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Jeff Yapp

Jeff Yapp attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He continued his education in pursuit of a Masters degree in Marketing, Finance, and Operations from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, located in Evanston, Illinois. As he achieved that goal, he moved with the same momentum into his career.

His first professional position was with Kraft Foods Group. It didn’t take him long to move from an entry level marketing position to the Product Group Manager in the Beverage Division. This was his first significant foray into marketing and developing the skills that followed him throughout his career.

As Jeff Yapp developed the skills, he searched for bigger and greater challenges. He moved onto work in a variety of positions, revitalizing brands and developing new skill. Among some of the jobs he moved into are Newscorp’s 20th Century Fox Entertainment, Microsoft, the Pepsico, and Viacoms MTV. Believing he had the skills he could obtain from all of his positions with others, the natural next step was to begin his own company. In 2011, he launched the consulting and marketing firm Wutznxt.

At Wutznxt, Jeff Yapp has been able to turn the skills he developed through experience into an asset for his clients and customers. His company specializes in direct to consumer and most recently small business leadership, but has continued to work with Fortune 100 companies as well. The teams at Wutznxt help their diverse clientele stand apart from their peers and competitors. They do this in a way that creates experience, blending brand recognition with positive memory creation. The lasting connection leaves better brand knowledge in its wake.

It isn’t uncommon for Jeff Yapp to be traveling for business or with his family. It is also not uncommon for him to bring his camera along to take some amazing images and create memories that will last a lifetime.

What is your hobby?

One passion of mine that started over 20 years ago has turned into one of my favorite pursuits. My photography is another part of my business portfolio. We are a visual based world and capturing the moment, the emotion and the surroundings through the lens of my camera allows the feeling of the experience to come through. It’s true in all aspects of my work.

What inspired you to get started with photography?

It developed while the kids were growing up. I worked a lot more than I would have preferred to at times, so I wanted to capture every moment. It didn’t take long to realize how fun it was to take pictures of my family and it quickly worked its way into my professional life. The camera is one of the most amazing creations in that it allows anyone to create art, even those of us who didn’t pursue it as a career.

Tell us what you love about it.

Initially, it was just a way to collect memories with my children. What I remember most was watching my daughter in dance at age 3, she is now 27. I would photograph her earliest performances to her majoring in dance at the university of Michigan. The camera allowed me to capture the artistry and emotion in a way that was truly unique.

I have shared this passion with my family as well and it has worked its way into the professional life of my kids as well.

My oldest daughter Kristine is an event planner for twitter. Her photography skills and years of experience in event space and marketing allows her to understand what success looks like from many angles. She has a keen eye to understand the big picture and create events that translate to the consumer.

My oldest son Ryan loved to make movies when he was little. He’s taken his love of film and photography and turned it in to a career. He has his own company that shoots educational videos and is still making movies with his best childhood friend. He has helped me with many events.

My daughter Kelli is the marketing Director of Brand Product & Development at Shadowbox in NYC. Her ability to photograph allows her to capture the feel and experience at the clubs for their print and digital media.

My daughter Molly is the creator of MY Magazine and currently in her 9th issue. She is extremely talented on telling a story through her lens and has taken her magazine from a digital publication to newsstand print in a short span of time.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your photography?

I have studied with many professionals. My two favorite are Moose Peterson and Joe McNally.   Moose is one the top nature photographers in the country and Joe is globally recognized artist with his use of light and flash. Both are Nikon ambassadors and have received many awards.

Have you had to invest in equipment? If so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I have been a Nikon photographer for over 15 years. My equipment has evolved as the technology has changed. My current go to favorites are the Nikon 850 and the new Nikon z7. Both cameras are amazing creative tools. Four years ago, I finally made the leap into the Leica pool. Leica rangefinder cameras have been the gold standard for photographers for decades. Leica represents a completely different more intimate connection to the experience. The pictures have a quality that just is not available on most digital cameras today

Storage cards Lexar pro and my preference is the Sony xqd cards, there speed and reliability are unmatched

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I have been buying from Neptune Photo for the last 15 years. Robert is the store manager and has been amazing to work with. I love supporting a small local shop even when I moved to the west coast.  Another retailer on the other end of the spectrum is 47th Street Photo. Amazing place, amazing selection. if you can’t find it at 47th Street Photo it doesn’t exist! Finally, my local shop in Portland is pro photo supply great team and strong selection and great availability.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Moose Peterson’s “Guide to Wildlife Photography: Conventional Techniques” is great intro into wildlife photography. Joe McNally has so many books my favorite is “Life Guide to Digital Photography” for people looking to take their skills to another level and “The Moment It Clicks” for the more experienced photographer.

How has this changed your life?

