Former Atlanta Hawks Cheerleader Now Roots for the Family Business
Tiffany Ryland knows how to get on the biggest stages and is used to people scrutinizing her every move—and appearance. When she was an Atlanta Hawks cheerleader during the 2014-2015 NBA season, she performed in front of thousands of people. The job was to entertain, and she says, “being an Atlanta Hawk was phenomenal!” But never did she imagine that cheerleading would be the foundation that would prepare her for life.
The Atlanta sports scene would have a magnetic pull on her orbit. After graduating in 2011 from Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Marketing and International Business, Tiffany was not interested in working full-time for the family’s real estate business.
Sales Executive Wants You to See Her
Cherilynn Castleman, the product of a hardworking family who built their way to success, wants you to listen to her story. And maybe, you will see her for who she is: a strong, competent, and dedicated sales executive. She loves to sell—almost as much as she loves food, according to the self-proclaimed “dining hobbyist.”
“In sales, I believe in the rule of seven,” Cherilynn says with confidence. “You have to tell me no seven times.” She is “the relationship sales expert” and the author of the book, What’s in the C.A.R.D.S.? 5 Post-Pandemic Sales Strategies. She has a deep reservoir of knowledge, experience, and stories.
Intensive Care Unit Nurse Starts Candle Business to Decompress
Stephanie Aris was an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain—13 miles southwest of Hartford—during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Hospitals were the battlegrounds for the worst medical disaster since the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.
As a registered nurse, Stephanie’s job was to provide medical care—and deal with grief and death. But no training could prepare her for what she would face during the pandemic. She was on the frontlines of misery, where bodies were fighting a deadly and little-known virus.