Dr. Louis Santini

I recently had an opportunity to speak with the handsome and athletic Dr. Louis Santini.

By: Joshua Conner

Dr. Louis Santini is a dentist, from Iron Mountain, Michigan, and currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Santini inspires me personally and professionally. Professionally, I am inspired by how Dr. Santini reinvented himself. Personally, I am inspired by Dr. Santini’s passion for cooking, how he is a marathon runner, style, physique and the brand ambassador for one of my favorite men’s underwear lines Richard Dayhoff.

What would be the title of Dr. Santini’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“Let’s see, I’m going to go with Take it easy, kind of like the song by The Eagles. I would say Bradley Cooper would play me because people have told me that I look like him before,” said Dr. Santini.

If Dr. Santini’s mantra was a hashtag, it would be live with purpose.

“Let’s go with live with purpose. That’s just you know, particular with me because I think life is kind of dull and boring if you don’t have a purpose,” said Dr. Santini.

What was Dr. Santini’s most memorable year?

“My most memorable year, you know it was a couple of them. I would probably say, I’ll give you two options, either moving to Chicago because I come from a really small town in northern Michigan. So, I’m a small town guy and moving to a big city was a pretty big step. I would say getting into dental school, was my other memorable year, that’s another story. I kind of took a break from school and was working in business in Chicago, when I first moved here, and I wasn’t that happy. The dream of getting into dental school seemed unattainable, but you know somehow with persistence, I was able to get that,” said Dr. Santini.

What does Dr. Santini enjoy about being a dentist?

“What do I like about being a dentist, well number one, I like being able to help people. It’s very rewarding, being able to help people. I like to work with my hands and be creative, so dentistry allows me to do that. You know, whether you are getting someone out of pain, or you are making someone’s smile more aesthetic, you know being comfortable smiling again. I like that my hours are pretty much set, where I don’t have to work on weekends or late at night. I mean unless someone calls with an emergency, that’s the benefit of it.

I would say those things, you know, really being able to help people, being able to be creative, having a major impact on someone’s health, sometimes we can catch diseases that the primary care physician can’t catch, like cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure, that kind of stuff,” said Dr. Santini.

“I would say ethical care, with a passion for excellence,” said Dr. Santini, when asked how he would describe the quality of his care.

What was Dr. Santini’s most memorable marathon to run?

“It would have to be my first one. That was in 2017, that was the one I did with Lawrence Dunning. I had never run a marathon before that, and you know Ryan Chiaverini, his mom passed away from cancer. So he gathered a group of us through Imerman Angels, as a team to run it that year. Unfortunately, Ryan got an injury, so he couldn’t do it. Nate had an injury, he couldn’t do it. So really, it just came down to Lawrence and I, as the last two guys on the team. It was really neat because I played athletics my whole life, but that was a challenge, I respect anyone that has ever run a marathon because it’s really stressful and tough. It was awesome to run with a friend like Lawrence. The whole way through, we cheered each other on, and it was definitely a fun time,” said Dr. Santini.

What is Dr. Santini’s underwear preference?

“Well, I think you know, I’m close friends with Richard Dayhoff, the famous Chicago designer. I wear his trunks, so I’m a big fan of his underwear, it’s what I’m wearing now, kind of like to give him a plug,” said Dr. Santini.

You can follow Dr. Santini on Instagram @louiesantini

Extra content: I asked Dr. Santini if he could throw a dinner party for any three people died or alive, who would it be and what would he serve them? You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram @mrjoshuaconner to find out

Marty Riva

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Marty Riva, Chicago’s charming realtor & hunky model.

By: Joshua Conner

Marty Riva, Chicago Real Estate Broker with @Properties & model for DAS Model Management Miami, inspires me both personally & professionally. I really found him relatable because we were both born in Illinois & our mothers played a pivotal role in our lives. I am so inspired by how Riva, has diversified his real estate & modeling brands both tangibly & through social media. I really admire his composure, work ethic & style.

What is a day in the life of Riva like?