This has brought art and creativity to my world in a way I didn’t expect it would originally. It is really a wonderful thing to be able to look at the images over the years and see the progression from a novice to an experienced photographer. Having this outlet has brought great joy to my family and those I’ve taken pictures of around us. We are able to look back at the unique lighting and creations and enjoy the moment or emotion again.

What advice do you have for others starting out with photography?

Just do it. Looking at the world through a lens of a camera gives you a whole different perspective. It requires you to slow down and notice the subtles. It is amazingly rewarding. Pick up a used digital camera, find an old film camera experience the differences between them. Find a camera and learn how to use and change the depth of field the focus points the exposure, stay out of the auto mode, engage, and enjoy!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Ask my wife! Too many to list. She always asks about my new costumes. My latest love is golf. After 50 years of watching, I finally decided to pick up a club and see what all of the fuss is about. So far I really enjoy it.

However, my number one passion has always been my wife and my family. As the household has changed as the kids have flown the coop, finding meaningful time to stay engaged and involved in their lives is a real focus for my life now.

You can learn more about Jeff Yapp at:

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Johnson Nguyen

Johnson Nguyen owns a small Marketing company in Vancouver, Canada.  He was born and raised in Vancouver along with his two sisters.  His family originated in Vietnam and immigrated before he was born.  They carried their strong work ethic with them and passed that along to all the kids!  After traveling with his family, he pursued and received a degree at King’s College in London and upon graduating, opened his business in Canada.

As an online Marketer, he spends his days helping clients improve their online profile, such as a fresh website and updated keywords.  The company is doing well and has grown to have fifteen employees. Johnson has recently married and is now sharing his passion of travel with his wife, who seems always ready to pack a bag!

What is your hobby?

My hobby is to travel.  I love to go to different countries and explore. There is so much history and beauty around the world to see and experience.  I feel like I have an inner growth spurt each time I go to a new location.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My parents actually!  They moved here from Vietnam a long time ago, and my Father’s work would take him on business trips, which he often turned into a family affair.  I was fascinated by our trip to London as a teen, so much so that I went to college there.  Seeing the way people live around the world is truly very interesting and at times, eye-opening.

Tell us what you love about it.

When I travel, I really like to go to the places that the locals recommend.  Don’t get me wrong, I will see the recommended tourist sites, but the best food and entertainment is local.  It is fun to people watch while sitting at an outdoor café or just walking around.  It is also so much fun to visit a local pub and get to chatting with the people.  Those stories that you hear around the globe are full of knowledge and wisdom.  The kinds of stories that are passed down for generations.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

There is not really a club to join for me, but we do have a number of friends who also travel and we often swap stories and share tips souvenirs.  I tend to travel with my wife now, but unless you sign up for a guided travel tour, you are on your own!

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

Well, since we do travel regularly, I did get us two very nice, sturdy sets of luggage and some small containers for toiletries.  Otherwise, most of the money goes for the plane ticket or gas if it’s a road trip, a hotel, and meals.  We plan way ahead, so we usually get pretty good deals.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I buy all of my tickets online!  In fact, we buy or book everything we need online or at Amazon.  Of course, if we need something along the way, we just pop into a store.  Luckily, we do not have to buy to many things to travel.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I think you can easily find Travel books for beginners, but I really recommend Rick Steves books for the places I go.  He has all of the good places to see, eat at, or stay.  He also includes all kinds of places that are off the beaten path.  I especially liked his Paris travel book, because he had information on the catacombs, which we wanted to see.  We found the perfect entry point for our day.  His shows are great too.

How has this changed your life?

You know, I have been to over twenty countries and I am in constant awe of how alike people around the world really are.  It is eye-opening to see how people approach things.  The truth is, we live in a great country and I am always grateful when I come home to live here.  Not all places have all of the comforts that we do.  I am reminded when I travel how grand the world is and how lucky I really am.  I am just happy for each experience along the way.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

If you really want to start traveling in your spare time, be realistic with and stick to your budget.  You may start by seeing things in your area or the next city, working up to international travel.  You could be a weekend road tripper for sure, that is fun and not too expensive.   There are so many places to see that are even free!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

My other hobby as an avid reader is the total opposite.  I like to get into my reading nook in my home office and read a good novel every day.  Even if I only have half an hour, I like to read and decompress.  That little bit is enough for me to reenergize!

You can learn more about Johnson Nguyen at johnson-nguyen

Connor Mulvey

Chicago native Connor Mulvey credits his ever-growing success to the values his parents instilled in him while he was growing up. He watched his parents work hard and enjoy life. Throughout his childhood, he was introduced to the need to work hard, to appreciate a good education, and the results that come with it. After being introduced to many of the finer aspects of personal and financial success, he aspired to create the same results for himself.

After high school, Connor Mulvey built on his education by attending Loyola University. There, he worked hard and created the results he wanted. When he graduated with honors, on the dean’s list, many job opportunities were opened for him.

