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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.

Patrick Ivey Jr.

When I was a little kid, I was always into the sneaker and just fashion itself. At a young age, I was always shy and never was about to express myself in the ways I would like to. Now that I am older, I use fashion as an expression. Read more>>

Max Sadik

My formal education is in Business and Marketing. I graduated with a bachelor’s in Business Finance and a Masters in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. At some point in my career. Read more>>

Niketa Cherilus

Agahpey The Brand started from a hair salon that my husband and I own, Agapé Love Hair Studio located in Pembroke Pines, Florida. A lot of people would ask- what does Agapé mean? Our answer? The unconditional. Read more>>

Whitney Kyles

Things took an unexpected turn when I began working in the cosmetic department of a major department store. I was in a position that was uncharted territory. I knew I was a novice, but I knew I wanted to be more knowledgeable for my customers. Read more>>

Kim Praitano

As the first in my family to attend college, I had no idea or guidance what I would do with my sought-after college degree, but the classes that interested me most were social sciences. Read more>>

Patricia-Dora Baptiste Bastien

My name is Patricia-Dora, the owner of À La Main Kreations and the co-owner of My Sister’s Crown. I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; I moved to the United States of America to further my studies and graduated from FIU’s School of Architecture and The Arts with a Masters in Architecture. Read more>>

Tachana J. Marc

AForeverMarc is a brand that was created to encourage others to “live in their purpose on purpose and leave a lasting “marc” on our world.” The name, AforeverMarc, started out as my wedding hashtag. Read more>>

Ariel Li

Ariel Ming Li migrated to the US at the age of 17 years. She attended Florida International University where she studied Psychology and went into addiction counseling. She worked with drug and alcohol addicts and helped them on the road to recovery. Read more>>

Dr. Marsha Brown

I’ve been fascinated by human behavior for as long as I can remember. I have always wondered what drives people to make the decisions they end up making. When I was little, criminal behavior was especially intriguing. Read more>>

Miriam Adar

It was my daughter’s 4th birthday (almost six years ago) and I decided to try making her a fancy birthday cake. After looking up some YouTube tutorials, I decided to try the princess doll cake. Read more>>

Terrell M Sumpter

Terrell M Sumpter is 26 years of age originally from Philadelphia PA born and raised where he spent most of childhood and teen life. Terrell is the youngest of four and someone who once valued family more than anything. “Growing up in the worst parts of  Philadelphia was a bit tough for us younger men”. One of the worst things occurred at the age of five Rell lost his dearest mother to cancer and it left him and his family in a world of hurt. Read more>>

JonPaul and Anzhela Nadeau

We both quit our jobs and dedicated our full time to the cause. It was a dream that nobody thought we could achieve. People considered us reckless and naive for taking these drastic steps. Read more>>

Deanna Joseph

When I was in high school, I was constantly under pressure because of the type of school I attended. I didn’t get to go to a normal high school like other people my age. I went to a technical. Read more>>

Silvia Loney

My love for cooking developed very early in life. My fondest childhood memories are of watching my grandmother cook in her restaurant. Food always excited me and brings me to a happy place! I learned to cook when I was pregnant with my first born. Read more>>

Jasmen Rogers-Shaw

I am the oldest child of Caribbean immigrants that were taught to assimilate into an America that would show them little love. Both are very religious, which shaped my childhood innocence and adult rebellion. Read more>>

Jodi Macken

I started with Macken Realty when it was a small, boutique brokerage firm. Led by my mother, the firm was rooted in the Aventura community where I grew up, and my family grew the business together. Read more>>

Melissa Wilson

Hair is Purpose was created from my passion for wig units. When you wear a new wig unit it can change your whole mood and make you feel like you’re it That Girl. Between Balancing a career, being a full-time mother, being a fiancé, a businesswoman. Read more>>

Joseph Jenovese

I started this clothing company a little over six years ago and I believe we’ve made great strides in introducing a reinvented guayabera to the modern world. This shirt means everything to me. Read more>>

Annamaria Stefanakis

My name is Annamaria, but I am known as LoudpackAnna. I am management for LoudpackLifestyle, which is owned by JohnnyOz. Johnny created a platform for a group of creatives working as a team to build each other up. Read more>>

Abram Pompilus

As a kid, I never really left my room, so this allowed me to harness my creativity. Youtube just launched during this time, so computers and video editing were my outlets for expression. Read more>>

Nicky Cameron

I am Nicky Cameron, a Holistic Trauma Relief Therapist, the founder of Emergent Counseling & Consulting, and an ambassador of healing and hope. I help teenagers and adults who are suffering from anxiety and depression to end their emotional distress and emerge into the best version of themselves. Read more>>

Angela Quiroga

I enjoyed finding new places to eat I didn’t know about or hadn’t thought to try out, and being able to experience them and share what my feelings were on them. Eventually, I became a Yelp Elite and started attending their events and meeting new people. Read more>>

Akio Ross

The inspiration came when we saw a group of people who had their “posse’s” name on their shirts. We decided to come up with a name on the spot, and I came up with PumPumPos-C. We started off as a group of friends who just had a love for Caribbean culture. We then decided to take it a step further. Read more>>

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