GETTING TO KNOW BRENDA RODRIGUEZ: OWNER OF THE SKIN ROOM

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WEBSITE: www.theskinroom.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: The Skin Room

INSTAGRAM:  theskinroom104

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GETTING TO KNOW…..BRENDA RODRIGUEZ: OWNER OF THE SKIN ROOM

BIO:  Hi, my name is Brenda Rodriguez and I have been an esthetician since October 2005. Since then I have attended many additional skin care product knowledge courses and esthetics educational training in the science of the skin and it’s required care to keep it healthy and happy.

 We believe the esthetics industry offers an ongoing learning experience & keeping up with available knowledge is key to being the best esthetician possible. Our passion for skin care makes our job an enjoyable experience each day we work. We believe that investing in our skin is an investment that lasts a lifetime.

From Facials, Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, to Waxing services, We take pride in each treatment we perform. The connection with our customers that establish trust and personal attention for their needs and requests are fulfilling to us. The Skin Room is purely a wonderful place to be an Esthetician and indulge in a career that we simply adore.

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

My favorite thing about my career is being able to work on different clients skin care needs and concern. I love being able to educate clients on how to take care of their skin correctly and give them a boost of confidence.  I love being able to pamper a client and at the same time help them look and feel their best! 

What motivated you to start your company (a little history)

Honestly I never thought or imagined that I would be a business owner.  I went through a transition in my life that brought me to Whittier. Shortly after establishing my self in Whittier – I thought every door around me was closing. I thought my career as an esthetician had hit rock bottom.  but my passion for the industry is what kept me going.  I wanted the freedom  of making my own schedule and I wanted to create my own workspace where I can take care of clients my way. I was determined to have a place with meaning and purpose, a place that would bring skin care and wellness together.  

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’d have to say my proudest accomplishment is motivating my friend Nicole to branch off on her own and open her own business. 

What is the best feature or item from your Company?

The Skin Room is known for having the best “happy hour” in town. We do an amazing Microdermabrasion Facial which includes extractions, customized facial mask and facial massage.  We offer this at an incredible price!  Clients are able to come in and relax and enjoy a Happy Hour facial with a glass of wine!

How would your friends describe you?

Loyal, smart, enthusiastic, problem solver 

What are your hobbies?

Hiking and being out doors. I love just getting out side and doing things, especially with my son! I feel no stress when I’m hiking, and I love exploring the out doors through the eyes of my 8 year old! He’s full of wonder and full of adventure. 

List two pet peeves. 

1: hairy ears ( we can wax that for you) 

2: entitlement, we all have to work for what we have! 

Where do you see yourself in five years? 

In 5 years I hope to have a second location for The Skin Room. 

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

I’ve always lived my life with the idea and belief that EVERYTHING happens for a reason.  I’d honestly have to say that I wouldn’t change anything.  Even when I look back and wonder if I made the right choices in my life – I truly look at the outcome of what it’s brought me.  I wouldn’t be where I am today with out all of those choices!  At the end of the day I’m very thankful and blessed to have a beautiful and healthy son full of wonder and light and I have a small business where I get to use my trade that I’m passionate about to help people feel and look their best! 

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GETTING TO KNOW MONICA HOLDEN: OWNER OF BALANCED PRO MASSAGE (A MOBILE SERVICE)

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WEBSITE: Balancedpromassage.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: Balancedpromassage

INSTAGRAM: Balancedpromassage

TWITTER: Bpromassage

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GETTING TO KNOW MONICA HOLDEN: OWNER OF BALANCED PRO MASSAGE

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

I am passionate about educating people on the benefits of massage therapy. I have been so blessed to be able to help people live pain-free lives, heal from emotional trauma, and get in touch with their own bodies. Every single session is unique because every body is unique. There is no substitute for the human touch. and I love it when that light bulb goes on for my clients.

What motivated you to start your business?

I began my career 22 years ago after graduating from the Sports Massage Training Institute under the instruction of Dr. Myk Hungerford. We went through an intense educational process in which we were required 400 hours of volunteer work at various sporting events, working with Olympic level athletes, on top of our extensive classroom education. Upon graduating, I worked with 2 Chiropractors and worked on growing my private clientele just by word of mouth and referrals. This gave me the freedom to raise my children with a flexible work schedule, which I was very grateful for. During this time, we were required to go either go through various licensing processes through different cities or work under the license of a doctor. We were never recognized as professionals.