Connor Mulvey has always enjoyed running and staying healthy. In high school, he competed in both cross country and track. He won a ribbon in his events every year and carried that love to his university days. In time, Connor Mulvey added weight lifting, golf, and other healthy activities to his long list of hobbies.

What is your hobby?

My favorite hobby is running. Well, it’s the one I’ve stuck with the longest anyway. I have a lot of fun moving through a course. It’s a great opportunity to just sort my thoughts and focus on me. That may seem silly, but while some people meditate, I run.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

In middle school, several of my friends and I joined track. It was a whole lot of fun and by my second year, I started to take ribbons. When I reached my 8th-grade year in track, I went to state on behalf of the school in the 1600. That’s a middle distance. After transitioning into high school, I learned about and joined cross country. It was perfect from there.

I haven’t stopped running yet.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love how you can go inside yourself or focus on nothing at all. It is amazing to think a single act can have such a long-lasting impact. It is beneficial for your physical health and a healthy state of mind. The opportunity to enjoy the quiet, nature, and the moment is immeasurable. I love how great I feel when I get home too. It is energizing and enjoyable.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Since leaving high school I haven’t really joined any groups for running. While there are many you can join, I have yet to find one that really fits my schedule. When I am training for a marathon, I will sometimes connect with a friend who is training as well. We often keep each other to our schedule and our distance goals. This ensures we are ready on time for the event we are targeting.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

I always have to make sure I keep a good pair of sneakers. Besides that, I also keep a heart rate monitor and step counter with me so I can have a measurement to track for progress and results.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I typically pick up my sneakers at a local shoe store so I know I can fit them properly. The electronics are picked up through the usual outlets. Typically, I use Amazon, but I have also bought them from the Barnes and Noble marketplace on occasion too.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I have been running since middle school. I think the only book I’ve read about running was Runner’s World Big Book of Running. I think they have one for beginners too. It was an easy read.

How has this changed your life?

This has become the cornerstone of my workout routines. While I will lift, play golf, or do other physical activities, I always come back to running. It is a breath of fresh air that I couldn’t even begin to imagine living without.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

I would say, lace up your shoes and get out there. There I no time like the present to accomplish things and running fits anywhere into your schedule. Even if you can only do ten minutes in a day it’s more than nothing and it will have a positive impact on your health and well-being.

Running allows you to take care of you and your health at the same time. Don’t leave for tomorrow, the run you could do today.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love golf. It can be a relaxing sport that you share with friends. It is easy to spend a whole day on the course with the right company.

I am also enjoying weight lifting. I am going to be getting involved in some of the competitions coming up. It isn’t something I plan to put as much investment in as I do my running, but it is something that I enjoy and would like to see what I can do with it.

The only other thing that comes to mind is my current preparations for the iron man competitions. These are so much more than a marathon and it would be the single greatest personal challenge for me to complete it. If I’m being truly honest though, I want to win, not just complete. The first time out, you are there to prove to yourself you can do it. The second you’re in it to win it. That may sound rough, but it really is what I would like to do. I have only been training for it the last few months. It is going to be exhilarating. My parents and siblings come to all my marathons, usually volunteering with water or at the finish line. It will be interesting to see if they are able to make it to the competition I’m entering in June. Bolder isn’t everyone’s favorite city.

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Lilly Goga

Lilly Goga is a native of Calgary in Alberta. As a child, she found inspiration in everything around her and her parents encouraged her artistic side. This led her to experiment with many different mediums. Among the options that she pursued for a time were finger painting, drawing with charcoal, creating digital art and eventually photography. It was the last one that moved her the most.

As a teen she began learning how to take portraits at family reunions and other events. By the time she attended college, she knew she loved photography, but she didn’t know she could earn a living doing it. Between entrance in a contest and earning a good pay amount from online stock photography sites, she realized that it was exactly what she wanted to be doing. Eventually, she earned her certification in photography alongside her degree in environmental science.

Today, she employs several methods of making a living with her favorite passion. This hobby turned profession has been the cornerstone of her life and future.

What is your hobby?

Art has always been my hobby. I have been doing something artistic since I was a little child. At first, it was painting, and my favorite was finger paints. I finger painted until well into my teen years. It was my cousin who bought me a camera as a gift. It was love at first picture.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I had a party as a child and my cousin, who grew up locally near me, bought me a camera as a gift. I took a lot of pictures. We didn’t do anything real with it until our first family reunion. I took several pictures when we were there, and it was so much fun.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love being able to capture the moment and the energy in it. It is a whole lot of fun to find the right image before the camera catches it, then move anyone or anything into that right position. If the lighting is just right and falls upon the perspective things come together through the lens like nothing else.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

There are some online communities that I connected with. It has been thrilling and enjoyable to connect with other artists who understand your passion and joy. It is invigorating to be able to discuss editing programs, cameras, lenses, and other supplies with those who actively use them. And for many of us, we are able to help each other see fresh or new perspectives in our images.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Photography can be very expensive. I have purchased several cameras, but my favorite brand to use is Cannon. You have to stay in supply of memory cards, cleaning supplies, and you need a case for each of them.

