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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.

Cristy Stewart-Harfmann

When my daughter was born, I was working 100 hours a week. Work with my everything, well, second to only my husband. My co-workers and I used to joke that I would give birth in the office and then go right back to work. Our daughter arrived a month early and our lives changed forever. I did not want to go back to work. I kept pushing maternity leave longer and longer. When I finally went back to the office, the joy I left work was gone. I would leave some days before our daughter woke up and was home when she was already asleep. I wanted to work for myself but did not know what that looked like. I had heard of blogging and knew some local influencers like Michelle Rodgers-Olsen from Modern Boca Mom and Heather McMechan from Local Mom Scoop. So I was inspired to start blogging to refund my passion. And six years later, that is exactly what my business, Happy Family Blog is my passion. I am so grateful for the audience I have built and the 100s of brands who have trusted me to share their message. What started as a creative outlet became a business that has supported our growing family. Read more>>

Leslie Onley

When I was a little girl my dreams were to be one of those dope and fly looking business women that you would see in the movies! Lol! That same little girl who envisioned herself as that dope business woman was also God gifted with a talent and passion for hair. Never in a million years did I think I would become a hairstylist especially coming from and era where we were programmed to go after that college degree and land that good job, so my love for hair was always a hobby that turned into a side hustle, but never thought of it as a career path. Overtime life took its course and I guess I can now say God had other plans! Instead of the daily wearing or fly paint suits and a brief case God definitely made me a fly business woman with a cape and some hair tools! I am proud to say that I am licensed cosmetologist, salon owner, and a hair extension specialist instructor. Read more>>

Fernando Morales

Since I was a little kid, we used to fish, hunt, motorcycle rides, and have always been on sports with my Dad. I come from Argentina, so growing up outside playing with friends, like that, FREE in a safe environment, I have had the time and the places to play and develop my way. I have practice rugby, padel, ice hockey, taekwondo, mountain bike, cross-country motorcycle race from my teen through thirties. Here in the US stated surfing, wakeboarding, gun shooting, Airsoft, and CrossFit. I soon discovered a lot of missing information about CrossFit gear and not too many specifics products for CrossFit, just adaptation from other sports, so bring that information and develop the right equipment becomes my obsession with me. Now almost six years on the road of developing, we proudly say we are a sports gear company specialized in CrossFit and cross-training. Read more>>

Michelle Wilson

I am Michelle Wilson also known as Chelle. I was born in Falmouth, Jamaica, but raised in Bath, Maine – the combination of those two different worlds is responsible for who I am today. I am a web designer and digital consultant and also the owner of an online children’s clothing line called Little Miss Chelle. My passion for the digital world stemmed from my early teenage years of being fascinated with technology and the world of eCommerce. I especially loved how all the content would merge together to create a beautiful website. However, back then I didn’t realize there were career opportunities in the digital world and opted to go to school for Fashion Marketing & Design. After graduating college, I decided to help my father with his business, my first task on the agenda was to hire someone to build him a website. I started researching companies and was unsuccessful – so I decided to design his website by myself. I bought a couple of books and watched a few tutorials, and within a few weeks – I accomplished my mission. I’ll never forget the feeling I got from designing my first website, that’s when I knew that I wanted to have a career in the world of eCommerce. Read more>>

Jeffrey Zipper

After completing my advanced medical specialty training, I opened my first medical office in 1991, in Delray Beach, FL. I practiced Interventional Pain Management and over the years my practice grew into one of the largest Interventional Pain Management Companies, with facilities throughout the State of Florida. In 2004, I became concerned with the proliferation of “pain clinics” throughout the State of Florida. In fact, over a two-year period 20 new “pain clinics” opened in Delray Beach, FL. alone! Interestingly, I knew none of the physicians’ names and they weren’t located near our medical community and hospital. This was my first indication that something was awry in our specialty, hence the birth of “pill mills” in Florida. During this time of tumult in the medical community, I was serving as President of the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, and worked with the Florida Legislature in crafting what became known as the “pill mill” bill to put an end to these unregulated “cash pay only” criminal organizations. Read more>>

Simone Stewart

I currently run a profitable freelance photography service, Shot By Simone, based in South Florida. I began working as a professional photographer when I was about 17 years old – my first paid gig was a wedding. Steadily, I developed a client list that helped to supplement the cost of my tuition and put me through college. I’ve worked on contract with major publications, private institutions, and with various non-profit organizations in the area. I also quite enjoyed working with my University’s newspaper and my experience in photojournalism. I offer my services in graphic design to local businesses and entrepreneurs. I also host a podcast, The Truth Podcast Series, available on Spotify. Read more>>

Bimal Shah

I was born in Dayton, Ohio and went back to India when I was two years old as my parents got divorced. I was raised in Bombay (now Mumbai) and came to this country back when I was 20 with $20 in my pocket. I worked five jobs to pay my own out of state tuition and graduated with close to $20K in Savings. Got more than a dozen job offers and rejected all of them to start my own business in the financial services and been helping entrepreneurs thrive ever since. Have been married to my lovely wife Ami for 22 years and have two beautiful daughters after which I named my current companies. I am on a mission to make pioneers out of entrepreneurs by helping them achieve their three-year goal in one year. My business is founded on three principles- Thrive, Transform, and Transcend. Read more>>


  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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