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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.

Richard Dahome

As the years went by, I worked my butt off from being a coach to an area director at the age of 20. As a student-athlete at my University, Kent State, I found it very challenging balancing being a full-time student, student-athlete, and also a full-time area director for the company. After I graduated, a franchise was bought in Phoenix, and I was promoted to move down here to be the Area Manager. Read more>>

Sarah Garone

I started my career teaching German at Arizona State, but when my first baby came along, I opted to stay home to raise my family. After three children and several years as a stay-at-home mom, I felt ready for a change. Due to some health problems, I had become interested in nutrition–and I felt German was a pretty obscure career path to continue pursuing here in Phoenix! Read more>>

Skylar Bennett

We worked at the same real estate firm at the time, and we’re complaining about how delicate and overpriced ties were and how awesome it would be if there was a better tie on the market. After some simple research, we realized all neckties had the same outdated design and fragile materials. So we hired a designer and got to work making prototypes of a stronger, machine washable necktie. We launched our first gen Tough Tie through a Kickstarter in Feb. of 2017. Read more>>

Josh & Caren Rodgers

Josh and I have been in the fitness industry for many years. After obtaining a degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University, Josh has worked his way through personal training at major gyms to owning his own training business. Caren obtained her personal training certification and trained others for several years before turning to business administration. Read more>>

Breana Edwards

I grew up in northwest Washington state, and am the youngest of four girls. My home was a place full of creativity and lots of people. It was kind of gathering place for friends and family which was super fun growing up! Very early on the “girl boss” life really appealed to me, so I studied hard to make sure I could eventually work a career that I loved. Read more>>

Taylor Wellman

I started my video production training in Frederick, Maryland graduating high school with certifications for video production and non-linear editing. Eric, the other co-owner and my husband, started his training in Toledo, Ohio. We met in 2010 at a video marketing company in Phoenix, and then worked at a video production company in Scottsdale till July of 2014 when we formed our own video marketing company. Read more>>

Tarina Nicole

My mission was to style and design for women with curves and provide fun, sexy, quality, and budget-conscious fashion. This was new territory for me, a new challenge so, I had to put in many hours of research, explore and learn different fabrics along with engaging with a wider audience. Today, fifty percent of my clientele is women with curvy bodies. For them, I took the hassle out of shopping and replaced it with happy shopping. Read more>>

Josh & Caren Rodgers

Josh and I have been in the fitness industry for many years. After obtaining a degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University, Josh has worked his way through personal training at major gyms to owning his own training business. Caren obtained her personal training certification and trained others for several years before turning to business administration. Read more>>

Eli Singh, Travis Harrell and James Besing

Jarm is a racing team, and entertainment company focused on empowering other car enthusiasts to pursue their dreams of being in the automotive world in any way, shape, or form. We created the company and the vision in November 2017, and have since been building a 1995 Honda Civic hatchback into a full stage rally car. Read more>>

William “Bill” Babin

Although its members have been performing for many years, Big Zephyr began as a band in 2006. “I just wanted to do more than sit-in with other bands and do sub work, and I wanted to be a part of a band that had strong vocals, based around a female vocalist,” says Bill Babin, leader, and founder. “We’ve gone through some changes over the last twelve years, but the concept has remained the same: great variety of DANCE music, strong vocal performances with harmonies and female lead vocal, and outstanding customer service. That’s our format.” Read more>>

 

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