Media Host Josh Rodriguez is Today’s Honoree

Josh Rodriguez is a charismatic on-air personality and live event emcee who specializes in sports and entertainment. As a TV Host, Josh has worked for various media companies including AfterBuzz TV (“The Weekly Pass” with Bonnie-Jill Laflin, NFL Weekly, NBA Playoff Review),  Black Hollywood Live (Sports Weekly), with appearances on The Fumble.

As a Podcast host, Josh has featured sports shows on the Forward Mile Podcast Network (10 Minute Drill), and hosts his own NBA Podcast “The Dime with Josh Rodriguez”. He also can be seen and heard on the popular podcast “Straight Talk With Ross Mathews” where is known to Straight Talkers as “JRod”. As a music producer, he started his hosting career as a VJ for ZTV’s Indie Music Video Countdown Show.

Josh currently lives in Los Angeles, California as he continues to pursue a career in Television Hosting and Music Production.  On his down time, he enjoys making music and harnesses a huge passion for sports particularly basketball. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rider University in Arts, specializing in Radio/Television Track.

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Author Gary Collins is Today’s Honoree

Gary Collins has a very interesting and unique background that includes military intelligence, Special Agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Collins’ background and expert knowledge brings a much-needed perspective to today’s areas of simple living, health, nutrition, entrepreneurship, self-help and being more self-reliant. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice, and MS in Forensic Science.

Gary was raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a rural part of California. He now lives off-the-grid part of the year in a remote area of NE Washington State, and the other part of year exploring in his travel trailer with his trusty black lab Barney.

He enjoyed, and considers himself lucky to have grown up in a very small town experiencing fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors from a very young age. He has been involved in organized sports, nutrition, and fitness for almost four decades. He is also an active follower and teacher of what he calls “life simplification.” He often says:

“Today we’re bombarded by too much stress, not enough time for personal fulfillment, and failing to take care of our health… there has to be a better way!”

In addition to being a best selling author, he has taught at the University College level, consulted and trained college level athletes, and been interviewed for his expertise on various subjects by CBS Sports, Coast to Coast AM, The RT Network, and FOX News to name a few.

His website, and The Simple Life book series (his total lifestyle reboot), blows the lid off of conventional life and wellness expectations, and is considered essential for every person seeking a simpler, and happier life.

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Trademark Attorney Suzi Hixon, Esq. is Today’s Honoree

Suzi Hixon, Esq. is a trademark attorney based in the United States. She has a wealth of experience in the world of trademark law. She began her dynamic career after earning her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2003.

Suzi’s experience with business entities is wide-ranging. She has handled the intellectual property portfolio of a Fortune 100 company, as well as numerous small businesses.  Suzi has also been a nationally-ranked trademark attorney, and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Suzi’s experience practicing trademark law, a decade of experience running her own businesses in San Francisco, and working directly with startups, make her an indispensable resource for any business, especially private label and eCommerce businesses.

Suzi’s ability to take complex legal matters and transform them into easily digestible resolutions for her clients has resulted in raving client reviews. Her entrepreneurial spirit and indestructible work ethic over the years has spawned a whirlwind of trademark creativity.

From trademark selection, clearance, and enforcement, to doing-it-yourself and supporting your efforts, Suzi has become the face of all things Trademark and eCommerce.

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Author Jeff Victoroff, M.D. is Today’s Honoree

Jeff Victoroff, M.D. is a Harvard trained, board certified neurologist and psychiatrist, also certified in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry.  He serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).  He directed USC’s Traumatic Brain Injury/Neuropsychiatry Clinic at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center for more than a decade.  He is an award-winning teacher of neurology and the recipient of an award from the Brain Injury Association of America.  He was one of the five neurologists recruited by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher to provide care for concussed, demented, former NFL players. His new book, Concussion and Traumatic Encephalopathy: Causes, Diagnosis and Management, is available on Amazon and other fine booksellers.

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LinkedIn Specialist Sarah Santacroce is Today’s Honoree

Hi, I’m Sarah Santacroce. I’m an internationally recognized LinkedIn Specialist & Online Presence Mentor and help you convert your presence online into paying customers. I’m also the creative brain behind the LinkedIn Challenge, an event that has helped 1900+ people so far to improve their knowledge about using LinkedIn for business.

