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Midtown’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 Midtowns’s rising stars below.

Caleb Morris

I used to be a furniture mover, dishwasher, Mardi Gras float builder and painter, etc on the Gulf Coast. I moved to Atlanta to become an illustrator, after a few years of working at a couple great advertising agencies like Wit Advertising and Design, I became a full-time freelance illustrator. I’ve worked for clients such as Turner Broadcasting, Pepsi, Blue Moon Beer, Warped Tour, Chic-Fil-A, Nickelodeon, Mountain Dew and more. Read more>>

Aubrey Ankron

It all started about five years ago when I moved onto a piece of property as the caretaker and security personnel for the property in the middle of Midtown with a $20 million Dollar view. I was thinking outside the box and procured permission from the property owner to bring a 37-foot camper on the property to live in. With my overhead for rent was only 250 a month I was able to save up a lot of money in a relatively short period of time. Read more>>

Roy Sandler

Sandler Seating was founded in London in 1982 by Roy as an offshoot of Sandler Upholsterers, a family business specializing in custom upholstery which was itself founded in 1946. Sandler Seating’s first activity was the upholstery, assembly, and distribution of portable seating systems for multi-purpose venues. This activity still plays an important role for the company today. Read more>>

Paige Harris

Throughout my childhood, I took art classes after school and at home enjoyed doodling and sketching various floor plans for my bedroom. After drafting each plan, I would set about to move the furniture myself until I was completely satisfied with the new arrangement of my personal space. Read more>>

Cheri Augustine Flake

If you knew me fifteen years ago… you might not have recognized me ~ and you most definitely would not have believed that I was a therapist! The truth: I was a super stress case. My techniques for reducing stress, harnessing habits and living a happier life, grew right out of my own experience. Read more>>

Hannah Prausnitz-Weinbaum, Emma Zuniga Martin, Jacob Salomon and Zoie Nichols

Born in the heart of Atlanta, G3 Robotics was founded by 10 students and 4 mentors in 2004. Though we struggled through our first few years, we began developing into a well rounded, highly competitive team. As we became more self-sustained, we looked at not only improving our own team but also the community that supported us throughout all those years. Read more>>

Stephen Michael Brown

I’ve reviewed movies since elementary school and started my career writing film reviews and stories for a newspaper and an East and West Coast movie magazine. Even while fulfilling my passion for PR through a job I love – chief innovation officer at Cookerly, I blog at as a way to continue to express my passion for cinema. Read more>>

Tara Rae Hill

My journey “to” founding LittleFISH (one word) Think Tank began with what I call my “1st phase” of my career. Raised in an entrepreneurial architectural family, my natural path was to head to design school, obtain a BFA in Interior Design, in which I then practiced “full scope” interior design for large corporate + healthcare branded interiors (for 15 years). Read more>>

Jimmy Lin

I have spent all of my career in software and technology and have found great opportunities for learning along the way. This might be the biggest one, yet. As an Aerospace Engineer, I have always loved problem-solving. And I’ve had an opportunity to solve all types of problems – supply chain efficiency, customer service, technology commercialization, business growth and customer experience. Like many others, I got started with solving customer problems by implementing software solutions and process improvements. Read more>>

Jessamine Starr

9 years ago, my husband and I had a custom metal furniture business that was hurting because of the recession and we were brainstorming on other business ideas. We had both worked in kitchens before and have a great love of food and we thought of a food truck not even realizing there were none in the Atlanta area at the time. Read more>>

Tonya Beach

After 25 years as a graphic designer, I was ready for a change. I have always loved design and needed to stay connected to it. Artful design, whether it’s graphics or interiors, is all about the same thing: simple lines creating beauty in space. I opened Westside Modern four years ago and I haven’t looked back. Read more>>

David Craven and Adrianne Morin

The company was started in 1992. Not long after graduating from Georgia Tech, David realized there was a lack of caroling companies for holiday events in Atlanta, and they wanted to start something unique. On a credit card, the owner David had his sister Rebecca design and make the first three women’s costumes and vests for the men. Read more>>

Chad Massaker

Carceron was founded in 2002 on a simple premise: small and medium sized businesses need reliable business- class technology solutions and a competent IT partner dedicated to helping their business grow. It’s a simple philosophy: When your business grows, our business grows. We are in this together. Read more>>

Mario Montag

I started my career with PwC consulting in the Oracle ERP space. I started as a technical developer, then functional business consultant, and finally as a project manager. I moved to IBM after they acquired my group at PwC. Read more>>

Chris Yarrow and Brooks Israel

Chris: Career-wise, I started in the staffing industry in November of 2000, when I left retail and joined the largest IT staffing firm in the country as a technical recruiter. I had 13 very successful years in the industry and worked in Greensboro NC, Silicon Valley CA, Raleigh NC, Virginia Beach VA, and Greenville SC. Read more>>

Ken Henry

I have a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University. I moved to Atlanta in 2013 to advance my career in this field. Music is and has always been a love/passion of mines and I’ve always wanted to be a part of the culture. While brainstorming ways to expand and add value to myself, I came across an ad for Scratch DJ Academy downtown. Read more>>

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