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Alyssa Reichel

Entrepreneur, Alyssa Reichel found her passion at an extremely early age in life. At sixteen, she had a love for fine jewelry. She devoured information regarding exclusive designers and the latest in trends. She entered the industry at the same time that she enrolled in an early admissions graduate program. She earned her degree by the time she was eighteen. Refusing to allow grass to grow beneath her feet, Alyssa Reichel became an entrepreneur at the age of twenty-two. 

 For over twenty years, Alyssa Reichel has owned and operated a thriving upscale boutique in Woodmere, New York. Her boutique provides uniquely designed impeccably crafted costume travel jewelry. She has been catering to the elite women in the communities known as the Five Towns, and beyond. When looking for business supplies, she does a lot of walking and cover a lot of ground when purchasing specialty items for her store.

Alyssa is a single parent and a natural athlete. When not with her son, she makes the most out of the opportunity by spending more time at the gym and with her friends. Another hobby that she truly appreciates is retail therapy. She enjoys changing up her look regularly and she is always looking for new fashion trends.

What is your hobby?

The most invigorating hobby I enjoy is working out. I love going to the gym. I work out for an hour and a half to two hours per day.

How did you get started? What inspired you?

I was always an athlete. My father is a part-time tennis coach. It encouraged me to become a Tennis player. I have always valued being in-shape. I have been going to the gym as long as I can remember. The thing that inspires me most about this hobby is the physical benefits that a good work-out can provide. I enjoy the way it feels and appreciate the way I look. I am single now. I have the opportunity to spend much more time at the gym.

Tell us what you love about it.

What I love about it is that it gives me a natural high when I am working out. It makes me feel healthy. I know I am doing something positive for my body. Living a healthy lifestyle allows me to appreciate the way I look. 

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

In addition to my daily workouts, I meet with a group to work-out with a personal trainer once a week. Personal trainers are beneficial even at my level because they pay attention to techniques to assist in achieving specific fitness goals efficiently, without injury.

Have you had to invest in equipment? If so, please share.

I purchased a roman press. It is a hyperextension chair that strengthens the lower back and core muscles. I use the roman press quite often at home. I also have a large ball. I sit on the ball and do 500 sit-ups a day.

Where do you buy most of your supplies? (please see if the client would like to change her answer to a hobby question)

When looking for supplies for business, I attend a lot of jewelry trade shows. I also go to many showrooms. I have over a hundred sources that I deal with. 

Are there any good books for beginners?

I cannot recommend any books to start your own business or for working out. I am currently reading Women are from Venus Men are from Mars. I would highly recommend it.

How has this changed your life?

Working out daily has transformed my body. I have more stamina. My brain functions to the highest capacity possible. I am also very focused. That focus has helped me with my business in many ways as well. It has made me more independent. It gave me a sense of responsibility. Not being able to depend on a paycheck, but having to actually make your own money, is a very big challenge.

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

The advice that I would give to anyone starting out with a new daily workout routine, is to start slowly. Don’t overdo it because you will strain your muscles. I have had many injuries over the years. Believe me, it is not worth it. You have to work your way up into heavier weights with longer training and true dedication.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Another hobby that I truly appreciate is clothing shopping. It is somewhat like a re-sell therapy.

 

 

 

 

Mary Kaloczi

Mary Kalocz and her brother were born and raised by a single mother in Canada. From a very young age, she was encouraged to become independent and to follow her excitement. She is an artist and painter. She has also participated in a wide variety of team sports when she was younger. She was not limited to gender-specific sports and was often the only female participating in sports that were traditionally considered to be a male team sport.

As Mary engaged in life, she recognized the value of the support and encouragement she had growing up. She also recognized the knowledge and wisdom gained by athletes as they participate in team sports. The lessons learned are fundamental to participate in life such as, communication skills, problem-solving and what it is to be a team player. These are values she would like to share with her children.

Mary is a very busy mom. Some of the things she has enjoyed participating in are marathons, pace-runs, volunteering, reading, walks with the family, and travels. She loves to learn about different cultures and most of all, she loves to paint.

What is your hobby?

My favorite hobby is painting. I also like to go for walks with the family. I enjoy playing sports. 

How did you get started? What inspired you?

I got into playing sports and painting at a very young age. Unlike most parents who would not allow children to paint on walls, my mother was very supportive. She discovered soap paint, so she allowed me to paint on the walls. She was able to wipe it right off the walls. She allowed me to be very creative at a very young age. I believe that is where I gained a love of painting. In playing sports, she did not discourage me from playing whatever I wanted. She did not tell me I had to go to ballet rather than play hockey. She allowed me to bridge the gap on what most people saw as gender “norms.” Often times I was the only girl on the team sports I chose. Also, growing up with an older brother, I wanted to be like him. My mother and brother both encouraged me to do whatever sport that excited me.

Tell us what you love about it.

What I love about painting is that it is boundless. It is the freedom to express yourself in whatever way you feel. It is like coloring outside the lines and being okay with it. It is very similar to the way it is with sports. It allows you to put all of your energy and focus and physically become it. It also trains the way you think with regard to social interactions. You learn what it is to be a team player. It teaches you how to work with others in problem-solving. Those are fundamental communication skills for life. It teaches you how to succeed in life. 