“I’ll usually wake up, and I’ll check my emails. If I have any showings to do for real estate,  I’ll do some real estate showings. Other than that, I’ll typically work out, late morning or early afternoon. I’ll usually work out 2 to 3 hours, depending on if I play basketball or not. I really love playing basketball, so I try to play it as much as I can for the cardio. Then at night, I’m either: doing a second job, where I work at D.S. Tequila Company, doing serving, or I will be spending some time with my girlfriend, watching a movie, or having some dinner,” said Riva.

What would be the title of Riva’s life story & who would play him in a movie?

“Oh, so I get told that I look like Jon Hamm a lot, so I imagine Jon Hamm would play me in a movie. The title would be The Calm Life of Marty Riva,” said Riva.

If Riva’s mantra were hashtag, what would it be?

“#Staycalm, just because that really embodies the person I am.  I don’t really get nervous or scared, at least I don’t show it. Everyone just kind of looks at me, like I am cool, calm & collected twenty-four seven, even though on the inside, I may not be,” says Riva.

What is Riva’s underwear preference and what is his favorite brand?

“So, this is interesting because I recently made a change. I was only wearing boxers for as long as I can remember. After I got into modeling I learned that boxer briefs were a lot easier to change in & out of for photo shoots. So, I made a switch to boxer briefs & my favorite brand is definitely Calvin Klein,” said Riva.

Riva has also modeled Richard Dayhoff underwear.  

“Modeling Richard Dayhoff underwear, was really nice. They were really comfortable, honestly no complaints about it. Having that name and being able to be on his Instagram, I really felt honored to be presented in that way,” said Riva.

Riva says he would like to be a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings if he were drafted into any National Football League team.

How would Riva describe his real estate business?

“I would say that I am dedicated to the people I am working for. I would do anything to get them the place they want and at the price they want. I am pretty much there go to person, whenever they have a question about anything real estate related. If I don’t have an answer, I’ll do my best to find that answer for them or direct them to the person, that can give them that answer. I always try to be honest with the people I with, I believe that’s the best policy. I treat them the way I want to be treated, kind of like the golden rule. That kind of goes along with how I live my life,” said Riva.

Extra Content: If Marty could play a round of basketball with anyone in the world who would it be & why? Follow me at facebook.com/mrjoshuaconner & instagram.com/mrjoshuaconner to find out.

You can follow Marty Riva on both his Instagram pages @martyriva5 & @martydoesmodeling

Trevor Michael Opalewski

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Trevor Michael Opalewski, Michigan’s astute personal trainer & handsome model.

By: Joshua Conner

One of my main motivations for featuring Trevor Michael Opalewski, is because: we both were successfully raised in single mother households, both are Aries and we are both fans of fitness legend Greg Plitt. His passion, work ethics, motivational social media presence, and dedication to health and wellness inspires me personally & professionally. Opalewski is a: personal trainer/sports performance/injury prevention at Built by Trev, certified personal trainer/strength coach at Jax Fitness, ambassador at Proteinfactory.com and model for DAS Model Management Miami. With every post Opalewski produces, he inspires the masses with his mantras & incredible physique.

What is a day in the life of Opalewski like?

“A day in the life, first & foremost, you know being a personal trainer, I am always looking to help my clients and my people. I usually start personal training from about 5 am in the morning to about 10 am. I usually have some down time after that, probably about from 10 am to 2 pm. I either get done with some chores, do some research, run errands, and slowly implemented another step into my online training business, that I am working on,” said Opalewski.

“Then, I’ll get a workout in myself, if I am feeling pretty adequate. After 2 pm, usually I go to personal training at about 3 to about 7 or 8. Then after that time, if I haven’t worked out, then I would get it done. Otherwise, I’ll probably prep dinner. Then I’ll have something to eat, do some reading, some research and maybe watch football if it’s on. Other than that, I really don’t try to watch television, or movies too much, because it just sucks the life out of you. Then, I’ll go on social media for a little bit, and usually end up falling asleep anywhere from 11 pm or 1 am,” said Opalewski.

