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Downtown’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 Downtown’s rising stars below.

Kevin C. Pride

My entire life I have been an entrepreneur. Building someone else’s dream has never appealed to me. In Feb of 2012, I finally got my chance I guess you could say. It did not come in the form of some aha moment or some grand speech, no I was fired from my position. Read More>>

Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk

Not to be overly dramatic, but bbr marketing was born out of a tragic time in my life. In June of 2009, when I was 20 weeks pregnant with twins, I was told I was being laid off from my job as the marketing director of an Atlanta accounting firm. Three weeks later, I went into early labor and we lost the first of our twin boys at 23 weeks. Read More>>

DeAnn Ellis

DeAnn Ellis has been a leader in the mortgage industry for more than 20 years. She built her expertise in home lending by working for various lenders and even has owned her own mortgage company. She is Senior Loan Officer for Element Funding in Covington, Georgia. Read More>>

Jay Bandy

Over the years he’s developed expertise in communications, marketing and developing and rolling out new products. Jay has overseen operations at hundreds of restaurants, written training manuals and coordinated operations. Jay has done a lot of everything in each of his industry positions. Read More>>

Kathryn Kain

I was in property management for over 17 years and 4 years ago, decided to make some changes in my life. I knew I wanted to continue in a career which included customer service. Through a personal friend, I learned of an opportunity and set up an interview at Sugar Magnolia Bed and Breakfast. Read More>>

Nathan and Miranda Cleaver

Although Cleaver Medical Group first opened its doors to patients in May 2017, the concept of the practice came about in 2013. At that time, my wife and I were completing our residencies in anesthesiology and dermatology, respectively. Miranda Reed Cleaver, a north Georgia native, had always wanted to make it back closer to home to promote healthy living, and provide compassionate quality healthcare for the community that had raised her. Read More>>

Michael Litten

I had 38-year career in the area of health care—what I call disease care—in various roles, primarily in sales/marketing with companies as diverse as Fortune 500 and startups. I will tell you unequivocally, “there is no health in health care.” Seeing how ineffective and in fact, harmful the disease care systems model of a “pill for all ills” and treatment rather than prevention caused me to become a certified health and exercise coach. Read More>>

Lee Foster

We fell in love with Atlanta in 2007 when we visited Serenbe (40 minutes south).  My husband and I looked at each other and decided right then and there that we wanted to live here.  We bought our dream home, rented it out, returned to Northern California to finish raising our four children and counted the days to get back to Atlanta and to Serenbe. Read More>>

Kelly Jorae Jefferson

It was a sudden decision for me to move to Atlanta from my hometown Los Angeles in 1996. I was a part of L.A.’s urban counter-cultural community. I dibbled and dabbled as a vegan but was primarily eating like a vegetarian. I had already begun my transition from wearing chemical hairstyles and began “locking” my hair (dreadlocks) prior to moving to Atlanta. Read More>>

Deedria Clark

CEI Hair Schools evolved from Cutting Edge Barber and Beauty Institute which first began educating students in April of 2009. Cutting Edge opened its doors in Snellville, Georgia with 40 students. 8 years later CEI is still Committed to educating and licensing a generation of competent industry professions at affordable rates. Read More>>

Yaminah Childress

My name is Yaminah, and I am the proud mother of four, three girls and a baby boy. My entire life I knew I wanted to have my own something, didn’t know exactly what it was, but something special. As a teenager, I took care of myself, worked since I was 15, and was a mom at 19. Right after having my daughter I knew it was time to get serious about life, in order to be the best mom she needed. Read More>>

Roger Webb

These days it’s hard to find people who can claim the title of Atlanta native, but real estate agent Roger Webb is one of the few who owns that distinction. Born and raised in the Atlanta area, he attended Georgia State University and stayed in the area following graduation, eventually owning a number of successful Smoothie King franchises. After running those businesses for a decade, he decided it was time to try something new and gravitated toward real estate. Read More>>

Brittany Chambers

My name is Brittany Chambers and I have been a board certified Nurse Practitioner in the state of Georgia since 2011. Although I have been in healthcare since 2008, it was not until I had a foster daughter that I realized what a hassle it is to get into a pediatrician’s office for a simple back to school exam. I found myself frustrated by the long waits, exposure to sick patients, and the lack of focused and thorough assessments. Read More>>

Richard Carlin

I started my practice, just out of the Navy, as a solo ophthalmologist in Gwinnett County, chosen because of need; there were only two other ophthalmologists in the county of 150,000 people and proximity to Athens, where my wife had been accepted into the PhD program in psychology. Starting with one employee I felt if I was available and affable, I would succeed. Read More>>

James Daniel

I had been working for Companies for over 25 Years in Executive Management Roles. My responsibilities including supporting companies in Problem Solving in all arenas within the Organizations I worked For.. Supported Human Resources, Production, Engineering, Logistics, Safety, Sales, Accounting, Supplier Development and Driving High Level Support for the OEM Customer Base. Read More>>

Giselle Warren

HI everyone I’m Giselle, also known as Belle in the City, a Millennial Influencer, sharing the stylish tales of a southern belle, living in the big city, on my lifestyle blog, Originally from Alabama, and now a resident of downtown Atlanta, I am using my digital storytelling expertise to amplify the voice of what it means to truly experience the best of Atlanta. From exclusive brand activations, to community festivals, and bustling ATL startup news—I have my hands on the pulse of Atlanta’s Millennial culture. Read More>>

Kyle Strahl

After building a life in Atlanta, earning a degree in graphic design and getting years of industry experience under my belt, I started KEYLAY. I could describe it as, “a small dream went in a big direction.” I also intentionally moved to Atlanta two weeks after graduating high school to pursue a music career. Read More>>

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