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

I no longer attend the events that I use too. When I belonged to sports teams, I used to attend many events, tournaments, and banquets. I participated in regular practices for each sport. With regard to painting, it is a very personal experience. I paint in my free time. The only time there were group events were when I was in school. 

Have you had to invest in equipment? If so, please share.

The equipment that I have for painting is an easel, paint brushes, canvases, pencils, charcoal, pastels, and paper. It is anything related to drawing or painting. The equipment that I invested in for sports was all purchased depending on the sport that I was focusing on at the time. I had everything from a pair of cleats to hockey equipment, or a helmet and skates, tennis balls and tennis racket, everything was based upon the focused sport of the season.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The place that I purchased all of my art supplies was called Lumas and Tules. They may have changed the name or changed hands. I purchased my hockey equipment at Just Hockey. The tennis racket was purchased form the Racket Club and my cleats were purchased at Sport Check.

 Are there any good books for beginners?

I’d like to say that I remember every book or author I have read for painting or for sports. There are many good books available that can be purchased when you are just starting out. There are painting-by-the-numbers books. There are also many books when you are learning how to draw depending on what style you’re interested in learning. The same thing applies when you are focusing on a particular sport. There are many books available at the library that focus on the specific sport. 

How has this changed your life?

Both painting and my participation in such a variety of sports has truly enriched my life. They have clearly provided me with different perspectives as to how I view life. Having children of my own now, I recognize how well I was supported. I watch my children and enjoy their excitement in the things that they are interested in. Playdo in the carpet means nothing if they are enjoying it. I will support them the same way I was supported. It has given me strength that I have now as an adult and a parent to be able to communicate, to be social, and to be a team player. All of those qualities are very important in life. 

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

I would tell anyone just getting started with either painting or in any sport to never get discouraged. Everyone starts at the bottom and we work our way up with practice. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. What you put into it is what you will get out of it. If you found what you want to do, just focus and keep at it and you will get better. 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I really enjoy reading and listening to music. I like to travel, but when I can’t travel I read about different cultures, it really enriches you. Being diverse with hobbies is a great way to continue to enhance your life. 

 

Marek Sepek

Marek Sepek is an entrepreneur in the real estate industry. He and his family moved to Ontario, Canada in 1989 where he began he high school years. He worked in various jobs where he educated himself in the real estate market place. By the age of twenty, Marek had purchased his first home. He renovated it and sold it. It was the basis for him to continue a successful career in real estate throughout his life. As a second business venture, he owned and operated a tanning salon business. He expanded the business to three locations. He sold the very successful business in 2009, choosing to continue his focus on his real estate business.

Marek Sepk is married. In his free time, he and his wife enjoy traveling extensively. When not traveling or running his real estate business. He enjoys participating in the sport that he uses to stay active and fit. You can find him in a gym sparring with opponents.

What is your hobby?

The hobby that I like most is boxing. I like participating in the sport as well as watching others at events or while sparring.

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

I have always liked sports. I like to exercise. I think it is a good way to keep fit. lt is a sport that I share with some of my friends. I was inspired to box because there are a lot of benefits to boxing to stay fit and it requires discipline. Every boxer has to first focus on conditioning the body before you can even begin to learn boxing techniques. You have to eat the right foods to help you become very fit. You should do these things before you get a trainer. Then you can get into a boxing routine. A good trainer will help you to focus and to develop your skills.

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

I don’t really belong to any groups. It is a personal hobby of mine. I really picked up boxing to help me alleviate stress and to relax. It is a good way to spend my time. It helps me mentally and physically. You have to have a great deal of focus when you are boxing. The only thing that I do regularly is that I always attend the Ultimate Fighting Championship fights (UFC) and events.

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

The equipment that I have for boxing are two pairs of boxing gloves. One pair of light boxing gloves 10 oz or less, to practice on a speed bag or heavy bag. The other heavy pair of boxing gloves are 14-16 oz and they are used when you have a sparring partner or are boxing. The heavier gloves are used with hand wraps for protection and to cushion your hands. The protective gear you will need, other than the hand wraps are protective headgear a supporter and cup, a mouth guard, and boxing shoes. The gear is not very expensive but necessary.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I tend to go online and google for supplies and shop online rather than going into a sporting goods store. Modell’s Sporting Goods has a good line of products for boxing. Dick’s sporting goods also has a good variety of boxing gear.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I don’t have any books I can recommend. Getting a personal trainer is always the best, but if you can’t do that you have alternatives. There is this guy that is great for beginners he has a channel called Permission Striking on YouTub. I am not sure of his name is but he does Saturday morning boxing work-out videos. He also has training videos and his own website. I bought some equipment from his website. He is a good guy to follow if you are just getting started or if you have been at it for a while.

How has this changed your life?

Boxing has changed my life in so many different ways. Boxing is a way to stay in shape. It helps me focus. It relieves stress anxiety, and fatigue and helps me relax and unwind. It builds confidence and strength. I stay fit. It is the best full-body work-out to help keep your energy high.

