“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
Role on the Drive: Aerial Photo & Videographer
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
3 words to describe yourself: Hardworking, Energetic & Optimist
Food you would eat all the time if it was zero-calorie: Plain Cheese Pizza
What drives you to live a healthy lifestyle? Pretty simple, Better mood, more energy and it prevents diseases
Can you ever recall a time you’ve felt uncomfortable with your body? Can you pinpoint why you might have felt that way? Everyday. I have always been underweight and that was my biggest insecurity, especially during the summer time while engaging in outdoor activities. I wanted to be in shape and muscular like the rest. I engaged in men’s health awareness and learned a lot of ways to eat healthy and exercise. I’m not exactly where I want to be but I know with hard work and a healthy lifestyle I will reach my goal.
Fenil Amin is a Project Manager and consultant in the IT field. When he is not busy traveling the world on business projects, he loves working as a Aerial Videographer. His passion for technology and knowledge of the industry’s latest trends allows him to create everlasting memories of important events. When Fenil isn’t busy with work-related activities, he enjoys spending time outdoors and providing help to charities close to his heart.
Role on the Drive: Coordinator
Hometown: Winter Park, Florida
3 words to describe yourself: Organized, joyful, dedicated
Food you would eat all the time if it was zero-calorie: Chocolate chip cookies
What drives you to live a healthy lifestyle? My family – my husband and children. I want to live a long time so I can enjoy what our future holds.
Can you ever recall a time you’ve felt uncomfortable with your body? Can you pinpoint why you might have felt that way? I’ve felt uncomfortable with my body for most of my life, but one specific occurrence was when I was pregnant with my first child. I did not eat as healthy as I should have during that pregnancy, and as a result, put on a lot of weight. During my second pregnancy, I was much more cognizant of what went into my body, and as a result, I did not gain nearly as much weight as I did the first time around.
Lauren Leetun is a public relations and project management professional with more than 15 years of experience providing exemplary service to clients in a variety of industries. She pursued and received her accreditation in public relations in 2009, and is proud to be counted among an elite group of PR professionals who have earned that designation. Lauren is the Immediate Past President of the Orlando chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She spent 10 years at an Orlando-based PR and advertising agency before leaving to start her own independent practice. Called Sprout Public Relations, her solo practice has now been open for six years and she represents clients locally, regionally, throughout the U.S. and even internationally. She is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Name: Fred Lopez
Role on the Drive: Photographer
Hometown: Waterbury, CT
3 words to describe yourself: Discreet, Angelic and Dainty
Food you would eat all the time if it was zero-calorie: Double deep-friedbeer-battered pork belly with mayo and Duck Liver Pâté.
What drives you to live a healthy lifestyle? My driving force is my two cats, for they need me to be healthy to play with them. Nibbles and Butters would be very distraught.
Can you ever recall a time you’ve felt uncomfortable with your body? Can you pinpoint why you might have felt that way? My first girlfriend wanted to go swimming in her parents’pool and asked me to take my shirt off. It made me very uncomfortable. I did not swim that night and she never called me back because of it. Agnes, I’m sorry for the missed connection.
My name is Fred Lopez and I take pictures for a living.
Role on the Drive: Print and Web Designer
Hometown: I’m a Jersey Girl now (don’t judge, it’s NORTH Jersey)
3 words to describe yourself: Creative, Conscientious, Loyal
Food you would eat all the time if it was zero-calorie: My meatloaf and scalloped potatoes
What drives you to live a healthy lifestyle? I want to be active and run around and do the things I love to do.
Can you ever recall a time you’ve felt uncomfortable with your body? Can you pinpoint why you might have felt that way? I’ve put on a few (ok, more than a few) extra pounds over that last couple of years. Just feeling generally unhealthy. But the gym is now a regular morning routine and I’m starting to feel the payoff (i.e. my pants fit better).
Since starting my career in print design almost 25 years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to learn and collaborate with some of the best.
