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Inspiring Stories from Norcross

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 rising stars from in and around Norcross below.

Jeremy Sedlock

I was fortunate in that my first experience with chiropractic was in the office of a doctor who focused on an area known as Structural Correction. I wasn’t aware at the time that there were different types of chiropractors, I thought they all did pretty much the same thing. Structural chiropractors take an engineering approach to the spine, and the doctor I went to see was able to show me how my spine had shifted and was beginning to cause signs of early disc degeneration – which shouldn’t be happening at 18! Read more>>

Dr. Tricia B. Wilmoth

Born in Canada with an Uncle who served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a love of horses was built into my DNA. After receiving my Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, I moved to Florida and opened my private practice in 1980 as a Florida Licensed Psychologist (2696) and became a Continuing Education Provider in Hypnosis from 1996 to 2000- I was certified as an approved consultant by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and have utilized hypnotherapy for treatment of problems ranging from habit control and interpersonal skills to specifically developed trances for patients with cancer or chronic pain. Read more>>

Angela Lieben

Jaxx Bean Bags was created because of the gap in the casual living furniture category for families and children. When anyone thinks of bean bags, they typically imagine wood-paneled basements with shag carpeting and lava lamps while families gathered using bean bags filled with thousands of tiny and uncomfortable polystyrene beads. We wanted to develop a product would provide unparalleled comfort but also has modern, stylish lines. Jaxx began modestly 5 years ago with the development of a few bean bags. Instead of incorporating the typical pellet filling, they used upcycled, shredded foam. Read more>>

Shivprasad Kotagal and Swapna Karambakkam

The Tabla – arguably the most sought after percussion instrument in Indian Classical as well as popular music today, has been a cornerstone of my life for almost as long as I can remember. I grew up in Baroda, a prominent cultural center for art and music in western India since the early 18th century. Hailing from a family of avid practitioners and aficionados of classical Hindustani and Carnatic music (the two major traditions of classical music in India), my parents recognized my gifted talents in rhythm and at the tender age of nine and put me under the tutelage of Shri Anil Gadgil. Within a short period, I had started performing on stage and went on to win many school and cultural competitions. Read more>>

Tongie Scott and Ty Brown

In 1995, after having suffered a malignant type of cancer in my thyroid, I was in need of a babysitter. My children were small and I wanted to sell Mary Kay Cosmetics. I placed an ad in the local paper (Columbus, Miss) and the response was overwhelming. I knew I was on to something, I just didn’t know what at the time. I was a paralegal at the time and going back and forth to the office, being away from my children and the sheer fact that I had completed a round of radiation therapy had finally began wreaking havoc in my life. I wanted a change. Read more>>

Devon McIntosh

For almost as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in understanding the physical world. I was drawn to engineering and physics and ended up with degrees in both and particularly a Ph.D. physics. After that there was still so much to understand so I ended up teaching and doing a postdoc in physics at Howard University for a few years, and then working as a government scientist with DOD. A lot of the work I did was interesting, but along the way I started my own company because I needed to find a way to use my work to more positively and directly affect people’s lives – particularly those who might most need it. Read more>>

Jack and Lan Cheng

Jack and Lan both met in Atlanta and decided to pursue culinary school together at the Culinary Institute of America. Jack went in the culinary program, and Lan went with baking and pastry program. Jack got an opportunity to stage at Noma (in Copenhagen) after graduation. Lan was in Atlanta testing out different recipes and flavors; hence the name Mac Lab came about due to all the experiments. They decided to open a small, intimate bakery in Duluth GA. They focused on macarons and served coffee from local roasters. They both pride themselves on high quality ingredients and attention to detail. Read more>>

Rajib Roy

“Contrarian” is probably the best way to describe my journey. Both in my personal and professional life, I have a natural tendency to do what others would probably not do. I have started to appreciate the fact that I am where I am today because of the willingness to think differently and step out of the normal path. Most people think of professional growth as moving along a curve of ever growing responsible roles. I think it has been appropriate for me to step off from work every four to six years and go explore some life passions and learn some new skills. (Stand-up comedy, running marathons, mixology is some of the things I have taken off time to learn and do). Read more>>

James Moore

I come into the staffing industry with 10+ years’ experience in the industry. I decided to start my own agency to give companies an opportunity to receive quality employees at rates lower than most in the industry. Our reputation means a lot to us. We are making the mark for ourselves as being one of the top firms in our area. We will continue to work hard to get to the point where we are the number one diversified firm in the North Atlanta area. As with any business startup it has not been a smooth road. We have had so many obstacles to overcome. Read more>>

Lynn Stallings

With wondrous good fortune, I became the child of Fred & Nancy Wright who were remarkable examples of how to live in harmony with all on the planet. They bravely shaped history, impacting the arts, the environment, world peace, civil rights & family. Doing what’s right, often at their own expense, giving us what all humans deserve: Love, Attention, Values, Kindness, Purpose, Opportunity to know & love people of all races, religions, economic classes, levels of education & varying abilities. Teaching us to respect humanity; respect life & how to face challenges w/love & humor. Read more>>

Victoria Hawkins

I graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2005 with a BS in Public Relations. After graduating I interned with Underground Atlanta (Marketing Department). After my internship, I worked at CW Atlanta Television station as a Traffic Coordinator. After working there for a year, I rejoined the Underground Atlanta marketing team as Group Sales and Tourism Manager. In that position, I promoted Underground Atlanta to visitors, managed the history tour program and assisted in producing events, such as the South’s largest NYE event, PeachDrop. After working at Underground Atlanta, I started as Marketing Communications Coordinator for Explore Gwinnett. Read more>>

Yolanda Dupree

This was a complete leap of faith. I knew that there was more for me to do but I had no idea what it was. The first idea came while I was attending a women’s conference. I went back to my hotel and wrote all of my ideas on a small notepad. Once I got home, I told my husband and he said let’s go for it. My husband is the best! I had no idea how to accomplish this but I started telling people and they wanted to be involved. Honestly, we failed our way here. What I mean by that is by society’s standards, we didn’t measure up. Year after year, I wanted to quit but man didn’t call me into ministry, it has required lots of prayer, countless sleepless nights and many tears. Read more>>

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