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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.

Jill Mann Strite

I was raised in Omaha, Nebraska with three incredible older sisters, two supportive parents and a die-hard commitment to Husker football. Since I was never going to be a quarterback for Coach Osbourne, my father introduced me to golf. He used to let me feed the ducks while he played until I finally asked for my own putter at age seven. Read more>>

Liz Margin

As a New York makeup artist working in the fashion, celebrity and commercial world, the move to Sedona in 2005 was a big shock to the system. I knew I’d have to adjust and take my career in a new direction. It wasn’t long before I realized Sedona was a major destination hot spot for brides from all over the country and the world in fact. Read more>>

Rebecca Gambino

Today I am putting my energy into the two main things I love to do; acting and skincare/makeup. But let me tell you how I got started in these two separate yet surprisingly cohesive careers. Ever since I was little I was obsessed with the arts. Read more>>

Andrea Leslie

I moved to Arizona over nine years ago, and I knew that I wanted to be involved in the event industry. I wasn’t sure where to start, and I found myself handing out my resume to local event professionals at the Phoenix Bridal Show. Read more>>

Samantha Capaldi

After completing my bachelors in Marketing and Public Administration at the University of Arizona, I joined the corporate world to quickly find out what I was truly passionate about. The world of wine, traveling, and more importantly inspiring others to break out of their comfort zones and put themselves out there. Read more>>

Steph Dorworth, Zach Dorworth

In 1961 a creative young girl named Debbie was born to the Masons. She grew up in Willshire, Ohio and became friends with another young girl named Ronda. The two of them grew to be the best of friends in this small farm town. Read more>>

Daniel Parkman

DSD Composites initially started out as Parkman Wheels LLC in 2013 by amateur cyclist Daniel Parkman. Daniel was a lead bicycle mechanic working full time at a local bicycle shop while training and racing. With finances being limited for travel and racing, his bike and equipment needed some serious upgrades to keep up with his aggressive racing in pursuit of a professional contract. Read more>>

Afi Maita

Ello Lovies! Growing up in Finchley, North London at the age of 12 I would style my brothers & sisters for special occasions or just casual events as there were 9 of us (at the time!) & they were always asking me what to wear as the extrovert of the family! Present day I’ve been a full time Stylist at the luxury brand I run my business through for 6 years now & living with the herediatary type 1 diabetes condition for 3 years, I created a blog that would allow me to do what I love (styling of course) & talk about how to navigate my styled looks wearing a medical device. Read more>>

Bruce Horowitz, Stacy Horowitz

Bruce started as a Public Adjuster in Philadelphia in a family business. He worked on and off through high school then started full time after college. Bruce was a principal with that firm. After college Stacy worked in sales and marketing in various fields. Read more>>

Geri Hormel

I have always been a huge animal lover! When I was a child, as soon as I could talk I begged for a dog. My entire life I have been driven by my love for animals! I was so excited to turn 16 and finally be old enough to volunteer at an animal shelter and spend my day surrounded by dogs. Read more>>

Jacki Cohen

Originally, I started as an admirer of glass art. I would purchase glass art on vacations, at art fairs, and galleries. I have always been fairly artistic and started taking art classes to explore my talent, classes in watercolors, drawing, etc and nothing felt quite right. Read more>>

Ellyse Nichole

As a female creative and entrepreneur who has worked in the fashion and design industry for over twelve years, I have had the opportunity to learn many things about people, places and spaces. From how they speak, relate, think, convey, unite, embody, converse and at the core of them all, connect. Read more>>


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