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

I would tell them to take their time to learn slowly. It takes a long time to learn boxing. 90% of people don’t even know how to properly throw a punch. It is good to have a trainer but you should first focus on eating a high protein diet. You have to focus on conditioning. It will require a lot of discipline and focus. Footwork is the most important part of your training. You can watch different training videos. Make sure to purchase the right gear for training as well as sparring. There are many videos available to train at home. You can join a gym to use their equipment. There are many benefits to boxing as a hobby. It is the best way to stay fit. It builds confidence and relieves stress, anxiety, and fatigue. It is a full-body workout to help keep your energy high. Remember that it is going to take time to become very good at it. If you stick with it you will give yourself many advantages in everyday life.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I like to travel. I am European so I have family and friends all over Europe that I like to go visit. They come to visit us as well. I also enjoy taking vacations with my wife to experience different cultures and to see many sites. There are many amazing places in the world to see. We travel extensively.

 

William S. White Winnetka

William S. White Winnetka was born in Ohio and grew up in Damascus and Potomac, Maryland. When he was born his father was working for John Glenn as his Chief of Staff. The family moved to Maryland when Glenn was elected a U.S. senator. Mr. White went to Georgia Tech and studied Building Construction. He then went to Columbia for graduate school and received his JD and an MBA. He owns a Montessori school in Chicago which is run by a strong executive team. With the school in qualified hands. William S. White Winnetka is looking to the future for new business ventures. He uses his background in real estate, finance, and law to help grow businesses.

What are your favorite books?

Lincoln On Leadership. I learned how he was able to make decisions in the face of adversity despite differing opinions and strong opposition. It was a true test of his character and conviction.

A Tale of Two Cities: I enjoyed Dickens, but it was the environment in which I read it that was most captivating. It was the summer before law school, and I was on a solo camping trip in the National Forest. It was a wonderful way to spend the summer.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love anything outdoors – wakeboarding, snow skiing, and rock climbing are my favorites. It is not just the physical challenge but the mental aspects of figuring it out. I also greatly enjoy woodworking. It combines physical action with mental stimulation.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

When I graduated from grad school, two different people at two different companies told me to know what I don’t know. It made no sense to me whatsoever. Now I see it through multiple lenses. As a leader, I know it guides me to surround myself with people who fill the gap. The only way to do that is to understand yourself, and what you don’t know in order to find people who help fill-in what we don’t understand or maybe are lacking in information. As a team member, when people know that you understand what you don’t know, they can rely on you more greatly. When you’re not asking questions, they know that you know what you’re doing. They can trust that when you don’t know, you’ll raise your hand to clarify and gather more information. I think it is very important that you do that as a person. It is also very important to teach that to those who work with and for you.

What are your aspirations in life?

My aspirations are to be continually learning and growing and to always be expanding and enhancing the important relationships in my life. Perpetual learning is just a fundamental way of living. Expanding and improving relationships is what makes life worth it. It could be family, friends, or co-workers. The daily connections are what bring me my greatest happiness.

What did you learn from your biggest failure?

I have learned to not obsess over the worst-case scenarios but definitely always plan for them. Things can go better than you hope. But you must do your best to not let them be worse than you planned. Being prepared is knowing how to mitigate your downside, and how to implement it if you find yourself in that position.

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Edward Traylor

Edward Traylor is an accomplished maritime Master Captain, an Aviation professional, master machinist, and classical Pianist. He has four hobbies that equally capture his attention. The first mentioned is his maritime hobby. He has a love for the sea. He is a third-generation seaman. His grandfather was a Captain. His father was also a Captain of a large vessel.

His second hobby has also been inspired by family history. Edward Traylor is a third-generation aviator. Edward’s grandfather was a pilot in WWII. He left the service after the war as a flight instructor. He Captained B-24s (Liberators) over France during the war. When his grandfather came out of the service, he taught Edward’s father how to fly. Edward’s father taught Edward how to fly. He recalls sitting in his father’s lap as young as eight-years-old, landing their Cessna 210. He got the bug for aviation at a young age and continued down that path. He is always trying to learn more about aviation and further his experience, hours and knowledge.

The third hobby, he picked up on his own and happened to be good at it. Edward Traylor is also machinist. He became a master of working with metals, TIG welding, and machining. He takes great pleasure in being able to build things with his hands. To Edward, it is as an indescribable and rewarding field. Fortunately, Edward has been able to parlay his expertise into building various technology components, which have assisted him in his professional life.

The fourth hobby was inspired by his family also. His Grandmother performed as an organist and a pianist. Edward’s father and uncle were both organists and pianists as well. Ultimately becoming a pianist came very naturally to him. He didn’t enjoy the piano at all at first, he actually wanted to play the drums-which he did in his youth. As he got older, the piano became his instrument of choice and has brought him much joy. He likes to write music and covers of popular songs.

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

The inspiration for three out of four of my hobbies was inspired by my parents. My father for being able to teach me about the various aspects of Captaining, aviation, and music. My Mother instilled in me the values and the discipline to continue to develop and hone the necessary skills and discipline to master these hobbies.

Tell us what you love about it.

I find all things maritime fascinating especially regard to technology in the maritime sector.

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

I am a lifetime member of the Aircraft Owners Pilot Association (AOPA) with regards to my passion for aviation. AOPA has done wonders for the aviation community. It has helped with legislation to keep General Aviation (GA) alive. It has assisted in keeping GA from being cost prohibitive and also helped to keep GA laws up to date and championed the FAA for adoption of various new technologies such as ADS-B. I will always contribute to that organization – they do so much for Aviation.

