Todd Walsh: Fox Sports Arizona Reporter

Todd Walsh, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes reporter for Fox Sports Arizona, photographed at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Todd Walsh, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes reporter for Fox Sports Arizona, photographed at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Todd Walsh
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Todd Walsh cares more about the stories than the stats in sports. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes reporter for Fox Sports Arizona has covered Arizona sports for more than 20 years and has won seven Emmy Awards for his efforts. The 49-year-old Scottsdale resident has reported on virtually every Arizona sport you can think of, from men’s and women’s tennis, to the PGA. He also covered music journalism and has talked to everyone from Bono to Eddie Vedder. He talked about what keeps him going in his grinding schedule, and keep scrolling to watch a video of him talking about his five favorite things about Arizona.

What brought you to Arizona?

My older sister left Rochester, New York, with her husband when they got married, since he was a grad student at the U of A. I’ve always had this child-like fascination with Arizona. I visited them, and I was hooked, and that was all that I talked about. It was a dream of mine to attend the U of A since junior high school. I was accepted my freshman year, but chickened out. I went one year to St. John Fisher College in Rochester before I transferred for my sophomore year. Continue reading

Candice Wood: Co-Founder of Stressfree Recipes, Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Candice Wood, co-founder of Stressfree Recipes, obstetrician and gynecologist, photographed at Carly's in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Candice Wood, co-founder of Stressfree Recipes, obstetrician and gynecologist, photographed at Carly’s in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Candice Wood
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In her day job, Candice Wood helps mothers-to-be and women of all ages as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. She’s also a clinical professor with University of Arizona, helping medical students learn the ropes as an OBGYN. Online, the 33-year-old Phoenix resident helps families around the world plan healthy meals, with the website she co-founded with her doctor husband, Stressfree Recipes.The site is like the Pandora for meal planning, where specialized recipes dependent on diet needs are delivered daily to members’ inboxes. The site launched in March, and the doctor duo are constantly improving it for its members. Read on to hear some health tips from Wood, as long as to hear five reasons why she loves calling the Valley home.

What brought you to Arizona?

My training. I was born in Denver, Colorado, and six weeks after I was born, we moved to Germany for three years because my dad was an OBGYN physician in the military. We went back to Colorado when I was three, and I lived there for nine years. Then, we moved to El Paso, Texas, for three years before he retired from the military in Salt Lake City, Utah. I did high school and college there. I went to The University of Utah and got a Bachelor’s in chemistry, with a minor in business. I did medical school back in Colorado at the University of Colorado. I did my residency here at Good Samaritan Hospital. I was initially interested in living here because I was dating a guy at the time who lived out here. By the time I came out here, that relationship was long over. Continue reading

Sebastien Millon: Artist and T-Shirt, Print and Card Designer

Sebastien Millon, local T-shirt, print, card and plushie designer, photographed at Pita Jungle in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Sebastien Millon, local T-shirt, print, card and plushie designer, photographed at Pita Jungle in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Sebastien Millon
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Judging by some of Sebastien Millon‘s artwork, you might think the local artist and T-shirt designer has a very twisted mind. There are murderous cats, drunk bears and psychotic bunnies who pepper his digital artwork. But the 31-year-old Paradise Valley resident is quite kind in real life, an artist who wants to help out his peers in the scene as much as he wants to share his sinfully funny, yet still super-sweet, art around the world. After starting to produce his digital art full-time four years ago, his T-shirt line earned a headlining spot in Phoenix Fashion Week, and he’s traveled to comic and art conventions around the country, selling his shirts, prints, greeting cards, and plushies. Millon plans on launching a Kickstarter campaign for a book of his illustrations, and check out a show of his at Hava Java in Phoenix in October. Millon talked about what kind of work goes into becoming an artist full-time, and you can hear him say five of his favorite reasons for living in the Valley below.

What brought you to Arizona?

I moved here with my parents when I as about 12, when my dad’s job in pharmaceutical management at Eli Lilly brought him out here. I was born in Belgium. My family is originally French, and we moved around a lot. We moved to Germany, then Puerto Rico, then Indianapolis, then to Japan, then here. I went to college in Chicago to study econ and art. Continue reading

Jenn Maggiore: Owner of Red Balloon

Jenn Maggiore, owner of Red Balloon, photographed at her office in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Jenn Maggiore, owner of Red Balloon, photographed at her office in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Jenn Maggiore
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If you’re an entrepreneur looking for some inspiration, Jenn Maggiore is the perfect person to help. The 35-year-old Scottsdale resident is the owner of Red Balloon, a business consultant company with a strong focus on digital marketing. Maggiore does everything from coaching business owners to marketing for non-profits, as well as lending her public speaking skills to conferences and local news outlets. Maggiore is putting on the Always This Good Live conference Saturday, September 21, where she’ll be hosting a bevy of inspirational speakers who will be sharing their business expertise with local entrepreneurs. Keep reading for what got her interested in consulting and marketing, and scroll down to hear Maggiore say five reasons why she loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

My high school sweetheart, Joe. He graduated the year before me, and we didn’t talk for five years. I found him on a high school reunion site, he sent me a plane ticket, and we had a great week together. He asked if I’d ever consider moving away from Florida, so I went home and told my parents I was dropping out of college, breaking the lease on my apartment, and moving 2,000 miles away. My mom always loved Joe, but my dad wasn’t so thrilled. It all has a happy ending, though. Joe and I got married, and most of my family followed me out here to Arizona. When can I say, I’m a trendsetter. Continue reading