Finally, in the latter part of 2009, the CMTC began issuing a state certification for massage therapists! This was a game changer. I knew at this point, that I would finally be able to come out of the shadows as a therapist and start my own business. Mobile massage was always a very grey area, not legal, but not illegal. With this new state certification, it gave us the freedom to legally work as a professional in whatever way we chose to.

I created Balanced in 2013 with the consumer and the massage therapist equally in mind. Our goal is to provide an excellent massage experience with knowledgeable, certified therapists, at an affordable price. I give my therapists the freedom to make their own schedules so that they can have the freedom to raise their families, as I did. The Balanced Team is built on respect and I truly believe that as a leader, the way that you treat your team trickles down into their work and the way that they treat others. I am truly blessed to work with such talented and caring massage therapists.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment is being able to step way out of my comfort zone to start Balanced. I had a dream and a passion for helping people, but coming up with a business plan and hoping other massage therapists could see my vision was a whole other story! I worked hard, I studied city municipal codes regarding mobile massage therapy, I worked with the state, I busted my way through a lot of roadblocks, and here we are, 4 years later and still growing! My belief is that we can accomplish much more together than we can as individuals.

What is the best feature or item from your company?

It’s hard to pick just one, but I would say our companies best feature is the quality of massage therapy you receive with Balanced. Our therapists are professional, experienced and have the heart of a servant. Each therapist is hand-picked for their individual qualities, trained and fine tuned, and then trusted to go out and combine all of their skills to customize every massage to the needs of their client. Of course the fact that we are mobile, meaning that we travel to our clients homes and offices, is what really makes us unique.

How would your friends describe you?

This is funny because it’s actually one of MY interview questions! My friends would probably describe as very outgoing, adventurous, very friendly and I have sometimes been accused of being too nice! I absolutely love meeting new people and experiencing life!

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are really anything to do with the outdoors! I love to run and have done a marathon, several half marathons and a Ragnar (my personal fave)! I enjoy working out and anything to do with water and water sports, as long as it’s warm! I love live music and spending time with my family and friends. And traveling, yes. Lots of traveling!

List two pet peeves.

Unprofessionalism and excuses.  I take every opportunity to educate on professionalism because I like to give people the benefit of the doubt…maybe no one ever taught them how to be professional. A lot of people are surprised how quick I am to return calls or that I follow up on different situations. It’s sad that professional behavior is an uncommon practice.

I hear so many excuses from people. Why they can’t exercise, or drink water, or make a small change that will get them one step closer to living a better life, or why they’re “stuck” where they are at. You are not a tree, you can move! I do my best to encourage people, but at the end of the day, they are the ones that have to make those changes.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself better than I am today. I see Balanced being successful in multiple cities. I see myself successful and enjoying life and being a positive influence in other people’s lives.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

Absolutely nothing.  Every trial and error, every success and mistake, has me where I am today. I am exactly where I God wants me to be. I will continue to grow and learn and evolve as I strive for excellence in everything I do. Life is truly about the journey.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Wow, that’s a tough one!   I think I would choose my dad, who passed in 2004. My grandmother, who passed in 2005. My grandfather, who passed in 1995. And Jesus. Those would be my 4. I miss my family members dearly and would love their advice and life experience to help guide me in my life. And Jesus? Well, I can’t think of anyone that I admire more, dead or alive, that I would rather sit and have a conversation with face to face.

 

GETTING TO KNOW BECKY CHAVEZ, OWNER OF WHITTIERDOULAS.COM AND FOUNDER OF MY POSTPARTUM TRIBE

WEBSITES:

FACEBOOK PAGE:  @Whittierdoulas  https://m.facebook.com/groups/1788280548120839
INSTAGRAM:  @whittierdoulas  &   @mypostpartumtribe

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BIO: My name is Becky Chavez I lead My Postpartum Tribe, I am also a birth doula and a local La Leche League Leader here in Whittier. As a birth doula I have the privilege of supporting families through pregnancy and birth. Getting to know my clients before baby arrives is very important. During our prenatal visits we explore mothers birthing preferences and review her birthing options. I provide emotional and physical support during labor and delivery through meditation, relaxation techniques, counter pressure, and the use of rebozo. Supporting families have been such a rewarding journey.

