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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.

Mark Lay

Mark Lay is a Master Trainer, Coach, & Athlete living in Miami Beach, Florida. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mark received his Bachelors of Science from Howard University in Economics/Political Science, which started him down the path to financing/hospitality. The transition from finance to health/wellness began three years into a sedentary lifestyle behind a desk, where the only release was his daily trips to the gym. Read more>>

Charlotte Trattner

When I was younger, I was diagnosed with a learning disability called Apraxia which involves both motor speech and processing disorders making it hard for children to speak and write. I went through eight years of speech therapy to overcome both a lateral and frontal lisp. Throughout the process, I faced constant bullying for my speech impediments and learning disability. Read more>>

Ariel Glassman

Where I am today: I am the “Venue Vixen” of The Temple House and the Creative Director for United Projection. I mix art and technology with hospitality and events (in addition to passion and love). How I got here: I’ve been an artist with various mediums all of my life, whether it was drawing, painting, mixed media or playing music, and I discovered a love for hospitality early on in my career. Read more>>

Chris Lee

My practice is geared toward younger patients, new grads, burgeoning professionals, entrepreneurs, and patients who value their mental health but may not have the time in their schedule to be stuck in traffic or sitting in a waiting room. My passion is meeting people, finding out what fuels them, and helping them to feed that fire! Read more>>

Suanny Garcia

Up until now, my career has been in media and public relations, and I intend to keep it that way because I truly love it. I’ve worked in PR for nearly five years.,I’m lucky to have a phenomenal boss who is a pleasure to work for each and every day. I’m also lucky to have the opportunity to take on freelance writing gigs because writing is my truest passion. Some of my recent work is published in POPSUGAR which is a wonderful accomplishment for me. Read more>>

Julia Di

We strive to customize every package, offering any types and styles of decorations, any type of music and any kind of high-end food, of course. Our own production company (photography and videography), designers and decorators are always ready to jump on a new project any time of day and night because we don’t know what a day off is and actually, Love can`t wait. Read more>>

Joann Veger

I quickly decided that if I was to run a yoga studio and enhance my own practice I should be a certified teacher and so I went on that journey to get my hours and become a certified yoga instructor. Once I had all my ducks in a row, I felt ready to take over the task of fully Directing Nobe Yoga. I love what I do, and I have such passion for this studio it’s my baby and the fact that I am spreading yoga out to the masses just makes me sleep with a smile on my face. Read more>>

Peter Jean-Marie (Millennial Mogul)

I was first introduced to the fashion industry at the age of 16. I started off as a print model and would later gain the liking of others on/off social media based on how I styled myself. I later decided that I had no interest in modeling for other companies and would now design/model my own clothing. I was in high school then… looked up a few design programs/colleges to attend and I was soon accepted to one in Miami. Read more>>

Amy Segal

I loved running until I herniated two discs and got introduced to indoor cycling. I loved it and took classes daily when a friend of mine told me new MBJCC was opening, and as a board member she wanted to keep it young and hip and thought It would be a great idea if I taught there a few days a week… and the rest is history! Immediately, I had a group of young moms who came to class, we had limited bikes, long waitlists, lots of fun, singing and sweating together in a magical room almost daily. We connected in and out of the spin room. Read more>>

Astrid Morgreen

I started working as a model, which gave me the opportunity to observe the work of outstanding photographers. And that’s how my new love-photography was born. In my photographic journey, I tried different styles and techniques, but one thing has always remained unchanged – love for emotions and a touch of nostalgia. That’s why I focused on portrait photography to be able to establish a closer relationship with the model and show its personality and beauty. Read more>>

Daniel Pradilla

My professional career began in 2000 when I moved to the U.S. to attend college. In 2003, I began working as a freelance graphic designer, and, in 2006, I opened my own design studio after graduating from college. That same year I segued into the advertising industry, working as an art director for Hispanic and general market ad agencies in Miami. In 2008, I moved to San Francisco, to attend the Academy of Art University. Read more>>

Jennifer Hardcastle

I didn’t realize that my hobby and passion for music and the arts would drive my future into the entertainment world. I started recording music professionally shortly after high school. And in 2010, I got signed to an artist by the name of Yung Berg aka. “Hit Maka.” I’ve had musical releases and built some notoriety in the US and in Japan. Read more>>

Donato De Martiis

When Donato finally hung up his gloves, he was involved in the business side of the industry and traveled all over the world, attending many televised fights in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and even Eurosport boxing cards in Germany and Turkey. As a certified trainer, he rejoined his 5th Street Gym family, training professional boxers and celebrities. Throughout his extensive career, Donato has learned the standards necessary for fighters’ equipment and set out to establish Virtuos Boxing as an authority and leader in the boxing industry. Read more>>

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