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Inspiring Stories from Miami Beach

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 inspiring stories from Miami Beach below.

Vanessa Nunez Allez

I was born in Ontario, Canada and soon after my family moved to Punta del Este, Uruguay. After I pursuing International Sciences studies I decided to follow my passion for Fashion and Design, join the University in Uruguay where I completed my Bachelor Degree in Interior Design. Read more>>

Gina Gorelik

The idea for Moon & Jai came to me as my partner and I were smudging ourselves and our living space on regular basis, and setting intentions for everything, even for our conversations, and I started really dropping In with just how powerful these practices were. Read more>>

Sheinina Lolita Raj

It is my calling as an artist to unite humanity for a peaceful coexistence worldwide. I was 8 years old when it was clear my destiny lay in the arts. While my focus was drawing and painting I fell in love with photography which became my major while I was studying at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. Read more>>

Katerina Brosda

It was 2003 when I put up for sale my first house. It didn’t sell as quickly as I had hoped, so I went to real estate school and obtained my real estate license. I knew everything about my property better than anyone else did, and I knew that I could market it differently to find a buyer. Read more>>

April Davis

Growing up in a small town in northern MN with a population of 600 people was not always the most inspiring of places, but it did help me to recognize an issue. I always would joke I had to “import” my boyfriends since I was related to over half of the people in the town. Read more>>

Fernando Wong

After studying architecture and interior design for seven years in my native country, Panama, I moved to the United States in 2001. I had $400 in my pocket and I spoke very little English so I literally worked from the ground up by starting on a landscape crew. Read more>>

Rachel Charlupski

I am the Owner/ Founder of The Babysitting Company. I was at college, outside Phoenix, Arizona (Arizona State University) and very far from where I grew up in Detroit, Michigan so I did not know anyone. All of my friends worked in nightclubs and at the mall and since I can not stay up very late and don’t have the best fashion sense I decided babysitting, like I did throughout middle and high school, would be a great way to make extra money. Read more>>

Kasper Kriby

I actually became the first employee back when we started developing the concert back home in Denmark a little more than 4 years ago. Today, I run the Business Development piece from our offices in NYC. Read more>>

Inessa Freylekhman

When I was 25, I was living in Seattle. I wanted to work in LA in the film industry, but I had no industry experience. A friend told me about Feng shui and that I could use it to improve my luck. I hired a consultant. to feng shui my house and weeks later I was working with the only casting director in Seattle. Read more>>

Albert Hofeldt

AMA Optics, Inc. is a privately held company that creates and manufactures hand-held, ophthalmic diagnostic instruments and screening tests viewed on an Apple App. All of these products are designed to improve diagnosis and patient care. The company’s founder, Albert J. Hofeldt, was formerly a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University in New York City. Read more>>

Gerardo Alton-Ortega

The Miami music industry brought me here, actually it was also the Latin music and TV scene. Back in 2003, my wife, a Latin recording artist was nominated to a Latin Grammy which the awards took place here in the American Airlines arena. Read more>>

Manuela Redaelli and Elio Oliva

We are italians and moved to Miami 1 year ago. In 2014, we went to Venice to meet some friends of us from Miami, they were in the sunny Italy, visiting all their Italian friends. Was so much time we didn’t talk together! Food, you know, is one of the best ways to have a fun with friends, family and colleagues! Read more>>

Jolie Glassman

Located on Miami Beach, South Beach Boxing provides boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, intense conditioning / fitness training and personal training services to kids, teens, adults, and seniors. All levels are welcomed from beginners to pro athletes. At the Miami Beach Gym, students have the privilege to train under the supervision of experienced, ex-pro-fighters and pro-fight trainers. Read more>>

Alexander Shvarts

Well, laundry was supposed to be a passive investment, well that didn’t end up that way… I started my career in NY as an accountant and well (that was my previous life)…. being in the laundry business at first was kind of a routine and making sure our customers had the best possible experience. Read more>>

Sophie Farsy Tripier

After spending most of my life in Paris, France, we decided to move to the sunshine state in 2012 and took over Salon Poochini. I was really looking for a new type of job since I really didn’t like anymore the advertising one that I was stuck in. Read more>>

Mila Mykh

I always loved hair. I fell in love with hair styles once my girlfriend asked me to cut and color her hair. I never looked back. It is color that I did for the next fifteen years. Ombre, balayage, or sombre — there is nothing I have not perfected over the years. But my real passion became hair extensions. Read more>>

Matt McKenna

I founded Red Fish Media in 2004 on the heals of an international DJ career. I feel in love with the mobile technology that I was experiencing while on tour in Europe and Asia. I always had an eye for business and the passion to build brands. Red Fish Media was first formed with the intent to power ringtones and mobile content. Read more>>

Jorge Cruz and Johanna Morales

In 2008, when the market collapsed in the US and the Recession hit Florida, Jorge and I had the idea of starting a business that would create a new source of income since jobs in architecture and construction had lowered considerably.  Read more>>

Paul Beers

Paul established GCI Consultants, LLC, an exterior building envelope consulting firm, in 1988. He has over 35 years’ experience with the exterior building envelope. Prior to GCI, he was the owner of a contract glazing firm. Read more>>

Rob Weir

Basically, I started as a skateboarder in a Burger King commercial at the Runway skate park in Cutler Ridge around 1980. This job got me in SAG & I became a part-time stuntman but soon realized having a business providing production services etc. was also a good way to make a living… Read more>>

Luca Artioli

I was born in Milan. Since I was a kid I was following the art scene. Eventually, I was graduated in economics and worked for 9 years in a bank. My soul was dying and crying. I really needed a different nourishment…Read more>>

Emi Melker

Emi is a native Floridian who always strives to be an entrepreneur, starting her first business as an elementary school student selling hand-made bows. Her drive for success at an early age led to her interests in both marketing and science. Read more>>

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