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Rising Stars of Downtown & Little Italy

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 Downtown & Little Italy below.

Roseanne Luth, Janeen Hazel

Luth Research began in 1977 as a data collection company. We were one of many small companies throughout the US who supplied insights to clients by interviewing consumers and businesses. We conducted surveys using traditional methodologies starting with door to door, telephone interviewing and also did recruiting to support on site focus groups at our facility. Read more>>

David Hepburn, Holly Hepburn

Hepburn Creative first opened its doors as a video production company in 2008 in San Diego. From the beginning, it has always been our mission to provide high quality, engaging videos. Each video brings its own challenges, so the crew grows and scales as needed, but our executive team remains the same. Read more>>

Matthew Reichardt

In 2004, my wife, Emily, and I after the birth of our first child, Ella, started Bumbleride out of our home in Point Loma, San Diego. Living active lifestyles with our kids we were looking to create baby products that not only met our design and quality criteria but also a brand and culture that connected with modern parents. Read more>>

Josefina Ryabyshchuk, Bogdan Ryabyshchuk

We started Zynath Group in 2016 as a personal investment fund. We had just sold our house and used the proceeds from the sale to buy stock and options in our favorite companies. Our investment philosophy is simple: invest in undervalued companies. Read more>>


As soon as I realized I wanted to create a jewelry line, I started the planning process. I do not believe in overnight success stories, so I knew I had to prepare myself for it. I did not have a plan B, therefore jewelry just had to work out for me. Read more>>

Lauren Turton

Find The Hare is self portrait photography project I started 8 years ago. I take bizarre photos of myself in a rabbit mask. I place my camera on a tripod, set the timer, then run in front to capture the scene I’ve planned out in my head. Read more>>

Gabriel Galvez

I distinctly remember being asked to write about what I wanted to ‘be’ when I grew up in 4th grade. That was the year I learned the word ‘entrepreneur’ (thanks to my father). While at the time I didn’t understand the how or why, I knew that was the route I was most interested in taking. Read more>>

Donna F. Walker

It is exciting to dream about the possibility of having your own business. It is even more exhilarating to combine the different passions and interests that you have into one package. Most of all, it is extremely satisfying to actually bring your daydreams into tangible reality. Read more>>

Alexander Ryker

I come from the middle-class where people live a rinse & repeat lifestyle. They wake up, eat breakfast, watch the news, take the kids to school, go to work, pick the kids up, have dinner, watch tv, and go bed. Read more>>

Davide Di Giorgio

Picture it, Sicily, ca 1969… No really, it all got started then and there. That’s where my birth parents met Seven years later, in Toronto, Canada I was born. Imagine the reaction my immigrant birth parents had when, at 18, I declared, “I’m going to go into music.” Read more>>

Eric Berman

Started my first major company after graduating UCSD which ended up being the original Facebook concept before there was MySpace, Facebook, etc.. It was called College Club- we raised over $75M and had over 400 employees. Things fell apart after the first ‘internet” stock market crash of 2001- It was quite the experience. Read more>>

Daniel Passov

My first job was a graphic designer in San Diego. When I attended UC Santa Barbara, I kept seeing t-shirt designs that were horrible, and kept saying I could design this so much better. So I did. It started in SB, then I expanded across southern California, then put it online and expanded across the country. Read more>>


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