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Sheila Fox-Lovell Spotlight

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married to Mitch for 24 years. Three step children – all grown, and one lives/works with us. Three cats – one is 18! Best cat on the planet

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Long Island, South Shore, near Jones Beach. Graduating high school, boys. Originally wanted to be an anthropologist (it sounded cool, then wanted to be probation officer (hence my degree in law enforcement).

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Bryant College – now known as Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. All four years were a party (hey, it was the 70’s) but the highlight was the year a blizzard hit because school shut down for a week. Yet another excuse for a party!

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? East Cobb. When criminal justice was no longer attractive, I went to work for my dad who owned an envelope manufacturing plant in NY. When he sold the business, there was a location in Austell that the purchasing company owned, so it was a natural move.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Scrapbooking, crochet – all things that help de-stress. Was once an avid tennis player (actually how Mitch and I met).

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Travel. For sure. As often as possible.

Favorite food? Worst food? Italian – I’m an aficionado of eggplant parmesan. Anything pesto works for me too. Sushi – never had it, never will.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Braves/Falcons. Movie: Life is Beautiful. Book: The Kite Runner or 1000 Splendid Suns.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Australia with my sister. Also, my honeymoon in Hawaii. Close second is Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta Canada

Speak any other languages? No. Unless “cat” counts.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Yes. 50/50 mountain/beach.

Role model in your life? My dad, as a business owner.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I’m first generation American. Both my parents came through Ellis Island. Dad came over from London after WWII. Mom came over as an infant from Poland and was quarantined for several months due to small pox.

Picture to share? Mitch and I visiting the “fatherland”.

Spotlight: Bart Segal

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Wife Kara. Jeremy (22), Ilana (19), Tori (14). Dog Tov.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Suburban Philly. Always loved science – anything science related. Swimming. Boating. Mineral collecting. What did I want to be – Engineer.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Drexel University in Philladelphia. Studied computer engineering. Was nerdy in high school – came out of my shell in college, so socialization was the best of memories .

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Marietta, East Cobb. I owned a software company in Philly that was sold to a company in Atlanta circa 1997. I still in the same house.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Mineral collecting, swimming, juggling, travel. Support a number of charities – ALS society mainly.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Travel – everywhere.

Favorite food? Worst food? Favorite – everything (lobster? Sushi? A good steak!). Worst – raw tomatoes.

Cook or clean dishes? Clean because I don’t want to starve.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Eagles! Philly anything really. Shawshank Redemption.

Non-fiction books. Harry Potter.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Israel. Most unique was Iceland.

Speak any other languages? No Mountains, beach, or staycation? Beach

Role model in your life? Einstein or Stephen Hawking because he overcame so much.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? Grew up very shy and nerdy.

Spotlight: Jennifer Autian

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married – 20 years coming up this year. Son in High School – typical teenager who starts driving this summer. We also have 2 cats – 20 lbs and 6 lbs.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? North of Chicago, in a small town. Came south to warm up – Nashville first, then Atlanta. Played tons of sports growing up – usually on the boys’ teams. What did I want to be? Physical Therapist.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Undergraduate at Vanderbilt, MBA from GA State. Double major in math and Spanish, double minor in psychology and German. Change of scene was the best part.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Roswell. 75S (kidding). Next big city south of Nashville was Atlanta – wanted to be here before ’96 Olympics.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Crafty when not analytical. Home renovations are of great interest along with my son’s activities. Enjoy hiking too. I spend a lot of time at “Fur Kids”, which is an animal shelter. I’m there at least once a week. And church.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Beach. Love waves and reading

Favorite food? Worst food? Mexican food. Sushi.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook. Usually end up doing both anyways though. I clean as I go though.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Chicago Bears. Football in general. Field of Dreams.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Europe for Spanish studies. Best: honeymoon in Hawaii.

Speak any other languages? Supposedly Spanish and German. Still some Spanish in there but not much German.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Mountains & beach. I like to hike. I like beach walks. Certainly not a homebody.

Role model in your life? Step-father is likely the most influential. He started a business on own and grew to three locations. Always took care of his employees. “Don’t pay for something you haven’t earned yet.”

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? Rowed crew in college for three years.

Spotlight: Dawn Stastny

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married, two only children. Son is 30, daughter is 14. We are dog people–2 currently as just lost one.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Grew up in Texas, suburb of Dallas. Always wanted to be a lawyer. Got married straight out of school, then I the joined military instead. I didn’t go to school until later in life – 25.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Texas Women’s University. Studied organization development. Played golf in college – haven’t really played since.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Town Lake, Cherokee. 9/11 brought me here – made me realize that long-distance relationships should be more serious as I tried to reenlist into military as medic. I decided to stay instead.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? My daughter’s activities consume much of our time. We love to cook–he cooks French, I cook traditional/bake. Travel (St. Martin). My husband owes me a trip to Nice –upcoming anniversary gift. We take an annual trip to St. George

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Child advocacy – PTA involvement, etc. Help to improve education/childhood development. I believe every kid should have the chance to learn.

Favorite food? Worst food? Toast – it’s the most underrated food on planet. With butter (real).Liver – ate it when I was pregnant for nutritional values, but can’t do it again.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook, but I don’t mind the washing dishes. Husband and I trade off cooking. I’m particular about how the dish washer is loaded, so I’m the only one that loads it (or it gets reloaded).

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Hockey – was heartbroken when the Thrashers left. Gone with the Wind – the actual book. Favorite movie too. I love Scarlett O’Hara.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Ireland. Or Kuwait (Desert Storm). Best: St. Martin when we took Kat (our daughter) with us.

Speak any other languages? Nope. Does sarcasm count?

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Beach. Sand & Sun!

Role model in your life? I idolize Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I came from such a conservative/strict/secret service family. I never saw my mother drive a car. Attended church 4 times/week. Loved it as I was in a bubble – some feeling of missing out. Never had a slumber party. Now – I’m so outspoken/sarcastic/career driven.

 

Meet the Team

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Paul Mancini, Clear Choice Telephones

Family – married? Children? Pets?
Paul spends much of his free time with his wife, Robin, his son Austin (who now also works for Clear Choice Phones) and his dog, a dachshund named Bella that they adopted.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”?
Paul was born in Pittsburgh but has lived all over. He wanted to play tennis when he grew up.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years?
Paul attended West Virginia University where he had a successful tennis career, ranking top 10 in the country, and #400 in the world. His best memories included the travel that tennis allowed him.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here?
He moved to Alpharetta after college because he had many friends there.

Hobbies?
Tennis, working out, podcasts.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time?
Paul’s dream would be teaching tennis to children and dabbling in technology. He would always find a way to keep busy.

Favorite food? Worst food?
Italian – pizza/pasta.  Any seafood has to be cooked.

Cook or clean dishes?
Dishes; His wife is the cook.

Favorite sports team (s)?  Favorite book? Favorite movie? A true Steelers fan, he even has a sticker on his car.  Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life?
Paul travelled “unintentionally” during his tennis career. He spent 1 year in Hawaii.

Mountains, beach, or staycation?
All 3?

Role Model in your life?
Growing up as a tennis player, Andre Agassi was Paul’s role model. His dad was a huge fan, too.

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