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Point Loma & Shelter Island’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 Point Loma & Shelter Island below.

Judy Reeves

An idea “descended” on me one November night in 1992 in my bathtub: Open a writing center; a gathering place for writers where they can come and learn and find community and share their work. I opened The Writing Center, a nonprofit literary center, in the Gaslamp Quarter in November 1993–a sort of “if you build it they will come” concept that worked. Read more>>

Rob Jones

tarted off as a junior sales person at a company straight out of UCSD. Left for a year to teach English in Japan, came back and was promoted to Sales Manager to VP to President within a few years. After a decade with my previous company, it was time to venture out on my own. Read more>>

Lalo Saidy

Lalo Saidy is an Underwater Cameraman/photographer, White Shark Guide and Dive Instructor. I have spent the past 14 years working with, filming and taking photos of white sharks and dealing with shark conservation issues. Read more>>

Melissa Ward

I grew up in San Diego and received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from San Diego State University. After graduating from SDSU, I worked in the non-profit sector, performing graphic design and event planning. Read more>>

Jonathan Spangler

I’m an IP attorney-turned-entrepreneur. After a 20+ year career in IP law, I was inspired by the entrepreneurs I represented, finally taking my own advice when confronted with the pain points of traveling by air with my guitar. My advice: “If you don’t like the available options, design what you want, protect it, and then see if others want it too.” Read more>>

Greg Sterner

While in High School, very uninspired student that was focused on athletics. I dislocated my shoulder while playing in a High School football game. The physical therapy/rehabilitation I received after rotator cuff surgery spiked my interest in combining my love of athletics with overcoming an injury. Read more>>

Andrea Davis

I got started 7 years ago in October. I started making them out of my home. It suddenly turned into a full on business of trufflin all over San Diego. Today I continue to grow my business and have partnered with The Patio Group one of my longest clients. Read more>>

Ruben Valenzuela

The BCSD was founded in 2003 by conductor, musicologist, and keyboardist Ruben Valenzuela, with the purpose of establishing a San Diego based ensemble to offer historically informed performances of music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Read more>>

Laura Rodriguez, Alejandro Rodriguez

Our journey started over 6 years ago as a conceptual project while we were still living in Europe. Laura comes from a family of pasta makers who had a small pasta shop in the heart of Buenos Aires and over the years grew to a large pasta factory and a number of Italian restaurants through out the city. Read more>>

Whitney Benjamin

I have been on a journey with my health and well being since I was 19 when I was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and nearly had to walk away from my softball career at UCLA. On one summer day before my sophomore year of college, I woke up depressed and numb from all of the drugs that were supposed to make me feel better. Read more>>


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