In 2006, I decided to dedicate my professional time to working with my own clients. I love having the opportunity to learn what my clients are passionate about, and to help them visualize what they’d like to portray to their audiences.
Working for myself also allows me the opportunity to do a lot of the other things I enjoy. I love to cook, so you will find me in the kitchen on a regular basis. Attending concerts or traveling when possible is high up on the list as well.
Josh Joel Ortiz
Role on the Drive: I birth videos
Hometown: San Francisco
3 words to describe yourself: Amazing, Perfect, Sarcastic
Food you would eat all the time if it was zero-calorie: Steak or Cheese
What drives you to live a healthy lifestyle? I believe that health is wealth and I hate being broke
Can you ever recall a time you’ve felt uncomfortable with your body? Can you pinpoint why you might have felt that way? I can write a book with all the things i’m uncomfortable with when it comes to my body. However, I’m working on feeling more comfortable in it by eating and sleeping better and looking in the mirror and admiring what I see.
Josh Ortiz is an award-winning Filipino-American filmmaker from San Francisco, California who now resides in Orlando, Florida. In 2014, Ortiz’s short film Listen won Most Unique Short Film on Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s HBO TV Show Project Greenlight, and in 2015, his film Wake Up was awarded Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography at the Orlando 48 Hour Film Project and it went on to screen at the Cannes Film Festival. He still believes his greatest acheevment was winning his 3rd grade spelling bee.
Role on the Drive: Web Developer/Project Manager
Hometown: Sunny Side JoyZ
3 words to describe yourself: Outgoing, Adaptable, Extremely Patient.
Food you would eat all the time if it was zero-calorie: Anything my girlfriend cooks…too many to mention but, since you asked. Her AMAZING Meatloaf and scalloped potatoes, Lasagna (her own mother’s recipe), Succulent Steaks with Veggies, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Brazilian Chicken dish is fantastic, ANYTHING she makes! Also, I grill like Bobby Flay!
What drives you to live a healthy lifestyle? I love sports and like being active.
Can you ever recall a time you’ve felt uncomfortable with your body? Can you pinpoint why you might have felt that way? I have recently put on some extra weight (a.k.a. love chub) due to inactivity or lack of exercise and the love for food. This affects my back (sciatica) and my wardrobe. A few months ago we joined the gym and have been pretty good with scheduling and putting the time to get healthier.
I’m a creative individual focused on user experience (UX), user interface (UI), product design, and digital marketing. Heavily influenced by my past travels, music, urban streets, photography, and random moments of life.
Specializing in front end development. I have experienced with all stages of the web development life cycle. I have a strong background in project, program, portfolio management and customer relations.
I trained first as a designer, then learned to develop for web and have been creating custom WordPress websites since 2015. Being a web developer and a project manager is beneficial since both skills are important when creating designs and deciding how they will be built. Finding the right mix between a great design and the usability of a site is a challenge I enjoy working on.
Role on the Drive: Video assistant to Josh
Hometown: Livonia, but it’s unknown outside of its city lines so I’ll say Detroit.
3 words to describe yourself: Overthinking this… Typical.
Food you would eat all the time if it was zero-calorie: Ice cream. Specifically Ben and Jerry’s. More specifically: The Tonight Dough.
What drives you to live a healthy lifestyle? My parrot always wants a share of whatever I’m eating, and she’s too old to be eating bad food.
Can you ever recall a time you’ve felt uncomfortable with your body? Can you pinpoint why you might have felt that way? I can’t recall a time that I’ve not felt that. From a young age, I suffered having uncontrollable asthma, which led me to be not only remarkably less athletic than my peers, but also the laughing stock of gym class. My lack of both movement intelligence and strength have always been points of frustration for me.
Valeri Wallace is a musician and composer originally from Metro-Detroit. She is currently enrolled with the Berklee College of Music for composition and orchestration for film and television. Recently, Wallace’s scoring in the Orlando 48 Hour Film Project was awarded Best Sound Design in 2016, and won Best Music in 2017. Her dream is to one day score Hollywood films and find the perfect milkshake (in no particular order).