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Boca Raton’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA 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 Miami’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 Boca Raton rising stars below.

Jennifer Vancek

Our Family has had a passion for surfing, Paddleboarding and water sports. My husband has been surfing for about 30 years and myself for about 10 years. In 2014 we started a company called Surf District and started wholesaling clothing to local shops. We found a passion within the industry and knew that we wanted to have a shop of our own to grow with. Read more>>

Christine Mangos

Mangos Makeup Artistry started in 2007. After graduating makeup school, I worked on many Miami fashion shows in the beginning of my career. The fast paced, behind the scenes excitement was a lot of fun and gave me the opportunity to work with top artists and models in the industry. I loved working with all these amazing artists and learning from them, too. Read more>>

Keisha Gaines

It all started with a cake decorating class at Michaels in 2010. I had just gotten married and had some extra time on my hands since I was no longer planning a wedding. I told my husband I was interested in the class and he convinced me that I should do it. Read more>>

Fran Steinmark

I am an attorney, author, and artist. I have always been driven by my passion. When I practiced law, I did so seeking justice for those who could not defend themselves, This is a recurring theme expressed in my novels, in which I hope to empower women to overcome adversity. Read more>>

Julie Sadowsky

I was a graphic designer for several years here in South Florida, working for small advertising agencies to mid-range communications firms, when my husband and I made a move to Philadelphia. Without any connections in a new city far from home, I found it was more difficult than I expected to find my dream job. Read more>>

Gail Field

Gail Nobile Field is the Chief Operating Officer for We Rock the Spectrum Worldwide. A mother of three, lover of Italian food, and passionate Warrior Mom, Gail’s journey working with special needs families began after her son, Jayson, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Read more>>

Catia Price

I started my career 22 years ago in Advertising and always loved creative, fun, and busy jobs. After the birth of my first daughter, I bought my first DSLR camera and took my first class in photography. Back then, I already knew I wanted more and more of photography and could not just take pictures of my daughter. Read more>>

John Riddle

I started In the US Air Force back in the 80’s. I was trained and assigned to the Combat Arms Training section where I taught several weapons to Air Force personnel. After 6 years I discharged and shortly thereafter I tested and was hired by the City of West Palm Beach as a Police Officer. Read more>>

Beverly Marshall

I am an artist. I was around 9 years old and my older brother and I had always been rivals growing up. We competed in just about everything. We are close in age, just 2 years apart. Growing up, we always tried to outdo each other. He was older, and usually better at things, than I was. Read more>>

Tiffany Burnett

Tiffany Burnett certainly knows what it is to see a dream come true and how to achieve success. Born and raised in New York, she spent her entire childhood and adolescence around media. Her early inspiration was the extravagant billboards that illuminate Times Square, 42nd Street and Broadway, which gave her a fervent passion for graphic design. Read more>>

Greg Labbad

We weren’t always Geneneral Contractors. Our story starts in the mid-90’s owning and operating rental property. My Father, George, would take my younger brother and I to clean and repair the properties in between tenants moving in. I was 9 years old and my brother was 7. Read more>>

Danny McNair

The fitness innovator was born on December 27, 1980 in Boynton Beach. I grew up in South Fla. I went to the school of the arts for ballet/ jazz piano. I did 20 years of ballet and martial arts. After graduating from UCLA, I took a job as a physical therapist, but continued to train ballet part-time. Read more>>

Panos Chalvantzis

My entrepreneurial journey started in 1999, right out of college when with two friends we built and sold an internet startup company (Entropia, Inc.) to a European technology conglomerate just before the NASDAQ crashed in March of 2000. In 2001, I co-founded Travelive (www.Travelive.com) in New Jersey. Read more>>

Sandy Gerstein

Originally from New York, I attended Washington University in St. Louis where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration. After graduation my first job was delivering mail at NBC in Rockefeller Center. Read more>>

Steffen Brunn

Yachtico started 2011 in Europe. In 2015 Yachtico was headquartered in Boca Raton Florida and called the “Expedia for Yachts” in the news. Yachtico did grow from 0 to more than 16,000 yachts globally. Yachtico brings technology to the yacht charter industry. Read more>>

Jonathon Fraser

I have been writing songs for as long as I could pick up a guitar. In 2012 I began compiling songs that I had written and decided to create and independently release my first album: “As Long As The Sun Is Up.” Following that I started touring fervently. Playing anywhere I could and shaking as many hands as possible. Read more>>

Neil Wasserman

I have been in the catering industry for over 35 years, and I’ve been with VIP Caterers for 28 of them. Together, with the help of our team, we have successfully executed thousands of events over the years that we have been in business. I started my love affair with the hospitality world studying culinary arts and hotel restaurant management at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Read more>>

Elaina Gill

I knew as early as a teenager, after my first visit to a chiropractor, that I would love to pursue a career in health. I played basketball and soccer competitively and had a strong appreciation for the body. After suffering a few injuries I went to my local chiropractor for relief. Read more>>

Nik Dee, Bri Miles

We started in a bedroom making simple beats, after a while we had to expand to a commercial spot. From there, we started to hone our skills as engineers and producers. We started to work with clients and artists in the community, and we really found an outlet to help the local artists create their music. Read more>>