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

With my maritime hobby, it is imperative to have up-to-date charts and coastal guides when you are an ocean traveler covering many miles each year.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

One of the places that I find as a good resource is West Marine, especially the flagship store in South Florida. You can go to the store and take a look at the charts and take a look at a new set of binoculars or VHS radio equipment that you’re considering for an upgrade. You get to see, touch and feel before dropping the cash to buy them. Having a maritime hobby is not cheap, especially when you shop at West Marine! However, you do have the luxury of trying out things before you buy them. I Captained many yachts prior to purchasing my yacht and you never realize the true cost of yacht ownership until you own one. The acquisition cost truly is a fraction of the overall cost of ownership when you step into the larger vessels. Even with vessels as small as 15M, the maintenance, the repairs, the insurance, the dockage, the fuel, it is just one thing after another. It is a very real expenditure and it catches most folks by surprise!

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are many good books for beginners, but I would like to recommend a publication for maritime knowledge that is just as helpful for beginners as it is for professionals. It is called Chapman’s Piloting and Seamanship, which is the defacto standard for being a true Captain. At any level you think you are, you can pick that book up and learn something. It is not so advanced that a novice couldn’t glean information from it but packs enough detail that a seasoned professional can also learn from it.

In regard to Aviation, Gleim Aviation Guides and John and Martha King (of King’s schools) write great course material and learning guides for both beginner as well as advanced aviators. Between both materials, the Gleim guides and the King’s materials you can always increase your depth of knowledge. That is truly what being a Captain, or an Airman is all about. Never stop learning.

How has this changed your life?

I think getting in an airplane and going somewhere for lunch, dinner or a weekend is literally like owning a time machine. It has made the world so navigable. You can never achieve that with a car or a truck. It is incredible to be able to hop on a plane and go somewhere 170+ miles away in under an hour, have lunch and come back and you’ve burned less than three hours of your day.

For maritime, to be able to board your boat or yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and less than two hours later be able to step off your yacht in the Bahamas is also a lifechanging experience. The things you experience, the people you meet, the food you eat like fresh conch salad and cracked lobster, as well as the culture, it is truly remarkable. It is the stuff that bucket-lists are made for. Freedom is the bottom line.

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

In both the aviation and maritime categories, never stop learning, you can never know enough! When you think you have mastered either of these fields, that is when you are in trouble! Never stop learning! Second, make an effort to understand the true cost of ownership of a yacht or an aircraft as it will catch most people by terrifying surprise.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

During dinner parties, it’s great to have a few close friends over and typically after hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails, we often end up gravitating over towards the piano while chit chatting. We almost always end up with live music and it’s a great time for everyone.

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William Matheuszik

William Matheuszik has been living his passion as a pilot in what he describes as a daily adventure. For more than 30 years he has gained the experience of flying nearly every design of aircraft, commercial, private, and cargo planes.

William was born in Montreal, Canada. He wanted to further his education after completing high school, He continued his education at John Abbott College. However, he determined that he did not want to be an academic. What became very clear to William was, as it was for his father before him, he had a passion to become a pilot.

At this point, William Matheuszik begin his flight training in Montreal. He completed his training in Kingston, Ontario. He landed his first job with Air Charters in Montreal. After a year he joined Voyageur Airways. He has also flown for Sky Freight Express, Tal-Air, Pem-Air, Air Ontario, Air Canada, and Cargo jet.

William Matheuszik continues to enjoy his passion for flying. He is looking toward new horizons in a brand-new adventure as he weighs his options for the future.

In his free time, William is an avid motorcyclist. Alternatively, he enjoys cycling, camping, and all winter sports including skiing and snowboarding.

Tell us a bit about what you do.

I am a pilot. I started out flying small aircraft. They were six-seater propeller planes flying passengers, charters, and cargo. It was with a company that had a contract with the banks. I flew during a time when people were still writing checks. We were returning checks back to the cities that they came from in Quebec and Ontario. Then I moved to the second company which took me to Ontario. That was for scheduled passengers, charter passengers, cargo and Air Ambulance. I flew out of the toronto area until I moved to Pembroke, which was charter and passengers. After that I was hired to fly for a larger company and started flying Jets. Those flights were passenger, International, and domestic services as well as charters. With Air Canada, I flew scheduled passengers and charters. Air Canada had a contract with the National Hockey League at this time which gave me the opportunity to fly some of the NHL sports teams. The cargo company I was most recently working with was primarily Amazon products cargo. The planes were large aircraft that were converted B767 and B757 passenger airplanes. One aircraft was a converted 200+ seats the other used to be a 180-passenger plane. They were very large. I flew just about anything. I flew three Dressage horses from Toronto to Calgary at one time. It was very interesting having horses onboard. I like the adventure of what I do.


What gave you the idea for you to become a pilot? How did it start?

What gave me the idea to become a pilot was my father. I am actually a second-generation pilot. My father was a pilot first in the air force then he became a commercial pilot. We had the opportunity at one of the companies that I flew with to fly together. He was the captain and I was his co-pilot. We enjoyed doing that flight together. There has been aviation in our background as well. On my mother’s side of the family, she had an uncle who flew in the second world war. There has been aviation in our history. I was inspired by them and I enjoy the adventure of what I do.


