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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 out inspiring stories from Phoenix and surrounding areas below.

Brittany Causey

Growing up, I was always interested in health. I remember bringing home books on eating vegetarian from the library in 5th grade which was unusual for a kid growing up in small town, meat and potatoes Minnesota. As I got older and began exploring career options. Read more>>

Ryan Arguillo

My parents would always say that I started singing when I was two years old, I would sing along nursery rhymes all day. I grew up very shy but I know that I always have music in me. I would say that back in the Philippines, I joined my primary and high school’s chorale and from there. Read more>>

Katee Van Horn

I grew up in a small town in Ohio. My parents were both educators and I am the youngest of seven children. In the summertime, we would pile into the back of our van and travel all over the United States. I traveled to 30 states by the time I was ten years old. Read more>>

Tiffany Harris

Cale Lady Studios & Events originally started as Xtravagant Events & Sweet Treats started in Saint Paul Minnesota. Once moved and Seattled in Phoenix I wanted to rebrand my company to have a fresh start on everything we had to offer after being in the event industry for over 15 years. Read more>>

Akin Adeyemi

I first started a side hustle training collegiate football players with getting ready for their season when it came to speed training and other methods. Afterward, I started coaching a small group of clients when it came to their fitness goals and aspirations as well. Read more>>

Andrea Kretzmann

Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, spoiled me with an appetite for fresh, healthy and flavorful foods. We did not have fast food and the produce was grown right there, not imported. It was organic without even trying to be “organic”. Read more>>

Kirk Jewell

My journey to Arizona started by getting a job with the Arizona Diamondbacks, in the newly formed Inside Sales role in 2007. I worked there from 2007-2011 going for Inside Sales to Corporate Suites and Groups and finding my way in setting up corporate groups to entertain their employees and customers. Read more>>

Jenean Perelstein

I taught Sociocultural Anthropology with an emphasis on medical anthropology for several years before entering into the non-profit world. After doing program evaluation and eventually becoming CEO of a regional non-profit, I realized that I was continually participating in the world of behavior change. Read more>>

Terrell Griffith

As one of the original Brick Bandits crew members, R3LL is one of Jersey Club’s pioneers and breakout stars and remains a pivotal influencer. Initially gaining recognition for his sophisticated remixes, his debut Directions EP followed and was described by Resident Advisor as “a powerful debut. Read more>>

Ali Gentry

Growing up in the city of Phoenix, I always wanted to move. But then when I grew up, went to school in London & traveled quite a bit, I realized there is no other city quite like Phoenix. Every time I came home, I fell more in love and knew this was the place I was going to stay. Read more>>

Andrew Jones

At the age of 17, I joined the Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 1st Marine Division. After returning home and being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a mild Traumatic Brain Injury suffered during the Battle of Baghdad. Read more>>

Nicole and James Dougherty

I could say it started at Birth. I grew up with an amazing mother who loved to go shopping. I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago, so it was easy to head into the city to go shopping and buy the latest trends. I would say that is where the obsession with fashion started. Read more>>

Stephanie Rising

I started my coaching practice in 2006 because I wanted to help small business owners find a more sane and profitable way to function. I had just wrapped up a 10-year career in management and marketing with a small local firm with about $3M in annual revenues. Read more>>

Anna Holt

I was born in Seoul, spent my formative years in New Hampshire, received my undergraduate degree from a small state school in North Carolina, and my graduate degree from ASU. I’m a secular humanist, social worker extraordinaire, writer, reader, crafter, toddler mom, wife. Read more>>

Cindy Blue

In 2006 I moved from Phoenix back to Tucson. As a belly dancer in Phoenix, I had become involved with a burlesque/dance show. I felt as a person with an extensive theatre background that I could expand on the concept and produce a true variety show. In 2007 Cabaret Boheme was started. Read more>>

Ashley Anderson

I have been in the Phoenix area now 14 years by way of my hometown, Rockford, Illinois. I never wanted to stay in my hometown for the rest of my life, I knew I wanted more. After I moved to Phoenix in 2006, I started in a call center and worked my way up into Human Resources, not knowing if this is what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Naomi Dove

After spending 13 years as an Aveda hairstylist, I felt the need to explore other paths in my career. In 2016 I took a trip that was sponsored by Aveda to Rishikesh, India. I discovered the roots behind the company as well as finding myself spiritually. After ten days of spiritual, physical, and mental cleansing at the foothills of the Himalaya. Read more>>

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