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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.

Kiro Habib

I moved to Miami from Cairo, Egypt at the age of 12 and lived in Miami ever since. I studied Psychology at Florida International University then was offered a position as a personal banker at Wells Fargo. That was the beginning of my professional career. Read more>>

Jacqueline Coleman

I started writing about wine almost ten years ago while I was living in Arlington, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. Being so close to wine country in Northern Virginia, I took the opportunity to head out of the city and taste wine as often as possible. As I tasted, I began to develop a passion (and a palate!) for wine. Read more>>

Cesar Alvarez

When I came to the United States from Medellin, Colombia, we arrived with very little money with my mother and my sister. At a very early age, I knew I had a passion for hard work and dedication. Through my high school days, I always played sports including Football and Soccer. Read more>>

Guilene Petit-Homme

Every Saturday, my mother would take my sister and I to her best friend’s beauty salon. I would be there for hours watching her do different types of hairstyles on women and children and it fascinated me, and that is when my journey began. I noticed how she was the reason her clients felt beautiful, I wanted to do the same. Read more>>

Christa Ingraham

Art has always been my safe space and a creative outlet for me growing up. I originally went to Miami International University of Art & Design for Fashion Merchandising. At the time, my ultimate goal was to become a fashion stylist for athletes & editorial photo shoots. I quickly learned that I was limiting myself to such a narrow path. Read more>>

Jacob Liska

I’m from Slovakia and I’m 22 years old. However, people in the field refer to me as kubo_lis, my Instagram name, since a lot of the organizations, celebrities and models/influencers see me on Instagram first and that is how they happen to remember me. Read more>>

Travis Brown

I started by getting my education at a small HBCU by the name of Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. My major was Biology Pre-Med. After graduating, I planned on attending Morehouse School of Medicine to pursue a career as a Plastic surgeon. After careful thought, I decided that I’d like to follow my fathers path and go into business instead. Read more>>

Matthew Capala

When I first moved to the US from Poland, I started off working in construction on the scaffolds of Manhattan. One day, I remember looking around my small apartment right next to the noisy subway train tracks and thinking: I’m going to build something and move up from here. Read more>>

Sean Garner

I was honestly, the scrawny unathletic kid. My interest in fitness really didn’t start until I was training to become a firefighter/paramedic. After getting on at a local department in Oklahoma, I started a side business training clients in a small garage gym and went on to own two strength and conditioning gyms while living in Oklahoma. Read more>>

Nicolas Riviere

I am a French entrepreneur living in Miami since July 2018. After managing successful Sales & Marketing strategies in leading multinationals for a decade, I have decided to create my first company in 2016. It was a marketplace selling high-end products made in France. Read more>

Veronica Riedel

I studied at the University of Miami, graduated with a BFA in Communications, Film, and Photo. I create, write, direct and produce. I did Strange Medicine, a tv series for Fusion and Univision. I did my OPERA PRIMA feature Film “Capsulas” and won the best movie at the Women’s International Film. Read more>>

Cindy Hassan

While growing up, we lived the opposite of what can be considered a “sustainable” or eco-conscious life. These were not exactly core values in my home or in my school. As I traveled regularly for work, I opened up to new experiences, new cultures, communities, and different people. Read more>>

Juan Garcia

I moved to Miami in 2002 when I was 15 looking for the American Dream. I started working in many different jobs like dishwasher, valet parking, waiter and many others. I then started deejaying while I was going to school for Architecture. One day, we celebrated my business partner brother’s birthday. Read more>>

Saily Ledesma

I have always been into fashion, photography, discovering new places to visit and places to eat. My friends would always tell me to open up a blog and I always thought the idea was great but I didn’t think others would enjoy my posts, or identify themselves with me because I really didn’t believe my life was that exciting. Read more>>

Andrea Fuentes, Mauricio and Roberto Nava

We began with a well thought out business plan, having the construction, luxury real estate and marketing experience, we saw this as a great opportunity to partner up and create NAFA Design. These has led us to the success and experience that defines us as one of the top high-end interior construction companies in South Florida. Read more>>

Sandra Krumbein

For me, law is a second career. I started my professional career in New York City as a Certified Social Worker working with older adolescents in the foster care system. I loved being a social worker and helping vulnerable children and families that needed it most. Read more>>

Nicole Rivera

I am a Miami Native and leader in education. My goal is to transmit the message that if a child can do advanced math, speak three languages or receive top grades, but can’t manage their emotions, resolve conflict or handle stress, none of the other stuff is giving to matter. Social-Emotional learning needs to be a part of education today. Read more>>

Walshy Fire

Born and raised in Carol City to Jamaican parents. Started DJing at Clark Atlanta University, just as a side hustle. Worked at IBM, decided that it wasn’t for me. Went to grad school at FAMU for Journalism and came back to Miami to work on 103.5 the Beat. That’s where it really started. Joined Black Chiney, then Joined Major Lazer. Read more>>

Junieht Garcia

When I was a little girl, baking with my mom was something I did almost every weekend. So, I’ve always gravitated towards baking. About two years ago, I decided to pick up baking again. I was always the go-to person in my family when someone needed something to be baked. At first, I would give my baked goods to family members. Read more>>

Branson Rector

In 2008, as Mr. Rector prepared for retirement after a distinguished career as an officer in the U.S. Army, he decided to do establish an organization to support the many disabled military Veterans throughout the South Florida community. Through discussions with the Miami Veterans Affairs (VA) Center. Read more>>

Sandy Dorsainvil

My journey started two years ago with my two mentors. We were driving in the car to lunch and I was explaining to them that my dream event venue would be a freestanding building in Little Haiti. I continue to explain to them how it was almost impossible to find such a space at this point because rates were so high. Read more>>

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