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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.

Terry Duffy

I grew up the fifth of six kids, in a creative family in Minneapolis Minnesota where we all did some form of art and still do but my desire to learn more about alternative health lead me to Santa Fe, New Mexico where I went to school and learned about how much I love anatomy and physiology. My tandem career went from there. I got a job in a publishing company and worked in the art department and lined long galleys of type with wax and burnished them into place. My tools were a rapideograph pen, an Exacto knife, and at-square. Read more>>

Leeah Murray

I taught myself to build websites at 13, by chance because I had stumbled upon Paint Shop Pro and found I had a knack for making graphic art. I discovered if I learned HTML & PHP, I could make better use of the art I was creating. So I dived in, and started studying a site for children wanting to learn HTML (site still exists if you can believe it!!, as well as I, would view the source code of other websites, and purposely break it to figure out what lines of code did what! When I finished high school, I attempted to attend college but found I wasn’t being challenged enough. Read more>>

Taylor Norell

I’ve always been obsessed with nail polish since I was a kid. I would match my nail polish color to my outfits in middle school almost every day. My designs got more elaborate as I grew up, but I was definitely not an artist. When I went off to college, everyone started making up nicknames for each other in the dorms because we were meeting so many people at once. I found out later that everyone was referring to me as “Good Nails.” It has stuck ever since! Nail art and color on the runways has since really taken off, so now I find the best nail techs in the area and work with them to come up with really bold and outrageous looks. Read more>>

Greyson Schofield

It all started back in high school, when I was in student government, or stugo for short. I was voted into a leadership role that allowed me to make connections for the school, plan events, and dances. From this role, I developed many relationships in the event and entertainment industry. Fast forward a few years later, and I’m driving home from college and not knowing what I was going to do next. At this very same moment in time, my father was celebrating his company’s 40th year anniversary. Read more>>

Kimberly Eckles

I was born in Ohio and then moved out west to Arizona with my family. I grew up in the Southeast Valley of Phoenix and loved spending time with my horse, Sugar. My first job was as a waitress at a coffee shop, and it was there that I found my passion for serving my customers and making sure they leave happy. My passion then spread to the Skin Care industry where I became a licensed Aesthetician for the world-renowned Elizabeth Arden’s Maine Chance, voted #1 Spa in the world for years. Read more>>

Christine Paz

I started nine years ago in Massachusetts. Having always had a passion for athletics. I played sports as a young girl all through high school. When I graduated, I stopped competitive sports and felt that a part of me had gone missing. After some research, I found a group Bootcamp that trained five times a week and instantly fell in love with the trainer/client relationship. After seeing my own personal results from working with someone, I knew I could help others in the same way. Read more>>

Julie Romanenko

My Grandmother loved jewelry, I mean loved it..and placed a huge amount of sentimental importance to it. She passed this love down to her daughters and granddaughters. Pair this with the fact that I was a very creative child….and a jewelry designer is created!!!! Are you kidding? No. I first encountered not much support from my family and had to convince them I was going to be successful. I had little to no business background. My business plan was that I made pretty things, why not sell them..not much of a plan. I had to navigate how to choose what trade shows to do, and how to do them. I had some bad experiences with reps, who took advantage of my naivete. Read more>>

Tasia Custode

I studied Journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. However, the most formal education and training I received was at Rogers TV in Brantford, ON where I was given the opportunity to hone my skills both on and off camera. My time there truly helped launch my television career. After more than a decade on Canadian TV, I moved to Scottsdale in 2014. Though I still travel to and from Vancouver, BC yearly to co-host a tech show, I noticed a need for affordable, quality video production in Maricopa County. I decided to take the leap into business ownership. Read more>>

Jessica Clark

With my story very much still so new, evolving and just beginning, I find this question to be so exciting because I wonder how I might answer maybe a year or two from now. For many years, I have wanted to create and cultivate a space for expressing and documenting my travel experiences and creative visions but just never knew where to begin. After becoming inspired by other adventure enthusiasts, I wanted to ignite that same type of travel inspiration for others as those who did for me. Read more>>

Jennifer Prince

I started as a plastic surgery registered nurse who transitioned into aesthetic injections. Following my initial training, I realized that the quality of aesthetic training was very limited. Aesthetic medicine is growing faster than most educational facilities. Having a background in Nuclear Medicine, I wanted to know more about how the fillers and neuromodulators reacted biochemically in the body. I began studying cadaver variations and seeking new techniques by paying for private training for myself throughout the country. Read more>>


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