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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.

Rebecca Sneed

Cake Crazzie started as a home hobby. I would have friends and family that would want really neat, cool looking cakes and I was thought to myself, I can do that, So I started dabbling a little here and a little there. My first really big cake was for my father’s wedding. Everyone loved it so much, and I had so much fun making it. Eventually, I began getting requests from friends of friends and Brides to be. After I met David, my husband in 2013 we would talk and talk about the future and what I wanted and where I saw my self-going. Read more>>

Debbie Schneider

I’ve been singing ever since I can remember. When I started high school, I got heavily involved in musical theatre, and when I turned 18, I moved to New York City to pursue it. Through a lot of reflection during that time, I decided that it wasn’t what I really wanted to do and although I still question that decisions sometimes, I love the path I’m on now. After that, I pursued my degree in Music and Jewish Studies at Florida Atlantic University where I got my Bachelor’s Degree. During that time I got really involved in leading worship at my church, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, and I still sing at their Boca Raton Campus every week. Read more>>

Brooke Schnittman

My journey in becoming an ADHD/Executive Function coach started in 2006 when I began working towards my Master’s degree in Students With Disabilities from New York University, which I then obtained in 2007. From there, I received multiple certifications, degrees, and extensive training in education and coaching. Since 2006, I have worked with clients of all ages who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Executive Function difficulties. Read more>>

Veronica Green

About three years ago, I started to seriously question the nature of the food I was consuming. I’ve always considered myself an animal lover, but I began to wonder “What is the difference between the animals I welcome into my home and the ones that I eat? Do farmed animals not have feelings just like dogs & cats? Do they not suffer or feel pain? What am I really paying for when I buy animal products?” This was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. Read more>>

Aloysio Vasconcellos

Initially, to act as the holding of the Brazilian Business Group and the Brazilian Cultural Group (currently inactive), and as the leading group devoted to the organization, research and articulation of an international group to lead the expansion of the Brazilians abroad (Brazil International) through the study of efficient forms of cooperation, understanding and the integration between these two Brasis. Mission: to assist the Brazilian communities abroad, by organizing and elevating them to compete in at least equal footing in the marketplace, thereby better integrating them into their host societies, although always maintaining strong ties with their Brazilian roots and origins. Read more>>

Roni Sloman

I began Bella Prana about ten years ago when I was three years into a depression. I was functional but felt lethargic, unhappy and lost. I decided to give myself the birthday present of a meditation class. That was the day it all changed. It wasn’t overnight, but the practice of breathing started to be like a crack of light in a dark room. I quickly decided I wanted to teach others. This has been one of my most interesting traits and has benefited me greatly. I don’t have to be an expert in something to think I have the right to teach it. Read more>>

Emmanuel Damian

I’m a tennis player who loves to travel and to eat. I have been traveling since I was a teenager and I always find hidden gems and popular gastronomic spots wherever I go. I founded The Tennis Foodie which was born out of a perfect mixture of his four biggest passions – tennis, travel, fashion, and food. It hasn’t been a smooth road for me especially in my second year. My ranking began to plummet and I lost some confidence along the way. Midway this year, I won the Food Blogs Award and I was able to turn the year around. I am currently on my career high ranking in Alexa and I’m getting a lot of exposure. Read more>>

Esther

I purchased a new home in August of 2016 and a friend of mine sent a bouquet of flowers as a housewarming gift. My husband saw how moved I was by this kind gesture and suggested I order weekly florals to be delivered every Friday. He called the local florists and asked for a monthly subscription. I was excited about the idea, yet ambivalent as well. I explained to my husband that while they provide a great service, I enjoy creating tablescapes and designing my own arrangements that coordinate with my decor. I went to the local floral shops weekly to choose my own flowers and I was very disappointed by the selection. Read more>>

Erin McDermott

Color! And my customers are my story. My passion is in providing girls of all ages fabrics and accessory options for their personal self-expression. Sewing for my friends and classmates as early as middle school, creating pieces designed specifically for them, my company, ErinMade, was born. No life or business is a smooth road without a struggle. Thank goodness! It’s the challenges that chisel and sculpt. Today, however, I am thrilled to say that keeping up with demand is my greatest challenge! Read more>>

Mark Allen

I started taking my art seriously when I entered The High School of Music and Art and shortly after was accepted into the Art Students’ League as well. I continued to hone and expand my skills throughout college selling a few pieces after graduation. Like so many artists, I knew I needed a steady income and so I went to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) applying my creative instincts to food. Despite the demanding schedule of owning and working my restaurants, I kept at my art even if just as a “hobby.” That “hobby” morphed into a more therapeutic endeavor when my older son was fighting cancer. Read more>>

Ana Larrea-Albert

Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, I moved to Boca Raton, FL, 20 years ago to complete my university studies. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) with a BS in Marketing in 2000 and started my professional journey exploring different fields. I began in finance working at Morgan Stanley and Bank of America among other financial roles, then moved to operations at a French importer/exporter where I put my French to work for almost three years, and finally landed in sales and marketing at Zimmer Biomet for Latin America and currently at ALMACO Group as the Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience since 2012. 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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