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Inspiring Stories from Quincy

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager 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 Boston’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 the rising stars from Quincy and surrounding areas below.

Kristen Callanan

I have been an RN since 1994, graduating from University of Massachusetts at Lowell, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for many years in acute care, I decided to also pursue a license in Esthetics at Catherine Hinds Institute. Read more>>

Karlo Bustos

KBRG was founded in 2011 in the midst of the recession. I had been working for CFO Publishing, post their Management Buy-out (MBO) from The Economist Group. As you would imagine, during that time the publishing industry took a massive hit, and as a result I was charged with a key team to identify new opportunities to monetize the 400,000+ senior finance executive audience captured over the 30+ years of the publications existence. Read more>>

Gillian Fournier and Eric Miles

Offroad Elements started out when we purchased our first Jeep, a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4 Door in July 2011. We immediately started designing our own aftermarket products (grill inserts, headlamp bezels, limb risers) and sold them through eBay and Amazon. We decided that this was an opportunity to create an East Coast aftermarket Jeep parts business. Read more>>

Jennifer Safrey

I have practiced yoga for more than 20 years and I can say that yoga truly saved my sanity. In my early twenties, when I was working the night shift as a copy editor at the Boston Herald and existing on caffeine and sugar in a deadline-driven newsroom, I began my yoga journey with ashtanga yoga. Read more>>

Maria Reisman

It all began in the 30’s when my husband’s grandmother, Bessie, opened up a women’s clothing store in Stoughton, MA. Her daughter, my husband’s mother, fell in love with and married one of the salesmen. His name was George Reisman. About 30 years later George opened ABC Retail with about 100 stores. Read more>>

Tony Giannetti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Giannetti, Jeff Lang. Tony and Jeff were college roommates and teamed up to run a small business together. Tony learned the stone fabrication trade from his late father, Steve “Hoss” Giannetti while Jeff spent 8+ years in the corporate world as a sales & marketing director. Read more>>

Larissa Bastianelli

Over the years, I have watched many people aspire for success. Most of the time, it’s simply putting together existing elements to create what appears to be new. As a business Administrator, I was touted as being innovative when I came up with Ocean Cleaning and our team has proven to be a success. I have always known the importance of having the ability to be an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Guy Tringali and Sandra Daniels

From the get-go, as a Boston native, I always liked to draw and color. As a young teenager I went to the MFA Museum School (Boston), Mass College of Art (Boston) when I was 16 and Butera School of Art in Boston’s Back Bay upon graduating high school. At first my goal was to be a fine artist but found myself in the world of advertising and eventually as Creative Director for one of Boston’s elite agencies. Read more>>

Curt Fetter

Dvee Media Productions was officially formed and founded by Curt upon the completion of their first independent video project on March 5th, 2000. The Dvee creative team (at that time, just a group of professional friends) was hired to script, film and create a surprise honorary 21st birthday video to be viewed on the TV Monitors in a stretch HumVee limousine in San Francisco in route from the airport to the extravagant birthday party gala. Read more>>

Howard Reisman

I started out as a software engineer writing business software, both financial and operational. Over time, I transitioned to writing software to manage the performance and reliability of large data centers. That came about because the business software we developed proved to be successful and was running in our growing data center 24 x 7.  Read more>>

Steven Tyer

Copley is one of the last, if not the last, locally owned and operated Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) in Massachusetts. Most SNFs are owned by large corporations based outside of MA. As a locally owned and operated facility located in the community where we live, we care for many of our friends, neighbors, and guests who we have associated with at various levels through their lives. Read more>>

Julie Foster

I was born to young and loving parents in 1969……..just kidding, I won’t start quite that far back. I’m actually a professional musician as well as a salon owner. Very much like the tanning business, musicians also deal with seasonal ebb and flow. During the slow season for my band, I started working part time at Endless Summer Tanning. Read more>>

Scott Gordon

In 2007, our local real estate market was in a severe downward spiral. The real estate “bubble” not only busted at the seams, it blew out the backside of it’s over plus-size blue jeans! I could not have imagined the financial troubles our industry had on the horizon.  Read more>>

Richard Pavadore

I started working at Raytheon as a microwave Engineer. Most work in this field is north of Boston and I was brought up on the south shore. I started the business as a consulting engineer so that I could work from an office closer to home while still supporting the industry. Read more>>

Michael Connell

My video life started when I was a kid. On my 10th birthday I used the money I got from gifts to buy a Super 8 movie film camera. I loved making fun movies with my family and friends and have been telling stories with a camera ever since. I went to Emerson College in Boston and graduated in 1980 with a BS in Mass Communications with an emphasis on TV and Radio. Read more>>

Rebecca Russo

I am 32 years old, and I have been working in the customer service and food industry since I was 15, I appreciate my customers very much, and I always try to do my best for them. Read more>>

Carlo Crocetti

During the Fall of 1917, Carlo and Vincenza Crocetti, with their son Alfred, opened up neighborhood Italian grocery store, C. Crocetti & Son, with less than $500 to their name, an Italian family sausage recipe and something called the “American Dream”. Read more>>

Ken Brine

After graduating from Boston College with degrees in Marketing and Finance, I pursued an MBA from Babson College. As a new graduate, I entered the world of banking as a commercial loan analyst for a large bank. This helped me to understand the financial aspects of running a business. My introduction to retailing was launched when I went to work for a large grocery distribution company. Read more>>

Christine Buckley

After 15 years of working in healthcare finance as an auditor, reimbursement specialist, and consultant, Christine J. Buckley became the Executive Director of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation in 2006. Before her official position as the first full time employee at the foundation, Christine had been a volunteer with the foundation for 9 years prior, as well as a past Board President. Read more>>

Saun Green

Started in 2003, GRLZradio was founded in response to the media’s hyper-sexual depiction of women and the negative impact of community violence on teens in the Boston area. After expressing their concerns to a mentor, a small group of local teens from the Dorchester area, were given the opportunity to bring these issues to then mayor, Thomas Menino. Their desire and goal was to create media that portrayed women in a positive and more respectful manner. Read more>>

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