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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.

Carmen Cacia

I always had a gift and the natural talent to put people and company’s in the position to succeed no matter how big or small the company’s were. I got my start on April 11th, 1998 at a local restaurant/party house called Golden Ponds in my hometown of Rochester,NY where I still live six months a year today. Read more>>

Mary E. Wright

My Yoga journey began when I moved to South Florida 20 years ago while seeking a path for my meditation practice. I wanted to learn to sit in stillness and Yoga allowed my body to move thereby giving me the space to sit physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in quiet meditation. Read more>>

Alex Mathai

Fundamentally, there’s 3 things that drive me: solving problems, building things, and helping others. Those things are very apparent in the choices I’ve made in life. I’m a tech guy who got involved in his first startup in 2003 in Miami, from there my career took a detour back to my hometown of Chicago to get my MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Read more>>

Roberto Dangond

I found my passion after 40. With my start in a Business Administration & Marketing degree from the University of North Carolina, I began my career in sales. I worked for influential companies starting in Washington D.C. and eventually taking me to South America. Read more>>

Matt Manthe

Odd Breed Wild Ales is the result of Matt and Dan’s passion for wild beer. Matt and Dan met through mutual friends, and quickly realized that they appreciated the same types of beer, and shared a similar outlook on life and business. Read more>>

Matthew Palmer

I would say that I have been interested or skilled in disciplines that foster self expression as long as I have known myself. Those who know me well can attest to my creative dance moves (lol), while my teachers have often lauded my ability to communicate clearly via pen and paper (or Microsoft Word). Read more>>

Francisco Sheuat

I discovered my artistic talent at a very young age. I have been surrounded by the arts my entire life. My grandfather, my father, uncle including my sister are artists. They have different styles but in one way or another influenced what I do today. Read more>>

Emmanuela Stanislaus

I’m a travel blogger and I started basically from my love of traveling. I went on my first international flight at the age of 7 and have been hooked ever since. I love traveling and enjoy motivating others to do the same. Read more>>

Kacy Grace McMillan

I started doing hair in high school (in New York) through the Boces program. My first job was in a Chain salon in a quiet location. It wasn’t enough for me, so I moved to a salon in the mall. After working there for over 8 years. I was unhappy in a drab town. Read more>>

Diana Perez

I always had a passion for the creative and to have my own business but was never confident enough to do it. Either because I was too focused on my accent or my lack of confidence really. It wasn’t until I hit my rock bottom and went through post-partum depression that made me ignite the fire I had inside me to follow my passions. Read more>>

Elaine Fiore

My path and passion has always been about children. I’ve taught everything from sixth grade history to a nature class for kindergarten students. A few years ago, I viewed a You Tube clip on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read more>>

Rueleta Williamson

Well I started out just doing hair in high school and it was just something that people asked me to do . People like my neighbor a few doors down and friends at school , Also family. I didn’t really want this as a career until after i went to college for almost 2 years i just felt a little stressed and unhappy because i was going to school not really majoring in a specific subject but just taking general classes because i wanted to say I was doing something, but at home I was still hungry to do more hair. Read more>>

JP Guacaneme

It Began in Colombia with my parents about 20 years ago when they decided to participate in the flooring industry selling from wood to carpet and even some artificial Turf. When we moved to the Miami we decided to continue the company here. However, with a flood of competitors in carpet, wood and tile we decided to specialize in something different that was not so mainstream as of yet : Artificial Turf. Read more>>

Andrea Gallego

Halfway into Art School in the Interior Design program, I realized that I did not have a passion for the field. At the same time, I got hired at Sephora in 2008 as a cashier and quickly became immersed and infatuated with all things beauty. Read more>>

Asher Rost

I am a Rutgers University graduate with a B.A. in Communication. In 2005, during my senior year in college, I worked for a mobile-based kid’s fitness company in New Jersey where I learned how to facilitate soccer, karate, and fitness classes. Read more>>

Danielle Moskalenko

I was actually unemployed at the time the opportunity to become involved in this industry presented itself. I had left a job that I was unhappy with, and had to put my dog walking services on hold. At the same time, my dog walker and pet sitter that I had been using, decided that she wanted to move herself and her family to California and they were looking for someone to take over their business here in Fort Lauderdale. Read more>>

Celeste Catania-Opris

I am Dr. Celeste Catania-Opris, Ph. D., LMFT. Since I was a child, I have always loved helping people. As I got older, I noticed people would come to me for advice and guidance, so it just seemed natural for me to become a therapist. I received my Ph. D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Read more>>

Wendi Espinosa

As a full time nurse baking cakes was never a thought that crossed my mind until I had my two girls. We watched a youtube video of a lady decorating a cake and I thought, that looks like fun. 3 years later I’m a self taught cake baker and decorator of custom cakes. Read more>>

Marina Church, Irina Cruz

My name is Mairna Church, I working together with my mom Irina Cruz. How we started? That is a good question… When I was a little girl, I always had the best parties in the neighborhood, made by my mom for my friends and me. My is an entertainer in her heart. Read more>>

Sabienne Louis

I have been a Hair braided since I was 11 years old. established since 2010. business owner since 2016. This road has been a Journey. The struggle that I face is balancing life. Like, being a Wife , Mother ,Daughter ,Sister ,Friend and a mentor. Read more>>

Melissa Sullivan

Born in Miami and raised in Dade and Broward Counties, Melissa Sullivan returned to South Florida in 2017 after a decade in our Nation’s capital. Melissa has served as a fundraiser for candidates for United States Congress and as a policy staffer in the United States Senate. Read more>>

Alex Kuk

My Great-Grandfather started Wan’s Mandarin House about 52 years ago down on SW 8th St. Since then my family has been operating Chinese restaurants as we moved northward into Broward County. I started in the restaurant business when I was 14 bussing at my grandfather’s place in Hollywood. Read more>>

Johanna Haddix

In late 2015, I was enrolled in the opticianry program at my local college. I knew I didn’t want to continue, but I also had no clue what I would do upon withdrawing. At the time, I was a retail sales associate with no plan B. Read more>>

Chrysti Nayman

Waking up everyday and doing what I love the most along with meeting these beautiful people along the way makes my heart beyond full. I always knew i wanted to be in the beauty industry ever since i was a little girl. While in high school i was working at our local salon and fell in love with it all! Hair, makeup, skin. Read more>>

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