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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.

Raul Guevar

Before graduating from ASU, I helped start up a number of other companies, project, and ventures. These included companies in industries such as environmental sustainability, educational technology, virtual & augmented reality, athletic performance gear, to name a few. Read more>>

Nicholas Lamoureux

I have always had an interest in media and content. Three years ago, one of my best friends and I started a local Arizona entertainment company, OCTIV Entertainment. As the co-founder, I wore many hats, however, the one that interested me the most was always our media department and the content that we were pushing out. Read more>>

Tia Wooley

Theater is one of those things that you just hope what you’re doing is the right thing, from selecting a show – will the public like it? will anyone audition? will the director do a great job? will anyone come to see it? Those are the mental challenges. No theater makes money on their shows. Read more>>

Sandra Barckholtz

After purchasing my first house in 2002, I had a horrible experience with my Realtor. I knew that one of the biggest financial decisions that a person will ever make, should have been handled with more personal care, thought, and guidance. I, therefore, decided to pursue my Real Estate license in 2003. Read more>>

Mendy Hoffman

We are unique in that we are locally owned and operated, we are not franchised driven and we carry gluten free, paraben free, vegan, and cruelty-free hair care products. We also have facial waxing available with a clear wax which is less irritating to the skin. Read more>>

Beth Ruggiero-York

I started as a photographer 12 years ago, and my passion has grown. I teach photography workshops for Arizona Highways PhotoScapes, as well as my own workshops through my company, Ruggiero Images LLC and with my husband, Ron York. The workshops are landscape and nature-oriented and always include night photography. Read more>>

Dillon, Chad and Greg McClelland, Jimmy Disken

Plotting out the business plan, finding a location, coming up with names, designing the brand, test brewing, and sampling commercial recipes – it all seemed to just fall right in place. Through trial and error, overcoming setbacks, construction and permit processing, Goldwater Brewing Co. was born. Read more>>

Mindy Hunt

Being in the water was just something that I grew to really enjoy. If you ask my mom, she’d tell you all about how I was terrified of the water when I was 4 years old. I was that kiddo that had to be pried from my parents’ arms. It was the swim club, peers and my Coach who helped change my perspective of the water. Read more>>

Joe Valdez

I realized that helping people achieve their fitness goals was my calling, I quit my job at the time and went head first into personal training. I specialized in pre and postnatal women since I still needed an income, (and have you ever heard a post prego female say they didn’t want to lose weight?). Read more>>

Justin Maxim

We will offer a few different video options for companies who want to tell their story and grow their brand. My mindset now is getting a lot more clear than it was just two years ago. My confidence with video production has increased big time. I owe that to Derz and Jeff. I had no idea when I stepped into CrossFit Phx for the first time spring of 2017 that my relationship with Derz would get me where I am right now. Read more>>

Tiara D. Thornton

I wanted to be a role model for anyone struggling to be comfortable in their own skin. The mission of Sassy Curls is to help women embrace their individuality, value their self-worth, and discover their dreams. “Here’s to always being your B.E.S.T! Be Fashionable, Embrace Individuality, Stay Classy, Treat Yourself,” is the theme for my website. Read more>>

Estil Wallace

When I say “spiritual” I mean I was shown how to search deep within for strength and intuition I didn’t know I had access to, a power I didn’t know I had access to, a Power greater than myself. Over the next 14 years, I became increasingly involved in the 12 step recovery community here and joined the board of the sober living organization that saved my life. Read more>>


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