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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.

Gihan Amarasiriwardena

As a collegiate cross country athlete and MIT-trained chemical engineer, I knew there had to be a better way to make business wear. I used to spend hours in my MIT fraternity sewing dress shirts out of athletic shirts. Read more>>

Chris Raveis

I started in the family real estate business directly out of school in ‘93, then left to pursue commercial real estate in Atlanta, came back to the northeast to work on a tech start up during the .com era, then rejoined the family business in 2003. Read more>>

Sabrina Aviles

I graduated from Boston University with a degree in film production, My first job out of college was at Boston’s PBS flagship station, WGBH. (I didn’t know how lucky I was… ) I worked there for 9 years and then became a freelance producer, working on educational videos and documentaries. Read more>>

Gerald Slavet, Jennifer Hurley-Wales

Back in the late 1990’s, when we were both involved with New England Conservatory (NEC) and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, we saw all these wonderful, talented young classically-trained musicians who never talked about their success. Read more>>

Dan Kusik

I grew up in a family that deeply values education—my father was a research engineer and both my mother and sister were teachers. After finishing graduate school, working as a tutor seemed like a natural fit for me while I figured out what to do with my life. Read more>>

Julie Erickson

I am a lifelong exerciser and it gives me chills sometimes when I think about how lucky I am to workout for a living! When I graduated from college, the first thing I did was take a wine course so I knew how to order a decent bottle when out to dinner with business colleagues. Read more>>

Ralph Jaccodine

I started promoting concerts in my hometown of Allentown, Pa. and then at the University of Notre Dame where I was the concert commissioner. I was able to work with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Rush, Kiss and Livingston Taylor, who years later I started to manage. Read more>>

Toru Tsunoda

I began working at MUJI in 1996 as the Manager of the brand’s most popular store in Tokyo. From there, I went on to open MUJI’s first location in Toronto, Canada and later served as General Manager of all of MUJI’s Japanese stores (all 400 locations). I have held the position of the President of MUJI USA since February of 2017 during which time we’ve opened the brand’s first Brooklyn location and have plans to open several additional locations throughout the U.S. in the near future. Read more>>

Jan Leife, Amanda Mayo

Jan: Just Add Cooking is inspired from the Swedish meal kit market, which has been around for double the time that the American one has. I used a meal kit service in Stockholm for many years and when I moved to the States 5 years ago I couldn’t find anything similar so I decided to start one myself. At the time, the term “meal kit” was not familiar to most and there was no standardization of language around it. Read more>>

Bryan Goodwin

My career started in insurance after four years Bentley University in 2005. I realized that wasn’t my calling and joined FlipKey.com as their 1st employee earning $10/hour in 2007. There was no offer letter. I received a “social contract” from one of the founders. Read more>>

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