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Hialeah’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 Hialeah’s rising stars below.

Jonas Santana

I started BLACKBIRD CIGARS with my brother after I had a conflict at my other job related to cigars. I was illegal in USA and also very broke in money. The intention of my brother and I was to make a brand that could be different from the rest in the market. Blackbird was created to represent the new generation of smokers that are growing every day in the cigar community worldwide and also, to satisfy does who already have a long-time smoking cigars but are looking for something non-traditional as we already know, that’s what we have the most in this market. We believe being different is our strength as the people really embraced us since we started. We take care of does who just want to be them without any dress code (for example). Read more>>

Israel Velasco

Israel currently serves as Region President for Popular Bank in Florida. “I gravitated to banking for two reasons – math and people. I have always been a ‘people person’ and loved math. When I found that I could combine these two through banking, it was a natural fit for me. I became focused and driven to be a banker, to be in an environment where I can help people every day — support their visions and dreams as well as guide them through challenges. And to this day, more than 30 years later, that is still very fulfilling and exciting for me.” Read more>>

Jenice Cabral

I am a proud wife and mother of two boys. I am pretty much the definition of boy mom with soccer practice and homework, and PTA duties thrown in for good measure. I am happiest when helping and firing at all cylinders. I have dedicated the past 17 + years to a career in education using and perfecting my craft. I am a lifelong learner to the point where I went back to school to learn Special Effect Production Makeup Artist, which led me all the way to working at Universal Studios. I have taken these and all experiences and dedication and poured it into Get Smart, my very own tutoring company. I’m passionate about every project I take on. Read more>>

Dr. Dillon Williams

When I graduated from Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, FL, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, I secured a job with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP a year before graduation. I was as an audit associate, and I realized that I needed more of a work-life balance. So, when I was asked to attend a Career Day event at Silver Trail Middle School in Broward County, FL, the principal, teachers, and students were so impressed with me. At the conclusion of the event, the principal offered me a job.  Read more>>

Guillermo “Sofla” Alfonso and Chef Frankie Zerquera

Sofla: Chef Frankie and I have been friends for almost 20 years. We were always creatives and the first thing we did together was music. This was the early 2000’s. We used to record our music, package it and then sell it on the streets. The hustle was always part of us. Frankie: Eventually I went on to manage a super successful club and restaurant in Wynwood. That led me to take the leap and open up my first joint. Boss Burger and Brew. Sofla was already running his video production company and it felt natural to start filming my content for the restaurant. Read more>>

Valentina Voight

I founded Voight in 2019, with the initial goal of creating a lingerie company. At the time I had just dropped out of college and had no funds for any collections. I always believed that Voight would be successful so the first step I took was finding the right team. We started selling hoop earrings before we were able to afford to create apparel & swimwear. Everything we did from that point on was to raise money to fund future lingerie collections. Read more>>

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