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Buckhead’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL 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 Atlanta’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 Buckhead’s rising stars below.

Sherry Jones

There were so many inspirations behind Gypsy Secrets from my passions for natural and clean living, ancient history, world cultures and sustainability to more personal experiences like having a very close family member become diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. The latter made me re-think everything I put in and on my body from deodorants to lotions and makeup. Read more>>

Natalie Lymor

Natalie packed up her bags for Hollywood where she landed her first acting job after just one week. Natalie studied with famed acting coach Ivana Chubbuck whose master class has changed the depth of her acting dramatically. She is also a UCB graduate bringing depth and humor to all her roles. As well as being a working actor Natalie is a known acting coach for all ages and specializes with youth and teens. Read more>>

Jas NaTasha

Since moving to Atlanta, it has been an adjustment and I decided to take time off from music and work on self as I wanted to be as mentally and spiritually strong as I could be especially with this being an industry driven town. During this soul searching, I found my passion for acting once again this time in film. Read more>>

Lashana N. Williams

Working in corporate America for 20+ years and climbing the ladder from temporary employee to executive, I’m well aware of the challenges one faces while navigating their careers. In an effort to help other career professionals I served as an informal and formal mentor and later became a certified career coach. Read more>>

Anna Strohsahl

Finance is my passion. You look at my book collection and appears to be of one of a 65 retiree from the Street. I’ve been fortunate enough to work for some of the best firms, best managing directors and learned an abundance of knowledge. However, was I really happy? Or was I going through the movements daily? I soon wanted to separate myself from corporate America as quickly as possible. Read more>>

Johnnie Perry Jr

One day I developed excruciating shoulder pain. After an MRI, an orthopedic surgeon gave me the diagnosis. Rather than going to a physical therapist, I decided to solve the problem on my own. It was at that point that I fell in love with the science and mechanics of the human body. I also became more interested in how nutrition affects us every day. Read more>>

Ashanti Toi Minter

Although cooking has always been my passion; throughout my journey life has prepped me for so much more… Since my youth, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset. I started off by selling candy and snacks in my neighborhood from our home and at school. Also, I worked on my uncle’s food truck and he taught me that when you are genuine, your talent and skillset will bring in the customers. Read more>>

Chris Rich

I’ve always gave back through philanthropy since I was little and if my efforts can improve society around this issue that impacts everyone, then I’m fulfilled as you can’t do everything for money. You get more from life when you do things that improve your community and the people around you. If my social startup, Hawque can do that and provide a peace of mind to even one community, my mission is fulfilled. Read more>>

Kelley Warner and Amy Meehan

We met five years ago when Kelley moved into the house just next door. We quickly found out we had an eerie amount of things in common. Not only were we both physical therapists, but we also shared similar values, hopes, and dreams. A friendship quickly blossomed and over the next few years, this friendship became a source of strength and support through some of life’s most significant milestones. Read more>>

Mengxi Fu

The strong cultural shock re-constructed my concept and my understanding of art. During that time, I found that although I like to paint, I have more passion for the entire art industry. Reaching out to artists in all fields, I can understand their ideas and help them achieve their plans, and creating value together fascinates me a lot. So, I decided to continue to study art management. Read more>>

Ajani Young and Cristhtian Perez Molina

After meeting and connecting over the Myer Briggs personality types, Ajani along with his husband Cristhtian (who go by AJ & Cris) decided to take on the mission of speaking out for introverts and tackling mental illness stigma in a loving and positive way. They were inspired by Ajani’s experience with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which affects his emotions, behavior, and relationships. Read more>>

Krishna Chapatwala

If there’s one thing this business has taught me in the last ten years, it’s that satisfying people’s appetites with delectable food is rewarding for me personally. For instance, soon I am catering a dinner party for a group of girlfriends visiting Atlanta for a weekend. For these ladies, I’ve created a spring-forward menu complete with Roasted chicken with herb butter sauce. Read more>>

Alvin and Calvin Waters

The Machine Group was organized by recording artist, musicians, entrepreneurs, and business professionals Alvin & Calvin Waters as they are dedicated to the success of their many business ventures. The Machine Group not only excels at its entertainment company functions, it also recognizes and incorporates their skills in consulting companies from fashion to technology. Read more>>

Alana Green

My ultimate goal is to continue reaching individuals and groups of different socioeconomic classes, from various ethnic and religious backgrounds to motivate them to be their best self while also giving back consistently to those in need. It is important to me to use the gifts God gave me to improve other people’s moments, days and hopefully lives. Read more>>

Shon Surles

My current success has taught me so much and the most important thing of it all is never give up and it’s not your timing; it’s God timing. I was persistent. I emailed my current partners fourteen months straight before finally getting a response to set up a meeting. I always told myself all I needed was the opportunity to get the room with the WHOS and there was no turning back for me. This is only the beginning. Read more>>

Amber Young

I have always had a passion for helping people. My goal is always to make a great impression and leave a lasting memory. In my career as a healthcare provider, I have always given my all to every situation and I strive to conquer every challenge faced. Just last year, I can honestly say I never pictured myself being an entrepreneur or using my talents outside of my chosen career path. Read more>>

Ellie Duncan

My passion for singing grew and throughout middle school and high school singing is when I felt the most comfortable and the happiest. When Applying for College, I wasn’t really thinking of any other options other than singing. Belmont was the perfect fit for me because my Major, Commercial Voice with an emphasis in Music Business, allows me to sing the type of music I enjoy. Read more>>

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