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The Best and The Brightest of 2024



Age 18
Casa Grande Union High School
Casa Grande

Drake Maestas knows what it means to work hard and strive for excellence. He always enjoyed working on cars, but launched a detailing business with his dad in 2014 as a way to honor his late grandfather and carry on the Maestas name. The duo started RPM Detailing out of their own garage but quickly ran out of space. In 2018, they opened their own facility in Casa Grande, attracting dedicated clients from across Arizona and neighboring states. Plans for expansion into the Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale areas are now in the works.


“Our certifications and degrees set us apart,” said Drake. “Most carry one certification in polishing or ceramic coatings. I carry five certifications.”


High school has been a chapter of change for Drake as he adapts to exploring so many opportunities. He served as Vice President of AZ DECA, a Career and Technical Student Organization chartered by the Arizona Department of Education. He will attend ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and Barrett Honors College after graduation, and plans to pour that knowledge into expanding RPM detailing.


He credits CTE for opening his eyes to entrepreneurship and future career opportunities.


“I’m a big fan of CTE and encourage everyone to try and explore it,” he said.


When he is not in school or working at his shop 25-30 hours a week, Drake mentors young entrepreneurs and marketing students. He volunteers as a youth leader at his church, is involved with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the National Honor Society, and has served a two-year term on the Casa Grande Youth Commission.


He has this advice for other young people looking to make an impact: “Don’t let fear hold you back.” 

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