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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.

George Ramirez

I’m 20 years old I was born and raised in Miami, my family’s Cuban (Havana) and I’m diabetic, so when I was three years old I turned diabetic and then you can imagine going through school how people treat each other. Well with my condition I had a nurse following me throughout the school day so the bullying was worse but I always kept my head up high and stayed focus on my studies. Read more>>

Kevin Lopez

I first started July of 2013 from the back of my trunk with one client and very minimal equipment. With hustle and drive, I was able to slowly grow and continue to grow. Shortly after starting I was approached by the tropical park gym to have access to do my trainings there. Read more>>

Nicole Brown

After graduating from the University of Miami with a double major in English and Communication, I moved to the west coast to pursue a career in television. While working for the William Morris Agency, Spelling Television and Bruckheimer Television. Read more>>

Oscar Morejon

I have been around Construction since I was old enough to swing a hammer. My father, Rafael Morejon, played an instrumental role in mentoring me to love the industry. At the age of 15, I asked my dad for a new car, that day he said he was going to buy me a Ferrari. Read more>>

Robert and Noelle Roque

We started September 2009. As a large wholesaler in the Health & Beauty area, we identified the opportunity of bringing the discounted prices we were offering our wholesale customers directly to the retail customer by way of a branded website. Read more>>

Deanna Barton

Art has been an integral part of my life. Growing up, I was always drawing or making something. As a teen and young adult, I struggled with anxiety and depression. Art-making was a HUGE part of my healing process. Making time for art is still a major part of my daily life. Read more>>

Jamie Futscher

After working as the buyer at a wine shop for 8 years I wanted to do more with tech and online. I read the ‘4 Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferriss and set out to try and start a business. I built what, in hindsight, was the world’s ugliest website but learned a lot in doing so. Read more>>

Amanda DeSeta, Amber Rapicavoli, and Chef Adriana Egozcue

Born and raised in Miami, Amber [GM] & Chef Adriana were looking to partner up to bring Miami a local cafe & coffee shop. During their search for the perfect space – they were introduced to Amanda [Owner] through their mutual lawyer and the rest is HERstory! Read more>>

Jessica Estrada

Since I was 15 years old, events have been my passion. I followed my dream after high-school and presumed my career through Business Management and became a Certified Wedding and Event Planner through The Wedding Planning Institute. In 2005, I took a leap of faith and established Jessica’s Events. Read more>>

David Mech

I quit my job at the bank back in 2003 and started working for myself. Once I was waking up at 11am and wearing shorts and sandals daily, I simply couldn’t return to the corporate world. I was forever self-employed. When market conditions changed and caused my prior business to become less profitable, I needed to look for an alternative. Read more>>

Robert Chisholm

I grew up in a family of engineers and naturally wanted to follow in their footsteps. However, after enrolling at the University of Florida and finding out that chemistry was in the curriculum for an engineering degree, I chose to study architecture instead – a decision that changed the course of my life. Read more>>

Lee and David Degani

Lee and David: If you had told us 25 years ago that we would soon become spiritual leaders of a congregation we would have laughed! That was definitely not part of the plan! But you know that saying…. In this case, it was, “Man and woman plan and God has the last laugh!”
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Aimee Cabo and Boris Nikolov

I and my husband Boris started the company in 2007 offering consulting services for clinics and medical offices. Then, in 2009, developed a small research clinic in Little Havana. Little by little providing excellent quality services to the Pharmaceutical companies we had contracts with, we expanded to two buildings clinic in Palmetto Bay. Read more>>

Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld

I was a sole practitioner (psychologist) in NYC and then LA. After moving back to Miami (my hometown) in 2014, I opened a practice in Coral Gables. Within a couple of years, I decided to take the plunge and expand into a group practice. I like the camaraderie of working with colleagues, and I was getting to the point where I was too busy to keep taking on new clients. Read more>>

Otmara Diaz-Cooper

Diaz & Cooper was born in April of 2000, when a husband and wife team of advertising professionals saw the need to streamline big-agency processes to deliver exceptional strategy, creativity and personal service. Read more>>

Christine Barney

I began my career at a large multi-national agency where I learned to focus on results and to think big. I found my entrepreneurial spirit when family “forced” me to leave NYC for Miami. Working for a small agency gave me the opportunity to jump into a leadership role. Read more>>

