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Inspiring Stories from La Jolla & UTC

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager 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 San Diego’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 La Jolla & UTC below.

Zack Brager and Bill DeWitt

California Wild Ales was born out of our love for funky, sour beer. Having grown tired of the hop wars, we set our sights on producing something different using old-world brewing techniques. We have two founders. Zack Brager, whose background is in the hospitality/service industry, and William DeWitt, a graphic designer by trade. As Zack began to deep dive into the craft beer world, his love of sour beer led to a search to find a place that had this style readily available. Read more>>

Thienkim Cao Cao

In 7th grade, my math teacher introduced us to an online game called “the eyeballing game”. The goal was to eyeball exactly where points converged, where shapes formed perfect angles, and where the center of a line or shape would fall. I was never good at math, but I excelled at the eyeballing game. Ever since I was younger, I’ve always had an affinity for visual arts, and an obsession with creating perfectly aligned notes, layouts, and compositions. Read more>>

Karalani Cross

The ocean is a healing energy source for me. I’ve lived by the water my entire life, but every single time I gaze at that wide open sea, I’m still reminded about how amazing this Earth is, that there is an entire world under the water different than ours. It reminds me that there is still magic and mystery in this world. That’s why I named by company Mist & Sea. My desire is for people to have that same feeling when experiencing my products– wonder and a soulful appreciation of nature. These are the roots of my calling. Read more>>

Geo Derice

It all started for me when I decided to become a personal trainer. This was while I was in college. Personal training was something I enjoyed because I loved the idea of helping someone transform their bodies from where they were to ultimately where they wanted to be. It was a struggle for me in the beginning because I had no understanding of sales and marketing. This led me to search online for resources that can show me how to sell and market my personal training services. Read more>>

Ashkan Mapar

My path to becoming a Principal and Portfolio Manager at Triton Funds all started my sophomore year of college at UC San Diego. I had been looking for a way to get my foot in the door within the world of finance, applying to any internship I could come across when I got the opportunity to join Triton Funds as an entry level analyst at the beginning of that school year. With little knowledge about venture capital and private equity. Read more>>

Wilfrido Terrazas

I grew up in Ensenada, Baja, California, and discovered music when I was 12. I started playing the flute at 15 and haven’t stopped ever since. I’ve had a long career and I am actually celebrating 30 years of playing the flute this month. I’ve had a long relationship with this border region and in many ways, my music-making is influenced by it. I started crossing the border when I was 17, to play in youth orchestras and take flute lessons in San Diego. Read more>>

Andrew Chang

As part of an awareness campaign to encourage people to continue their preventative dental visits and stay healthy, US Dental Triage and West Coast Oral Surgery have been donating face masks and PPE to first responders. In May and June, US Dental Triage will be donating over 50,000 masks and actively encourages dental practices to support their community first responders and healthcare workers; however, they can. Read more>>

Jumon Tano

I was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. My family has been operating a small restaurant that specializes in tonkatsu called Tonkatsu Tsurukame for the past 30+ years. My older sister and I began helping out in the restaurant when we were growing up. I started planning on opening my own restaurant in America when I was 20 years old. A couple of years ago, I worked alongside my father at Tonkatsu Tsurukame to gain more training. I am now 29 and my dream has become a reality. Read more>>

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