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Fort Lauderdale’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 South Florida’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 inspiring stories from Fort Lauderdale below.

Jasmine Keaton

KLJ Dream Factory Was Founded in November 2013 By Jasmine L. Keaton In Honor Of My Best Friend Lurnard B. Rodgers Jr. I self taught myself graphic design around 12+ years ago. It all started on Pretty Ricky’s message board that they had for fans. I remember being interested in the designs that were being designed on the board. Read more>>

Cassandra Cardenas

I have been an advocate for the arts my entire life, but started my career in the financial industry. I left New York and came to Florida, and I wanted a place of my own that would allow me to share my love for dance and art with my community. Yello has been in operation now for three years, going on four and expanded in 2016. Read more>>

Igal Fedida

Im creating since i was a little kid,however life took me on other direction and for 17 yrs I was a business man,I had a very successful construction company in Los Angeles with 25 employees. But the passion to create never left me and in one point i begun to paint all night and all weekends while running my company till i fell into exhaustion. Read more>>

Dan Shapiro

When our son was diagnosed with a severe bleeding disorder in 2008 at 10 months of age, it was recommended to us by his doctors that a helmet would be necessary to protect his head from injury. With this recommendation, they could not tell us where we could find a protective helmet that would be sufficient for his needs. Read more>>

Brooke Trace

Brooke Trace is a photographer best known for her nature landscape images. She first took up photography as a hobby when she was a child. Her mother gave her a point and shoot camera to take photographs of her cats and dogs. . Her interests in photography lead to her taking courses in junior high school and high school. Read more>>

Patricia Zeiler

In 1962 a group of pioneer families in Broward County founded the Historical Society to preserve the stories and artifacts of pioneer families and to publish a book about Broward County history 1890-1960. That book, Checkered Sunshine, was published the following year. The Society has been collecting stories and artifacts for 56 years. Read more>>

Lynn Atkinson

The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a congressionally-chartered youth development program that was started in 1958. The goal of the organization is to teach young men and women about the seagoing services, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork. Read more>>

Robyn Swaby, Kiara Slaton

Robyn and Kiara are both post-collegiate basketball players who recognized the deficit in platforms for women to play organized basketball post-graduation and welcomed the opportunity to pool resources and talent; Thus a company was born with a vision to create such a place. Read more>>

Oscar Alci

Hi, i am from Istanbul, Turkey 🇹🇷! I found passion in many different things in life but talking and making people people feel better always ended up being the most satisfing for me. I studied computer and psychology additional to hair. Read more>>

Alda Falco

I started in the business back in 1997, working weekends as a part time Leasing Consultant. I’ve been doing property management ever since. I’ve worked my way up to Assistant Manager, Property Manager and now in my current role as a Regional Manager for SFL. I started with Bainbridge eight years ago. Read more>>

Andy Cagnetta

In 1994 my wife Allison and I moved to Florida (from NJ) to raise our family (Allison grew up in Hollywood). I was looking to buy a business and wound up at Transworld as a customer. I had visited several business brokers and felt Transworld was different, more professional, and I got along with the then owners Don & Bonnie Parrish. Read more>>

Ryan Sirois Heller

That is a meaty question! To summarize a long and bumpy story, I grew up in South Florida and eventually fell down a path of addiction. After many years of struggling with drugs, alcohol, and sexuality I began work as a graphic designer at helium creative. Read more>>

Gulden & Cagatay Secilmis

ANT LOGISTICS & MAILBOX CENTER located at 21346 Saint Andrews Blvd Ste 260, Boca Raton FL is the go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing and business service needs of the residents and businesses of Boca Raton, FL. Our team of dedicated, professionally trained experts understands the meaning of Super-Star Customer Care—we focus on saving our clientele time and money by ensuring that they get the right products and services at the right price—in a single, quick visit. Read more>>

Eric Sensen

Having travelled and lived all over the world, sipping teas in Japan, inhaling aromatic spices in India, slurping soups in Vietnam, trekking through the Serengeti, hiking the Inca trail in the Andes, forging my way down the Amazon river, caravanning across the Sahara Desert on camel and maneuvering the markets of Cambodia, I began noticing trends in health. Read more>>

