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Phoenix 12.07.2017

Scott and Debbie Jarson

Our real estate careers began in the mid 1980‘s. I followed Debbie into the world of real estate sales and together we have a vibrant and serious career that included all aspects of the industry. We were always dedicated and quickly built a strong personal following as general sales agents. Read more>>

Gelie Akhenblit

In 2007, at the ripe age of 27, I was working for a large corporate company that was my second “career job” out of college. Seemingly, I had everything I wanted, but I just wasn’t happy. I started networking to discover other opportunities, and discovered that I was freakishly in love with networking! Read more>>

Jessica Johnson and Melissa Mickelson

Since we were young, my sister, Melissa, and I always wanted to own a business together. It wasn’t until Oct 2014 that our ideas and passions collided. She had been running a medical spa for several years and was enjoying the heck out of it. I was winding up a career in teaching attorneys how to market their practices online. Read more>>

Erik Merkow

I started in media with 944 Magazine as Publisher in Phoenix then moved to Vice President of Sales. I fell in love with print media and the platform for great content as well as a platform to help businesses grow. The time I spent at 944 somehow made me a default resource for friends, family and acquaintances looking for great date night locations, best tacos, and so on. Read more>>

Carly Gilleland

I grew up in the Arcadia area here in Phoenix and attended Arcadia High School, which actually has an incredible media communications program. So at the age of 15 I was producing feature stories and submitting my work in to national student competitions. Read more>>

Ken Smerz

We started Eco3d with a small group of people that had essentially escaped a parent company that wouldn’t allow us to scale and limited our funding. We were a tech company and our goals and theirs were misaligned. Read more>>

Deanna Melnychuk

When a voice in my head said, “If you keep doing what you are doing, you will die. I began to exam my life as a Business Systems Manager in a large corporation in Canada. In the search to restore my own health, I began the 10-sessions of Rolfing (R) Structural Integration. Read more>>

Gina Jernukian

I have been a Director in one of the largest cosmetics companies in America for the last 20 years. About 10 years ago I was looking for a new challenge, so I took a course and received certification as a Permanent make-up artist. After my mother’s mastectomy, I then took it another step, and went on to Advanced Para-Medical tattooing. I was renting a studio in North Scottsdale when I learned about a new Tattoo Removal procedure that was safer than laser. Read more>>

Allan Kanjoma

I started my company in Phoenix servicing rental car companies after I saw a need for fast service in these industry. And doing it a different way than how others traditionally do it. I had the concept of how am going to help these companies turn around there cars faster than anyone in the industry. Read more>>

Charissa Lucille

I started my first zine during my last semester studying journalism and I realized there were no physical zine distribution stores in Phoenix. I felt the need to open the distro to provide a central hub for all things DIY and to promote self-publishing as a radical act. Read more>>

Michael Heim

I started my company originally in the early 80’s with just one service truck. I had a few fleet accounts and was doing road-side and fleet service. We incorporated in 1987 and started in the wholesale tire business. In 1994 we expanded to Arizona. Read more>>

Eric Larsen

We were started by Doug Larsen, my father, when she purchased a vending machine with the vacation savings him and my mother had put aside. The machine broke down within a couple of weeks, but the regional manager that oversaw the property really liked my dad, so he kept him on as a vendor. Read more>>

Nicholas Campisano and Joshua James

Josh and myself have been passionate about food and beverage, and hospitality for the bulk of our lives. A Tucson native originally, Nicholas Campisano explored his need for adventure by moving to Southern California. It was there he refined his high expectations of entertainment, quality and service by opening a string of new age lounges along the coast of California. Read more>>

Dr. Sean Flannagan

With the support of his wife, Lina, Dr. Sean Flannagan founded, what is now known as One Accord Physical Therapy out of a small 1000 ft. clinic in Casa Grande, AZ in 2004. One Accord was immediately successful due to the commitment to creating a great patient experience that allowed the patients to partner with the organization that would help them navigate the medical system. Read more>>

Alex Cardineau

Sip was founded by Owners Tida & Travis Radevski. The two had dreams of owning their own spot, be it a coffee shop, a bar, or a restaurant. The initial desire was to create a place for people to connect, meet, and tell sit around telling each other stories. Read more>>

Marcus Bailey

I hail from a small twin island republic in the Caribbean called Trinidad and Tobago. As far back as I can remember the game of soccer has been a source of joy and a sanctuary for me. I am the eldest of four boys and grew up in a Christian family. Read more>>

Avi Azoulay

I grew up in Israel and moved to Arizona only eight years ago. My uncles were contractors, so growing up I spent all of my spare time with them trying to learn and understand their business. Seeing their passion for building throughout my childhood, I knew I always wanted to follow in their footsteps and become a developer, pursuing my dreams. Read more>>

Mark Dyda

I have always been interested in holistic healing. Reiki seemed like a perfect fit for me. It offers me the ability to heal myself and others. It has not been a smooth road, but the obstacles have shown me that I really wanted to learn Reiki and share it with others. Read more>>

Yazmin Venegas

While in college in Mexico City, I started off writing for women’s magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, etc. Upon graduating with a major in Journalism and a minor in economics I began to work for TV in Mexico, Televisa and Imevision as a reporter for financial news and having a financial news segment on the national news 3 times a day. Read more>>

Cristina Carballo-Perelman, M.D.

As a women physician (30+ yrs.), I and my female colleagues have experienced first-hand many of the misperceptions concerning the capability of women in the workplace. I have seen how society continues to devalue women both in their careers and at home by placing greater value in beauty over brains. Read more>>

Johnyee Beasley

My journey has been a bit of a winding path. In 1994, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree from Grand Canyon University, majoring in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry & Humanities. From there, I went to Graduate School in the San Francisco Bay area. I earned my Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic, Cum Laude, in 1998. Read more>>

Jessica Loomis

I started in the insurance industry when I was just 20 years old. I was just getting by; living paycheck to paycheck with no real direction. I didn’t have a degree at the time and I was moving to a different job every year. Liberty Mutual had just opened a large call center in the Phoenix Metro Area. Read more>>

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