What’s your favorite thing about your chosen profession?

What I like the most about my profession is that I get to play with a really big toy! What I do feels like a hobby and I get to earn a living while doing it. Most people put in their time then they go to work then they go home. I actually enjoy going to work. Every day is a different experience. The weather might be different. I could be flying during the day, night, raining snowing, depending on where you are. Aviation is very much like that. You can go between the same two points a hundred times and there will be a hundred different experiences.


What keys to being productive can you share with us?

When you have a goal, you plan your strategy to get to the goal in the most efficient way possible. You lay-out the steps that you need to take, including your timelines, especially if you have time constraints. You choose the path that will get you to your goal as quickly and professionally as possible.

Tell us one long-term goal in your career.

In the aviation industry, pilots are subject to medical exams every six months. Therefore, my biggest career goal is to stay as healthy as possible and stay a pilot as long as possible. My goal is to get to my sixty-fifth birthday and to retire as a lifelong pilot. It would not be my preference to be forced to retire for medical reasons.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned through the course of your career?

The most valuable lesson that I have learned in my career is to be flexible and open-minded. You never know who will have a better solution to a problem and you need to be open to other options. It is something that I always tell co-pilots when we are flying together. There is nothing that frustrates me more than if they see me doing something that they know can be done better, and they say nothing about it. I am very open-minded in that sense and flexible enough to know that you might be going from A to B but you may have to go to C. It could be with mechanical problems or weather problems or even passenger illness onboard. You just never know if you’re going to get to your original destination. Flexibility is the key to everything.


What advice would you give to others aspiring to succeed as a pilot?

I would advise anyone aspiring to be a pilot not to become a pilot because of what you see in movies or read in books. Don’t let the Hollywood version of flying be your compass. I would tell them to get into flying because it is your true passion. If it is not a passion you will have a tough time succeeding, being a pilot is a grind. There is a lot of hard work in the beginning. It is low-pay and long hours. There are many unpleasant environments. I have had to do everything from loading cargo onto the aircraft then flying it to its destination and having to unload it. I’ve had to load people onboard in stretchers. It is not the glamorous show-up at the airport in your stretch-limo where you have everyone staring at you saying wow, I want to be like that. It is a job that requires a true passion. If you think you’re going to get rich at it, it will just grind you down.


What are your favorite things to do outside of work?

My overwhelming out-side-of-work passion is motorcycle riding. To a lesser degree, I enjoy cycling, camping and winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

Name a few influential books you’ve read and/or websites you keep up with that you’d recommend to readers.

I read as a form of entertainment. I am not really a textbook reader. Right now, I am reading a series called The Expanse by James S. A. Corey. It is a seven-book science fiction series. My reading is more of an escape rather than a search for knowledge. When I have an interest in learning something I go online and read different perspectives on my topic of interest. I prefer reading a variety of opinions on a topic to determine my own opinion.

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Greg Orzeck

Greg Orzeck is the Director of Business Development and co-founder of AI Research Inc., a boutique clinical research organization in Exton, Pennsylvania. Orzeck started the company nearly a decade ago with his wife of 18 years, and the pair have continued to grow AI Research into a highly respected research monitoring team that prides itself on providing business partners with world-class clinical research support services for all phases of clinical trials, while hiring only qualified registered nurses.

Orzeck attended Temple University in nearby Philadelphia for his undergraduate studies, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations. He now enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, and likes to go fishing and golfing with friends whenever he can find the time.

What is your hobby? 

In my spare time, I love to golf, fish, and work in our garden. Another one of my favorite extracurricular activities is keeping up with my professional development and continuing education responsibilities. I keep up with my area of expertise through reading professional journals, attending seminars, and taking the occasional class either on-line or traditionally.

How did you first get into golf? What are your earliest memories of the sport?  

A friend of my father who was an avid golfer bought me my first set of golf clubs when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I would practice hitting balls in a field with a shag bag, going back and forth for hours at a time. I also worked as a caddie when I was younger. Working as a caddie taught me a great deal about competing, character and getting along with different personalities on and off the course. Caddying instills and helps you understand integrity, honesty and hard work. You develop a true appreciation for the game, unlike some others that get into golf later in life.

What inspires you to continue playing on a regular basis?  

Few things are more frustrating, discouraging and occasionally embarrassing as playing a bad round of golf. The truth is that the never-ending challenge of the game of golf is exactly what keeps me coming back time after time to try to improve my game and accomplish new goals. It doesn’t matter whether your trying to break 70 for the first time or break 90 for the first time, all golfers have a goal in mind that they are working hard to reach.

What life lessons has golf has instilled in you?

