Welcome to a nutshell version of yours truly. WARNING: You’re about to fall in love. But I feel the need to see other people.
I am an Executive Promoter of the ViSalus 90-Day Challenge and am extremely eager to help you achieve both your fitness and financial goals through hard work, dedication, and promoting health and wellness. I’m also the Managing Director for the Pittsburgh Hair Club center and the Founding Partner of LinXone Solutions, a Social Media Management and Inbound Marketing company located in Pittsburgh. I was born and raised in Bradford, PA, birth place of the Zippo Lighter and Tasta Pizza Turkey Pita (both changed the world) where I attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a minor in Writing in 2002.
In 2003, I made the decision to pack my bags, close the Bradford chapter, and start a new journey in the Steel City. I attended Duquesne University and earned a Masters Degree in Leadership for Management in 2006.
Over the years, I’ve developed a wealth of knowledge in the field of marketing, management, leadership, sales, communications, customer service, personal and business development, and employee engagement. My professional career includes serving as a Branch Manager and Account Manager for Enterprise Rent-a-Car for four years, as well as other various positions not worth mentioning…all which led me to my present career with Hair Club. Not exactly the easiest journey, but treat every bit of it as experience gained.
Together with my best friend, Jason Collins, we founded LinXone Solutions here in Pittsburgh to raise awareness of the power and importance of Social Media on businesses. Through our company, we provide small business solutions for companies in need of an improved web presence. We manage content and Social Media interaction and also place emphasis on Search Engine Optimization, Website Design and upkeep, and Graphic Design.
Personally, I’m an avid user and supporter of Social Media platforms and firmly believe businesses not “putting themselves out there” on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and blogs are missing out on the most critical part of their business: one-to-one communication with their customers. Likewise, people not joining social networking because they’re “trying to prove a point” are merely kidding themselves. Whether you want to embrace it or not, our world has changed. It’s all out there. Transparency tells the story as to whether people want to know you, converse with you, work with you, work for you, and even employ you.
In the last couple of years, I’ve put myself on a self-motivated quest to regain my health and get myself back in to shape. To date, I’ve lost over 60 pounds and I am not looking back. I owe a tremendous amount of my success and discipline to ViSalus and their 90-Day Challenge. I’ve learned to control my portions, make better decisions on the food I intake, and given myself the ability to stick to the goals I set for myself. With the weight loss has come the reward of beating sleep apnea, and I’m proud to report I never have to wear that stupid CPAP mask ever again! I’ve become a strong advocate of taking better care of yourself, and I’m living proof that ANYONE can do it if you truly desire the change.
My 3-year old daughter Mackenna is my world! When she came into my world, everything changed. I do everything for that little munchkin. She is the brightest ray of sunshine on what anyone in the world would consider a dreary, miserable day. As I’ve watched her grow into this adorable, well-behaved, polite little person, I know her future holds nothing but the greatest things. One of the biggest personal motivators for regaining my health was ensuring I was there for her as she grew up into the beautiful, talented woman she’s sure to be. And I’d be damned if something health-related was going to prevent me from walking her down the aisle one day!
On the recreational front, I am a certifiable sports nut. It’s a dead-on tie between football and hockey for me, and the Penguins and Steelers are religion. In addition, my allegiances belong to the Yankees, Pirates, Lakers, and Pitt Football and Basketball. I’m also very active in Fantasy Football and, a few years back, had a weekly column posted on FantasyLive.com. I hope I’m not the reason they shut down…
Last, but certainly not least, I like to consider myself a consumer of fine-tasting beers bordering on the level of geek-dom. A good IPA or Stout is absolutely, positively where it’s at. I’ve watched the craft beer scene grow in the Pittsburgh area and it gets me excited that more people are realizing how much better “the dark side” is versus some yellow, fizzy, watered-down glass of nonsense.