Hello! I have to say that I am VERY excited to become a member of the amazing Team Awesome. I recently moved to Grand Rapids from Indianapolis, Indiana where I had a new media and TV show called DoItIndy. Basically, Awesome Mitten is a Michigan version of DoItIndy. I love the focus of Awesome Mitten on local, food, drink, entertainment and giving back. A couple months ago, I tweeted back and forth with Alex, the founder of Awesome Mitten, to say hi and see what the group was all about. THEN, I ran into her at Wealthy Street Market in Grand Rapids, we chatted and the rest is history.
I will be doing some cool videos from around the area on sports, culture, BEER and more. I love exploring a new city and have had some AMAZING experiences in GRMI already. I’ve checked out the Grand Rapids Public Museum, ate at Rose’s on Reeds Lake (amazing caramel corn), had a fresh Founders beer, ate the deliciousness of Wealthy Street Bakery, Electric Cheetah and more.
By day I am a public relations professional for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – I’m in charge of the electronic media and community relations and I teach graduate and undergraduate classes as an adjunct professor for the Indiana University School of Journalism at IUPUI. I love my job and how the hospital does amazing things to restore hope and freedom for patients. I recently married to Slick LaRoo and have two fur babies – Nala the dog and Betty the cat.
I leave you with a video from Super Bowl 46 that happened in Indianapolis two years ago. The DoItIndy Top 5 List of events for the Super Bowl – Indy style. I’m rooting for Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Super Bowl 48 today. 🙂
In the six months I have lived in the Mitten it amazes me how much things are the same as Indy, but different. I am really falling in love with the city of Grand Rapids and all it has to offer. Once the BIG BAD WINTER is finally over, I will explore more of our cool state inside and out with Slick. So check back, videos to come and a new perspective of Michigan from a native Indiana Hoosier. Cool videos coming soon.
#MittenLove – Big Ben Risinger