Sometimes settings also require lighting, so I have to purchase the right lighting equipment applicable to the setting. Thankfully, not all of my events require new lighting. That has been an on and off project to learn how to find the right lighting. Having the communities on Facebook and elsewhere have been key to that learning process.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Really, I do a lot of shopping around when I’m looking for supplies. Often, I’ll pick up items from areas my peers have suggested, but some stores require more upfront investment, so I shop around instead. I have purchased some items from Amazon, others from Abes online, and some from other areas.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I would suggest starting with Studio Anywhere by Nick Fancher. He really has a handle on some artistic approaches that I was already starting to use. You can find so much more in this book that will help you see the art through the lens.

I enjoyed Exposure Mastery too. It helps you understand how your timing works with your shutter speed among other things. I don’t want to give too much away but it has such a wealth of knowledge that any beginning will gain something incredible from it.

How has this changed your life?

This hobby has become my life and my career. There is nothing more amazing than waking up each morning, checking my schedule, and knowing that everything on it is me getting to play all day long. There are few jobs you can do that you can both enjoy and make a living at it.

There are few artists that know they don’t have to be ‘starving artists’. I’m blessed to be one of those who know it and live it daily.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Get a camera and start taking pictures. When you find some you really like that you took, upload it to one of the stock photo sites. I also suggest doing a search for groups on Facebook that relate to photography as a business instead of a hobby. There are plenty of hobbyist but if you’re going to make a living out of it, you need like-minded individuals to work with or encourage you.

Even if you’re in business for yourself, there’s no reason to work it by yourself. Being connected to others in the industry makes a huge difference in your skills and success.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I still paint on occasion. I also create images in pencil or other drawing methods. When I have time to play with the images in a design program, ones that aren’t from a portrait session, I like creating original and unique takes on the images. They are a whole lot of fun. Also, whenever possible and time allows, I like to travel. I hope to one day visit and take pictures of ancient Roman cities.

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Marudeen Aivaz

It is amazing when you are able to find your passion so young in your life and it is a passion that keeps you physically fit. Marudeen Aivaz has evolved his passion to suit his healthy way of life. He is a weightlifter and bodybuilder. He also believes that good nutrition goes hand in hand with the whole fitness aspect. In addition, Marudeen Aivaz believes that the cornerstone of any fitness lifestyle is the attention to nutrition and that chronic health issues can many times be addressed with good nutrition.

Marudeen was born in California. He is one of three children raised with a Middle-eastern culture centered around family, food, and fitness. His parents were very active and went to the gym regularly. By the age of fifteen, Marudeen Aivaz would join his parents at the gym and work-out on the equipment. By the time he reached college, he had a great foundation for pursuing weight lifting and bodybuilding.

According to Marudeen Aivaz, fitness is a lifelong journey. He believes nutrition is one key on the path. There are no short-cuts to be taken and no pill to replace the hard work, focus, and dedication it takes to achieve healthy lifestyle goals.

What is your hobby?
My hobby is weight lifting and bodybuilding. My parents were very active. They believed in staying fit and going to the gym. I use to go with them when I was about fifteen and I used some of the equipment and dabbled a bit with weight lifting. But I didn’t start my actual weight training until later.

How did you get started with your weight lifting and bodybuilding hobby?
Initially, I began weight lifting as a sophomore in high school when I was on the wrestling team. Our training consisted of learning how to grapple, but also required that we spent a portion of our time learning weight lifting for strength training. We learned techniques such as squat, bench, and deadlifts. It was not a passion of mine at that time more than it was a requirement of the sport.

Weight lifting was a part of the college culture and many of my friends were into weight lifting. As a result, I continued weight lifting through my college years. My interest really peaked when I was in my first year of college. I was about 18 when I began to learn more about nutrition, fitness and the importance of sleeping habits. It was at this time when it became more of a passion for me. I have been pursuing knowledge and I have been evolving ever since.

What do you love about weight lifting?

There are many reasons why weight lifting is a benefit in my life. Being able to see your body transform over time is one reason. You can control the way you look. It is also a challenge. The more you put in the more you get out. I am a challenge-oriented person in general, it is always a challenge for me.  You can never be the strongest or the best or the fittest. It is the continued striving to be better that keeps me going.

What are some of the challenges that you have encountered in weight lifting?

There have been flexibility problems, back problems, shoulder problems and minor strains. Sometimes you can be walking down the street and if your hip is tight, you can pull a muscle, and be limping for the rest of the day. That has happened to me numerous times. I have also had a few surgeries. I have had broken fingers and broken toes.

