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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.

John J. Dean Jr.

Most laugh but I start my real estate sales career when the market was at its low point in 2009. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get into the business and apply what I learn in the years of .com startups to build a business around real estate. My past life had given me the perfect background in consulting, communication and technology and all I needed to do was apply myself. I joined one of the major brands and the first year in the business was a massive challenge, not only was the market depressed, lending was restrictive and buyers and sellers were a bit timid. Read more>>

Ania Zaroda and Michael Gurevich

Mike & Patty’s was started in 2008 by two friends that worked together at South End Formaggio, Patty & Mike. By early 2010 Patty was looking to move on and the original Mike carried on. As Mike & Patty’s grew in popularity, growing pains and health issues arised and in mid-2012, Mike decided to sell the business. On New Year’s Eve, of 2013, Mike & Patty’s reopened with new owners Ania Zaroda and Michael Gurevich, two total newcomers to the restaurant business. Mike & Patty’s was re-branded in 2014 and after a brief stint with the original equipment and layout, M&P had outgrown its space and in the fall of 2014 the couple was left with no choice but to gut the entire space and redesign the tiny eatery. Read more>>

Edward

I was drawn to bodywork through the awareness and realization of a couple of different things about myself, and the convergence of a few factors: an innate interest in the mind body connection, a sincere interest in helping others, a search for something more meaningful as a career, as a means of both artistic expression and the satisfaction of working with my hands, as a means to reduce stress and find balance within my own life. As a young man, I studied martial arts, Zen Buddhism, and then later in life – massage techniques, bodywork and yoga. Read more>>

Dr. Paul Heinzelmann

Ten years ago, I decided to start a business that would allow me build a new kind of healthcare service outside the confines of the typical clinic setting. Having recently completed my Master in Public Health training at Harvard University and a fellowship in Telemedicine at the Partners Healthcare Center for Connected Health, I was intrigued with the concept of combining the humanistic values of the old-fashioned house call with the sexiness and convenience of new communication technologies. The burgeoning market for smart phones, online care and fitness trackers really excited me, and I wanted to explore the potential for bringing a unique experience to healthcare consumers in their homes, hotel rooms and the workplace. Read more>>

Federico Salvador

I have been in the service industry for over 15 years. I started in Italy as a bartender and I let my curiosity and passion for food and drinks taking me through many experiences, classes, seminars and job opportunities that helped define who I am today. I landed in New York City in 2009 and I started working at Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali’s Del Posto as a sommelier. Since then I have been covering the role of captain, manager, general manager and service director. I am currently the service director at L’Espalier with a team of over 35 people. It never is a smooth road. Challenging are part of growth. All of us find them on their path, some of us avoids them, some of us are looking for them. Read more>>

Robert Casey

I started at the agency as an unpaid intern between my sophomore and junior year at BU where I was a PR major.  I thought it would be a fun internship for one summer where I’d get into cool parties and clubs for free and get to meet and hang out with models. It became a lifelong career, I’ve been with the agency for 18 years as of May, this is the only job I’ve ever had in my adult life. I certainly never thought I’d spend my entire career at one company, I believe I gave notice to move on at least four times, but circumstances always led me to stay put: first financial reasons, then a death in the family, and ultimately because Maggie was diagnosed with cancer. Read more>>

Brian Connolly

We started the business in January 2010. My partner and I had worked together at a larger firm and we wanted to start our own business. From an investing perspective, we recognized an opportunity within a niche of the High Yield market which we wanted to exploit for our investors. From a business perspective, we wanted to start a company where people were happy coming to work every day and we did this by providing people with increased opportunities and responsibility, rewarding performance, and creating a family friendly work environment. We are all working together to grow the business into something meaningful and unique which provides all of us with a sense of purpose beyond what you typically find within finance. Read more>>

Richard Enderlin

B3 was inspired by the musicians of Berklee College of Music and the soulful flavors of Southern Cooking. Created as a window to showcase the musical talent, B3 is a space to go for lunch, dinner or later night drink while enjoying the music of the moment. It is a place committed to the pleasures of simple, honest food and great music. As with all openings, there are bumps along the way. The most daunting would be seeing the entire bar top and back bar being hoisted up and replaced just a few hours before opening! Read more>>

