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Inspiring Stories from Coral Gables

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 Boca Raton rising stars below.

Luly Carreras-Balepogi

I can’t imagine living anywhere else but South Florida. This is the place that welcomed my grandparents and parents when they fled the Communist regime of Cuba in the 60s. The place where they learned English, rebuilt their lives, and sacrificed so that their children and grandchildren would be raised in a country that believed in freedom. Read more>>

Jeffrey Epstein

Since 1994 I have been offering the most advanced hair transplantation and other treatments for patients with hair loss in Miami, and since 2004 in NYC. I also specialize in rhinoplasty. I have always been committed to providing the very best care, which has included teaching and lecturing and writing on my techniques. Read more>>

Asaf Peled, Rob Morrison

Asaf – I was born in a small suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel and was enlisted in the Paratroopers (Airborn Rangers) as a medic at age 18. It was there that I found my passion for helping people. It was in my role as a medic that I knew my purpose in life was to help people and assist my community, but I was not sure yet how to do so. Read more>>

Carolina Quijano

Our journey into chocolate making started from a totally different path on Wall Street and is inspired from our travels. I graduated with a master’s in psychology from Columbia University, but unique desserts have been a lifelong passion. I started creating ganache truffles after attending chocolate training classes. Read more>>

Debora Sanchez

For me it all started with a dream. By the time I started high school, I had already discovered my love for teaching. One day, I started cataloging ideas, sketches and notes of how I imagined my own school would be. My notes were not just about the physical space but also about what type of environment I wanted to create for my students; how they would feel before and after their classes; how I would challenge and motivate them to advance in their studies. Read more>>

Chris Moreno

GoKapital was formed in 2013, with the goal of facilitating access to alternative lending to borrowers nationwide quickly and easily. With banks limiting access to traditional financing, we aim to provide entrepreneurs with the working capital they need to fuel American small businesses. Read more>>

Aida Estiz

In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed a bilateral mastectomy as part of the treatment. I am a software engineer and, at the time, I had a very demanding high level corporate job and my three kids were very young. After several months of surgeries and treatments, my doctors authorized physical activity and I decided to try Pilates. Read more>>

Jessica Ruggieri and Claudio Pinto

I (Jessica) am originally from Toronto, Canada and my husband Claudio Pinto is originally from Santiago, Chile. We are the owners of Sanguchito On Wheels – Miami’s First Chilean Food Truck! We believe that Sanguchito On Wheels is truly a family business down to its foundational core. Read more>>

Domenica Stanziola

Out of and during college, I worked as a buyer for Jessie Boutique (a GREAT women’s apparel store/high-end boutique with 3 locations…I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t ) where I became really familiar with the wholesale part of clothing development and retail market… being a buyer was so thrilling and I was so inspired by clothing and certain brands that I knew I would eventually start my own. Read more>>

Scott Johnston

JohnsTek Inc was initially established in 2003 as a consulting firm, meant only to allow just myself to take on extra information security consulting gigs in addition to my 9-5 job. Eventually, JohnsTek went dormant as I took on more responsibilities with my employers. Then, in 2011 I decided to give JohnsTek a shot at being my only source of work, and growing the company. Read more>>

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