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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.

Andrea Consalvi

My work film production happened later in my career. I had been a drama director for a local high school for a number of years and, due to some unforeseen health issues, I had to jump ship and find another path that allowed me time to take care of myself. Read more>>

Timothy Markison

Growing up, I dreamed about becoming a professional baseball player – it was all that mattered to me. As a senior in high school, the Chicago White Sox organization invited me to a closed try-out. Throughout the day, other players were being sent home but not me. Read more>>

Marci Sawyer

My name is Marcie Sawyer and I am proud to be the owner of Little Einstein Preschool. I have been taking care of kids since I was in 7th grade, and I first ran Little Einstein Preschool as a licensed, in-home day care for 12 years before opening my first center. I always had a passion to open a center that would reach more kids and my dream finally came true. Read more>>

Kyle Hustis

I always had a love for making videos as long as I can remember. I am an avid movie-goer and always loved to make small films with my friends with the use of my parent’s videocamera. At the beginning of 2016, I pleaded to my wife to let me buy a DSLR camera from Costco. Read more>>

Pamela Slim

“What kind of world do you want to live in, and what are you building to contribute to that world?” -Greg Hartle. When I heard these words from my friend Greg Hartle three years ago, they made my heart skip a beat. Read more>>

Gregory Hull

Mesa is the third place I’ve lived in Arizona. I began in Flagstaff for 14 years, then Sedona for 20, and now Mesa for almost 3. I love the city after living in the hinterlands so many years. I started my business in Flagstaff. It’s really a one person show being an artist. Read more>>

Sarah Bettencourt

The Blonde Spot started as a side hustle in college. While in college, I studied art, art history, theatre, and education. I was in the middle of my oil painting semester when I found out I was pregnant with my son, Fox. After consulting with my doctor, I was told I would not be able to continue painting unless I was in a very well-ventilated room (which I wasn’t). Read more>>

Amber Miller

I was working as a technology and marketing manager for a local CPA firm – and while I loved what I did, I had a strong calling to start my own company. I came across a thing called “virtual assisting” and at the time, 2004, it was not well known. Realizing I could do this and encompass my love for technology, marketing and being of support to others – my vision become a reality a year later. Read more>>

Sharzad Green

Before graduating from the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy in 1990, I was given the best career advice. It went like this: “If you find yourself celebrating weekends and dreading Mondays, quit your job and move on to what sparkles your passion”. After finishing my doctor of pharmacy degree, I worked as a pharmacist in several different settings. Read more>>

Pam Heward

I am a Career and Life Transition Coach, a speaker, and an author. I began my career in a Recruiting office in Beverly Hills placing candidates in jobs. I spent the next 20 + years in the Staffing Industry doing pretty much all the positions, recruiter, sales, management, training. Read more>>

Sean Oliver

Growing up in the 90’s meant growing up with computers, and with that all the artistic potential technology provides. I started making movies in grade school with the family camcorder. After seeing “Star Wars: Episode I” I wrote my own script for “Episode II”, and I got my 5th-grade teacher’s permission to present it in class. We even passed around my plans for the movie and started a sign-up sheet. Read more>>


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