Joni Lee Rossi-Landerfin

Joni Lee began her career training welfare recipients and those on unemployment through government-funded Welfare to Work programs. Joni Lee continues to work with Career Center graduates to help fine-tune their personal presentations and find satisfying work in office administration, customer service, data entry, and a variety of other promising fields. As she developed, Joni Lee C. Rossi once dreamed of becoming a lawyer, but while she was an administrator in a prestigious law firm inspiration struck. Joni Lee realized there was a niche for a service-oriented placement firm that could handle the demands of large companies. Read more>>

Natalie Santaniello

I began Airbrush ONE after moving to Boston from Scottsdale, AZ. I had melanoma when I was 25 and am always looking to be and stay healthy and look and feel great. I could not achieve anywhere a flawless spray tan that was at the level I was used to here in Boston, or anywhere In NE. So I started Airbrush ONE mobilly in Boston, and just recently opened my first stand alone spray tan store in Newport, RI. I am dedicated to bringing the highest level of spray tan to New England. Finding good employees is the biggest challenge. Second, the licensing in the states of RI and MA is extremely frustrating. Read more>>

Rogers Healy

I started Healy Relocation about 10 years ago, Healy Relocation is a full service, global relocation company. We help our clients all around the world with all of their residential and commercial real estate needs, as well as all their moving needs. Our niche’ is with high profile clientele, most of which are professional athletes. We’ve been fortunate to have helped multiple clients in the Boston/Providence area. I love Boston! Nothing smooth about owning a business…and that’s what’s I love. It’s ALWAYS changing and it seems like people are always trying to shoot you down. Read more>>

Lucas and Max Winthrop

Winthrop Wealth Management was founded in 1985 by Earl and Mark Winthrop. Both with CPA backgrounds, they entered the Wealth Management Industry because through their careers as CPA’s they witnessed firsthand an ugly industry full of advisors not acting in the best interest of their clients. Earl and Mark set out as pioneers in the “fee only” wealth management space with one mission in mind, put the client’s interest ahead of their own. “Do what is best for the client and the rest will follow” was what Earl and Mark lived by as they both took big career risks leaving their secure jobs to start Winthrop Wealth Management. Read more>>

Craig Stockmal

Craig has spent his whole career over the last 30 years in the marketing communications arena in the financial sector in the Boston area and beyond. He has seen the disconnect around the marketing message\brand being properly executed effectively in the market place in many mediums and the lack of sophisticated logistics to do it properly. He sought to create a company and a tech platform that integrates and handles that execution complexity. There is a lot of competition in direct-to-consumer marketing services and technology (traditional B2C). Read more>>

Glenn Forger

Family owned and operated Real Estate brokerage and development company. Since 1968. My father John has been in the business for almost 50 years. I’ve been with him for 20 years. Anyone who has been in the Real Estate business for as long as we have understood that nothing runs smoothly all the time…. far more of a roller coaster ride. We are family owned and operated. We specialize in brokerage and development in Greater Boston, the surrounding suburbs and parts of Cape Cod. Read more>>

Nike John

Unofficially I have been in real estate since I was a little kid. I would go around with my mother to Brookline and Boston open houses. I was always excited to see what was new on the market. I formally started in real estate one summer during college. I was immediately hooked and wanted to make it a career. I worked for two companies prior to starting my own brokerage. I worked primarily in rentals and learned a lot of what I know now from my previous brokers. I have now been in real estate for five years. Read more>>

Anna Tsui

I have done two international start-ups in two countries where I had to learn the language from scratch. The first one was nearly 8 years ago as an online import store selling fine Italian Cigars (I lived in Italy a few years back.) The next company I founded was called Wokaishi, China’s first online interactive fitness platform. While I was in Beijing running my company with my other co-founder and team, we had just received a round of funding and I was having a blast. Then, my mother called and said that both my grandparents, who were living back home in Boston were really sick and that I may never see them again. Read more>>

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