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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.

Jonathan Brimer

After graduating from Florida State University in 2002, I was fortunate to land a job with Marriott as a front desk manager. My career with Marriott spanned 12 years and included operations leadership roles prior to a jump to sales and marketing in 2006. Read more>>

Emily Howard

I come from a long tradition of educators and I started my career in adult education. When my oldest child was in preschool and I wasn’t working I asked to be placed on his school’s substitute list. I haven’t looked back. What a gift to be with my children before they started elementary school. and to do what I love. Read more>>

Gloria Simpson

My Story! It started 30 years ago working at H&R Block in New London Conn. Within these 30 years, I started working in the accounting corporate world with preparing taxes during tax season. I started off as a receptionist, then data entry, floor leader, office manager, then my last job cash application supervisor, work with bank auditor, an in-house company auditor. Read more>>

David Diener

My father was a folk artist in North Carolina. He inspired me creatively and always supported me in whatever artistic endeavors that embarked on. I went to Appalachian State University and study commercial design and took as many photography classes as I could. My roommate in college was an archaeology major. Read more>>

Kendall Newson

When I retire from the NFL in 2007, I wanted to teach fishing so I started Teach a child to Fish. I saw that not a lot of African American were in angling and fishing bass tournaments. Something I love to do growing up in Decatur. Read more>>

Charlie Whitfield

I started the company in Oct 2011 after losing my job which when I look back on it now, that was the best thing that could have happened to me. Without that push, I might not have left that safety net of getting those paychecks every two weeks. I had the desire to start my own business but not the guts to step out 100% until that day came. Read more>>

Craig Moore

Old 4th Distillery is the first distillery in the city of Atlanta since 1906. We opened in 2014 and started by launching our handmade Vodka. We have since launched a Gin and Lawn Dart Ginger Lemon Liqueur. The company was founded by brothers Jeff and Craig Moore. Read more>>

CJ Bland

I was raised in a single parent home in a housing project in New Orleans. My childhood environment gave me motivation to not only have more for myself as an adult but to provide for others as well. Teachers, counselors and others detected there was something different in me from early childhood. Read more>>

Angie Yi

Somewhere along the way, they brought up wanting to sell one of their restaurants, but we declined because it was so far away. I jokingly mentioned that if they wanted to sell the Villa Rica location, we would go for it. They took me seriously. Read more>>

Richard Panier

Uphill Global – I got started in real estate investing upon graduating from Florida A&M University and starting full-time with JPMorgan Chase in New York City. I knew from my internships with one of the big 4 accounting firms that I did not want to be obligated or completely dependent to a 9 to 5, especially with how the job market took a turn after the financial crisis. Read more>>

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