Meet The Board: Part I

Many of you had the chance to mingle with our 2013 Board of Directors during January’s Meet the Board Event at the Mid America Club in Chicago (click here to see photos from the event). For those of you who may weren’t able to make it, we’d like to introduce the talented, fun superstars who are helping to make 2013 another successful year for LMA Midwest.

Tina Johns - President

 Tina and her husband Jason climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.

Photo: Tina and her husband Jason climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.

Do you have children? If so, ages, interests, related fun story, etc.?

I’ve been married to my husband Jason for almost 13 years. He’s an estate planning attorney with a small firm downtown. We’ve lived in a 1924 bungalow in Riverside for four years. I have two children – a three-and-a-half year old daughter named Isabella and a one-and-a-half year old son named Ethan. Both are obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine, and I can tell you far more about the trains than you’d ever want to know.

My daughter tells me almost on a daily basis how much she wants a dog. Unfortunately that is not in the cards as I am horribly allergic to dogs. (And cats, and pretty much anything with fur).

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid – and still today – my dream job is that I wanted to be Red Fraggle. That is, I want to be a Muppeteer. Although, I think I’d be okay with just working for the Jim Henson Company. The way some people can tell you about JFK, I can tell you the exact place I was when I found out Jim Henson died.

My other dream job — and the reason I went to journalism school — is to work for National Geographic. I wanted to travel, take amazing photos and write stories of exotic people and faraway places.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

One of the more adventurous things I’ve done is climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. I’m not really afraid of heights, but climbing a ladder on the side of the bridge with nothing but open water next to you is enough to make anyone think twice! Another adventurous thing I’ve done was drive to upstate New York with a three-week-old to be a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. What was I thinking???

What is your favorite movie or book (or one that has inspired you), and why?

I’d have to say my favorite books would be the Harry Potter series, On the Road, Dandelion Wine and Zen and the Art of Writing. I think the thing they all have in common is amazingly creative writing – each in their own genre.

I also host a one-woman celebration of National Poetry Month each April. I’ve been doing it for at least 12 years – sending out one poem each day in April. My email list grows each year. If you want me to add you to it, just let me know!!!

 

Tasneem Goodman - Immediate Past President

Tasneem

Photo: Tasneem and her husband Tony.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid and people would ask my older brother and me what we wanted to be when we grew up, he always would answer that he wanted to be a brain surgeon, and I would follow and say I wanted to be a lawyer so I could sue him.

Apart from legal marketing prowess, what other skills or hobbies do you have?

I like to cross stitch, particularly while watching football with my husband on Sundays, and I make a mean cupcake.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I traveled to Kenya when I was 17 with four friends who were all my age and no adult supervision.

What is your favorite restaurant and/or cuisine?

I could eat pizza three times a day, seven days a week, and my favorite is Home Run Inn.

What is your favorite movie or book (or one that has inspired you), and why?

It wasn't exactly inspirational, but my favorite movie is and always will be Dirty Dancing. Nobody puts Baby in a corner!

 

Rich Marsolais - President-Elect

RIchard Marsolais

Rich and his wife on a trip to Wyoming at a ranch near the east entrance of Yellowstone, circa 1991.

I am just completing a 10-year stint as a member of the board of directors of Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) where I served as vice president and president. I am the longest serving board member, and this experience will serve me well as president-elect of the LMA Midwest Chapter.

What is fun fact that few people know about you?

My wife and I have been avid dude ranchers since we were married in 1986. To us, it is a great way to see parts of this country that you would not normally be able to see.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an airline pilot. Unfortunately, my poor vision made that an impossibility.

Apart from legal marketing prowess, what other skills or hobbies do you have?

I am an avid “Do-It-Yourselfer.” If something goes wrong around the house or we need to do some improvements, I love to do that kind of work. Home Depot and Lowes are my favorite stores.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

On one of our dude ranching vacations to Telluride, Colorado we took a hike with other vacationers to the top of a 13,000 foot mountain to see a glacier lake. At the peak, there was a ledge that you could walk out on and stand with a sheer drop of 12,000 feet. With the wind blowing at 45 mph, my wife and I (I do not like heights at all) stood on the edge and someone snapped a picture of us. It was actually very exhilarating, and it was funny that I was not scared at all.

What is your favorite restaurant and/or cuisine?

Windows on the World atop the World Trade Center in New York City. Obviously 9/11 took that away from us, but the great memories of meals shared there with friends and family still remain. I proposed to my wife there in 1984 and we went back there every time we were in New York City. Nothing else will ever compare.

What is your favorite movie or book (or one that has inspired you), and why?

My favorite movie is The Godfather. The acting and storyline is so spectacular and the ruthless efficiency with which business was conducted in the world of organized crime, the love of family, food and good times, makes this one of the great movies of all time.

Do you have children? If so, ages, interests, related fun story, etc.?

I have two children, a daughter who is 19 and a sophomore in college and a son who is 15 and a sophomore in high school. I took both of my children to this year’s Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game versus the Houston Texans at Ford Field. My kids got to see how avid a Lions fan I am, a side of me they did not know existed, and my daughter tweeted that her dad was very cool and not the old geezer she thought I acted like at times. It was a great day.

 

Bill Fitzgerald - Member-at-Large - Membership

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Photo: "This is a headshot from St. Michaels college in Winooski, Vermont. I was a varsity baseball player for 3.5 years and graduated in 1976. I was the co-editor of the yearbook (which is why there were so many pictures of me in it)."

I am the executive vice president of Sales at Werner Printing & Engraving. In my downtime, I am the CMO of Timeless Day Spa (which my wife and sister-in-law own).

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Sportscaster. I still have hopes that one day this dream will come true. I am always five seconds of head of anything intelligent that these guys say.

What is your favorite restaurant and/or cuisine?

The Saloon restaurant on Chestnut is my all-time favorite restaurant. The steak is the best in the city.

What is your favorite movie or book (or one that has inspired you), and why?

Catcher in the Rye is my favorite book. I always wanted to be Holden Caulfield and wore out the pages re-reading it.

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Next edition, you’ll meet Member at Large - City Groups Maureen Farr, Secretary Ann Gallagher, Treasurer Stuart Goodman, Member-at-Large - Networking Sydney Iglitzen, Member-at-Large - Communications Lisa Sesti and Treasurer-Elect Cere Woods.

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