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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.

Cat Harper

For as long as I can remember working, every job that I’ve had has always involved some type of photography. My first job was working at a small 1 hour photography studio. I was offered a job after taking my 16th birthday pictures. The manager loved my personality and asked me if I needed a job. Read more>>

Jordan Rose

Atlanta Science Festival got started in 2011 as a conversation among passionate colleagues searching for a way to celebrate all Atlanta has to offer in the sciences – from educational pathways and career opportunities to cultural happenings and informal learning. Read more>>

NakeshiaRenee Shannon

Photographer Nakeshia Renee is rising to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in South Carolina, her work has appeared in numerous fashion, editorial, popular and local publications including Upstate Parent, Epic Style Magazine, Vogue Italy, BuzzFeed, New Revelations and dozens more. Read more>>

Nader Khatib

I left a government contractor job in 2011 to pursue my dream of opening my own restaurant. I used multiple sources to finance the opening of the first Mediterranean fast-casual concept in the Augusta area. I found an old 1600SF Quiznos Sub unit in a shopping center that I was able to inexpensively retrofit for my concept. Read more>>

Hopeton Hibbert

I began my culinary adventure as a prep cook for Project Open Hand in Atlanta. After a few years I realized cooking would be my career. During that time I worked in two other restaurant in the same day, submerging myself in the kitchen life. This was 1994. I soon discovered Buckhead dinner and got a line cook job under Chef Peter Kaiser. Read more>>

Samuel Sprewer II

How I got started? I can always just remember loving design since I was young. At first, I wanted to be a doctor like every kind growing up but my grandfather,my hero, passed away and so did my desire to become a doctor. Read more>>

Ebony L. Payno

How I started and how I got to where I am today is a twofold story. The dream and vision of Succeed with DRIVE was actually planted about 15 years ago. Before having an official name, Succeed with DRIVE was birthed from a college essay assignment entitled DRIVEN, outlining a college and career youth center idea. Read more>>

Cheryl Kortemeier

I am a native of Augusta, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business with a BBA in Marketing. I moved to Atlanta after college and began working on the corporate side in marketing, communications and event planning. Read more>>

J Richie

I started recording myself at age 8 the same year I learned to play saxophone. I rarely practiced but would come in second and third in major competitions. All I ever wanted to do was rap. I was being recorded by the neighbor music dude since I was 8. Read more>>

Kevin Gunter

First Job in high school was slinging pizza dough for a family owned Italian restaurant, from there got hooked on cooking and food service. After High School cooked for Steak & Ale and Chili’s at same time, I became menu roll out training Chef for the southeast region, traveling around teach kitchen staffs new menu items. Read more>>

James Spano

Cup to Cup Started in Savannah nine years ago as a wholesale coffee roastery. Owner James Spano learned how to roast coffee in Guatemala, spending time in a coffee producing country learning not just roasting, but green coffee sourcing, drink making, and the fine quality of creating a laid back atmosphere that is so scarce in many fast paced cafes in America. Read more>>

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