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Inspiring Denver Stories

The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver 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 Denver’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 Denver’s rising stars below.

Tonya Peters

The crash isn’t just a song by Dave Matthews. I was headed into completing a Bachelor’s Degree in business when I literally crashed into my own life. I finished my BS in Business Management but was redirected into the field of Public Health. Read more>>

Nick and Alex Daniluk

Nick works at a local company that specializes in Airstream restoration. Nick spotted the potential hidden in a 1955 Airstream Flying Cloud sitting on the lot. They converted it into a bar and named her “Odessa” – then put her to work on the streets. Read more>>

Stacie Scarbery

The women on my father’s side of the family were Appalachian medicine women and my father himself often turned to herbal and natural remedies, so for as long as I can remember. Read more>>

Jackie Collins

My love for photography was always present in my life but it really fell into place once I decided to move to Asheville, NC. Searching for a means to both express myself and to capture the world around me. Read more>>

Scott David Clift

I’ve always been the little kid that asked “Why?” and “How?” and never stopped until I was satisfied with the answer. Why does this happen? How does that work? Why do those things fit together. Read more>>

Emily Lindemann

After graduating from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, with a degree in apparel design and production with a minor in business, I moved to New York where I worked in the fashion industry at Moncler and Vera Wang. Read more>>

Danielle Schmieder

I moved from upstate NY to the midwest (Wisconsin) when I was 12 and I quickly found out that through sports was where I would meet my greatest friends. Fast forward to high school where I taught swimming lessons, tennis. Read more>>

Bree Angela Thompson

When I was in college (Pratt Institute) I found myself in a work-study program in the middle of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn working with disadvantaged kids that did not have an Art program. Read more>>

Steve Weil, Andrew Hudson, Annie Levinsky, Patty Calhoun and John Hickenlooper

The West is not a place, it’s a state of mind. — Papa Jack The Rockmount Story “Papa Jack” Weil, founded ROCKMOUNT RANCH WEAR Mfg. CO. in 1946. He was the oldest CEO in the world. Read more>>

Tyler Horsley

Tyler Horsley, Founder and CEO of Nuclear Networking has worked in technology and performance marketing for 13 years. With a BS in Criminal Justice Administration, 32 FEMA certificates. Read more>>

Elise Munn

Usually, when people describe me, I hear the words “energetic, passionate, ball of fire, motivating.” Over the years, I’ve thrown that energy and passion behind jobs and businesses I’ve worked for. From orthopedic rehabilitation clinics to the Olympic Training Center. Read more>>

Celeste Pfeiffer

Celeste Pfeiffer, a self-taught personal chef, grew up in the kitchen watching her Thai mother and American “country boy” father cook what most people today would consider gourmet food. Almost everything was from scratch. Read more>>

Tina Rea

When I was a young girl, music took me to another world. It was as if these tiny speakers I would pore over brought messages from an existence beyond mine. messages of hope, togetherness, beauty and color. Read more>>

Nicolette Bardos

I LOVED taking pictures of things, everything. I guess this continued into high school, where I would make my friends “model” in random outfits so we could do photoshoots. One of my best friends (then and now). Read more>>

Brian Hubbell

I received my undergraduate degree at the Colorado College in Natural Sciences but did a lot more than crunch numbers and lab work for those four years. Yes, I enjoyed biology, chemistry and physics. Read more>>

Katie Bullen

After suffering from serious anorexia from a young age, and going through intense recovery, I decided to go vegan. I had been vegetarian for a long time and had to want to live a plant-based lifestyle was a huge motivation for me in my recovery. Read more>>

Chad Weller

My life experiences and passion to serve others has led me to where I am today – coaching people to eliminate stress and anxiety as a High-Performance Life Coach (HPLC). I have always known that I wanted to help people be their absolute best. Read more>>

Triet Hoang

Hi! My name is Triet Hoang and I was born in Binh Duong, Vietnam and moved to Denver, Colorado when I was one. I started dancing in 2008 and still pursuing that passion until today. Read more>>

Ruth L. Carver

I have been singing as long as I remember…and also telling stories. I remember watching the Phil Donahue show with my grandparents and then when I was by myself I would pretend to be both host and guest. Read more>>

Peter Van Dernoot

It was a gut-wrenching day. The day we had to tell our two kids that Mom had a rare type of lung cancer. It is forever etched in my mind. Our son, Craig, age 12, sat silently as tears filled his eyes. Read more>>

Donna Deteau

After graduating with a BA in Art History, I didn’t know what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. It took me 20 years of bouncing between corporate America and nonprofits that I realized that I was an entrepreneur at heart. Read more>>

Buntport Theater Company

Buntport Theater Company started as the fanciful idea of a handful of Colorado College students. We enjoyed creating new work together in college and wanted to continue, but on our terms. Traditionally. Read more>>

Matthew Carlson

Challenger Point Practice and Apparel is all about an attitude, a lifestyle, and never giving up. Founded by the prior firefighter, professional model and licensed counselor Matthew Carlson. Read more>>

Andre Fabre

In a nutshell I just never gave up on myself. I always believed that I was destined to do something great. But to give you a summary, I was born and raised on the westside of Chicago but I’ve been living in Denver for some years now. Read more>>

Alexandra Gertner

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and IBS when I was 15 years old. People weren’t familiar with gluten-free food nine years ago, considering I had been eating gluten for 15 years, neither was I. Read more>>

Lala Vigil

Funny how it all started. I basically used to stalk the CPRA page and send them messages. One day i told them it was disappointing that they didn’t have any female representation. Phil said, “you’re hired.” I told that surely he didn’t want me but here we are. Read more>>

Lyudmila Agrich

I was born in Russia. After changing the place of residence several times my family settled down in the beautiful city of Odessa in Ukraine by the Black Sea. As a child, I got all attention and love from my parents. Read more>>

Tesa Johnson and Ferrell Jones

Akasha Be Well Skincare was born from a need to find high-quality hair and body care products that worked and we’re available. My youngest son had very dry hair and skin and none of the baby products worked for him. Read more>>

Raquel Robertson

When I was a kid, eleven to be exact, I knew I wanted to own my salon and become a business owner. I would play in my sibling’s hair and let me tell you, shout out to them because they would go to school with their hair looking like it was done by an eleven-year-old. Read more>>




Noe Noel

I have been making people laugh for as long as I have been able to speak. Figuring out how to make a living utilizing this gift was the hard part. It is rare to have a mentor or educator direct you to this profession. Read more>>

Laurie Seymour

The unknown has always drawn me. What was hidden from ordinary sight has always been the whisper in my ear. The potency of this draw prodded me to take the next step, whatever that was, even when I’ve been terrified to my bones. Read more>>

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