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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.

Chad M. Ortega-Foster

When I decided to end my time serving our country as a Captain in the United States Air Force, in 2017, I knew that I wanted to take the skills that I learned and start my own consulting firm. Between my training and time serving, I have nearly 10 year experience leading our nations men and women. Read more>>

John Hernandez

We launched our company in 2002 as PRfect Media from a spare bedroom. Through the years, we’ve been very fortunate working with fantastic employees, great clients and especially our mentors and advisers who were vital in helping us become successful! Read more>>

Zachary Hall

I am born and raised in Phoenix having grown up in the West Phoenix Neighborhood of Maryvale. My first job was at a local roller skating rink called, Rollero. I was 10 years old and really enjoyed roller skating on the weekends with my friends but often times it was too much of a financial burden for me to go as often as I would like. Read more>>

Keira Jones

I was working my first full-time job out of college, and I couldn’t shake that feeling that something was missing. I actually started my MBA (which was free since I worked at a college), and was absolutely miserable. Read more>>

Greg Hansen

I was the kid who sold candy bars out of his backpack in Middle School during class, with a mark-up of course. From there, I started a vehicle-detailing company that included marketing flyers, fridge magnets, and a full pricing structure. Read more>>

Ilsa Manning

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, but have always been a Francophile (no idea why !). I studied french in high school and minored in it in college, and then got a job as a nanny in a suburb of Paris after I graduated from college. Read more>>

Stephen Lysak, Andrew Naylor

Stephen Lysak and Andrew Naylor are the founders of HEIR, a design firm specializing in mid-century inspired highend furniture and accessories. Stephen began found his niche as a young boy shadowing his grandfather, a master craftsman, outside of Toronto, Canada. Read more>>

Travis Hardin

I was preparing to leave English class as a freshman in high school when my teacher told me “there were no such things as unimportant jobs, unimportant people and unimportant acts of kindness. It simply made sense a few weeks later when I stood up for someone who would not have been able to defend themselves. Read more>>

Nicole Rowe

I grew doing musical theater, thinking I was going to be on Broadway one day. A year before graduating high school, I became very active in my church and believed I wanted to start doing Mission Work full time (a position like in the World Race). Read more>>

Laura Leah

In November 1996, my Mother and I opened the doors to the first Pet Planet Health store in Calgary, Alberta. 12 months earlier, my husband and I had lost our 7-year-old cocker spaniel to cancer. Reuben was a very important part of our family, however, after the cancer diagnosis, we learned that we had been completely misinformed about the differences in pet foods and treats. Read more>>

Kema Charles

Back in 2010 my friends and I were part of a filmmaking program. My leadership, dedication and passion drove the success of that program. That success compelled my friends involved to push me to launch Lights Camera Discover for the youth in our community. Read more>>

Lindsay Hansen

Tom Egan is President and CEO of Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), located in Phoenix, AZ. Tom has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts in Education, Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Akron. Read more>>

Sara Matlin

The Phoenix Public Market is about to complete its 13th year of operation. It was a dream envisioned by Cindy Gentry, an urban center-point where farmers and local businesses who did not have stores or big contracts could bring their products to the people of Arizona. Read more>>

Donna Werking

I am the Founder, Digital Marketing Strategist and Social Media Expert of Northern AZ Social. I have been fortunate to work with more than 100 businesses in the Prescott area, during my career. My advertising journey began as the Director of Corporate Sales for a professional hockey club in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Read more>>

Kimberly Hatch

9 years ago I relocated to Arizona from Maine. There is a large fiber/yarn community that I was a part of in Maine and was looking for something similar here in AZ. We had moved to Wittmann, and I was struggling to find my ‘fiber friends’. Read more>>

Jeremy McArthur

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University in Civil Engineering with a specialty in Environmental Engineering. I worked my way through college having as many as three jobs at a time from landscaper to restaurant server to FSU land survey class instructor to civil engineering intern. Read more>>

Mabel Cortez, Maria Elena Fagre

Co-Founder Mabel Cortez is originally form Long Beach, Ca. and attended FIDM in Los Angeles and earned her Associates of Arts in Apparel Manufacturing in addition she also accomplished her Masters in Business Administration. Read more>>

Donna Van Wyk

Being an outdoor enthusiast who grew up in South Africa, I have been interested in a colorful array of sports and activities throughout my life. From a young age I ran the gamut from martial arts, swimming and dance to later in life taking up rock climbing, kayak polo and backpacking. Read more>>

Shannon Bishop

I have always had a passion for beautiful things. Whether it’s flowers and nature, or little trinkets my Dad would bring home from his trips overseas, I would collect them and call them my “beautiful things.” As I grew up, my passions and creativity collided with photography. Read more>>

Lindsay Moellenberndt

Vice President of Client Development, Lindsay Moellenberndt is a multi-linguist of the real estate business. She speaks fluent geek, marketer, designer, project manager, site selector, tenant rep broker, economic developer, sales person and difficult client. Read more>>

Leslie Davidson

Growing up, I always knew that I wanted more out of my life. I always thought that I was a really nice and caring person and deep down on the inside of me, I really liked myself. But it always seemed as if other people had a problem with me. My weight was the biggest thing that people would make comments about or try to put me down about. Read more>>

Justin Hodge, Josh Jurhill

Josh Jurhill and Justin Hodge met at the Boys and Girls Club Osborn Branch in Old Town Scottsdale in 1994. From 1994 to 1999 they competed in everything from dodgeball to basketball (usually on separate teams which started a lot of fights.) BGCS was torn down around the year 2000 to build Scottsdale Stadium where the SF Giants now play baseball. Read more>>

Madalyn Nault

I started sewing when I was very young, my mom taught me and allowed me to use her materials. I made doll clothes from felt and little stuffed animals from scrap fabric. I started making purses in high school, I was awkward and had black and purple hair and nothing was cool or unique enough so I made my own bags. Read more>>

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