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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.

Andrea Graziani

My first real job out of college was in the marketing department at Bank One in downtown Phoenix. We had a big team, lots of creative minds and an impressive amount of output for a group of people who had so much fun together. I started as a graphic designer and in the course of the four years, I was there designed forms (there was a whole department of experts for this back then), brochures, marketing materials for every branch, special promotions, billboards, events and more and went on to gain the first-hand experience in video production and animation. Read more>>

Chuck Moore

I had been a bartender and bar manager approaching twenty years. My many regulars at the bar had also become close friends, almost like family. I was having fun concocting, mixing and pleasing their pallets with whatever I could come up with in my head. I was pretty successful. Read more>>

Briana Bedwell

I started taking pictures of my friends when I was 16. I loved capturing the beauty and uniqueness of people in a way that other people could see it and feel the same. Eventually, I gravitated to photographing live shows. I lived at a house in Columbia, MO where we would put on house shows once a month. Read more>>

Nick LaRovere

I’ve always been a creative, but helping my brother with middle school video projects sparked my passion for storytelling; specifically, film making. Read more>>

Sam Pagel

Pelican Media started back in the summer of 2011 when I decided it was time to turn my passion for creative media into a business. Read more>>

Shannon Broderick

Dogs Eating Cake is your go-to spot in Arizona for all things dog friendly; from celebration cakes to casual treats, this custom dog bakery gives you a fresh, hand made order that is proven to satisfy even the pickiest of pups! Read more>>

Rami Kalla

My passion for film began at a young age when my Dad brought home a brand new VHS camera. At only 10 years old, I gravitated to it immediately and began producing short films with family and friends. Read more>>

Scott Hays

As a teenager I hijacked my dad’s Pentax Spotmatic camera… taking pictures of life and neighborhood girls too lol. Grew up in US, Brisbane, AUS and Republic of Singapore. Studied graphic design. Read more>>

Jason St Clair

I was a former Professional baseball player and retired in 2007. After my retirement I started the process of becoming a MLBPA Certified Agent. Read more>>

Renee Pecora and Donna Middlebrooks

Donna and Renee have always had a passion for Bridal Hair and Makeup and hate how most things in the wedding industry are so expensive just because it’s a wedding. So, Donna and Renee wanted to create their business and be reasonably priced so that all brides can afford to feel beautiful on one of the biggest days of their lives and not have to decide between things like, “Can I go on a honeymoon or should I pay for hair and makeup?” That is why we decided to create Beyond Bridal Beauty. Read more>>

Jennifer Burch

Growing up, my mom always encouraged my creativity, whether it was writing, painting or music. I considered it to be a big part of who I was as a person. Two years ago, I joined a costuming charity group. We would dress up like superheroes and visit children at schools and in hospitals. It was some of the most fulfilling work I’d ever done and the first step towards a new passion. Read more>>

Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly, Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25-year fundraising, marketing, sales, training, and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented. Read more>>

Kristin Borns

I started BSAZ in 2011. I had always had in the back of my mind a wish to eventually create a consulting firm of my own but sensed – until 2011 – that it wasn’t quite the time. I realized it took years of good work, visibility, and strong connections to even consider hanging my own shingle and focused on building my network and sharpening my skills for many years after finishing graduate school at ASU. Read more>>


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