Do you have any groups that you are a part of or that you attend to encourage you with weight lifting & bodybuilding?

I am not a part of any groups or organizations who participate in weight lifting or bodybuilding. However, I attend local powerlifting events to learn about the culture. I have not yet competed in any of the events.

Have you had to invest in any equipment and if so, can you share whatever you have bought?

Most of the equipment that I have bought is used for safety. I have purchased running shoes and a safety belt for my back. I purchased straps to make your grip stronger. I purchased chalk to make your grip stronger. I purchased wrist wraps to keep your wrists from hyperextending when you are working out. I believe that everyone should invest in safety equipment.

Where do you get most of your supplies?

There are two stores that I would recommend especially for bodybuilding equipment. The first source that I go to is BodyBuilding.com and the other one is EliteFts.

Are there any books you would recommend for beginners of weight lifting and bodybuilding?

For bodybuilding, I would recommend Arnold’s Encyclopedia by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The book I would recommend for powerlifting is 5/3/1: How to Build Pure Strength by Jim Wendler. These two books together would give anyone learning about both sports as a great comprehension of each sport.

How has being involved in each of these sports has changed your life?

One way it has enhanced my life is that I have been able to make so many friends with people who have the same interest. The gym is a very social place. You can develop a lot of close relationships and a lot of trusted relationships. If you go to the gym every day, you are seeing the same people there all the time. You become close to a group that you spend a lot of time with. Participating in these sports has increased my confidence. It always feels good when you reach a personal goal that you have set for yourself. It could be a body weight goal or a strength goal perhaps it is a certain number of repetitions that you’ve had in mind, it is just a really rewarding feeling. There are also times when a perfect stranger will approach you to ask questions about what you are doing. It is nice to share knowledge with people. It has kept me at a good body mass index (BMI) and maintain good habits.

What advice would you have for someone else starting out with this hobby?

My advice would be to remember that fitness is a journey. You will always be making evolutions in your body. Don’t rush the process. It takes a long time. It is not something where you can see results overnight. It takes much more work than people probably think. There is no magic pill or potion to achieve your goals. Stay consistent and continue to educate yourself as much as you can. I would also recommend lifting smart. Always keep in mind that an injury at the gym is not likely but always a possibility. The more you progress in weight lifting, no matter which techniques you use, powerlifting, bodybuilding, or Olympic lifting, there is always a chance of getting hurt. Also, taking rest periods is not a bad thing and it is good for your body. Picking the right exercise selection is a good idea. It would be a good idea to first focus on bodybuilding to start off with and then go to powerlifting. It would be a good foundation to set for yourself. After you map your foundation you can get into other things.

Are there any other hobbies that you have?

One of the other things I love is to cook. I started cooking in college. I believe it goes hand in hand with the whole fitness aspect. The cornerstone of any fitness lifestyle or program is the attention to nutrition. I believe chronic health problems can many times be fixed through nutrition. It is a very big part of my life.

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Schlomo Schmuel

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel became a podiatrist because he cares for people and aspires to be the best healer he possibly can be. He began his medical training in Independence, Ohio at Kent State University in their College of Podiatric Medicine. He continued his training at the University of Southern California Medical Center, located in Los Angeles County, California. The education that Dr. Schlomo Schmuel received provided the basis for his exceptional skills and encouraged the drive to care for his patients.

For the last twenty-five years, Dr. Schlomo Schmuel has excelled in patient care. His clinic is an accredited Ambulatory Surgical center. This enables his ability to care for all issues related to the ankle and foot. Some of those issues includes all forms of complex reconstructive and emergency surgery.

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel’s hobbies include outdoor sports like jogging and cycling. He also enjoys flying to exotic locations in his own plane. All of this he shares with his family.

What is your hobby?

I love taking my bike out for a long ride. Cycling is a passion as well as a sport I enjoy sharing with my children whenever possible.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Like many people, I started riding the bicycle as a child. It was something that connected me to my friends and gave me the freedom to go places I couldn’t have before that time. As a child, I earned the trust of my parents and was soon able to cross town to visit with friends or go to the parks further from our home.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love what it feels like to be able to extend my reach and go into nature. The ride is both peaceful and refreshing for the mind. It gives me the joy that comes with both solitude or the connection when I am enjoying it with my family.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I’m not part of any organized group of bicyclers, although there are many that exist. I have engaged several bike tours for longer routes and looked into a variety of additional opportunities of that nature. Perhaps, when things are slower at the clinic, I’ll consider doing a long tour that takes me across the country or to some of the more scenic areas of the state.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

Everyone has to invest in this hobby. I have of course purchased a good quality bike and the needed safety equipment. Safety equipment is a must. I would suggest, as the bare minimum a person purchases, a quality helmet. The brain is one of the most important parts of your body and should be covered in the event of a longer ride, especially when that ride may take you into traffic.

