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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.

Hayley Johnson

I realized my love for photography in 2010 when I traveled to Zambia with Habitat for Humanity. I knew it was going to be the trip of a lifetime so I broke down and bought one of those expensive cameras. It took an all-day class for me to figure out all of the fancy buttons. Read more>>

Daniel Luke

Stone Summit was imagined and built to grow a community. Daron Pair, business partner, and I had seen again and again the positive impact climbing can have on individuals, groups, and the community in general. We wanted to build a facility, an experience, a culture that would bring people together as a community to share something for which we have so much passion. Read more>>

Debbie Neff

Starting my own wedding photography business wasn’t actually part of my original career plan, but it’s developed into the most incredible and rewarding experience of my life. It all began when my best friend asked me to photograph her wedding seven years ago. Read more>>

Noelle Jackson

As a highly active and creative person, the idea of a typical 9-5 office job always mortified me. I knew I wanted to start my own marketing business since college, but fear of failure and financial instability prevented me from doing so for a few years. Read more>>

Evan Jay

I got started with photography when I was in college. I picked up a camera because the job I had at the time required me to travel to other countries. When I was traveling, it was most often by myself, so I decided to bring a camera with me to pass the time. Read more>>

Kathryn McCrary

My photography career started as a passion when I was in high school with yearbook. I learned how to shoot film, how to art direct images, tell a story visually and be editor of all things student life. Fast forward to post college days I was teaching and not being fulfilled creatively. Read more>>

Tyler Ogburn

I have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. I worked and saved my money when I was 13 and bought a camera and a computer in the same summer. In 2008, I opened Tyler Ogburn Photography and used that business to sort of supplement my income through college and over the years. Read more>>

Mike Littrel

My story……well it begins on a cool morning in a small town in Iowa on April 9, 1977 at 7:11am 🙂 But let’s skip past all that and jump to where my business was born. Like most people that go into business there were many intermediate steps that led me and my partner to taking a risk and going for it. Read more>>

Holly Beilin

I received my degree in International Studies and worked for a brief stint in the policy world as a fellow in D.C., but my first love was always writing and storytelling. I landed my first real communications role at an academic research institution in the Research Triangle Park area, where I worked side-by-side with technology researchers to publicize their findings and projects to the general public. Read more>>

Karl Heilbron

I started out of high school. (Full sail university in Orlando). Got an internship at criteria studios in Miami. Where I was born and raised. Did some reggae sessions at SKD and other studios for a few years. Moved to Atlanta in early ‘93. Landed a dream job at southern tracks in Atlanta as chief engineer. Read more>>

David Lopez

I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by music and began playing at fairly young age. By about 16, I had my first real experience in the industry as a drummer down in Puerto Rico. Shortly after I began working as a drum technician for a Latin Rock band. Read more>>

Holly Bayendor

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association is a decades old non-profit organization. Our mission is to support local beekeepers and educate the community about honey bees and beekeeping. We begin each year with a Beekeepers Short Course, which educates at least 100 new beekeepers a year. Read more>>

Jon Winsett

After graduating from Georgia Tech, I quickly moved into a career within the tech sector with a few companies. Ultimately, I became the SVP of Sales for a publicly traded software company. Realizing the great price differences our customers were paying for the same products, I landed on the idea of creating a company that would protect corporate buyers from paying too high of price on their IT purchases, kinda like a Kelley Blue Book for technology. Read more>>

Rubil Khan

Our company started when I got laid off. My wife and I were eager to start a business. I took courses in treadmill repair and found that I really took a liking to it. My background was in auto repair and it was a natural and easy transition. Read more>>

Chelsea Dartez

I grew up in East Texas and always dreamed of working in the music industry. As most who currently work in the business, I aspired to be a singer/artist. Shortly after making the move to Nashville when accepted to Belmont University, I decided the artist life WAS NOT for me… Read more>>

Brittany Love

There was never really an “Ah ha!” moment for me when it came to choosing my career path as a vegan baker. It was more of a culmination of events that took place. I didn’t know how to cook or bake and my lifestyle was far from plant-based anything. Read more>>

Sarah Segal

In April of 2002, I adopted a beagle, Boomer. I was taking him to 2 other dog daycares in Buckhead (Atlanta). Neither facility was up to my expectations as a pet parent. I decided to open up my own dog daycare, cage free boarding, bathing & grooming business. We also host birthday parties for dogs. Read more>>

Franklin Johnson

Out of Emory’s business school, I tried the whole finance thing for about 6 years. Two years in I knew it wasn’t a long-term thing for me, so I started hosting beer and music festivals on the side. I grew the festivals while looking for an exit from my main finance gig. Read more>>

Tracy Bosworth Page

Studying painting and drawing at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia, I discovered that I lacked something very crucial to a portraitist, the ability to remember faces. I did not understand at that point in time that I had what is commonly referred to as “face blindness”, but I did think that my classmates possessed the talent to remember people that I did not possess. Read more>>

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