Francisco Aguila

I have been a photographer pretty much all my adult life. After going to college for audio-visual communications, I started working for a commercial photographer back in Santiago, Chile, where I’m from. After few years, I started working on my own, and did work for magazines and advertising companies. Read more>>

Mike Alvarez

My journey in the car industry started back in 2002 at an independent dealer called, “Miami Master Cars”. I became friends with the owner while I was working at the Local City of Miami Police Federal Credit Union where I was a Loan Officer and would refer customers to the dealer on a monthly basis. Read more>>

Heather Wilson O’Connor

My husband, JJ, is retired after 32 years of service in the US Coast Guard. We had frequently spoken about opening a business but never could put our finger on what it should be. One day in the summer of 2016 a childhood friend announced she’d opened a Lice Clinics of America in Fort Collins, CO. Read more>>

Ayesha D’Mello

I used to work in the Silicon Valley for Software Companies prior to moving to Miami and enjoyed working in the Corporate world. I traveled extensively worldwide but it became a challenge once we had kids. We moved to Miami 13 years ago. My husband suggested I stay home with the kids. Read more>>

Iris Pitaluga

I was born and raised in Cuba until age 19. I came to US in 1980 with my parents and two sisters via Mariel boat lift. The first 3 years in the states were pretty challenging including the death of my father soon after arrival. I had to face struggles and milestones that drove me to grow up fast. Read more>>

Vanessa Valera Nolte

As Diego Valera rushes around his office daily – whenever he is actually in town with his busy traveling schedule – taking client phone calls with top executives; 40-feet away in an area surrounded by magazine articles, color templates, product samples, and designers, Vanessa Valera-Nolte finds herself unable to sit still. But they say they couldn’t be happier. Read more>>

Jeff Wade

Martial Arts study has been a passion of mine since early childhood. I had enough green belts to AstroTurf an entire lawn! Then in 1986, I started with my current instructor, Grand Master Katherine Wieczerza. I decided if I took the first class from her, I would not stop until I got my black belt. Read more>>

Alejandro and Mario Aguilar

Well actually, my story starts with my father, Mario. He has had a few different ventures throughout his career, most of them dealing with food and wine, but his passion has always been wine. Ever since I can remember, wine was a big part of our family life. I was taught what to look for in a good wine, how to properly taste it, smell it, and most of all how to respect it (and alcohol in general). Read more>>

Jason Keasler

On March 8th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared over the southeast Pacific without a trace. This caught the attention of AlulA co-founder Thomas Byrd, an avid aviation enthusiast. Each day his disbelief grew that a modern Boeing 777 with 239 souls on board could vanish without a trace. Read more>>

Armando Garcia Jr.

This business was established in 1969 by my father Armando Garcia. Primarily doing custom Kitchens, Bathroom cabinets and wall units. He immigrated from Havana Cuba in 1962 and worked for a chain department store called Jackson Byrons until he went on his own in 1969. As I youth I worked at my father’s shop and learned the trade at a very young age. Read more>>

Veronica Cabrera

I didn’t really begin my career as an occupational therapist until after I had my own children (I had children at a young age). I realized there were gaps I didn’t understand in pediatric development and well, curiosity got the best of me, and off to college, I went. Early on in my career I was introduced to the DIR/Floortime® approach and began to train in the model. Read more>>

Tim Moore

Tim Moore and Jon Davila have created an innovative video production company, Diamond View, that specializes in Brand Storytelling. In addition to a traditional commercial video, they are innovating in the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Market and are currently developing a video curriculum using 360 Virtual Reality for realistic fire simulations for firefighters, and using Augmented Reality for advanced virtual tour integrations. Read more>>

Isabel López-Francos

Flowers are in my DNA. My relationship with flowers and nature was very intimate since I was a girl. I was raised in the countryside, surrounded by nature and I always loved and respected it. Read more>>

Dr. Alan Patterson

I am a board-certified OB-GYN. I was initially in practice in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1983-1991 and I moved to Boca Raton in 1991. I initially joined a practice, but I left that practice 1 year later and opened my own office in Pompano Beach in Sept 1992. Read more>>

Jeffrey Silver

As far back as I can remember, I have loved anything with wheels. Big, small, 2, 4, 18… if it had an engine with horsepower and sounded impressive, it captivated me. Naturally, in that I couldn’t afford a real Ferrari or a Peterbilt tractor trailer, at least I could sort of own one, even if it was just a replica. Read more>>

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