I live and work in beautiful Switzerland and have helped hundreds of clients from all over the world breathe life into their LinkedIn profiles, put together a strategy for their online presence or generated leads for them by using LinkedIn & Social Serving strategies. I also work with local companies here in my little country to increase their visibility or to generate new client leads for them.

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Wellness Consultant Diane Randall is Today’s Honoree

As a working mother, an on-the-road SAP Consultant, corporate trainer, coach and entrepreneur, I have played all, or most, of those roles at the same time for more than two decades with a commitment to wellness and a balanced lifestyle. Now, I can help you achieve the same.

The year was 1991.

I was a young, divorced mom of two living in St. Louis, Missouri, working a high-stress job as a Systems Engineer. I knew I wasn’t taking great care of myself but felt there was little I could do about it. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, unhealthy weight…the list went on. I was dumbstruck. There had been a history of unexpected health problems in my family – and my sister had passed away too young at 19 – but I never imagined I would be facing health problems of my very own. It was at this pivotal moment a fateful doctor visit revealed just how much of a toll my life was taking on my body.

So, I began researching and educating myself about ways to stay healthy. I started making shifts in every direction – the full 360 degrees – from my food to my workouts to my career. I found an amazing new job in Chicago, moved my family there, and eventually started my own technology consulting business.

That’s when my road toward improved health and balance really began.

I enrolled at Coach University, followed by training for a Guiding Mindful Change coach certification and attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. To pull it all together, I completed a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology.

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Angel Faces Founder Lesia Cartelli is Today’s Honoree

We live in a society of selfies and status postings; how you look can dramatically affect your self-esteem more than ever before. But add to that being mauled by a raccoon, or left for dead in a horrific house fire, and it can be a living hell. The physical and emotional scars can be unbearable when you are faced with the cruelty of the world. But there’s hope…

Burn survivor Lesia Cartelli is sharing her experience and helping girls navigate the permanent disfigurement left from traumatic injuries. The stares, unwanted questions and rejection are the reality this special group of survivors deals with on a daily basis.

Lesia knows this is true because she lived through it herself. Her desire to heal from a natural gas explosion at age nine that left her seriously burned over 50% of her face and body, encouraged her to create Angel Faces® for girls and women who suffer disfigurements from traumatic injuries. This year, two retreats will be held concurrently in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on June 16 – 23, 2019.

Over thirty adolescent and young women (ages 13-26) with disfiguring traumas will come together on a private compound on Lake Winnipesaukee to heal. They come from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada, and their stories will tug at the hearts of your audience.

During the multi-day retreats, survivors hear first-hand from Cartelli about her injuries and methods she used to recover. Through role-playing, the girls learn strategies on how to handle staring, teasing and intrusive questions, and during daily yoga, art therapy, lake play and intensive sessions, the participants begin to let their social armor down. The truth of the effect of their trauma is exposed so they can begin to heal. Licensed psychologists and clinical cosmetic professionals are also on hand to lead groups.

“Our retreats are only the first component to healing,” Cartelli explains. “Seeing our participants realize they are not the ‘burned or disfigured girl;’ they are a daughter, sister, a good soccer player, etc., first. Their trauma is an experience(a reservoir within themselves they can now access for courage), but it’s not who they are. I hear from their families or medical centers that referred them that after they return home with the tools they learned at the retreat, they are much more confident and self-assured in the real world—ending their social death. Now that gets me excited!”

Her own experiences on the long road to healing inspired Lesia to write a book as a way of helping others in their journey. Heart of Fire demonstrates how to discover blessings and gifts within any challenge, and the importance of opening our hearts to deeply heal what blocks our life’s pathway. In her book, Lesia also teaches the power of embracing our fears—something she did herself at age thirty-three when she faced her fear of fire and suited up in full firefighting gear to enter a burning building known as a “control burn.” A beautiful side note to the story is that after she conquered her fear, she married the fire captain who actually led her into the fire.

Angel Faces®, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization headquartered in Encinitas, CA, whose mission is to provide healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls and young women with severe and permanent disfigurement from burn/trauma injuries so they may achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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