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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.

Matthew Giampietro

I grew up in Connecticut, where I began working for my Father’s family landscape design, installation and retail nursery business. My father developed a very exclusive reputation for creating beautiful landscapes for high end clients in Connecticut. Read more>>

Gina Geiler

My mom has always designed our home with such detail and intention, which inspired me to find my own style and design growing up. I have always been interested in fashion and read fashion blogs daily in college, making countless inspiration boards. Read more>>

Danielle Peacock

Peacock’s Pantry Boutique Catering was established in 2012, from a true love of cooking and a commitment toward making events an unforgettable experience. At age 25 I decided to go back to college and graduated from University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Hospitality Management. Read more>>

Cody Bliss

Where I started…well I guess I started where we all started, naked and afraid in a fluorescent-filled hospital room somewhere. It’s been quite the journey since then but I guess one of the most influential aspects of my life has been the ocean. Read more>>

Kara Starzyk

While I grew up in South Florida, I decided to trade our ocean breezes for mountain air when I enrolled in the Journalism School at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Determined to be a voice for others, I studied print journalism and learned photojournalism on a Nikon N90 with long hours in the darkroom and many rewrites of photo captions. Read more>>

Kendra Thomas

I’ve always had big dreams and the little bit of craziness that it takes to pursue them so that those big dreams become a reality. I had always dreamed of moving out of Connecticut, where I was born and raised, and charting my own path. Read more>>

Luz Pellegrino

Born and raised in Mexico City, I started my studies on Ayurveda (the healing system from India) back in 1995 specializing in Ayurvedic massage and Panchakarma therapies. I completed my professional certification as an Ayurveda Educator and Meditation instructor from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and began my first commercial practice in 2001. Read more>>

Lukkas Wolf

Getting to where I am today has been no small feat. My story is one of breakdown followed by some pretty powerful breakthrough. Growing up, my name was “Jessica” – I was the only daughter of two very proud Cuban parents. Read more>>

Carolina Guzik

I was a bit dissapointed that my family had no photos of me growing up! So my husband bought me a camera and I started taking photos. Then my friends started asking me to take their photo and from there I realized I could actually turn this passion of mine into a business. Read more>>

Teddy Morse

When your grandfather and father are legends in the automotive industry, you either grow up loving or hating the art of selling cars. I’ve loved it from the start. My grandfather and dad made sure I knew that becoming chairman and CEO wasn’t a birthright, and that I would have to earn it. Read more>>

Rachel Koretsky

As a college student, I grew increasingly frustrated with the campus recreation center. The wait times for cardio equipment were too long. I could only sign-up for programs onsite, and group classes filled up too quickly to ever get into them. Read more>>

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