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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.

Dr. Anthony Rodriguez

I was very active with sports, especially basketball. I always found myself helping my friends stretch, train and become more physically active. By age 13th, I had an injury to my back that prevented me from continuing to play sports at that time. After a few doctor’s examinations, my mother was told I would need surgery to recover. My mother then decided to take me to a chiropractor for a second opinion. Read more>>

Nicole Simpson

I’m Nicole, the founder and the “Nic” of Neat With Nic. I wasn’t always an organized person. My mom often reminds me that when I was a kid, she’d scold me for being messy. But something happened when I moved away to college. Maybe it was because I was on my own and had to learn to fend for myself, or maybe it was my mother’s example and years of persistent training, but living alone made me want to become organized. Read more>>

Maria M. Ruiz

It all started with AOL (talk about a throwback, right?). I wanted to have a unique screen name and decided to combine two languages: “chibi” (Japanese word meaning “little”) and “loulou” (Latin word meaning “light”). Little did I know that this would eventually become the name of my company. I unknowingly put CHIBILOULOU together one piece at a time. It started with photography. I had an eye for capturing beautiful images. Read more>>

 Daniela Mazzaglia

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, Italian father and Venezuelan mother. I grew up in a happy home full of love and madness, I also had dozens of cousins ​​and uncles to whom I was very close. Literally, we had everything to be happy. I studied in one of the best interior design schools in Caracas, at 17 I met the love of my life and everything was perfect, but just one semester after graduating I decided to get married and move to Barcelona. Read more>>

Annie Horcasitas

As a 31-year-old mom of two, I was diagnosed with endocrine cancer. I had already cleaned up the types of food we ate once I became a mom, but this diagnosis led me to begin thinking about other environmental, controllable factors that could affect our bodies. I began researching the ingredients in all of the health and beauty products I was using and was shocked at how harmful many of them were. Read more>>

Michelle Ferrer

My passion for events started at 15 years old with a weekend job at a local wedding invitation and favors store. From the beginning, I loved everything about weddings: from the excitement of the engagement to planning the bridal shower to the wedding itself. I followed this passion and started a career in event planning, organizing events throughout the United States and abroad. During the course of my career. Read more>>

Vanessa Camejo-Argudin

I am from Matanzas, Cuba. When I was 15 years old, I moved to Miami with my mother and my grandmother. I started working at a modeling agency when I was 16 years old, called International Models. At age 20, I had my first daughter while attending college, so I had to stop. When my daughter was five years old, I graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major in Business Administration and Accounting. Read more>>

Klara Chavarria

Klara Chavarría Kepfer is an Artist and Designer that grew up in Guatemala City in a family of artists and teachers and started studying academic painting with a renowned artist and professor when she was only eight years old. In 1993, she relocated to the United States as a student and received a BFA from Kansas State University concentrating in Design, Visual Arts and Painting. Read more>>

Jaalen Jones

Jaalen Jones is a Miami-based Personal Trainer and the University of Miami Alumni who holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology with minors in Sports Medicine and Sports Administration. While at the University of Miami, Jaalen served as the Captain of the University’s Track and Field team. Prior to his college career, Jones was the first Gatorade Alabama Boys Track & Field Athlete of the year to be chosen from his high school. Read more>>

Beto Quintero

I started working in the insurance industry over 11 years ago. I was a sales agent and I continued to work through the economical downfall of 2007. As I continued developing myself personally and professionally, I opened three new offices for the Agency Owner I worked for and became a Regional General Agent for the company we represent, American Income Life. Read more>>

Tajhna Handal

As a kid, I grew up waiting for ice cream trucks in my neighborhood to pass by just for me get my fix of a classic cone. A few years down the road and growing into a gourmand, my love for ice cream never left. Anyone that truly knows me knows that food and especially ice cream is just the key to my happiness. So now, I decided that I wanted to share my love for ice cream with others and what better neighborhood than Coral Gable. Read more>>

Ana Calderon

It all started with my beautiful twin daughters who are four years old. They are truly my inspiration and the reason I strive to be better and do better so I can provide for them and be a role model for them. I want them to know that anything you set your mind to you can achieve it. Since they were small, I loved doing and styling their hair with different colors and designs. Read more>>

Megan Barcia and Alison Huston

We’re fellow Miamians who met in college at FSU and ended up working together post-grad. Our Instagram account actually started off as a joke. We were working together at a recruitment firm in Miami and decided to take advantage of our free client meals to snap pics of our favorite Miami spots. What started off as joke turned into a full-blown part-time gig. Read more>>

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