Owner/Creative Strategist/Event Producer,  LandMarK Events (corporate and social event design), http://www.landmark-events.com/
Live: Little Italy
Work: Little Italy
How Long: I moved my residence and office into a two-story loft in the Merrimack Building a year ago.
Where did you grow up?
Great question. I grew up in Galesburg, IL, born in Appleton, WI, and from Rancho Bernardo, CA. Rancho Bernardo gave me a sense of community by enabling me to find entrepreneurship and security as an individual. I started a company at 15 years old called Lysa’s Morsels, specializing in chocolate chip, oatmeal and peanut butter cookies. An example of local merchants that purchased my product were a chocolate company, travel agency and stationary store. The companies that supported me where independent owners and saw the value in promoting self-motivated individuals. In retrospect, I started my company in 2007 with the same goals and objectives from my teens.
When did you move here and why?
My parents moved our family to Rancho Bernardo in 1985. According to my mom, because of the school district and according to my dad, the weather. When I moved out of the homestead I explored many areas in San Diego and have found that Little Italy offers it all – Planes, Trains & Ships.
Besides the Weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
Since I grew up in San Diego I intermittently felt the need/urge to explore other cities. I have lived in Chicago, New Zealand and Los Angeles, but I keep coming back to my roots in San Diego. San Diego isn’t just about the weather, however it doesn’t suck. It is about the individuals that are creating a community of greatness. I am in San Diego to make a difference for generations to come, focusing on everything San Diegans have to offer in art, music, food and culture.