Jodi Velazquez is a Pittsburgh native who graduated from Robert Morris University with a bachelor's degree in marketing communications, with a focus on writing skills. After college, Jodi accompanied her husband to Texas, where he had accepted a job with the government. After experiencing the stress of multiple moves, Jodi wrote the "Slick Move Guide: Secrets You Need to Know When Moving" to help others facing relocation. The book, which offers practical advice, has been purchased by home builders, sports teams, moving companies, and the National Association of Realtors. In 2012, Jodi self-published a "Professional Athlete Edition." In 2014, she was interviewed as an "Ultimate Expert" on relocation in Woman's World Magazine's April 24th Edition. Additionally, in 2014, the latest edition of the Slick Move Guide won the 2014-2015 TAZ Award for Business & Reference (Pittsburgh, PA Author Award). In 2022, Jodi released an updated version of the original, the "Slick Move Guide," which includes even more helpful information, has a new cover, and is slightly smaller for the on-the-go reader.
1st & 10 with Smokin Jim & Jodi
Between 2012 and 2020, I had the privilege of co-hosting "1st & 10 with Smokin Jim & Jodi," a live, hour-long show that aired on Pittsburgh Community Television (PCTV 21). The program provided an in-depth look at sports and wellness, discussing various aspects of both industries. My co-host, Smokin Jim Frazier, is an NFL Scout, writer, sports commentator, boxing ring announcer, and sports podcaster. Over the course of eight years, we interviewed more than fifty sports professionals, including NFL Super Bowl Champions, Sports Medical Specialists, Champion Boxers, MMA Fighters, Coaches, Champion Body Builders, and other sports-affiliated individuals. Below is a list of some of the talented individuals who were kind enough to appear on our show for an interview.
1. Tim Benz Sports Commentator, writer, TV & Radio Host, & Steelers Pre-Game show2. Vinny Paz (Pazienza) American former professional World Champion Boxer whose story was documented in “Bleed For This” 2016 movie. 3. Rick Stagerwald Pennsylvania State Athletic Boxing Commissioner 4. Dr. Marco Alcala Team Physician for the Pittsburgh Pirates – Sports Medicine Specialist 5. Theresa Ivancik IFBB Professional Athlete, Fitness Model, Certified Professional Trainer, Nutritionist and online prep coach. 6. Jeff Harlan Professional Body Builder, Fitness Instructor 7. Claudio Reilsono – Carnegie Mellon Head Baseball Coach, author, and podcaster8. Anthony Mowad Champion Body Builder9. Darnell Dinkins Veteran Tight End and Super Bowl Champion 10. Jim Kettleberger The Physical Therapy Center11. Deb Bosco Aroma Touch Technique Expert12. Josh Luchs – Author Illegal Procedure13. Will Morrill Boxing, Strength & Conditioning, Fitness Trainer Stout Training Pittsburgh, author “Combat Sports Strength and Conditioning Manual14. Marissa Torre Muay Thai Boxer15. Eric Jackson Lurie16. Mike Hauser Co-founder RC 21 X The standard for measuring human performance.17. Jimmy Cvetic Pittsburgh Boxing Coach18. Alex Guminski NFL Agent, Founder Pro Zone The Agency, Professor of Law at the University of Pissburgh19. Andy Morgan Spartan Obstacle Course Race Enthusiast 20. Becka Maine Boxer Golden Glove State Champion 2017 21. Catlin Freeman Certified Alexander Technique Specialist22. Andrew Gardner General Manager Ultimate Disc23. Pat Hammonds Ultimate Disc24. Mike Shuck Fitness Instructor American Ninja Warrior
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