With the options today, helmets are much more lightweight and durable than years past. Really this eliminates many of the uncomfortable excuses for not protecting your head.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

That’s a good question. My favorite locations for quality bikes are the local bike shop. They are an amazing resource for trying new things and finding a bike that fits you and your needs. You’re able to ensure you find the right product for what you need it to do. You can, of course, go online to buy it afterward if you want to shop around, but start with your local shop.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Well, I can’t say I’ve read a lot of books on cycling. I’ve read some magazines, kept myself up to date on new trends through a few other channels, but not so much through books. Although, you can pick up audiobooks for longer rides. That’s always a nice way to enjoy a bike ride. Oh, and podcasts are good too. You can always set up a podcast.

How has this changed your life?

This is one of my favorite ways to stay healthy and share that fitness routine with my family. It has enabled me to remain energetic, flexible, and still have good stamina even as I’ve gotten older. Over the years, it’s introduced me to numerous people, kept me connected to old friends, and provided a way to connect to my children.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Go to a local shop to find something that’s good for you.

Don’t be afraid to start riding and get into the flow of things. Getting going is the best way to hone your skills, but more importantly, have fun. This is a low stress, low threshold sport. If you like the freedom that comes with getting outside and getting moving, all you have to do is get on the bike and go.

Oh, and if you’re at it for a while, it might be good to know the local laws.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Well, I love jogging. Really, I like anything outdoors. Most outdoor sports give you a measure of connection to nature, which is peaceful and refreshing. I also like flying. I got my pilots license a while ago and that has really given me wings. My wife and I make it a habit to visit uniquely exotic locations when we are able to.

Anytime I am not able to do one of those things, I take long walks, often with my wife. It is so wonderful to be able to spend that quality time together. There have been times when those walks are all we get out of a busy week between the clinic and our other obligations. There is no measurement for being able to keep yourself healthy, both in body and mind. And having that connection to my wife ensures my mind is not distracted by anything when I am working, flying, riding, jogging, or anything else I may do.

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Hyounsik Noh

Hyounsik (Andrew) Noh is currently a student at Columbia University in New York, New York. Currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), focusing in the areas of financial risk management, strategic communication, and market volatility.  Hyounsik, originally born in Seoul, South Korea moved to the United States to pursue an education in Risk Management in 2012. Hyounsik is passionate about participating in campus clubs and societies and is currently a project manager for the Korean Graduate Student Association at Columbia University.

Hyounsik’s hobbies include badminton, surfing and scuba diving. When he is not analyzing market results for the day, searching for volatilities and potential you can find Hyounsik spending time with his friends whether they are just hanging around campus or trying a new activity to burn some extra energy. Hyounsik is especially interested in learning how big economic markets influence the daily lives of people, but also, organizations and hopes to use this interest to develop a fruitful career in risk management.

What is your hobby?

Narrowing down all of the activities I enjoy to just one hobby is tough. I see myself as a very energetic, people-oriented person so that has influenced the many hobbies I have taken up. Most of my hobbies have been developed by the fact that I can do them all with my friends. A couple of things I absolutely love to do are playing badminton, surfing, and scuba diving. I get to do all three of these things with my friends, but I also have the chance to meet brand new people through the various clubs that I have been a part of for surfing and scuba diving. I have also acquired my first-step, open-water scuba diving license which was a major accomplishment for me.

How did you get started with this hobby? What Inspired you?

Many of my hobbies were taken up because I love physical activity. I have never been one to just sit around and play video games, instead I find my passions in activities that challenge my body and my mind. My dad used to preach to me a famous quotation from John F Kennedy, “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, but it is also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity”. This line has stuck with me and drives me to always try new things to push myself further.

What is your favorite thing about your hobby?

I like being active and my hobbies allow me to do that. On top of having the chance to be physically active I also get the opportunity to spend time with people and meet new friends. Badminton requires a teammate or opponent, while surfing and scuba diving demand a partner for safety reasons. All of my hobbies encourage me to get moving with my friends and create lasting memories that will stick with us forever.

How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

My hobbies have shaped me into an incredibly passionate, people person. I have been able to translate all of the energy that I carry with me every day into an opportunity to stay physically active, build lasting long relationships and maintain a healthy mind even through the mental stresses of university. My hobbies have made me who I am, and I hope to maintain these hobbies as well as find new ones in the future.

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Paul Brunst

Paul Brunst is an outdoor sports enthusiast from Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of his hobbies include mountain climbing, hiking, running, sky diving, and has a real passion for biking. His passion for biking began at a very young age when he and his father would share twenty-mile bike trips together. That activity inspired him to participate in downhill kamikaze mountain bike riding on the challenging terrain of the San Francisco hills. He was also enthralled with the beauty and magnificence of the giant red oak trees as he made his way through winding paths of the California forests.

