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Rising Stars of Back Bay, Beacon Hill & South End

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 Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End and surrounding areas below.

Leslie Jorgensen

I founded Supporting Strategies in 2004 with the vision of becoming the go-to resource for outsourced bookkeeping and operational support services. Over time, I began to add employees to serve the company’s expanding client roster. Read more>>

Jeffrey Klug, Pamela Butz

There are two aspects of our early professional life that have had a clear impact on who we are today. We spent the majority of our early careers in Europe; in Switzerland and Italy. We had the privilege of traveling together quite a bit and this has given us an important point of reference. Read more>>

Trish Encina

Since I can remember, I have been fascinated with connecting people. At the age of 22 I secretly wrote my first business plan and began keeping track of great single people. I created my first Little Black Book, knowing I couldn’t tell anyone that I wanted to be a matchmaker. My goal was to work as hard as I could to create a nest egg, retire at 40 years old and become a matchmaker. Read more>>

Erin Barry

I went to hair school directly after highschool. I instantly fell in love with doing hair. I was always around a lot of hairdressers growing up and that ms what gave me the inspiration to go hair school. I started working for a salon in Brookline and was trained by very talented stylists from Lebanon. Read more>>

Keyhan Kamelian

I got started on music at the age of 8 when my mother signed me up for Glockenspiel lessons at a local music institute in my hometown, Mashhad, in Iran. Glockenspiel was the entry-level instrument all students initially had to take on in order to play their way up to Piano/Keyboard later at that institute. Read more>>

Dave McGillivray

Ran across America in 1978 from Medford, OR to Medford, MA for the Jimmy Fund – 3,452 miles. Ran up the East Coast of America for the JF. Run my age on my birthday ever year since age 12. Completed Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, HI nine times. Done 24 hour swim, 24 hour bike, 24 hour run. Read more>>

Lindsay Shores

Paris, Meet Boston, the fashion and lifestyle site that I started in 2016, began as a way for me to highlight my passion for the French way of living and how I choose to infuse that lifestyle into my life in Boston. the goal of the site is to inspire others to lead a culture-filled life, wherever they may find themselves in the world. Read more>>

Inida (Ini) Spahiu

Back home (Albania) my parents always said; “You should go to medical school”. It is not that I did not like that idea but being good in chemistry was not enough. I also liked to be a hairdresser but I did not even dared to bring that idea up to my parents ;-). After high school I was sent to business school in Germany where i lived and worked for 13 years. Read more>>

Karen Lee Sobol

Always engaged with people and nature, I’ve always been aware of interactions among them. As a child I understood air pollution when the Garden State Parkway sliced through my New Jersey hometown. Entranced by clouds moving as if by magic across a blue sky, I felt connected with them. Read more>>

Toni Gilardi

I was born and raised in Boston’s Historic North End. I am 3rd generation Italian / American and have always been proud to call the North End my home. I started selling real estate at the age of 18 after I decided to leave Suffolk University and quickly moved up in the ranks becoming the manager of Bostonian Realty within 6 months. Read more>>

Maxia Nicolas

When I was a little girl I would watch my mother do her makeup and was intrigued. When she wasn’t around I would sneak in her room, sit at her vanity table, and mock everything she used to do her face. Fast forward to 2009, I decided to officially start my journey as a professional makeup artist. Read more>>

Taline Badrikian

Nothing about my story is brief, but I’ll give it a shot! I studied tech in college and got recruited to Fidelity. I spent almost ten years there and was convinced I’d be a lifer! I was in tech first — development then telecom — but I slowly transitioned to a communications role for the IT organization and eventually into a marketing role in Fidelity’s Venture arm. Read more>>

Lance McBrayer

In my early 20’s, I worked a corporate-America job in mutual funds with Scudder, Stevens and Clark. I did it, it paid well, but I was not excited by it. I also was married by the age of 22 and my wife was a hair stylist for about four years, already. I used to go with her to all of her hair expo’s and classes and loved the way she was so inspired and aglow by her craft. Read more>>

Valerie Gurdal

I started in the Cambridge location in 1984 and there I met my husband, IhsanGurdal and over the course of the next few years, we began a buyout of the company. In 199 we opened the South End location where I work and he works at the Cambridge location. Read more>>

Natasha Whitby

I had several “normal jobs” for five years and realized the only thing that really made me happy was working out, and later teaching. I didn’t have any prior management experience, but I had worked in Merchandising at a large corporate company, Account Management at a start-up and finally Sales at another large corporate company. Read more>>

Alicia Mosesso

I founded Knots & Such in 2017 shortly after I tried macrame for the first time. I simply fell in love with the entire process from start to finish – from gathering the perfect supplies, to throwing on some music, to zoning in while hand-tying knot after knot after knot until each piece is complete. Read more>>

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