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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.

Indian Antao

Indian’s career in music encompasses many facets of the industry. His passion for music initially led him to promote local, regional, national, and international talent, and book various venues in New Jersey. Indian went on to work in radio, marketing, and video promotion with TVT Records, the largest independent record label of its time. Read more>>

Jay Monday

I worked in construction as a kid learning the trades. I went to the military after Highschool and when I finished serving my country I went back into HVAC & Plumbing. After building several companies, I went into business for myself in 06’ and I own The Cooling & Plumbing Co. Read more>>

Louis Robinson

As a veteran Military Working Dog Handler, I am honored to not only have learned from the best but being able to work with them too. I will forever look back fondly at my time in the military serving with my brothers. I will never forget the bond I forged with my Military Dog and all the amazing things we did together. Read more>>

Mike and Joel Massie

We got started in the same way that a lot of young people get started: by having absolutely no clue what we wanted to do. We got heavily in debt with student loans – again, like a lot of people fresh out of high school – to get degrees in computer animation, which is a field not terribly useful in Arizona. Read more>>

Elizabeth Paulus

In 2009, I had the opportunity to work with a local high school senior who needed help to complete their financial aid for college. It opened my eyes to the challenges and barriers faced by low-income families to get into college even though the student is academically qualified. Read more>>

Sue Sinclair-Rutledge

After working for Frontier Airlines as a flight attendant and Western Airlines in their Los Angeles and Beverly Hills ticket offices, I changed to working for travel agencies in Whittier Calif after having children. My first husband and I then moved to Mesa, Arizona and I worked at a large travel agency in downtown Phoenix. Read more>>

Mia Vega

I joined Legacy Traditional School its inaugural year in 2007. I was a 2nd grade teacher at our flagship campus in Maricopa. I taught 2nd and 4th grades before becoming an Assistant Principal. Then, in 2015, I was promoted to Principal of the Casa Grande campus. This year, I am excited to transfer to the East Mesa area to help open our Mesa campus. Read more>>

Ronald and Toby Severtson

Severtson Corp officially started 32 years ago in 1986. It stemmed from a project at William’s Air Force Base where military personnel contacted my father Ron Severtson to see if he had a paint that could be used to make their flight simulators more life-like and immersive to the pilots in training. Read more>>

Stephanie Schull

I left academia to become an entrepreneur in 2014 when I learned my mother’s debilitating health problems came from surgical solutions to pelvic floor problems she had after giving birth to five children. I discovered exercise could have prevented and treated her issues and that most women suffer from pelvic floor issues that can be addressed through some simple exercises. Read more>>

Catriona Simental

Like many other Arizonians, I wasn’t born here. I migrated here in 2010 from Carthage, Missouri. I had gone through a bad relationship right out of high school. I was starting to get my life back in order but I still wanted more. I decided to take a chance, leave my old life behind me and just go. Read more>>

 

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