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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.

Vienna Kaiser

Never thought I would be writing a story about myself and what I have accomplished. Certainly makes me think about all the different things I have enjoyed in my life. I guess to start I am a 68 year old Athlete. Well, turning 68 this month. All my life I have enjoyed sports or games and I have instilled that in my children and grandchildren. I continue to stay active playing Basketball, Over the Line (a San Diego tradition), Crossfit, Golf, Bike Riding, Hiking, Pickle Ball…..actually you name it I play it. After Graduating from SDSU, I met a wonderful man that just moved to San Diego from Montana. We settled down in Clairemont San Diego and raised 2 children. They are now grown, married and have their own families. Our son is a Navy Pilot, his wife is a Cardiac ICU nurse. Our daughter is very successful in a Worldwide company and her husband works for an Commercial Electric Co. They have 3 Cute boys….6, 4 and 18 months. Read more>>

Tatiana Penix

When I was a little girl, my parents threw amazing parties at our house. I would stand by the door greeting all the guests as they arrived. I loved watching the grown ups all dressed up, with their cocktails laughing and dancing the night away. What can I say, I love hosting parties too. I was 11 years old when I started throwing parties of my own. I would plan the food, decorations and music and my mom to help me make it happen. Many years later after a great career for a corporate company, as a lover for logistics and hospitality, I found myself in love with events again. Read more>>

Andrew Arrabito

I started out in Northern Ca on the hillside above Napa Valley. I made knives with my older brothers that were big into the outdoors and wilderness survival. From a young age I wanted to be in the SEAL Teams and after high school and right after 9/11 I joined the Military and went into the SEAL Teams out here on San Diego. I spent the next 10 years at multiple SEAL Teams going to war. I got out the end of 2012 and started trying to figure out what I was going to do next. It took some time but I had gotten back into hunting and the outdoors and I had used blades and tools my entire life and knew what worked for the end user. I did my research on steels and grinders and the equipment to make the best blades. I started idea the awning in my back yard late 2014. I just started making a simple camp blade for buddies and by the time I had made 50 I had a large demand for more. I hired my roommates and a SEAL teammate to start helping me and learning with me. Read more>>

Amy Jaramillo

Developing people while providing structure to their lives has always been a passion of mine. I started my first career quite young at the age of 19 working in the mental health industry as a counselor for at-risk youth that were on probation for substance abuse. Although this type of work was very challenging, I absolutely loved the relationships I built with the youth and there was no greater reward than to see them overcome their obstacles and succeed. As I aged with my career, I realized that I was not the same person I once was when I started and that my career aspirations shifted. I knew that I wanted to still work with people, but in a larger capacity, so I researched careers where my skill set would be transferable, and I decided upon human resources. Read more>>

Natalie Foster

One day, I was listening to the story of a homeless veteran, he was describing how when he was serving in the military he felt a sense of pride, security, and stability that allowed him to serve without dealing with the typical Financial burdens that most Americans face. He said it wasn’t until after he left military service that he didn’t have those same lifestyle comforts anymore, as a matter of fact, we was scared, nervous, and jobless without a stable way to provide a decent living for himself. It was in that moment that as a veteran myself, I realized that I didn’t want to experience what that gentleman and thru that lens of experience, I made a vow to myself that I would use the experience and skill sets I learned from the military and use them as a way to provide for myself and family while creating a business that could allow me to live a lifestyle that I wanted to live on my terms and from that perspective, Foster Solutions Consulting was born. Read more>>

Parker Slavin

I come from an entrepreneurial family where I watched both of my parents, aunt and uncle all run their own successful businesses, so I knew I wanted to follow the same route. After graduating from San Diego State University in 2014 with my business marketing and information systems degree, I quickly sought out a job where I could wear multiple hats. I ended up becoming the Marketing Manager for a small business with a small team, and I fell in love with all things marketing related. I was responsible for our various Ad Campaigns, retargeting campaigns, backlink projects, on-site and off-site SEO, increasing paid and organic traffic to the website, increasing conversions, margins, website design, photography, photoshop and creatives, user experience, and more! It quickly dawned on me that I would be able to operate my own business. Read more>>

Mark Strube

Many people in San Diego wouldn’t think to consider the Midwest a likely spot for a professional sailboat racing career to start, especially as San Diego is one of the sailing capitals of the world. Growing up in Milwaukee, WI, my initiation into the sport and a lifelong career began on Lake Michigan as both of my grandfathers and my father were avid sailors. As a child growing up before video games were a thing, I was a very active kid. Most of my childhood summers were spent at the South Shore Yacht Club where a typical day included: breakfast. bike ride to the club. sail. lunch. sail. bike ride home just before dark. dinner. sleep. repeat. (Did I mention I’m now 6’5″ and like to eat?) When I wasn’t sailing, I played football in high school and then in college for Northern Michigan University. During my time getting an MBA from U of Miami, I even played arena football for a stint, but sailing was always in my DNA. Read more>>

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