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Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach’s Rising Stars

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 inspiring stories from Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach below.

Crystal Fairley, Keith Fairley

In 2010, I grew my first chili pepper plant called a Black Cobra. It was fun learning how to grow a beautiful plant and cultivate it. The fruit output was more than I could handle so I started giving them away. As I gave away the black pods it received positive feedback on the taste and heat and I thought to myself “I needed to grow more the next year.” Read more>>

Giacomo Pizzigoni

My name is Giacomo Pizzigoni and I am a 28 year old Entrepreneur and Gastronome. I came to San Diego in 2010 where I got my Master in Business Administration from San Diego State University. After I graduated I worked with a local Restaurant Group (Vigilucci’s) for over a year as a restaurant manager, where I learnt how to run a successful restaurant. Read more>>

Daniel Cordero

I was born and raised in Chula Vista. Went to Eastlake high school. Then to San Diego state for my bachelors degree in kinesiology. I became a personal trainer while I was in undergrad, I wanted to gain as much knowledge as I could so I be came a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified kettlebell instructor by Pavel. Read more>>

Jessica Matthews

My passion for fitness and wellness stems from what I witnessed in my own family. Specifically I grew up in a family drastically impacted by chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. I witnessed firsthand since the time I was a child the devastating effects these lifestyle-related illnesses had on the people I loved most, including my own mother and grandmother, complications of which included blindness, amputations, and renal failure. Read more>>

Juan Ortiz-Romero

I was born in Medellin Colombia, and came to the US at an early age. I went back and forth between both countries until I ended up in Worcester, Massachusetts finishing high school and enlisting into the Marine Corps as a means to pay for college and leave a small town. Read more>>

Steven Ford

In the summer of 2013, fate led 2 San Diego State college grads/roomates,  Steven Ford and Brandon Leibel, to take jobs at a local San Diego, call center where they would meet their future business partner and lifelong friend, Bruno Aschidamini. Read more>>

Sean Burns, Jared Lazar, Jesse Goodwick

Jesse Goodwick founded Team Phun in 2012, building a Southern California lifestyle brand around his passion for skateboarding, the beach lifestyle, and building a product assortment from his background in engineering. Read more>>

Ryan OKeefe

I spent nearly the first 5 years in the healthy vending industry working for another healthy vending company. In short, I felt that there were many ways to improve upon what they were, or were not doing. In addition I felt that the vending industry overall needed a fresh approach as every company, regardless of whether or not that they considered themselves healthy or not, were conducting business like the vending had been for decades. Read more>>

Dr. Debbie Bright

I initially moved to San Diego from the Midwest to pursue an independent contractor position with a Chiropractic Physician who is well recognized in the sports rehab world. I never thought he would say yes to adding me to the team, however I had completed the exact post-graduate coursework needed and interned with the right physicians to stand out — and just like that I was driving my loaded down 2001 Saturn across the country to live in the city of my dreams (it was 2013)! Read more>>

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