Paul attended the University of Southern Illinois with a focus in business administration. His passion for biking followed him through college as he found the time to continue biking throughout Colorado and across much of the United States.

Paul was enlisted in the Naval forces for many years. He spent the first few years as an entry officer into the Navy and eventually transitioned into created a full career with the hopes of serving his country. One of the principals that remained consistent during his years of service was his desire to stay in top physical condition.  As an outdoor sports enthusiast, he took every opportunity to maintain the balance of his mind-body connection.

When not pursuing his passion for outdoor sports, Paul Brunst is a full-time entrepreneur.  He has created a thriving family business providing top quality camouflage pants. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and volunteers his time within his community.

What is your hobby?

I have many hobbies. They all revolve around the outdoors. The hobbies that I enjoy most often are hiking, mountain climbing, running and sky diving. The most prevalent activity throughout my life was bike riding.

How did you get started with your hobby? What inspired you?

One of my father’s most revered hobbies was bike riding. At a very young age, my father would take me on twenty-mile bike trips. We were on the main roads. I gained an exuberance in biking as the trips continued to develop.  It ultimately became a passion.  It eventually led me to downhill kamikaze mountain bike riding in San Francisco, California. I biked through the large red oak trees as well as the forests; I found it to be so beautiful. Throughout high school and college, I was able to travel to Colorado and all over the United States.

What do you love the most about biking?

What I appreciate the most is the health benefits that come with the sport. There is a significant health advantage gained by doing what I love to do most. It also offers the value of a challenge. It provides a detachment from everyday worries. It is a positive activity that enables you to clear your mind.

Are there any groups that you are a part of or any events that you attend?

I am a member of the National Mountain Bikers Association. The association collaborates with other biking organizations to assemble groups for outings, they also do fundraising from time to time to develop new mountain bike trails.  Having local mountain trails enhances the value of communities and encourages a healthier lifestyle for everyone.

Have you had to invest in any equipment and if so can you share whatever you have bought?

My father purchased my first mountain bike so that we could share the sport. I used it for quite a while.  Ultimately, I gave that bike to my best friend who wanted to begin riding. I upgraded my bike at the same time, and I have had this one for years.

Where do you get most of your supplies?

I get all of my supplies at bike specialty shops. They carry most of the same supplies, so I don’t really shop at any particular bike shop. I don’t buy supplies online, I prefer to shop in stores.

Are there any books you would recommend for beginners?

I have been riding since I was very young with my father. I had him as a guide, so I haven’t read about the sport itself.  However, for the information that I want, I have watched YouTube videos.  I search YouTube under the title of “mountain biking” to research trips, locations, and destinations that I would like to go next.  I find that YouTube is a great resource to plan my outings.

How has this changed your life?

Biking just makes you feel good. It does your body well and is an excellent way to clear your mind and focus. I have always been athletic by nature. I believe in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and I think biking is a beautiful way to maintain that lifestyle easily. It is something that anyone can do to be fit.

What advice would you have for someone else starting out with this hobby?

I would advise people just starting out with biking as a hobby to start out slow and build up your endurance. Always challenge yourself to get to the next level.  You should always consider safety at all times, cars are not always watching for cyclists. If you are on a mountain trail, one slip up can land you in a tree or cause some sort of injury. I would suggest that you make sure to wear a helmet when biking.

Are there any other hobbies that you have?

I work out in the gym. But, I am an outdoor sports enthusiast. I really enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, sky diving, and of course biking.

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Luke Persichetti

Luke Persichetti was born and raised near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2018, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics.  Luke has relocated to Manhattan to pursue a career in the financial industry. While at Yale, he had the opportunity to work in fixed income trading.  Luke Persichetti hopes to become a knowledgeable and respected investor.  His long-term goal is to open his own business within the industry.

Luke’s hobbies include weight-lifting to keep physically fit, and while he was in school, he participated in track and field as a shot-putter. He also volunteered his time as a coach. He enjoys movies and watching T.V., but his biggest pleasure comes from reading various genres. You would either find Luke Persichetti studying the markets and the financial industry or engrossed in a classic novel of his choice.  Overall, Luke immerses himself in the literary arts, films, and T.V. dramas. He considers the parallels in these artistic presentations and enjoys the comparison of and interactions between these different forms of discourse.

What are your hobbies?

I was a shot-putter in track and field at Yale University.  As a thrower, I would model much of my strength training after that of Olympic weightlifters. I enjoy training this way today to keep strong and physically fit. Currently, my favorite pastime is reading. I am most interested in historical reading and books about the American economy, the financial system, political strategy, and public policy. I also enjoy watching movies and television shows that revolve around significant moments in American history.

How did you get started reading such a wide range of genres?