In the game of golf, the only competition you face is yourself. The greatest golfer does not analyze how another golfer plays; he works on improving his own game by developing consistent habits that generate consistent good results. The smart golfers, take tips, understand that it’s a game requiring constant growth and learning, and they don’t let ego get in the way of improving their game when others offer up constructive criticism. The same is true in life. The more open we are to learn, the humbler we remain, the more fulfilled we become as we grow and become better than we were the day before. When you focus on your own game, and you remain open to growing, learning and being adaptive, you gain the brilliance and means to create new values. Being humble and hungry for growth will enable you to add something to the pie that is missing… making a bigger pie. Much like the game of golf, for us to experience sustainable success in life, requires we focus on developing ourselves to be consistent, productive, resilient, and above all people who add value to others. The key ingredient to growing as an individual is much like improving your golf game. Focus on yourself, develop your own qualities, become consistent, productive, improve your own game.

Tell us about your favorite courses to play, and what makes them so enjoyable.  

Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs affords us some of the best golf courses in the country. Stonewall is my favorite place in the world to play. Others are Philadelphia Cricket, Merion, Caves Valley, Aronimink, Gulph Mills, Winged Foot and the list can go on and on. I’m a big fan of traditional tree lined fairways and classic design.

It seems as though golf is becoming more and more popular with younger generations. Why do you think that is?

I think golf has become a ‘cool’ sport to play now versus when I started playing. I think we can attribute a lot of that to Tiger Woods who grew up playing junior golf. This amazing sport has brought out the best in young men and women today, as it teaches many valuable life lessons.

For someone looking to get started in the game, what would you recommend?

I would recommend the obvious; a good mentor, teacher/coach, decent equipment and a place to practice and play. Practice, persistence and listening are key. In golf, instant success is very rare. People succeed by daily practice, persistence and through being open to listening to their teachers or mentor. In life, it is important to know that we rarely reach our goal in one shot or stroke. By practicing, making corrections along the way, being open to coaching and being persistent, we can tackle most of life’s tough challenges. One of the most important life lessons young people can learn from golf is to be gracious and respectful. Golf requires you to show courtesy to others and that you communicate with respect.

What tour pros do you try to model your game after?

I like the swing thoughts from Ben Hogan and Harvey Penick.

What’s in the bag?

Titleist 917 Driver, Ping 3-wood, Titleist hybrid, Srixon 965 irons 4-PW, Titleist Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron putter.

 

Josiane Peluso

Josiane Peluso the Director of Sales and Marketing for a New York Medicare company. Since joining the company eight years ago as a Health Education Specialist, Josiane has gradually worked her way up the corporate ladder.

Josiane received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and then paid her way through CUNY-Brooklyn College, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Community Health Education. Before joining her current company, she worked in a call center for two years with Health Plus. Currently, Josiane is working towards a Strategic Healthcare Leadership certificate from eCornell.

In the beginning of her career she was involved with City Harvest and specialized in teaching healthy eating and nutrition to New York’s most vulnerable on a volunteer basis. She had completed an internship in Nutrition through NYU before she found her calling educating people on how to improve their health and well-being through a variety of programs. She also volunteered with the Police Athletic League as a youth educator.

Josiane enjoys spending time in nature, as well as with her family. Constant personal growth is very important to her as she believes that if you are not constantly growing then you are not getting the most out of life that you possibly can.

What is your hobby?

Dancing and healthy self expression through physical movement. I thrive when I have a positive mindset. By having a positive mind, it generates higher quality thoughts which impact us on an emotional, mental and spiritual level. Dancing helps me do all of that and is a way for me to exercise.

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

There are very sentimental reasons for me. Not only is it a way for me to relax and express myself but during childhood every Saturday, my mother and I would clean the house. As we would clean, we would listen to music and together dance in the mirror, while singing along to the songs. When I dance, I forget everything else, problems, stress, deadlines, whatever that is in my head. I just have fun, express myself and enjoy the moment.

Tell us what you love about it?

I am really passionate about dancing; Its good physical exercise, it makes me feel happy. “To dance is to be out of yourself,” Agnes de Mille famously proclaimed. “Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth, and it is yours for the taking.” I really enjoy the therapeutic nature of dance. It allows me to refocus my thoughts and mind and helps to

What is your favorite thing about your hobby?

My favorite things about dance are the aspects of self expression, healthy release of energy, and community when dancing in groups. In this day and age, we have many outlets to express ourselves, the main one being social media. I’m fairly old school and I like to express myself in the ways that it used to be done. Dance is an important way for me to blow off steam. For me as well, it’s a great way to exercise. Going to the gym and doing the same workouts week after week can get boring, dance allows me to incorporate another form of exercise to keep things fresh.

How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

Dance has done a lot for me. As I mentioned before, it has met a lot of basic needs such as self expression and exercise. Besides this, it has helped me cope and get through some of the most challenging times in my life. It`s ability to relieve stress has been such an important factor in my growth as a person. If I was ever sad, angry, frustrated, or even tired in some cases, I danced it out. Even in the rain. It would help me refocus and reenergize myself. I also find that I have much better coordination, agility and flexibility which is a very important factor of staying healthy as you grow older.

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

I`m a part of a local hip-hop yoga studio which I really enjoy. Feeding off of the energy of the other people that I attend class with is a lot of fun. They`re great people as well which makes the whole experience more enjoyable. I also attend a swing dance club in Manhattan which is amazing. There`s something very different about swing dance for me that draws me to it. I think its how high energy it is. During the whole routine there is very little time slow down, its high intensity and it`s a lot of fun. My husband and I also take salsa lessons at a local dance studio. I love being able to spend time with him in this way. It`s definitely a great bonding experience and another way that we are able to change up our workouts and get some more variety.