My Postpartum Tribe of Whittier, is a non-profit support group aimed to uplift the emotional and social well-being of mothers and their children of our community. We regularly provide free monthly meetings and self-care events to families across Whittier and our surrounding cities. We provide a safe place for women to share their motherhood experiences. We want to support one another through the successes and hardships we experience as parents. We hold safe space.  When this group started I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. But we continue to grow and we hope to continue to provide more to our mothers in our community. Maternal mental health is our main focus. Because moms matter. Moms need to be taken care of during this delicate time in their lives.  Learning how to find our mom tribe and surround ourselves with others who can lift us up and hold our hand.
We are not medical professionals, but refer women to local professionals who can help them.  We regularly fund raise in hopes that we can help women who cannot afford services such as mental health therapist co-pay, birth and postpartum doula, lactation specialists, house cleaning postpartum. These are all privileged things to those of privilege. No matter who you are, you deserve to be taken care of postpartum and we feel that these things make all the difference to a woman in early postpartum period. This is my dream that no women should be left unattended from birth and beyond.

 

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What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

Helping families during such an important part of life.

What motivated you to start your company?

Because of my own experiences with postpartum depression and lack of postpartum support. I wanted to help prevent what happened to me happen to anyone else. This was a way I could give back.

What is the best feature or item from your company?

Definitely postpartum planning and comfort measures for labor. It’s hard to pick I want to say everything!

How would your friends describe you?

Straight forward.

What are your hobbies?

Aside from raising my family I love gardening and volunteer work.

List two pet peeves.

Tardiness and people who don’t use their blinkers while driving.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years i hope to have our funding to open a studio.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

Not following my gut instincts.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Grandma, aunt, my mom and my grandfather who I never met.

 

GETTING TO KNOW JERRY ARIAS: OWNER OF TITAN EDGE ATHLETICS

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WEBSITE: None

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/TitanEdgeAthletics/

INSTAGRAM:  Coach_jerry_arias  &  Titan_Edge_Athletics

TWITTER: JerryArias562

YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM-0MRxOA_JMvG-cB1OCPGw

PODCAST: fightcampconditioning.com/podcast/episode-64-w-boxing-strength-coach-jerry-arias/

GETTING TO KNOW COACH JERRY ARIAS: OWNER OF TITAN EDGE ATHLETICS

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

The people we get to interact with. My career allows me to change lives on a daily basis, from helping a professional athlete get ready to perform and earn a living, or helping someone build confidence and improve in all aspects of their daily lives. Coaches will impact more young lives than any other profession, and when you impact a life, you create a life worth living.

What motivated you to start your company?

I knew at a young age I wanted to be able to coach people my way, I didn’t want to work for someone who’s beliefs were not in line with mine. I felt athletes needed a place where coaches were passionate about education and wanted to commit their lives to helping others achieve their dreams. I wanted to be able to pass along my education to build coaches around me as many coaches did for me. I wanted to be a role model and show others that their ultimate dreams could become a reality.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

It would be being able to set a goal of completing graduate school and attaining my dream job (owning my facility). It was something my parents always pushed me towards and it was a great feeling to make them proud.

What is the best feature or item from your company?

I would say it is our coaching staff. We have a culture here within our staff that our success is directly related to how many lives we impact. They are the reason we are and will be successful with our vision. They are willing to “over-deliver” and are willing to give without any expectations of receiving something in return. They are truly what a coach should be…Selfless.

How would your friends describe you?

They would describe me as being passionate and driven. I truly feel there is never a moment that I count myself out. I always have confidence in my abilities to create a goal and embrace the journey, the ups and downs, and see it through until the end.

What are your hobbies?

Reading self-help books (entrepreneurship, mindset, leadership, coaching, science)

Traveling the world (been to Europe 3 times and Iceland twice)

Staying active inside and outside the gym

List two pet peeves.

People that lack drive, and settle for being average. I don’t surround myself with those types of individuals.

People that think they are too good to do the little things…ego driven individuals.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hard to give this answer.  Along with running a successful business, I would like to be teaching at a college (exercise science) part-time. I enjoy working with younger people and inspiring them to learn more and pursue their dreams. Also, I would like to have traveled to many places around the globe, and created life-long memories.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

Nothing…everything that has happened in my past has shaped my future and what I am today. But if I could do something more of , would have been spend time with my family as many have passed away and regret not spending more quality time before their passing.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

  1. Anthony Robbins
  2. Nikola Tesla
  3. John Wooden
  4. Barack Obama

 

GETTING TO KNOW A “FRIEND OF WHITTIER WELLNESS”: ANDREW REYNA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF WHITTIER [ATHLETIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR]

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WEBSITE: Bgcw.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: BGC Of Whittier

INSTAGRAM:  @BGCofWhittier  &  @TheClubBGCW

 

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?
-My favorite thing about my career and my company is that we give our members opportunities to become better people and better athletes by giving them experiences they’ll never forget through our sports programs.

