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Downtown & Brickell’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 Downtown and Brickell’s rising stars below.

Carmen Barcelona

Growing up in NYC, I’ve always felt that I had access to the world. Every neighborhood was within reach and worlds walked alongside me. However, I’ve always held a desire to actually go and see the world. After graduating with a BFA from Syracuse University, I briefly worked as an International Flight Attendant with United Airlines. Read more>>

Nahuel Hilal

Iris Tattoo started in Buenos Aires, Argentina in January 2014 by Sabina Katz and myself, Nahuel Hilal(couple). After years of being an avid tattoo collector and overall fan, I thought there was room for improvement in the tattoo industry, that there was a link or bridge missing between artists and clients so I decided to join forces with my life partner who, lucky for me, is an accomplished graphic designer, and together we started talking to some artists. Read more>>

Daniella Orihuela

I grew up in a family of engineers. I grew up in a family of engineers. In fact, my grandfather, father and uncles have all worked in the field. I was brought up with an engineering mindset from early on! Engineers are applied scientists that invent, design and solve problems. Read more>>

Meli Bolanos

Hi, I’m Meli Bolanos. I’m a Life Coach, Runner, Triathlete, Dog Mom, Nature Lover, Sunrise & Sunset aficionado, and a Passionate Traveler. I have been fortunate enough to live and travel around the world. From growing up in Honduras, to completing my undergraduate and master’s degrees in California and Boston, and having worked for over 10 years in International Banking, I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from many different countries and cultures. Read more>>

Diego Orlandini

I was an avid traveler and volunteered as an English teacher in impoverished villages in Cambodia, India, and Ukraine. I was inspired by what companies like Tom Shoes, Warby Parker, or State Bags do. I wanted to do my part and place at least one book in the hands of these kids that are so talented but sometimes don’t have the resources they need. Read more>>

Michael BenHayon

Finance Professional for over 13 years, before entering the lead generation space. After building a lead generation company and selling the business, the opportunity to improve and reinvent the marketplace for Financial Advisors and many more professionals that currently maintain and service a book of business. Read more>>

Perci Pietro

My parents are both physicians and after we left New York, we lived in Rochester, Minnesota where they worked at the Mayo Clinic (#1 Hospital in the United States) and then Cleveland Clinic in Ohio (#2 Hospital in the United States) I also studied medicine to become a physician and decided not to attend medical school, moved to South Florida and got into business as an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Carolina Benoit

We started as an online store, then slowly started to do popups around the city. I’ve always wanted to open my first store in Wynwood since I think the neighborhood strongly reflects our personal brand. Our first store is at Wynwood Arcade (set to reopen February 10th) Then we openened our Aventura pop up on December and plan to eventually open a fixed store there! Read more>>

Ron Gerard

I started out at interning at Midiri Models. When I graduated from University, I began working there full time as a booker. After a couple of years, I moved to South Beach and began working for Next. I have been working at Next from about 20+ years now. Read more>>

Chef Fernanda Alvarez

A Mexican born gastronome living in Miami, obsessed with Nopales, Coconut Water, Quinoa, Matcha and her black lab, Simona. A former chef who calls herself La Healthy Mexicana, who has been in the food industry for 10+ years and due to a health condition decided to show the world how eating clean, healthy and wholesome foods is the new way to live a happy and fuller life. Read more>>

Mary Wolff

Before Spacewolff, Wolff had a transparent touch-screen company, taptl. In an effort to finance the manufacturing of the displays, Wolff decided she was going to start a digital signage company. She went to many of the small businesses in Brickell, ranging from nail salons to health-food cafes, that had the same type of customer: women with discretionary income that lived or worked in Brickell. Read more>>

J. Margulis

I began my career as an artist through photography while studying Management in my native Venezuela. I was working at the time in a family-run business exploring digital printing and later in life I decided to apply my professional skills to art making, as I progressively became interested in sculpture. Read more>>

Federico Genovese

Born an Italy and raised in France. My culinary background is a fusion of both french and Italian cuisine.
I spent also 6 years in Tunisia (North Africa) where I owned a restaurant. You will find some influence in my cooking from this side of the world. Read more>>

Javier Acero

I started tattooing in Colombia 23 years ago. Travel to the USA and start working at Merlin’s tattoo south beach and then work for Luiz segatto in Tattoo Gallery. They were very good years of learning and great teachers after that I open my first store in west Miami after I move to wynwood and finally Midtown where I have my tattoo studio. Read more>>

Brandon A. Okpalobi

I was fresh off the court from the University of Miami when he was offered an opportunity for a business development assistantship with the Orange Bowl Committee. The role offered me, a computer information system graduate, a jump-start to a promising career in the sports industry. Read more>>

Tina Salvesen

I returned to Florida after living in the Northeast and Europe for many years. I came back ten years ago to help care for my aging mother. Since the opening of my studio at the Bakehouse Art Complex my practice has been equal parts teaching and creating my own artwork. Read more>>

Scott Hendler

My first business was District 44, a private personal training studio specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, and athletic performance training. When I built my studio I built it with my own two hands. The brick and reclaimed wood walls and the furniture within. Read more>>

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