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

Forget about how you think you look to others and enjoy yourself. There are a lot of people these days that are very hesitant and timid about dancing, but its such an important form of self expression and a great way to build confidence in public. Let yourself feel the beauty of dancing. Dancing is a way to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I have a few other hobbies that I really enjoy. I love to travel, play darts, rollerblade, hike, read, and take boating trips in the New York area. Traveling is my favorite out of all of those. Having all the knowledge and experience that I have gained from traveling has been indispensable. I am so grateful to have had numerous opportunities to travel across the world and I recommend anyone with the ability to do so to get out there and experience what the rest of our planet and its people have to offer.

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Carl Guidice

With a type “A” personality coupled with a passion for life, a need for adventure, and a consistent call for a new adrenalin rush, Carl Guidice and his wife travel the world in search of new escapades. Carl stretches the imagination for what a semi-retired gentleman, with seemingly limitless wealth, should truly look like.

Carl Guidice is a devout family man with a wife and three beloved daughters and grandchildren. His extended family is also close to his heart. They participate in many sports activities together. Carl gets a kick out of challenging his younger family members whenever he has the opportunity. There are many younger family members who Carl joins for routine work-outs and exercise. While he and his wife follow a two-hour work-out routine daily.

Carl Guidice will be returning to the business world in 2022 but until then, he is using his boundless energy to follow his passion and happiness to explore it all.

What is your hobby?

My number one hobby is my family. I am very athletically inclined and have many hobbies. I run at least an hour daily. In addition to that, I go to the gym, I bike, I swim, I scuba dive, and I travel. We just got back from a trip that was twenty-eight thousand miles and thirteen flights that took us around the world. We went paragliding, bungee jumping and jumped off of a 600-foot cliff. I also went to the outback of Australia. With all of these trips and traveling plans, we stay quite busy. In fact, we have a myriad of adventures that we go on. I saw a shark on the barrier reef. There is virtually nothing that we haven’t tried at least once.

How did you get started with your hobby?

What got me started in all of my hobbies is that I have a type “A” personality. I don’t like sitting still. I like to go. My family and I are up for just about anything. So, we’ll try lots of adventure sports. We have a lot of young family members. I enjoy competing with them even though I am pushing sixty years old. Furthermore, I sometimes even best them. Since I have some young grandchildren,I want to keep as healthy as I am, so that I can enjoy them for as long as I can. Hobbies allow me to do that. We also live in Disney World so obviously we are attracted to things that keep you excited and somewhat adventurous.

Tell us what you love about it.

We love the adrenaline rush. Especially if it is something new. Running off a cliff that is 5,000 feet in the air with a paraglider is purely an adrenaline rush. It keeps the mind busy. I have watched some family members that prove the old adage that “if you don’t Use it you Lose it” is absolutely true. Family members that are not active and think that they can’t do things they stop doing them. I am going to continue to think that I am twenty-five years old until they put me in the grave.

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

There are numerous groups that I belong to that are associated with different groups. I have a group that we play tennis with, another group that we dive with. I exercise with my family on a regular basis. The groups are varied and numerous and sometimes hard to keep up with.

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

I have invested in a multitude of equipment. I have wave runners, all-terrain vehicles, I have an off-road jeep, I have an off-road truck, I have a sports car up on a lift. I have all sorts of ski equipment and scuba gear. I have whatever toy or gadget that comes out. I follow the adage, the one who dies with the most toys wins. I think I am definitely a competitor for that. I love new gadgets and new toys. I love things that will give me an edge. If a bike comes out with a new feature or is more lightweight, we get it. I think we have nine bikes. We have paddle boards and surfboards, I don’t know if there is a piece of sports gear that we don’t have other than golf clubs. That is the one sport I can’t seem to get a handle on.

Where do you get most of your supplies?

I love the bass pro shop. I love academy sports. I shop at the players and the Yamaha dealers for the ATV’s. Of course, there is the internet that sends you teasers based upon the latest toy you bought.

Are there any books you would recommend for beginners?

Sports is not the place where I’d recommend a lot of reading. There are some magazines like runner’s world. Jim fix wrote a book on running which is sometimes helpful. It teaches you how to stretch. Sports is more about doing and less about reading. People are all different you have to see what works for you. What works for you may not work for someone else. The only way to figure that out is just to get out there and do it.

How has this changed your life?

I think sports in my life has kept me grounded and balanced. I think balance is a very important ingredient in society today. A lot of people are missing that element in their lives. I think the pressure on people with careers and the number of hours that are required is prohibitive for balance. The pressure on the family is enormous as well. Everyone needs something for balance and to keep sane. Everyone needs some sort of hobby. It is important to take your mind off of your daily life. It will help people solve problems in their professional careers. I have solved so many problems on my runs.

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

 Whatever hobby you choose, running, swimming, or scuba diving, you have to make it something that works for you. You have to figure out the time you have and the money you have and what is going to make you happy. What is your happy place? I can tell somebody till I’m blue in the face what works for me, but that is not necessarily going to work for them. I think it is a little trial by error. Move into it slowly and don’t spend a fortune on a sport that you may not like. Just take it slow and figure out what works for you. Learn to maximize your happiness quotient.