Randi Zucker

My husband is Adam was working in finance at the time we invented Men’s Accessories Box. He was in a business professional environment. He wore everyday slacks and dress shirts. He started wearing different pairs of cufflinks every day to work. Read more>>

Maria Juliana Velasco Morales

I am originally from a town in Colombia called Bucaramanga. Born with a malformation called Lymphatic Malformation, my parents decided to contact a Dr. John Mulliken from the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, as they could find no help me in my hometown. So they decided to travel to Boston when I was three years old. Read more>>

Ana Timotei, Giancarlo Timotei

5 years ago we started with the idea that food manufacturing would be easier (jeje), being succesful entrepreneurs (in another country) gave us the knowledge of methods, marketing, timing, etc. We started with the hope of nailing a niche (Gluten Free business was just starting in SoFlo 5 years ago). Through these years we’ve seen that with our constant work Inbite is taking shape into what we’ve been hoping. Read more>>

Johan Mihkelson Ringqvist

The Founders of Golfgate, LLC, Uriel Rubinov and Johan Mihkelson Ringqvist were introduced through a mutual acquaintance in 2017. Uriel and Johan both expressed interest in working together through a partnership in South Florida golf tourism and golf course acquisition. Read more>>

Sara Arce

My story begins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I was raised along with my two siblings. My mother was a teacher and so I was lucky enough to attend private schools all through elementary, middle and high school. This afforded me a solid education and a great social environment to grow up in. Read more>>

Michael Herbert

I started in the field of addiction though a 13 month internship upstate new york. from their I became a credincialled substance abuse ans alcoholism counselor. My fist job was at a therapeutic community in NYC and then worked as the Program direction to and intensive out patient program working with doctors, lawyers, entertainers and those emplyed by local unions. Read more>> 

Del Valeriay

oming from an Italian family, our love for good food runs deep. It all started when I worked in my father and grandfather’s shop at the age of 12. Following many ventures with my brother, I opened The Village Butcher in 1963. Fast forward to 1969 when The Meating Place on 277 E. Palmetto Park Road was officially opened, still in the exact location today. Read more>>

Marco Pindo

Ristorante Sapori opened in January 1993 to stellar reviews and has continued to earn numerous 4 star reviews, Florida Trends Golden Spoon Award, One of America’s Best Italian Restaurants, as well as being one of the highest rated Zagat restaurants in South Florida with a Food score of 28. Read more>>

Robin Miller

I have worked in the business of non profit executive management for 30 years. My background is very diversified but my passion for helping people has enabled me to work with many non profits and impact communities. My career first started with the YMCA – I attended Springfield College, a YMCA College majoring in Business and Recreation. Read more>>

Amy Botwinick

After my own messy divorce I was inspired to help others manage the challenges of uncoupling. Over the last decade I’ve provided support to thousands of women. The combination of support and coaching helps clients make smart choices to minimize the impact of divorce on their life for themselves and their children. Read more>>

Monique Buchbinder

The Chef – Monique. I have had an affair. A long-standing affair……with food! My earliest memories from childhood are of being at my grandfathers knees (arms wrapped around one of his legs, a total nuisance, hoisted around the kitchen), being fed tidbits while he yelled at the closest ‘unfortunate’ in Mandarin. Read more>>

Sharon Curry

Where I am now is authenticity living out my passion for mindful wellness. It was a long road getting here. After graduate school I opened my first business: a dance studio in Boca Raton in 2006. Years of overachieving perfectionism took a toll on my body and left me with a string of autoimmune disorders and severe insomnia…I could no longer dance or even walk without severe pain. Read more>>

Nacho Velazquez

B- Elite Soccer started its business in the USA two years ago with the main goal of providing the best methodology of training in the world to American youth soccer players. This style of training is something different and not commonly found in the country until now. Read more>>

Evan Weisberg

I majored in English and I received my Bachelor’s degree in this field. I was looking forward to being a writer for a music magazine. However, when I graduated the country had one of the greatest recessions it had ever experienced due to the banking crisis. At this point in time, no jobs were hiring at all and the internet had started to destroy the magazine business. Read more>>

Sam Bierstock

I began as an Electrical Engineer, then went to medical school training in Internal Medicine and the Ophthalmology. I practiced as an Ophthalmologist for 20 years, but during that time was one of the first people in the country to use a computer in my practice. Read more>>

Jenni Schwartz

In my early twenties, I was working as a graphic designer for large corporations and felt unfulfilled creatively. I decided to go back to school and become an Art Teacher, putting myself through graduate school by freelancing. To my surprise, I was getting business, making money and really enjoying it. Read more>>

Dale Yeakel

I was employed my a major Wall Street firm as a branch manager/sales supervisor in NYC until the market crash of 1987. We began doing wedding video/photography shortly thereafter. Within 2 years, we were doing in excess of 150 weddings per year. As the family grew, we decided to move to south Florida in 1995. Read more>>

2 Comments

  1. Davine

    December 20, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Am interested have beautiful line of jewelry

  2. Maria Juliana

    January 17, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Great Stories, Love it!!

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