What motivated you to start working at THE BGC of WHITTIER?
– I had just began my first few months of college and my mother was a site coordinator for one of our off site programs at Edwards middle school. She informed me that there was a job opening at our Boys & Girls Club Main Clubhouse to help with the walking program and Power Hour, which is homework assistance time. After a few days on the job they informed me that they would like to place me in the gym to run games, activities and helping with all the sports leagues that our club provides throughout the year. Fast forward 5 years later I became the Athletic Program Coordinator and now coordinate and hire coaches for all of our sports programs at all of our 3 middle school sites including our Main Clubhouse.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
-My proudest accomplishment with the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier was successfully running The Nike Mamba League. Nike and Kobe Bryant’s brand partnered with our club to provide a free basketball league for 60 members. Then two of our teams won both the Boys and Girls division and took home the championship trophy. To make things even sweeter, we watched our kids meet and take pictures with Kobe Bryant.

What is the best feature or item from your company?
-Our best feature is our staff. They all genuinely care for the kids and want to make an impact in any way possible to make sure our members have an awesome experience while being a part of the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier

How would your friends describe you?
-My friends would describe me as active, sporty, honest, loyal, trusting and really outgoing.

What are your hobbies?
-My hobbies include all things sports. Specifically basketball, coaching, working out and attending sporting events.

List two pet peeves.

Disrespect

When people don’t pick up after themselves.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I see myself as an Athletic Director at a High School or college. Organizing, supervising, and coaching the basketball team at the school I work for.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
A lot of things that have happened, have made me who I am today, so I wouldn’t change a thing.  But I wish I would’ve taken basketball more seriously and given myself a chance to play college basketball, even if it was at the Junior College level.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. Abraham Lincoln
  4. John Wooden

 

GETTING TO KNOW MICHALE McCLELLAN, OWNER OF DYNAMIC TRAINING FITNESS [DTF]

INSTAGRAM:  dynamic_training_fitness

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What is your favorite thing about your career/company?
Helps individuals reach their goals. I enjoy seeing people change their lives by changing their views towards self-improvement.
What motivated you to start your company?
I focus on helping individuals with diet, nutrition, strength and fitness. It’s not about the numbers for me, other facilities and individuals I’ve worked with in the past were focused on numbers, and not a personal relationship with the client.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Achieving black belts in various martial arts.
What is the best feature or item from your company?
It’s personal, smaller classes and we focus on individual attention.
How would your friends describe you?
Caring and easy going
What are your hobbies?
Deeps studies of the plant history, history of mankind, philosophy, martial arts, and weight lifting
List two pet peeves
Inconsideration for others, and racism
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Relaxing on a beach in Tahiti
If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
Continued acting career
If you could share a meal with any four people in the world?
Jesus, Mel Gibson, Abraham, Jon F Kennedy

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GETTING TO KNOW JESSE MERCADO, OWNER OF CROSSFIT “B.A.M”

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WEBSITE: CROSSFITBAM.COM

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/crossfitbam14

INSTAGRAM: CROSSFIT_BAM

TWITTER: @CROSSFIT_BAM

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GETTING TO KNOW JESSE MERCADO; OWNER OF CROSSFIT “B.A.M”

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

Seeing a member of my “BAMily”  get excited about something new they accomplished that they couldn’t do before. Also BAM stands for “BEYOND ALL MEASURE”.

What motivated you to start your company (a little history)

Both my parent’s own their own businesses and I  always wanted to do things my own way and have my own schedule.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Seeing my members get along and become friends both inside and outside the gym.

What is the best feature or item from your company?

The atmosphere, you don’t feel left out or alone. People introduce themselves to you and make you feel like you’re part of a family.

How would your friends describe you?

Kind, Silly, Funny, Down to Earth, Geeky, Easy to get along with, Lovable, Caring, Weird.

What are your hobbies?

Reading Manga and watching Anime on Crunchyroll or on Funimation.

List two pet peeves.

People who say, “I can’t” and the chalk bucket being spilled on the floor.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In the facility of my dreams coaching and helping Children, Teens and Adults get fitter than they currently are. Also in charge of the Physical Education program for the ABC Unified School District.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

Find an Olympic Lifting Coach to help fix my technique so i could’ve been even more efficient and stronger by now.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Josh Bridges, Donny Garriott, Fo Dominguez, Jesus Mercado.