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Inspiring Stories from Longmont

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 Longmont’s rising stars below.

Marci Angeles

A little over six years ago, I learned how to design and build websites during a marketing internship in college. I studied business with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, so I definitely always knew I wanted something of my own. When I graduated, I moved back home and decided to start my own business. I went through a few different iterations of my design business and tried a few other business ideas as well while working full time. Read more>>

Amanda Miller

I’ve always Had a love for animals especially dogs. I started off at a doggy daycare in Grand Junction Colorado in 2012 and I loved every aspect of it from boarding, training and grooming. I’ve had animals since I was young. During some very hard times in my life dogs were the one constant thing that ne or let me down. I furthered my education by doing hands one training with a local groomer, studying with Melissa Verplanks education programs. Read more>>

Jennifer Friedman

I have always desired to be of service to humanity by helping to co-create a more just and peaceful world for all beings. This desire originally manifested as a goal of becoming a conservationist and advocate for the Earth and her people. I moved to Colorado from my home-state of Illinois to better pursue this goal. As I was awaiting the time to attend Colorado State University as a resident. Read more>>

Marjanna Akhtar

While studying biology at the University of Colorado, my genetics professor piqued my interest in travel and scuba diving with tales from his research on conch populations in the Caribbean. I planned a holiday to the Yucatan and while there took my first breath underwater on a scuba tank. I was hooked! The real opportunity to combine this passion with travel came a couple of years later. Read more>>

Tim Hebert

I started in aviation 1992 and have worked throughout my career as a pilot, A&P Mechanic, Quality Inspector/Auditor and most recently as a consultant. Although I absolutely love aviation, I have always felt like I am a craftsman. Over the years, I have worked various construction projects. Some of which include remodeling homes, kitchens and bathrooms. I also really got into building custom poker tables for a while. Read more>>

Mark and Matthew McLachlan

While we’ve been working together on products dating back to 2012, we formally started Antsy Labs in 2015. In case our names didn’t give it away, we’re brothers – while we have often been asked whether or not it’s challenging working with family, we wouldn’t have it any other way. We have developed a great balance of strengths over the years and have always enjoyed working on projects together. Read more>>

Ray Hornback

I was always a very artistic child. I liked creating things with my hands. I grew up doing drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting. I was also very individual with how I dressed. I always cared about my hair. I liked styling it and remember even helping my brother style his hair when we were kids. My mom always cut our hair until I was 18 years old and then I started cutting my own hair. I never went to a stylist or barber. Read more>>

Donna McDonald

As a young girl born in a small Georgia town, I was enamored by animals and the outdoors. I loved spending time with both domestic and wild animals. With gratitude for my patient animal-loving dad, I was inspired to care for strays and wounded animals we found and nursed back to health. At a young age, my sister and I both were lucky to experience the joy of having dogs and cats in our home. Read more>>

Jennifer Ward

You’d always find me in the kitchen in some shape or form growing up. I fell even more in love with cooking through Home-Ec Class (yup, it was a while ago). After graduating High School, I still wasn’t sure if cooking was just something I enjoyed as a hobby or if it was a career I wanted to pursue. I worked lots of odd jobs or the net three years. Everything from Administrative assistant to working in the repo yard (ugh!). Read more>>

Candra Pilas

I am originally from a very small town in Kansas called Claflin, population 612 people. When I was younger, I constantly found myself getting into trouble out of boredom. I knew there had to be so much more out there than wheat fields, cows and tractors. Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with small-town life. It raised me and made me who I am, but from a very young age I knew Colorado was the place for me. Read more>>

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