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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.

Deland Pelto

Window Dressers Custom Drapery Workroom was created by Deland & Fran Pelto. Window Dressers represents the second and third generation of our family-owned businesses in the window fashion industry. When newly married, I asked my mother, a seamstress who made custom draperies, to make drapes for our first apartment. Read more>>

Denise Nelson

This question comes up almost daily. “What got you into photography?” And the answer, while not always understood, is simple. Photography is God’s purpose for my life. As a little girl, I didn’t always dream of being a photographer. Read more>>

Fadi Sitto

My name is Fadi Y. Sitto, but everyone knows me by the one name “Fadi”. I am a Chaldean-American Poet. Chaldeans speak the language of Aramaic (the language that Jesus spoke) and we are the original people from ancient Babylon (which is now where modern day Iraq is located. Read more>>

John Wells

Ever since I was young I have always been inventing. I enjoyed looking at products or aspects in my daily life and figuring out what I could do to improve it. In high school, where I attended Brophy for my freshman and Sophomore year, I applied for my first patent which had to do with wireless speaker shoes. Read more>>

Babu Raman

India Association of Phoenix was started in the 80’s to create a platform for inclusion and civic engagement. To bring all the other Indian sister organizations under one umbrella and set some common goals of becoming a part of the bigger community. Read more>>

Cailean Bailey

I have a non-traditional path to get to the Valley! After finishing my collegiate playing career (and quickly realizing I wasn’t good enough to be a professional soccer player), I found myself pursuing coaching college soccer as my career path. I was very fortunate to have coached at a few amazing universities. Read more>>

Isaac Verduzco

My love and true respect for the art came to me when I was four years old staying up late to watch spider-man in my onesie, holding my blues clues pillow, in the wonder of how they created such a fantasy in my real world. I was hooked! selling all my collectible toys to buy a camera. Read more>>

Lindsey Cusey

My name is Lindsey. Rather than go over my professional bio and credentials, how about I just share my journey with you? Growing up, I played sports and was always in pretty good shape. When I first entered my twenties a lot of things changed for me, especially my weight. Read more>>

Nolan Odal

Born & raised in New Jersey, I moved out to Arizona for a change of scenery after high school in 2007 and have been a Scottsdale resident ever since. I studied Digital Marketing while at ASU. Growing up a huge sports fanatic I always envisioned myself wanting to work within the sports realm. Read more>>

Joey Luna

Before the opening, I had 9 years of experience in a hospital setting. During my time at various hospitals, I was able to see that outpatients were squeezed into the busy unpredictable schedules that are typical in a hospital setting. With that in mind, I decided to start an ultrasound business with a focus on patient satisfaction. Read more>>

Honey Gould and Sarah Sidi

My wife Donna and I have always worked in the Foodservice industry. We actually met working in a restaurant down in Galveston Texas, and after I graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in New York, we moved to Arizona together. Read more>>

Bryan and Donna Dooley

My wife Donna and I have always worked in the Foodservice industry. We actually met working in a restaurant down in Galveston Texas, and after I graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in New York, we moved to Arizona together. Read more>>

Kartik Patel

I’ve always been interested in making videos. I remember visiting India when I was 14, where my parents are originally from, and filming the entire trip on a small rectangular camera. It was the basic kind of camera you find at Target or Walmart. When I was 19 I made a video montage for my cousin’s wedding. Read more>>

Ernesto Carrizoza

Arizona-native Ernesto Carrizoza has seen quite a bit through the years. As a multilingual and multicultural marketing agency professional, he has taken skeptical small, medium and corporate business owners/executives on a path of profit through the digital world. One part marketer, one part educator, and one part researcher. Read more>>

Walt Danley

I began my real estate career after trading rainy days in Portland, Oregon for Arizona’s year-round sun and blue skies in 1977. The Valley of the Sun and a career in real estate fit me perfectly. I worked hard and was named “Rookie of the Year” my first year in the business. Read more>>


CHKLZ was born in the summer of 2017, founded on the premise that we had music we wanted to share with everyone. Coming from Okilly Dokilly, a successful group that currently has national and international attention, we have been able to see different platforms for all kinds of music. Read more>>

Candice Healey

After going back to school for aesthetics and laser in my thirties, I realized that school only gave me the very basics and I ended up paying thousands in extra training classes out of school. I felt for some. My classmates that couldn’t afford extra training and those who were raising babies and working and honestly just didn’t have the time. Read more>>

Shauna Wekherlien

Our founder, Shauna, the Tax Goddess, was a CPA for large accounting firms like KPMG and American Express Tax & Business Services. Since her family had been small business owners for over 800 years (in Germany, Canada, and the USA) she wanted to bring her specific. Read more>>

Sandra Scheinbaum

My first career path was as an educator, initially working as a learning disabilities teacher and then a college instructor in special education. Earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology was a dream I chose to pursue and that choice led to a 35+ year career as a clinical psychologist. Read more>>

Tyler Fiore and Ryan Alexander

Ryan and I met through a mutual friend whom I was in a band with at the time. The guitarist in the band had departed so we brought Ryan on board. Unfortunately, two members of the band decided to leave the band, which just left Ryan and I. At the time, I was signed to a local EDM record label. Read more>>

Jay Wilkinson

I was born and raised in New Mexico, which makes me a unique creature. I moved to Kentucky and went to my local high school, Henderson County High. One of my favorite instructors introduce me to a whole other world of design. After graduation, I went to community college to study Graphic Design and Fine Arts. Read more>>

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