I took an economics course in high school that was very challenging. I also found it to be extremely interesting. It compelled me to explore the possibility of majoring in economics at Yale. It was not until after college, however, that I became deeply interested in connecting the principals and the underlying logic of economics to other subjects. I began reading about behavioral economics, geopolitics from a macro perspectives, and many other academically intersectional topics. My reading interests largely stemmed from studying economics, which also led me to the financial industry. Working on wall street further stoked my interest in reading the works of the most influential figures in finance and investing.

Can you share what you love most about reading?

Again, its use in my education and professional background plays a big part. I also simply like having a variety of subjects on which I am knowledgeable. I find that if nothing else, it makes you more conversational.  It becomes much easier to express your thoughts and expand on any type of discussion.  I also think reading virtually anything can help improve analytical and reasoning skills.  Finally, reading a diversity of viewpoints and opinions allows for a thorough approach to forming one’s own ideas.

Are there any reading groups or events that you attend regularly?

I have found great success having open discussions with colleagues on a regular basis. I haven’t found any other discussion groups thus far, but I am open to expanding my horizon in this regard.

Can you share some of the books that you’ve purchased?

I just finished reading A Man for all Markets by Edward O. Thorp. Thorp began as a math professor at MIT. He later came up with systems to beat a number of casino games. He developed card-counting systems to beat blackjack and baccarat as well as a wearable computer to beat roulette.  After that, he took his talents to wall street and opened up a hedge fund centered around the then-novel idea of statistical arbitrage. I greatly enjoyed the book. I have just begun reading a Stephen King novel called Misery. Every sixth book I read is fictional and I really enjoyed the last novel I read of his. I think there is a reason that so many of his works are made into films.

What are your favorite all-time books?

A nonfiction book that I like a lot is Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Another is called The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks. As far as fiction goes, my favorite novel is probably One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. At risk of sounding cliché, I also love J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.

Where do you buy most of your books?

I buy most of my books on Amazon.

Why do you rely on Amazon for all of your books?

I rely on Amazon because I have a Prime account and they make it incredibly easy to order books. It allows me to speed up the process screening new books to read and to save options for later.

If someone wanted to start reading to develop it into a hobby what kind of reading would you suggest?

I would say to find the thing that most interests you. Think of your hobbies, as well as one person, event, or idea that you have a cursory knowledge of from school but would like to know more about. You can also focus on topics that you think will most benefit you in your chosen career. One of the best ways to ease into reading daily is to start with a wide array of newspapers and editorials.  Beginning with shorter, fresher pieces can help you train yourself to read consistently.

How has reading changed your life?

It definitely has. It has made me curious and knowledgeable about far more topics than I otherwise would be.  A mental library can be extremely beneficial in conversations, debates, and all kinds of other human interactions. Reading is also a great way to relax and lower anxiety. There are few things better than sitting on the beach with great book and I’ve found it very helpful during the most stressful times of my life.

How do your other hobbies influence your reading?

I am very interested in television and film. Many of the shows and movies I watch tend to be analogous to what I read. For example, love the first season HBO’s True Detective partly because of the many Lovecraftian influences it draws upon. If you are well-read, you can find a lot more to tap into and think about when watching and interacting with other forms of art and discourse.

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Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in The Bronx and attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, he founded 5WPR in 2003 as a one-man office. Today, the firm employs more than 175 communications professionals in the company’s headquarters in the iconic Helmsley Building in Manhattan. The name, 5WPR – stands for the 5W’s of marketing – who, what, when, where, and why.

Torossian is one of the most well respected Public Relations professionals in America. He is on the board of numerous charities, including his family foundation, The Ronn Torossian Foundation. He lives with his kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

What is your hobby?

Charity Work.

How did you get started with this hobby?

I’ve been involved with helping people since my childhood. In my home, giving back to your community was basically a requirement. From a very young age, I have known the importance of giving. As for what inspired me, my mother, Penny Waga. She’s my hero.

I would not be who I am today without her, and that includes my belief that giving back is necessary to be successful.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

Helping people is awesome and amazing and great.

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

This is a bit harder to answer, as so much of charity is seated in not buying anything for myself, but instead giving that money to those in need.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

Practically everything; it’s a hard hobby to dislike. I get to help people in several different ways, whether it’s with education or helping them connect with their community and heritage, or even donating to cancer research, I feel great about all of it.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I quite enjoy “A Path Appears” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It goes into the importance of accountability as well as some of the neuroscience involved in philanthropy. I re-read it annually as it inspires me to give more and ensure more goes to the intended receipients of charity.

How has your hobby changed your life?

Giving to charity and being involved with charities has made my whole life better. It’s our obligation as people to leave the world a better place and I genuinely think giving to charity has made every aspect of my life better. As Winston Churchill famously said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Find a cause that speaks to you, don’t pick a charity at random. Really connecting with people is the single greatest way to enhance the aspect of giving, which is something I think we all take for granted every day.