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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.

Ted Simons

After a lifetime in sports, and sports marketing, and most recently spending 18 years developing golf academies around the world for Mr. Jack Nicklaus, I embarked into the world of starting a nonprofit foundation. A former Director of Instruction of mine, Seth Glasco, envisioned the Patriot Golf Schools after listening to Lt Col Dan Rooney from Folds of Honor tell his story of ‘why’ he started the Folds. Read more>>

David Bryson

My, Why Can’t You? Podcast came out of my own lack of knowledge when my wife and I first bought a business almost four years ago. We were able to learn 85% of what we needed to know before we signed on the dotted line and then after you sign, the light bulb goes on and you realize all the questions you should have asked before but didn’t. With my wife’s incredible support. Read more>>

Nancy Ham

I had no direction on what I wanted to do with my future before graduating high school. The only thing that truly sparked my interest was my love for makeup and makeup application. A friend of mine had suggested that I go to school to become an esthetician. At the time, I had assumed that esthetician school would involve a lot of makeup application and so I decided to go for it. After enrolling, I was surprised to find out that makeup application was actually a very small portion of being an esthetician. Read more>>

Jennifer Ferrandi and Juanita Gagnard

We have been best friends for over thirty years and have seen each other through all the ups and downs of life. Together we’ve been through college, marriage, pregnancies and adoption. We have shared the excitement of bringing home a new baby and the heartache of dropping one off at college. Through all these crazy life events, we have supported and admired each other’s busy (and vastly different) careers. Read more>>

Terrence Devon

I have always been entrepreneurial and creative which is why I enjoy running my own small business. The act of making something out of nothing has always intrigued me and brought me fulfillment. My father and uncles are entrepreneurs so I’ve watched them and decided that I would emulate the actions which brought them success. Read more>>

Alissa Zuchman

I began my career as an educational consultant and in curriculum development for supplemental schools throughout the Chicago area. I gained unparalleled experience in the nonprofit/social service/religious communal organizations as a Director of Lifelong Learning.  I am now using my unique set of skills as a gifted teacher, artist, and mentor and created AZSPIRE. Azspire is about inspiring artists to “Break Through and Follow Their Dreams. Read more>>

Tim Cameron

Since a young age, I’ve always loved art! During high school is when I began to learn how broad it really was. This was something I saw myself being really successful at if I put the work in. So it only made sense for me to choose Graphic Design as my college major. In my last year of college, I took a Branding class that sparked the idea of everything I’m doing now. Read more>>

Raf Chelstowski

I was born in Poland and moved to Boston in 2006. After getting my MBA and working in different industries for 12 years, I moved to Scottsdale for a job offer in April of 2018. Prior to moving, I was always passionate in automotive world, most specifically in participating and organizing car networking cruises and events. Once I relocated, I attended several local car shows here in Arizona and realized that there were not many car groups that I could join. Read more>>

Allison Johnson

I moved to LA when I was 20 to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in school, I took a Makeup for Theatre class and I fell in love with the power of makeup to transform. After leaving school, I found myself working as a waitress… typical. A couple of years passed and I looked around and thought, “I can’t do this forever”. I remember working a lunch shift and telling my Co-worker Lisa that I wanted to try doing makeup. Read more>>

Elijah Young

I started rapping in 7th grade. I was super into music and poetry, but it wasn’t until my friend Dylan asked me to write a rap with him in our English class. At this point in my life, I had already been in and out of foster care and didn’t really know my parents, and at this point specifically, I remember feeling very lonely until Dylan approached me and asked me to rap with him. Me and Dylan had been friends since 1st grade. Read more>>

Tyler Chandler

I’ve always had a knack for photography, whether it was with my phone or a go pro or even looking at photos online that someone else took, I loved it. Around the first time picking up a legit camera, I was starting to get into cars and met my good friend Josh who had a lot more knowledge in the automotive community. Read more>>

 

Allison Merlo

My name is Allison Merlo. I was born and raised in New York and currently living in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona! I am a pediatric and school-based occupational therapist (OTR/L), a registered yoga instructor (RYT), an elite Ironman triathlete, and co-founder of Outreach Theraplay, a non-profit organization. Our mission at Outreach Theraplay’s is to provide play resources to underdevelopment and impoverished communities worldwide. Read more>

Heidi Horchler

They say it’s never too late to start something new. I’d always wanted to study art, but figured I’d be a little old lady by the time I got the chance. My luck changed when I had the opportunity to go back to school at the age of 43. Pursuing higher education as an adult was so different than it was at 18. I worked harder than I ever had before, studied, applied myself, soaked up every bit of information. Read more>>

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