Vinnie Iñiguez: Professional Golfer

Vinnie Iñiguez, Phoenix professional golfer, photographed at ASU Karsten Golf Course, by Nicki Escudero

Vinnie Iñiguez, Phoenix professional golfer, photographed at ASU Karsten Golf Course, by Nicki Escudero

Vinnie Iñiguez
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One of the Valley’s greatest characteristics is its golf courses, with lush holes that are playable year-round everywhere you turn. Vinnie Iñiguez, a 31-year-old Long Beach, Calif. native who has lived in the Valley for about the past 20 years, made golf his career more than 5 years ago, with the PGA Tour in his sights while calling ASU Karsten in Tempe his home course. Iñiguez has Bachelor’s degrees in accounting and agricultural business from Arizona State University and played golf for Phoenix College, and he is currently sponsored by PING, Pure Grips, and Triplex Training, among others. He shared his motivation to turn pro, along with why he loves living in the Valley, below.

What brought you to Arizona?

Family. My dad came out here for work. I’ve been out in the Valley for about 20 years. Continue reading

Elle Shelley: Pinball Strategy Founder

Elle Shelley, founder of Pinball Digital, photographed at Petite Maison in Scottsdale by Nicki Escudero

Elle Shelley, founder of Pinball Strategy, photographed at Petite Maison in Scottsdale by Nicki Escudero

Elle Shelley
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Elle Shelley didn’t always plan on being an entrepreneur, but the 30-year-old digital marketing strategist saw an opportunity to make an impact on the Valley’s social media scene by launching her own company, Pinball Strategy, this year with a current four client roster. Shelley and her partner have created a full-service digital agency specializing in creating online solutions for businesses using user experience (UX), content marketing, and digital public relations. Shelley says she’s incredibly happy she’s ventured out on her own. Read on for how she hopes to impact the Arizona technology scene, as well as five reasons why she loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’m a native. My dad is fifth generation Arizonan, and my mom was born and raised in Colombia. I grew up in Gilbert and went to Highland High School. I have a B.S. in business management from Arizona State University. Continue reading

Robert Thornton: Paper Clouds Apparel Owner

Robert Thornton, owner of Paper Clouds Apparel, photographed at Seed Spot in Phoenix by Nicki Escudero

Robert Thornton, owner of Paper Clouds Apparel, photographed at Seed Spot in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Robert Thornton
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Robert Thornton’s work is more about giving than getting back. As owner of bamboo T-shirt line Paper Clouds Apparel, the 32-year-old Phoenix resident and Chico, Calif. native supports a variety of local special needs causes with his business, which gives 50 percent of profits to special needs charities from the sale of the shirts, which are designed by kids with special needs. As one of the 16 venture businesses chosen to take up residency in Phoenix business incubator Seed Spot, Thornton is eager grow Paper Clouds Apparel and raise even more money for schools across the country. Read on for his story, as well as five reasons why he loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

The weather. I was playing professional baseball at around 1999, I hurt my leg, and I wanted to do my rehab outdoors, and I thought Arizona was the place to be. I had family that lived in Scottsdale, too. Continue reading

Jackie Morales: LIVE 101.5 Radio DJ, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona Activist

Jackie Morales, photographed at the 101.5 JamZ studios in Phoenix by Nicki Escudero

Jackie Morales, photographed at the LIVE 101.5 studios in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Jackie Morales
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Jackie Morales has been one of the strongest female presences in the Valley radio scene, having worked her way up from promotions to her current position as mid-day DJ for LIVE 101.5-FM. While you can listen to her promote the latest in music news during the day, she’s also active in both community efforts for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, as well as a regular nightlife host at places such as Flicka’s in Scottsdale. Read on for how the 34-year-old Phoenix resident, who you can hear Monday’s through Friday’s and every other Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on 101.5-FM, became one of the Valley’s veteran DJ’s, as well as five reasons why she loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona, about 4 hours away. It’s a really small town. I went to Douglas High School and took classes at South Mountain (Community College), and after that, I went to the Academy of Radio and TV. Continue reading