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Garland’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas 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 Dallas-Fort Worth area’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 rising stars from Garland and surrounding areas below.

Rebecca Andrews

I left the bayous of Southwest Louisiana and drove into Dallas, Texas in August of 1984. I had never been on a road trip before as an adult. I was nineteen years old and a single parent determined to not be a statistic. Prior to leaving Louisiana I had attended nursing school at Sowlea Technical Community College while working at a local hospital as a nursing aide. Read more>>

Launese Mumphrey

I was truly awakened from my sleep and given the vision, the name, our logo, and how to actually operate and run the business etc. in the middle of the night. While in bed, I rolled over and grabbed pen and paper and I began writing down everything on paper (that was sitting on my nightstand) verbatim of what I saw and that was being revealed to me. Read more>>

Julie Alexander

My education and background are in speaking and teaching. As the result of observation and personal experience, I realized that job satisfaction has a tremendous effect on life satisfaction. And — from an organization’s standpoint — it influences the bottom line. Read more>>

Sunny and Mike Richter

Mike’s love for Texas smoked BBQ and Sunny’s Asian culinary flare brings a new style of smoked meat and fusion. We both left corporate jobs to pursue our dream of owning our own business. Mingling Mouth is the first locally owned Mobile Street Food Trailer of its kind. Read more>>

Tom Baker

I began my adult career in the 1970s in retail management, including managing and owning women’s shoe stores. I learned a lot about people and management that I continue to use every day. Read more>>

Chris Phelan

“The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.” – Lois McMaster Bujold. I read something recently that fits what happened at, and immediately after, the funeral. “Don’t settle for a spark. Light a fire instead.” Read more>>

Scott & Angie Belshe

I grew up in Royse City and Garland. During high school, I worked in a locally owned and operated Auto Parts Store in Wylie. After high school, I spent the next 25 years in Automotive based customer service and training. In late 2013, the opportunity arose for us to purchase a then struggling Meteor Hamburgers. Read more>>

Marcais Lawson

Born and raised in Greenville, TX, I grew up in a family rooted deeply in construction. I spent many days working alongside my father, grandfather and brothers in the family business. As a child, I always had a passion for residential design and design in general. Read more>>

Samantha Naidoo

When I went to college, I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field. I didn’t think I would get married until my late 20s or early 30s because I wanted to have been working in my career for a couple of years and maybe move somewhere far away like New York. As it turned out, I met the man I wanted to marry at South Garland High School. All of a sudden waiting till my late 20s or early 30s seemed like a really long time, and I had little desire to start a family so far away from what I called home. Read more>>

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