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Irving’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 Irving and surrounding areas below.

Afnan Adam

Where I am today began with an urge in mid-2015 to leave a life I felt imprisoned by. I was working a corporate job, and had been for five years, between various sectors: oil & gas, healthcare, and IT consulting. By all standards it was successful and rewarding, but it felt compromised because I realized it lacked any avenue for genuine fulfillment or freedom. Read more>>

Robb Schikner

Graduate of Clemson University with a BS (’86) and MS (’89) in Ceramic Engineering. My Master’s thesis concentrated on Carbon Fiber process development. I started my career in the Aerospace industry in 1989, working for GE-Aircraft Engines (Cincinnati, OH) right after finishing graduate school as a Liaison Engineer, working closely with both the material development/R&D and Prototype Manufacturing groups. Read more>>

Mark Jackson

After working in traditional media (radio, television and print), I ventured into the “web” in February, 2000 (right as the bubble was about to bust), going to work for Lycos in its Dallas office. Making the change from print to digital was about as drastic/dramatic as it was fun. Read more>>

Cindy Vallejo

I have always been passionate about baking, I have baked for my family over the last 25 years. In 1995 my baby passed away and I found comfort in baking, it was an escape of comfort and coping mechanism. I found I was actually good at it and I enjoyed creating things. After a bad divorce, I decided to move to Texas to be closer to family. Read more>>

Kristal Sabbs

UNL was created after I had gone through a bitter divorce. I had come to realize I was expecting my then husband to fill a void in my heart, to give my life purpose, and to provide me with unconditional love. When my marriage ended, my world was shook. I didn’t know God would use that situation to create purpose. Read more>>

Bret Brummitt

I actually landed a job in sales at AG Insurance back in 1999, at a youthful age of 24. Back then learning how to be an adult and raise a young child was a much more pressing issue than rising up the ranks of an organization. Being the youngest person in our firm meant many things in the midst of the dot.com era. Read more>>

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