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Get to Know Owner & Chief Everything Officer, Meri

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How did you get into the physical therapy industry?  For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in mind, body, spirit wellness. I always loved exploring nutrition and fitness, and then in college, I decided to study Psychology to learn more about human behavior. It was a fantastic major, but I knew that ultimately I wanted to incorporate that into something more business oriented. With that, I pursued a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (contributing an organization’s success by improving the selection, performance, motivation, satisfaction and overall well-being of employees). Ultimately this led to a career in higher education, but I was always an entrepreneur at heart (thanks dad). I knew I wanted to have my own business someday, so after Geno (husband and co-owner) completed his DPT, I knew this was the perfect opportunity and industry. 

What do you like most about your job? I am so passionate about movement and physical therapy. It’s like you have a secret that can change lives…the ultimate way to move better, sleep better and perform better. So many people don’t know the solution is right under their nose. That’s what excites me everyday. 

What’s your role at Iron? Like most small business owners, I do a little of everything — leadership, marketing, finance/accounting, insurance billing, HR, operations, etc. I work from home which is fantastic, but do miss seeing everyone at IRON. I don’t have a “typical” day, but here’s what happened today: In the morning, I had a phone meeting with our Manager Claudia to discuss upcoming hiring, better processes for insurance authorizations and the new vacation policy for staff. It’s the last day of the month, so next, I reconciled everything in Quickbooks and ran our monthly financial reports. I then wrote a blog post and designed a new marketing piece for upcoming events. I finished the day by organizing our past due insurance payments (grrrrr!) and dropping some Starbucks off to the staff because it’s been a long week. This is my home office where all the magic happens…

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How do you like working with your husband? I love it!! He’s as great as you think he is! We really have our own domains, so there’s not a lot of conflict, but when issues do arise, our different perspectives balance each other out well. The best part is that we never run out of things to talk about – ha! Our work really brings us together. We share the vision for the company, have a similar drive for growth and risk tolerance, place a high priority on integrity and strive for life balance. But even in 2016, it seems hard for people to understand that we are partners and I might flinch if you say, “so you help Geno with the business” or “you’re the woman behind the man” ; ) In this case, we stand next to each other and equally love and drive our business. Just had to say that!

Where did you grow up? I grew up on six acres in Far Hills, NJ with my parents and two sisters. I love them all to pieces. Here’s a pic with my new extended family.SBP_9054-1 (1).jpg

10553523_10203453804558575_1702119767169632896_nWhere did you go to school? I attended Furman University in SC (that’s where I met Geno) and UNC-Charlotte for graduate school. Here’s a pic of us as college sweethearts – lol!

What was your first job after college? I worked for GE in human resources and then transitioned to career services for the next seven years. I worked at Pace University (NYC) and Seton Hall University. I loved higher ed!

Who’s at home? My husband of 15 years, our two amazing daughters and our fur-baby.

 

How do you like to stay active? Anything OutdoorsCycling, Yoga, Running, CrossFit! I think movement heals everything. 

How would friends describe you:  I asked a few besties, and they said — Tenacious, Authentic, Grace-Giving, Grateful, Passionate, Courageous and Dynamic. How sweet are they! The one I own the most is grateful. I’ve always looked at life with deep appreciation and believe, “the world owes you nothing.”

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Hidden talent? Hobbies? Real EstateTo put Geno through school, we flipped a few houses and did all the renovations ourselves. Thanks to Google and YouTube, I learned how to do everything from tiling and sheetrock to design and staging. I even got my real estate license so I could list the homes myself. It was challenging, but fun, and we made it to graduation with no loans!!

One thing on your bucket list? Become a snowbird (I strongly dislike NJ winters)

Mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo? Beach House! 

How many pairs of shoes do you own? A lot, but thanks to my PT husband, I have far fewer flip flops : (

Do you play a musical instrument? No. Unfortunately, I’m not at all musical.

At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? Costco!!! Best store ever.

Favorite….

  • Author? Brene Brown
  • Food? Sushi and Ice Cream
  • TV Show? Anything HGTV and Scandal (Parenthood was my fav before it went off) 
  • Ice Cream Flavor? Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Drink at Starbucks? Summer = Coffee Frappuchino, Winter = Peppermint Mocha Latte
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