John Offerdahl, Lynn Offerdahl

Offerdahl’s Off-The-Grill is a quick-casual restaurant created and owned by former Miami Dolphins linebacker, John Offerdahl & his wife, Lynn. At Offerdahl’s, John’s passion for grilling and Lynn’s chef-inspired recipes collide in a menu featuring just-grilled chicken, steak, salmon & shrimp served over greens, grains & sandwiches and topped-off with fresh veggies, herbs, signature dressings & sauces. Read more>>

Maya Cherneva, Paulina Morales

So begins our sweet adventure, which began some years ago. The love of baking started at a very young age for both of us, Maya from Bulgaria and Paulina from Peru. We shared experiences in the kitchen, which captivate our palates and devotion for baking and pastries. Read more>>

Frank Bilotta

I have been involved in the art world for over 20 years representing artists. I by chance happened to meet Burt Young (actor best known for his role as Paulie in the “Rocky” movies) at an art show in New York. We talked about his art as he loves to paint. Read more>>

Tatiana Ashley

I started working at a Juvenile program for delinquent males who committed sexual offenses, while finishing my degree in Psychology from FIU. The agency relocated and I was unemployed. I then obtained a job at a Shelter for children who were removed from their parent’s custody and participating in the Child Welfare System. Read more>>

Carlton Washington, Deniz Duygulu

Deniz and CArlton the owners and founders met in 2014. DEniz was approached by Carlton to help coach him for a fitness competiton. After starting to see great results and hating his current industry and career Carlton approached Deniz about opening a hormone replacement clinic. Read more>>

Savannah Crayon

Short Version: My life is an inspirational story of a girl who had nothing and transformed her body, mind, and life through fitness and nutrition. I went from a broken home, to an abusive relationship and living with dogs (literally) in the back room of a pet store, to building a thriving wellness business that impacts hundreds of lives in my community, and throughout the nation, every day. Read more>>

Zac Jancek

I moved to South Florida in 2011 and worked in numerous Barbershops and Salons in the area. I decided to open my own business in 2016. My idea was to bring a mixture of new school ideas with the old school services. We have 9 video gaming systems that range from the old school Atari to the new age PS4. Read more>>

Sidjae Price, Daveisha Price, Traquila Hernandez

Speak Loud Inc. was founded by Sidjae Price as she wanted to give back to the community. The innate need developed as growing up she had many individuals who came to the aid of her family on several occasions. Once the idea was brought to her sister, Daveisha Price she was also glad to jump on board. Read more>>

Teri Mujica

I grew up with dog’s in our family as well as in our neighborhood so I was always surrounded by them. It wasn’t until I was a little older when my neighbors dog was the first one I watched while they were on vacation. She was one of my favorite dog’s and the reason for my passion. Read more>>

Devin Vance

After finishing college in 1999, I became a Financial Advisor in Boca Raton and was trading stocks. Unfortunately, when the “tech bubble” bursted in 2001, I found myself at a crossroad as to which direction I wanted to pursue to achieve career goals. Read more>>

Mike Walton

My story starts as I grew up in the town of Plantation Florida and ended up going to Florida Atlantic University where I double majored in Business Administration and International Business. From there I joined a company in Miami that designed and installed interactive television onboard cruise ships for all of the major lines. Read more>>

Colleen Pearson

Fifteen years ago, after a successful career in Information Technology, I decided to go back to school and get my doctorate in Psychology. It was both a little intimidating and exciting to be an older student. Especially since I had to take some undergraduate courses before I applied to graduate school. Read more>>

Graciela Valdes

Being a portrait photographer has been a life long dream of mine. I remember pouring over my aunt’s towering National Geographic collection staring into the soulful eyes of the people portrayed in the magazine, fascinated by the intimacy of a portrait. I saw the poignant portraits in Life magazine and the gritty and fiery images in Rolling Stone and they moved me. Read more>>

Rey Rey Rodriguez

I was a high school at age 17. While sitting on a bus on my way to work six years later, a 16 year old kid sat next to me, saw my work clothes and recommended that I go to school and get an education. That week I started school and got my GED a couple months before my 26th birthday. Read more>>

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