Are there any other hobbies that you have?

There are two things that I have not yet tried, and I am not sure if my wife will let me. The first one is a halo dive which means you have to have oxygen in front of Mount Everest at about thirty thousand feet. The second one I’ve tried to do is dive with great white sharks. We’ve actually flown across the country to San Francisco and met the boat. Weather conditions did not allow us to go on numerous occasions. I’d really love to get in a cage and witness a great white shark up close.

 

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SCOTT HALL

Scott Hall HobbyJam

Scott Hall grew up in Northern Virginia after his family moved from New York when he was 5 years old.  After graduating from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, he spent several years living in South Florida prior to moving back to the Washington, DC area.   He and has family have resided in the Ellicott City, MD since 2005 and the Baltimore area since 1997.  He has spent the majority of his professional career in retail operations, with the last few years spent working in the personal mobility space.

What is your hobby?

I’m a passionate collector of Legos, particularly the larger, more complex sets in the Star Wars, Technic and City series.

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

I was fortunate enough for my parents to get me my first Lego set when I was 4 years old – and I was hooked.  Starting with Lego’s iconic Space sets from the mid-70’s, I started building massive Lego cities and taking over more and more of my parents’ house when I was growing up.  At that time in Northern Virginia, there were lots of large transportation projects happening at the time, and I would ask my parents to take me to the building sites so I could watch what they would do – and then try to make similar structures with my own sets.  To be a kid and think you could build these structures that could take up 2-3 feet of space – and couldn’t get knocked down easily, like blocks could – was fascinating to me.

Tell us what you love about it?

There are two things I love the most about building and collecting Legos today.  Much of what Lego does nowadays is create sets of very complex mechanisms, either from the movies or from real life.  To have a real-world replica of the things that you see only in the movies or at some huge construction site is like a dream come true.  For example, Lego has a series called Technic – these sets are incredibly detailed and replicate motors, gears, windows and just about anything you can think of on a vehicle.  You can use batteries to power all the functions on these vehicles so that they operate just like they do in real life.  Vehicles like Mercedes-Benz’ Unimog 6-wheeled go-anywhere vehicle, Volvo’s front-end loader and Bugatti’s Veryon are all vehicles that Lego has created and built that I’ve collected over time.

Second, for many people out there, the Star Wars movies are an obsession.  Lego didn’t make a lot of Star Wars sets until the early 2000’s, so I didn’t get a chance to play with much Star Wars stuff when I was a kid.  When the second movie trilogy came out in the late 90’s, it was a renaissance for kids like me that grew up with the original Star Wars movies and longed for more cool things to play with, but never existed.  The realism of what Lego has released in their Star Wars line has continued to get better over time, so you feel like you’ve got the same quality model that the professionals use.

From a collecting standpoint, it’s wonderful to know that there are limited runs of many of the products that Lego makes.  And many of the people who purchase sets do so to build them, so it reduces the inventory of collectible, brand-new copies of sets.  For the ones I like the best, I’ll purchase two so I can build one with my family and collect the other one.

What is your favourite thing about your hobby?

The best part now is that I get to enjoy building and collecting them with my kids.  They get to experience a lot of the things that I loved growing up, and you can spend hours building Legos together.  It’s a great activity that helps them learn to follow instructions, have attention to detail and have the satisfaction of completing a really difficult project.  And you get to play with what you’ve finished!  It’s just a great family activity.  On the collecting side, it’s nice to see things that you’ve stored and saved over time go up in value as a personal investment.  As a collector, you’re always trying to think about what both kids and adults will want in the future so that you can maximize the value of your collection.  There’s so much that goes into making a Lego set valuable, including the number of pieces in a set, the number of unique pieces, the number of minifigures (people) and even the colors of the pieces themselves.  Finally, there’s the “popular culture” aspect of many collections.  Is a set something that people will want 5, 10, 15 years from now?  Lego has created a lot of sets that seemed nice at the time, but really didn’t register with collectors because adults didn’t look back with fond memories on that TV series, movie or whatever else the set was modeled after.

How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

The biggest impact building and playing with Legos has had on my life is allowing me to be myself and explore my creativity and imagination.  The sheer volume of sets that Lego has created over time means that there are sets and collections that can appeal to almost anyone – people that like building cities (Lego City), monsters and goblins (Monster Fighters), medieval times (Knights) and so much more.

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

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many groups in my area that meet on a regular basis.  However, that’s the beauty of Lego – you can build and enjoy them even if you’re by yourself.  As an only child with both parents who worked, I often had to entertain myself, and Lego is great for that!

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

Start small.  There’s a huge selection of Legos that you can collect and build.   If you’re a builder, think about sets that you can interconnect over time to create an entire environment that works well together and can open itself up for ongoing exploring and experimentation.  As a collector, understanding your goals and your budget are key.  You’re not going to get the entire Star Wars line when you start out.  Pick the pieces that you think will hold their value over time and save up for those.  Don’t try to get every single set.  There are lots of web sites and blogs that can help you understand what collectors are going after and why.  At the end of the day, it’s about what makes you happy!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I’m also an avid board game player and collector, specifically games from the 60’s and 70’s.  But that’s for another conversation!

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