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Inspiring Stories from North Broward

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 North Broward’s rising stars below.

Angelica Pascoe

Angelica Marie Pascoe was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1999. She was given her first camera at age 6. She began her transition into photography by traveling on school trips documenting, and piecing together albums of the photos she had taken. Angelica takes on her work from individual curiosity, the moment she used an old vintage camera she found in her mother’s closet she was hooked. Read more>>

Jimmy Barkan

Jimmy Barkan is a master yoga teacher certified by Ghosh’s College of India, Calcutta, India in 1981. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of yoga in the United States, practicing long before yoga became popular and mainstream. Jimmy began his yoga career under the guidance and wisdom of Bikram Choudhury and was honored when he became known as Bikram’s Most Senior Teacher, an accomplishment very few have since obtained. Read more>>

Shauna Tueros

My goal is to empower you to live your life out loud – in the body you have today – without shame or apology. For me, yoga has been an integral part of a decade-long journey toward self-acceptance and body positivity – a journey of making peace with my body and helping others to do the same. I know what it’s like to struggle with low self-esteem, bad body image, disordered eating, and the desperate shame that comes with feeling that I’m not enough. Read more>>

Rupert Connor

I got my break in yachting by working hard at a tiny resort in the Virgin Islands. A guest saw me rolling rocks at dawn to landscape the gardens, provision the restaurant in the morning, wait tables for lunch and dinner, whilst collecting mooring fees for visiting yachtsmen in between and then closing the bar late at night…. That guest had just launched a 92′ sailing yacht in Europe and asked me if I ever thought of working on yachts…  Read more>>

Courteney Nguyen

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to have my own nail salon/ business since starting in the beauty industry at age 22. I know it sound so ordinary but I’ve always wanted to work for myself and be acknowledged as a great business woman. My parents immigrated to the United States after the Vietnam War in the early 1980s, they didn’t start in the Nail salon industry right away. Read more>>

Bror Wensjoe

I am originally from Lima, Peru and moved to the US when I was 21. I had a few conventional jobs when I moved here and enrolled in college to study architecture. I have been an artist for as long as I can remember, so I eventually got bored at regular jobs because I knew they were not for me. My cousin Stefano Alcantara (whom I opened this studio with) was already a tattoo artist in Lima at the time. Read more>>

Dominic Church

Over 12 years ago, I wrote my own wedding ceremony (and asked a friend to perform it) because I was having a hard time finding the right officiant for my wife and I. A few months later, my cousin remarked how beautiful my wedding ceremony was and asked me to write and perform hers. A guest at that wedding asked me to perform his daughter’s ceremony the next month and it snowballed from there. Read more>>

Elkin Torres

Royalty Barber Salon was established in 2015, by Ivanova Santana & Elkin Torres. We first started in a small suite in the city of Hollywood, Florida. With not much clientele but a big dream. We slowly started to grow as we started getting our work out. In as little as 8 months we out grew the suite. Ivanova had a client that knew of a small business plaza owner and he referred us to this present location. Read more>>

Greg Kormendi and Shannon Best

You enter through an ordinary looking door, only to realize that you and your team have stumbled into the workspace of a scientist who has made a groundbreaking discovery gone horribly wrong. To make matters worse, the lab staff is missing, some unsettling (and potentially deadly) specimens have been left behind, and you’re locked inside while a clock ticks ominously down from 60 minutes to zero. Read more>>

David Goldfarb

I started out with a couple of pool tables in my fraternity house and now, my company – Primetime Amusements, operates globally and supplies more than 2,000 arcade games in various locations, including at Xtreme. Originally, Primetime was a supplier of games to Xtreme Indoor Karting, which closed in April 2014. I then partnered with Michael Dezer a prominent real estate investor and classic car collector. Read more>>

Donna Council and Richard Rockfeld

Donna Council, the founder of Rock Wood Services, discovered an opportunity when working as a licensed realtor and realized that there was a clear need for mold remediation and water cleanup dry-out companies that would offer more personal service -with integrity. In 2010, Donna Council and Rich Rockfeld joined forces and Rock Wood Services was formed. Read more>>

Randall Koch

In 1990, Koch Martial Arts started as a traditional Taekwondo school for children and adults in Newport, Oregon. Over the years we expanded to three locations on the central Oregon Coast and offered a variety of programs including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts and pre-school aged classes. In 2009, we sold our schools in Oregon and relocated to Pompano Beach so we could live in an area with warmer weather and more people for our new Krav Maga Worldwide™ Official Training Center that specializes in reality-based self-defense training for adults. Read more>>

Paul McDermott

We have been providing services for about 16 years now but have officially been in business in Florida for about 2 1/2 years. I am the owner and main photographer here. We have a crew of photographers who work with us and a variety of specialists depending on your needs and budget. Our model has always been about collaboration rather than competition so I have had the benefit of working with some of the best guys out there and learning techniques from a variety of different styles. There is always more to learn and we approach each job with that openness to creativity and ideas. Inspiration can come from everywhere and it will if you are open. Read more>>

Semoney Coaxum

As a teenager, I suffered from acne of the face, chest & back which continued well into my late 20’s even after countless failed acne treatments, medication/acne products recommended by many dermatologists and skincare experts. I moved to New York City in 1997 to study and pursue my dream of becoming a Vegetarian Chef. After touring the cooking school on my way back home faith would have it I had a glimpse of an advertisement on a bus for a popular skincare school. That minute it then dawned on me that I could possibly clear my own skin if I knew how so instead of cooking school I enrolled in the Lia Schorr Institute one of the leading skincare schools in New York City to become an Aesthetician. Read more>>

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