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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.

Nino Daniel

I started my life in Ključ, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Ask any of my family and friends from there and they’ll tell you I was always a vibrant kid. Always dancing, playing, and being around family. My love for dance begins with my grandmother, Mara. She is the one held me up by my hands while I kicked my feet. As my immediate family and I migrated to America, much of my curiosity started to sprout. Read more>>

Tiffany Kelly

If you ask me how I’ve started anything in the past eight years, the answer will most likely include some mention of Maya. As cliché as it sounds, she inspires me more than anything and obviously, without her, Little Maya Moonbeam wouldn’t exist. I started LMM in 2017, when I found myself stuck in a place where I was lacking creativity and passion for the first time in my life. Read more>>

Tailored

Tailored in White started to help revolution the alteration experience. Offering a unique, fun and modern approach to having a bridal gown tailored. Every team has their obstacles, but coming together is a beginning/keeping together is a process, and working together has been our success. Read more>>

Danny Adelman

I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. I got started learning Graphic Design and Adobe Photoshop back in High School. There wasn’t much in the way of online education back then, so I pieced together what I could find online at the time as well as take a few classes that were offered at school. I also started developing an interest in writing and photography during those formative years. Read more>>

Erika Moore

I think my love for photography is rooted in my childhood because of my mother. Whether it was film or video, she always had a camera in her hand and I think that really intrigued me. She would take photos of me dressed up in her fur coats, old dresses from her days at The Pacific Club and costume jewelry. Although she rarely dressed up after I was born. Read more>>

Charles Morgan

I had a fantastic childhood with a loving family where being anything I wanted to be “when I grew up” was unconditional and I had the freedom to tap into and develop my creativity. After college at ASU, I went into the technology industry and years later I found myself to be a long-time industry veteran with my primary objective to help entrepreneurs find their purpose. Read more>>

Dr. Gregory Sanders

I have always been involved in computer programming, dating back to when I was thirteen years old and my father brought home an Apple 2e. I taught myself databasing and software development, taking these skills with me throughout my entire career in healthcare. Throughout medical training in Boston, I saw real-life opportunities to improve processes. Read more>>

Ramneek Mathur

My family lineage tracing from India, my perception of ideas such as hard work, privilege, health, opportunity, etc. – rooted from a very different place than my peers here at home. Living in the experience and witness of these vastly different paradigms, I suppose I developed a stronger sense of ‘self’; which in turn fueled my willingness to engage and interact with people. Read more>>

Rusty Ferracane

My career spans over four decades so I’m not sure there’s enough print space for my whole story, but here are some highlights. I started performing in high school at 13 years old and professionally at the age of 16 years old as a singing busboy at a restaurant in Scottsdale called Jed Nolan’s Music Hall. As a teenager in the 1970’s, Phoenix felt like a cultural black hole to me. Read more>>

Seth Garsha

I worked in corporate retail since graduating from Indiana University. I really enjoyed it, but came to a point in my career where I would need to move to New York or travel 70% of the time to continue to grow. As a father of three young kids, those options did not appeal to me so I started to investigate into franchising. I met with a franchise consultant for hours so he could understand my interests and what I was looking for in a business. Eventually. Read more>>

Taressa Riazzi

I have found that being transparent about my journey has been powerful not only in my growth but also in allowing others to feel encouraged and hopeful as they work through their own life challenges. Throughout my childhood and early adult years, I found myself struggling with debilitating depression and anxiety that controlled virtually every aspect of my life. Read more>>

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