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Entrepreneurs, Television Personalities

George Shea

October 20, 2015
George Shea

George Shea didn’t invent competitive eating. Since the dawn of mankind, there have always been individuals who dared to push their bodies to the limits. But along with his brother Richard and partner Dave Baer, George did take the tradition of competitive eating — one in which local champions were crowned in small competitions across the country — and build it into an organized sport, one complete with rules, rankings and global influence.

A Boston native who was raised mostly in Maine in a family of five children, George graduated from Columbia University in 1986 with an English degree. He began working for Max Rosey and Mortimer Matz, a pair of New York public-relations veterans who were known for engineering publicity stunts and were partly responsibly for creating the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in the 1970s. In typical Coney Island pitchman style, George claimed the contest was an annual tradition dating back to 1916.

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Athletes, Television Personalities

Christina Lecuyer

September 17, 2015
Christina Lecuyer

Although the Lecuyer name has long been one of Canada’s biggest names in golf, and her two younger brothers have both had successful amateur and professional careers, Christina Lecuyer had no interest in playing the sport herself until the age of 18, when she was working at a country club and playing rounds with co-workers seemed like the only way to fit in. She picked up the intricacies of the game quickly, and when she entered her first tournament – the 2002 Edmonton Ladies Amateur Championship – a year later, she emerged victorious. Several other top finishes in Edmonton and Alberta tournaments attracted the attention of numerous college recruiters, and in 2003, Christina enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

Christina’s outstanding collegiate career included five tournament wins, 24 top ten finishes, First Team All-Conference honors from 2003 through 2006 and twice being recognized as the Southland Conference Golfer of the Week. She was a two-time All-American honorable mention and, after graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2007, ESPN selected Christina as a Second Team Academic All-American.

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Entrepreneurs, Television Personalities

Fergus McLaren

March 6, 2015
Fergus McLaren

Since its premiere in September of 2008 on W Network in Canada and HGTV in the United States, reality television show Love It or List It has been offering homeowners a choice: to remain in their current home, newly renovated by designer Hilary Farr and her team of professionals, or to opt for a new home shown to them by realtor David Visentin. As an instrumental member of Hilary’s team, Fergus McLaren helped achieve these eye-popping renovations with tight budgets and even tighter deadlines.

Since 2001, Fergus and fellow contractor Ed Richardson have been operating construction and renovation company R-Mac Solutions Inc. in the city of Toronto. They started small but were quickly granted larger commercial and residential jobs based on their impressive work. Taking notice of R-Mac’s success, Big Coat Productions contacted Fergus and Ed in 2006 and asked them to join their crew on Love It or List It, which airs around the world and is currently in its 11th season.

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Television Personalities

Alison Bedell

February 27, 2015
Alison Bedell

In March of 2014, reality television series Catch a Contractor, featuring comedian Adam Carolla, licensed contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, private investigator Alison Bedell, premiered on the Spike network. The premise of the show involves the trio meeting with homeowners who were taken advantage of by shady contractors and then, with the help of Alison’s sleuthing skills, tracking down those contractors and offering them the opportunity to return to the home and complete the job correctly, or else wind up in court.

In 2007, Alison began working as a probation officer, and along the way, she became familiar with tracking absconders, record searches, surveillance, working undercover and apprehending suspects; skills which she uses frequently as a private investigator. While on the job as a probation officer, she earned a Distinguished Pistol Expert bar, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognition award for DWI arrests and a County Legislature’s Probation Officer of the Month award.

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Bartenders, Television Personalities

Mia Mastroianni

January 19, 2015

Originally hailing from the small town of Milford, Massachusetts, about 35 miles southwest of Boston, Mia Mastroianni now resides in Los Angeles, where she holds down the bar at one of the city’s most exclusive clubs, the Soho House West Hollywood. With her confident and charismatic presence, she has been crafting unique cocktails for several years. Known in the L.A. bar scene as Tall Mia, she appeared in 2012’s “Sh*t People Say to Bartenders” video, which has garnered nearly three million views on YouTube, and beginning in 2012, Mastroianni competed against other female bartenders in Speed Rack, a competition that raises money for the fight against breast cancer. She placed in the top eight in both 2012 and 2013, and in 2014, won for all of Southern California and went on to compete at Nationals.

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