

Kelsa Dickey

I learned at a young age that money impacts our life. I was in middle school and I remember seeing my mom sitting at our dining room table, head hung in shame and frustration as she tried to get control of her money. Fast forward a month or two and my mom answers the door and in walks my aunt (my mom’s sister). Read more>>

Danny Torgersen

Music, Performance, and Other People were all that mattered growing up… so it’s no surprise really that I pursued these things in the wild. To be more specific, playing music IN A BAND is truly an honor and a vastly misunderstood entrepreneurial adventure that I was instantly attracted to. Read more>>

Josh Belveal

I started filmmaking in high school, from one English class video project my friends and I decided to take way too seriously. As my first real exposure into the world of video, that project sparked a curiosity that ignited my passion to craft and tell stories. Read more>>

Jim Gardner

I got my Bachelor’s degree in art from The University of Wisconsin in 1973. However, I worked my way through college by playing guitar and singing in the college bars and fraternities, so I stuck with my musical career until I was 33 and facing my first mid-life crisis. Getting paid to have fun ruined me for a normal day job lifestyle, so I decided to pursue art as way of paying the bills while maintaining my sense of independence and creative expression. Read more>>

Jennifer Duran

I was a very creative kid growing up, so no one in my family is shocked that I grew up to be a designer. Art was always my outlet, especially during the times we moved. I was born in Georgia, then moved to Oklahoma, then to Rhode Island and then back to Georgia all while I was in school. Read more>>

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