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Scottsdale’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 Scottsdale and surrounding areas below.

Robbie Horstman

I grew up in Edina, Minnesota and participated in nearly every sport in which I was able as a kid. I attended Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri for both my undergraduate degree in exercise science. Read more>>

Dr. Kelly Lupo

I wanted to be a doctor since the young age of three. Throughout high school and college, I devoted my studies and free time to medicine. I spent weekends and summer breaks shadowing doctors, volunteering at the local hospitals. Read more>>

Carmela Lizzo

I started 35 years ago as the Easter bunny for the kid’s program at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn! From there, I worked at the “Social Desk” handling concierge services until I moved to the AZ Biltmore. Read more>>

Stefanie and Bryce Lugo

We are award-winning REALTORS® here in our native Metro Phoenix, Arizona. Our services include representing buyers, sellers, and investors in the area. Any part of town, any price-point; we’re there. Read more>>

Colton Smith

Raised in Iowa and attending high school there is a multi-sport athlete I then attended the University of Northern Iowa where I was also involved with football. Graduating in 2013 with a BA in Human Movement: Exercise Science. Read more>>

Eric Jimenez

My passion for beauty started at the age of nine, on my first client, my mom. Years later I started working at ULTA Beauty where I met my manager Michelle, who to this day is still my mentor 16 years later. Read more>>

Kasey McCaslin

I started Stone Grindz with my friend, Steven, about seven years ago. Our hope for the company was to create something nutritious and tasty, which also gave us the freedom to create and craft. Read more>>

David Ventura

I was going to bring a big donut chain out to Scottsdale from Las Vegas, NV but the negotiations went south. I had already chosen the location but just needed to work out the monetary and operational considerations. Read more>>

Katie and David Vallecorsa

Our story certainly doesn’t start with ice cream! The idea of opening a walk-up shop was discussed amid successful careers in teaching, real estate, and engineering. At the same time. Read more>>

Erik Peterson

Originally from Chicago, I received a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. After graduation moved to London to work with Terry Farrell Architects for a year. I moved from there to AZ to attend ASU for a Master’s in Architecture. Read more>>

Ashley Richards

After spending over a decade in Marketing for small to medium-sized companies here in the Valley, I got pregnant and gave birth to my first child, my daughter, and then my son 17 months later. Read more>>

Emily Bowers

My journey with Buti Yoga started about three years ago in Lake Charles, LA. I was hooked from my first class. I grew up a dancer and craved that energy so badly. The music and energetic connection were almost overwhelming for me at that time in my life. Read more>>

Shay Stanislas

Building the “ Lifestyle” came naturally to me. Growing up I was always fascinated by the newest shiny and fun things , living life on your own terms and standing in the power of being your own boss. Read more>>

Dylan Phillips

I was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona I knew right around the age of 18 I wanted to be in real estate. Went to college in Santa Barbara and was back home within 1 week or so…and went right into residential real estate. Read more>>

Cay Mateyko

As a yoga evangelist, I credit yoga with giving me the balance, strength, and flexibility to care for my dear husband when he was terminally ill, honor his passing, and continue to raise our family. Read more>>

Carson Eilers

I grew up around small business owners all my life and knew that was the direction I wanted to go too. In 2008 I got started in the Real Estate world right around when the market crashed. Read more>>


Mariah Stewart

I started “xo dear june” as a way to combine all of my passions into one pretty place. I have always been deeply driven to write. Whether it was at five years old filling in empty hardcover books with my stories. Read more>>

Madison Leigh O’Hara

I’ve always known two things about myself and what I want to do in life: I know nothing about myself or what I want to do in life, and that I want to do everything, and right this instant. Read more>>

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