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Tempe’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 Tempe and surrounding areas below.

Donovan Hanley

Detours Native America comes from a small beginning; a quaint collaboration between myself and Jeff Slade, (Owner, Detours American West) about 4 years ago. Jeff having the touring background for almost 20 years, and I having the background of Cultural Tourism, began a one cultural tour a year program. Read more>>

Etana Holowinko

Society means the totality of social relationships among humans. Jazz representing not a style of music, but the slang use of the word jazz, meaning enthusiasm and unspecified things. So SocietyJazz is people, their environments and their passions. Read more>>

Mike Jones

What do you do when you and two friends have a simple desire to do creative work together (like writing and graphic design) and get paid for it? Start a brand agency, of course! That’s exactly what I did in 2009 with my two business partners, David and Jeff. Read more>>

Charles Rolsky

I am a PhD student in Biology at Arizona State University. As an undergraduate at the same university, I struggled to balance my degree with some health problems and school. Because of this, my grades suffered for a semester. I was forced to rely more on my CV for success. Read more>>

Mike Myers

I started Myers Video Production (MVP) after graduating from H.S. because I wanted to make extra money while in college to help pay for my degree in digital film production. I started filming games for a kid’s sports league to sell to the parents. Then I started getting friends and family that needed videos for their small businesses and I helped work on those. Read more>>

Matthew Slusser

I began Getting Stoked in January of 2017 when I was playing in an indie, surf-rock band called Phantom Party. I found myself meeting all kinds of interesting people I wouldn’t have met otherwise and having just as much fun goofing around and talking in various parking lots as I was on stage. Read more>>

Julie Armstrong

After dedicating 25 yrs. of my career in the community relations, HR management, thought leadership, biz development, and volunteer arenas; I decided to branch out; work with others to develop their skills – to bring their business goals to life. Read more>>

Domenick Montanile

I grew up as a child in my dad’s Italian restaurant. At a very young age I started working and started at the bottom. I was the dishwasher and since we had a large dining room and delivery drivers, I would mostly get stuck on Friday and Saturday nights doing dishes while the drivers took deliveries. Read more>>

Coach Kenny Weiss

My story began at the age of 12 when I woke up in the middle of the night to use the restroom and found my mom passed out naked on the toilet, she was an alcoholic. Because as a society we have a bias against learning about how to be a parent, have a relationship or handle our emotions, my parents and I had no information to handle all of this. Read more>>

Sobe Stanford

I discovered my passion for photography while studying Architecture & interior design at ASU. I took a photography class as a prerequisite and I was sold! I knew right away that photography was my path! However; It took me a few years to find a specialty in this field. Read more>>


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