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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.

Ashley Reis

Yes! So Lady Boss Box was created because I had received a subscription box from another company and was disappointed by what I got. I researched and saw that there really wasn’t another subscription box company solely focused on female entrepreneurs. I actually used to be a middle school teacher before I started working as a virtual assistant. Four and a half years later, I am still assisting other female entrepreneurs with their business needs. With their needs in mind, I began curating and developing Lady Boss Box. Read more>>

Andrea Garneata

For me, cars were my childhood. My father and two older brothers were massive car fanatics. I watched Top Gear before I watched Barney. And so, I always had that passion in me. It wasn’t until I was a junior in college when I visited the first racetrack that I realized that cars were the career path I wanted to take. Shortly after, I had the opportunity to participate in the Concours d’Elegance car show as a social media influencer and I realized then, I could do both creative direction and cars together for a living. After graduating from the Savannah College of Art & Design, I shortly decided that I wanted to pursue my passions as an entrepreneur. It took a great risk and a lot of patience and confidence, but I am happy to say that with God’s help my company took speed. Read more>>

Qimmah Russo

I fell in love with sports at a young age and was an athlete that competed in basketball and track into college and volleyball at a high school level. I also did dance for many years in school. Me becoming a worldwide fitness trainer who came together when I decided to start an Instagram page that highlighted female fitness and beauty. I had always trained women and men in the area where I lived but now I could take it to the next level. When I started college, I partnered with my mom to create a business that made meal plans and workout plans for my clients and fans who I couldn’t train in person. Read more>>

Christina Martinez

My twenty three-year-old heart was full of conviction and boldness to step into the unknown. I knew I was called to more than the cookie-cutter life. I wanted a different life, a life that would make a difference in the world, even if that the difference I made was for the life of one person. In 2010, I stepped off the plane and onto the land full of rolling hills, red dirt roads, children with the most beautiful big smiles, and freshly made Rolexes on the side of crowded, bustling streets. It was my first time in Uganda, but it felt so familiar and comforting to me. It only took a few days before I had a full-on love affair with the country. It became home. Read more>>

Laneesha James

I started my company as a way to make postpartum moms feel comfortable with their body’s process after giving birth and adjusting all of the changes they have endured. Being pregnant with my second child, I understand the way pregnancy affects not only your physical appearance but also the way you mentally view yourself. Some women don’t even recognize themselves after giving birth. With this goal in mind, I decided that quality, affordable shapewear, waist trainers, and workout sauna garments were the perfect items to incorporate into the establishment of my brand and business, La Luxury Body. These items are to act as the encouragement for ALL women to build the bodies that they want to see. La Luxury Body is a full-scale retail line of all essential weight and waist assistance products. Read more>>

Traci Augustine

My name is Traci Augustine. I am an R&B and pop recording artist and songwriter. I was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky but raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. Being a singer has always been my interest. When I was younger, I was in multiple talent shows, was in my school’s choir, and sang as a soloist at church. I grew up watching and listening to artists like T-Pain, R Kelly, and Bobby Brown. They all were a big influence on me wanting to be an artist growing up. I was active in Atlanta, Georgia for about a year and I officially moved to the Buckhead area recently for better access to better resources. Read more>>

Daphne Wynn

I started my entrepreneurial journey in 2001. I attained my Real Estate license while waiting tables at The Cheesecake Factory at Perimeter Mall. I maintained juggling both real estate and waiting tables for a year and left the Cheesecake Factory in 2002 to pursue real estate full time. It was the most courageous and frightening thing I had endeavored at the time. It soon sparked the need to own my time, my schedule and built great leadership responsibilities. Make no mistake, this was no easy journey. There were many stressful moments financially as well as emotionally. A few years after working with a builder the market in real estate shifted and I was offered a job as an assistant to an auto broker/dealer. I worked with him for a year from 2005 to 2006 and God instructed me to venture out on my own as a broker. Read more>>

Alanna Payton

I dropped out of college because it just was not for me. I only went to college to make my mom happy and to prove to myself I could do it. I have always heard the purpose of college is to find a good job. I did not want a good job. I wanted a great life. I knew in my heart a college degree would not give me the lifestyle I always dreamed of. I always visualized waking up to a set of fury slippers, with a silk robe. Then I would walk out on my balcony, which overlooks the ocean. I then would open my cigar box, where I keep all of my pre-rolled blunts. I then fire up a “baseball bat” that’s what we call fat blunts where I’m from. Then I take a sip of my Poinsettia while reflecting on my blessings. I don’t know any college graduate that lives like that everyday unless they’re on vacation. I wanted a life that I never have to vacation from. Read more>>

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