Andy graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management. In the meantime, he spent 20 years as CEO of Hi-Fi Video Productions, Inc, a successful production company and acquired over 15 years of management experience in corporate America. In 1997 he was elected and served as a Trustee on the Board of the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce and served in that role for 8 years, working with local businesses providing them outstanding resources for the growth of the community. At this point you may be asking yourself - so when did he sleep? We asked the same thing…but this bio isn’t near done!
Throughout his career there has always been a strong customer focus. Andy prides himself on maintaining that focus and instilling that in the people he manages everyday. After spending so much time in the business sector, he began to understand the importance of a strong local economy and connections between consumers and producers. With so many “big box” stores taking over the industry, leaving customers with a sterile, connectionless experience, he felt that there could be a better way to connect people while bolstering small businesses. In 2009 he founded USAmart, LLC, a company that facilitates connected transactions, telling the story of the local artisans and producers of quality goods made locally and strengthening the immediate economy. Their focus is to educate people about smarter buying choices and the people behind those choices. To purchase USA made, local products visit: www.madeintheusamart.com.
Business has always been Andy’s career but Meditation, Yoga and Gratitude are all key components of Andy's daily life. Ever the grand event host, Andy brought Yoga Rocks the Park to Cleveland in 2012, completed his 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Marni Task in 2014, launched YogiNation Cleveland in 2015 and through these experiences and finding needs within the community created the You Can You Will Foundation.
Andy believes that to make a change in our lives and our world we need to look inward. He hopes that through sharing his journey he will be able to help empower other people along the way.