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Inspiring Stories from Marietta & Surrounding Areas

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 the rising stars from in and around Marietta and Cobb below.

William Clarke Waldron Jr.

Around 2009, I was finally nearing completion of my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering which I had been working towards, as much as my job would allow since I first started attending college back in 1998. I was coming to find, however, that landing a job in this field was practically an impossibility due to the passing economic crisis as every firm I spoke with was firing instead of hiring. Read more>>

Christopher White

The vision started in 2011, in which the creator Chris White attended a few local Atlanta car shows. With a self-taught mechanical background in vehicle customization and engineering, he realized that the local community didn’t have a place to order aftermarket parts & accessories for their d.i.y (do it yourself) projects. Knowing that the car scene in Atlanta was growing, he realized that there was a market for a quick delivery on quality parts. Read more>>

Monica Compton

I was going to university for dance and English, and when I injured myself in a ballet class, I decided to concentrate on journalism full-time. I took an internship at the concert promoters in Pittsburgh and began writing press releases and copy for radio and television spots. This segued into managing concerts and festivals in an outdoor amphitheater. Read more>>

Nelson Price

Upon retiring after 35 years as pastor of a church with over 10,000 members I started the Nelson Price Ministries to help the faith community infuse vibrant new life into every area of society: academic, athletic, art, workforce and family life, working through existing organizations the object has been to take the message of hope, faith, and love to the marketplace and sports arenas. Read more>>

Rory Mitchell

Friends, family, and our love for sharing the flavors of our culture lead to the starting of our business. When we moved to Atlanta, I joined a tennis team in order to have a more active lifestyle. Early on I found out that I wasn’t going to be very good at the game so I started cooking/grilling at our home games. Read more>>

Barbara Garvey Myers

I’ve been “behind the scenes” for most of my adult life, from a “stage mom” to directing regional theatre to help cast a thousand zombies for an independent feature film. I’ve worn many hats in the industry, from acting in student and indie films at the University of Virginia to co-writing and producing a web TV series to helping with casting for several films and web series and more. Read more>>

Richard Lee

I founded Pivot in 2008. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and a professional resume that includes building a software company, I focused my attention on creating a company based on excellence in design/engineering as well as manufacturing those products with American Made craftsmanship and ingenuity. Read more>>

Andy and Desiree Bungo

Following a career in Air Traffic Control in South Florida, Andy, The Prodigal Carpenter, began woodworking just a few short years ago, discovering a previously unrealized passion. He recalls now the years growing up observing his father’s penchant for “fixing” things, building what was needed and always creatively addressing problems. Read more>>

Jennifer Punch

With a degree in Chemistry, I used my learned skill blended with a love of baking to start the process of learning all about CAKE! I started baking a few cakes in my home for family and friends. A friend brought a cake to an amazing little bookstore that used to be on the Marietta Square and the owner approached her needing to know where the cake came from! That is how my story began!! Read more>>

Nicole Ferguson

Beginning her Career Training in 1994, Nicole quickly found her passion and providing excellent services and styles that represent her creativity while in high school. She then went on to complete her training at Chattahoochee Technical College and received her master of Cosmetology license in the state of Georgia shortly after she became certified by the American Cancer Society for non-surgical Hair Replacement and after realizing her passion to help men and women with hair loss issues. Read more>>

Cathy Kaemmerlen

I was always a creative child and a creator of shows–at first of many genres, including opera and musical theatre. I learned early on that my singing voice would not bring me any audiences, so I turned to dance–ballet and later contemporary dance, or as my ballet teacher used to call it, “barefoot dancing.” Read more>>

Kris Benson

The concept for Superior began when I was still playing Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles back in 2007. I just had season-ending shoulder surgery, and because of the rigorous rehab I started thinking of “what’s next.” Read more>>

Sarah Douglas

I launched my PR firm, Sarah Douglas Communications, in January of 2007 after several years working as executive director of the Atlanta Press Club. When I got the job at the press club, I considered it my dream job. And to a large extent it was. But I had many evening events to attend and was missing out on a lot of time with my husband. Read more>>

Vic and Diana Bernardini

As an Italian American, I have been surrounded by Italian food and culture my whole life and I love both! Born in New York City, I also had the great pleasure of eating perhaps the world’s best pizza in our own backyard. However, we left New York in 1974 when I was eight, and ever since. Read more>>

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