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Phoenix’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 ojiut inspiring stories from Phoenix and surrounding areas below.

Jason Hugger

I grew up in Battle Creek Michigan. I was in the 7th grade when I had my first art class. I remember when my teacher told me that I had the potential to be good artist. This started my journey as an artist and I took every art class I could. Read more>>

Kristine Romine

I am very fortunate to call Phoenix my hometown. I realized from a very young age of 5 that I wanted to be a doctor. Because of this early goal setting, I was constantly focused on what needed to be done in order to reach the next milestone. Read more>>

Deborah Bateman

Today, I am honored to serve as the Vice Chairman of National Bank of Arizona – where I have been part of the team since 2005. However, I started my career in banking in 1971, when banking was very different than it is today. Read more>>

Dennis Rosvall

Licensed in Arizona since 1995, Dennis Rosvall is an experienced broker and veteran of both the Arizona and Scottsdale Area Associations of REALTORS Boards of Directors. Dennis crafted a “Hall of Fame” career with RE/MAX before leaving in 2009 to launch a boutique independent brokerage. Read more>>

Renea Paulsen

I have been coaching and helping others ever since I can remember. Random strangers would come up to me in the grocery store and tell me their life stories and cry about what they were struggling with. Read more>>

Stacie Beute, Kim McCue, RJ Cardin

In 2012, Desert Botanical Garden formed and convened the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) to resolve at the local scale a well-known and, in fact, global challenge to conservation—the pervasive disconnects between and among organizations, governments, and communities working to achieve conservation outcomes. Read more>>

David Haworth

I’ve known that I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was four years old. There was something about the way animals looked at you that made me want to help them in whatever capacity I could. After college (a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of William & Mary). Read more>>

Park Howell

I’ve been in advertising and brand marketing for 35 years, and ran my own ad agency here in Phoenix for 20 years working to grow hundreds of brands and thousands of the people who support them. But the advertising paradigm as I knew it changed in 2006 with the internet. Read more>>

Mia PiaCherrie, Visa V

The story of Burlescapades actually started before our involvement in the troupe. The troupe was founded in 2010 by Kara Lafleur and Mercy Beaucoup and when they relocated to pursue sparkly solo endeavors in 2011 they passed the torch to Burlescapades current owners: Mia PiaCherrie, Visa V and Shelly Y Hughes. Read more>>

Cynthia Gosa-Lazaro

The Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation was formed in memory of my son, Damion L. Gosa. Arising from the tragedy of a young man who was killed during a random home invasion at the age of 35 years old in June 2009. Read more>>

Jeremy Cox

Christopher Creek Spice Company began as a small scale business out of a rented kitchen in 2007, to a multi-state distributor of all-natural chili mixes and grilling rubs. Owner, Jeremy Cox reflected on the past ten years by saying, “Love what you do and love what you eat. The greatest feeling is when people email, call or tell me about a great recipe they created using our products. In our busy world eating as a family is the best way to reconnect.” Read more>>

Doug Calrk

My mantra is ‘Give,Serve,Live!’ That hasn’t always been the case, but as a result of life-crushing events it has become what I live by. Let me explain. A short time ago, life circumstances, like a series of tsunami waves hit me broad side. When they hit, using common metrics, I was on top of the world. Beautiful family. Healthy. Great Income. Stellar reputation. Read more>>

Ray Zuckerman

I moved out here in 1986 to merge my photographic business with a competitor. I grew the business to 6 times its original size and shifted to a contract manufacturing business, as the demand for conventional photography declined to near zero. Read more>>

Lanie Smith

My own journey toward self discovery and healing pulled me toward art and crative expression. I discovered painting in college and eventually made my way back to art school to make it more than a hobby which led me to study Art Therapy. My work as a healer using creativity and nature has been an integral thread since before I even entered the field as a helping professional. Read more>>

Cory Rade, Shanti Rade

We are a family farm located in Paulden, Arizona, about 30 miles north of Prescott. We started selling produce door-to-door in 1995 when our large garden produced more food than our family could eat. We have grown every year since then and now have 20 acres in production. Read more>>


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