What would be the title of Opalewski life story and who would play him in a movie?

“The title of my life story would be: the fight from within. Who would play me, oh, I mean of course I would love to have Morgan Freeman do the voiceover, haha. He’s pretty notorious for that, but who would play me, jeez, that’s a tough one. I am going to have to go with one of my favorites and that Jean-Claude Van Damme,” said Opalewski.

What is Opalewski underwear preference?

“You know, growing up, I was always a boxer kid, just because of the freedom haha. Now, getting into working out and everything, boxers probably wasn’t the best route to go. But, once I noticed boxer briefs, was kind of like a weird thing growing up, hey things kind of stay close-knit in here, you know while you’re working out. So these are a bit nicer, when you just lounge around with nothing to do,” said Opalewski.

“If it wasn’t for the modeling industry, I would have to say boxers,  but I don’t have a favorite brand. Since, opening up into the modeling industry, I would have to go with the briefs. Just outside of that bro, honestly on a regular basis, I like some sort of spandex, but day-to-day, I have to say neither,” said Opalewski.

Opalewski has also modeling Richard Dayhoff underwear.

“Oh, Richard Dayhoff, his product was honestly really nice. If I were to wear briefs or something, that would be it. Like I said, the whole modeling thing, kind of opened me, back up to that realm thankfully. It was nice, comfortable material, it was very form-fitting, which is kinda hard for me, since I have a small waist and bigger lower half, but they fit very well. I definitely recommend them,” said Opalewski.

Opalewski has a great body of work, would he ever consider posing for Bodybuilding.com Bodies of Work similar to Greg Plitt?

“Bodybuilding.com Bodies of work or bodies of art, kind of like the whole ESPN series. Honestly, that’s like one of my goals that I have for myself. I would definitely like to do one of those editorials or shoots with myself, I think it would be really cool. Obviously, out of all the athletes, the one that inspired me the most was Greg Plitt. Just seeing the guy, it’s just phenomenal, what he is able to obtain and do with himself,” said Opalewski.

If Opalewski mantra were a hashtag what would it be?

“I am going to have go with my life’s work #builtbytrev. I think it’s all about the dream, I have made ever since my buddy,  brought me into the fitness world when I was about 15 or 16. Learning from him, he was an avid Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, as I was too, but he was like a fanatic. I mean the guy, literally built a basement when he was 16 years old, his dad was a carpenter, so he was a great craftsman. He built a basement shrine, with: every single movie poster, magazine he was on the cover of, vhs tape, and a couple of action figures, he literally had it all,” said Opalewski.

“So coming from him, and all the bodybuilding magazines, I was involved and kind of engulfing myself in the industry. You know I always wanted to be involved in fitness in some way. You know I always, just tried to find the best ways possible of obtaining the physique I wanted. You know the athletic & performance driven physique that I wanted,” said Opalewski.

“You know it’s the constant giving back to the chalkboard, taking notes on everything, I was doing, trying & relearning. Even when I thought I had it right, my body would tell me, hey you don’t have it all figured out bud, you gotta go back to the drawing board. I think especially over the last 5 or 6 years, I have really I don’t want to say mastered my craft, it’s been always kind of learning and progressing, but I think I definitely got a better handle on it now, then back then,” said Opalewski.

You can follow Trevor Michael Opalewski on instagram.com/trevor.michael.opalewski & instagram.com/builtbytrev

Extra Content: If Trevor could do one workout with Greg Plitt what would be it? You can follow me on Instagram & like my on Facebook page to find out.

Nate Bianchi

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Nate Bianchi, Chicago’s data analytics ace & witty Instagram bio creator.

By: Joshua Conner

I have always been inspired by Nate Bianchi, associate director of marketing sciences at OMD USA, personally & professionally.

Professionally, when Bianchi posted his computer science resume on the job site Monster, he received a call back 5 days later, and was later hired by a marketing agency. Personally, Bianchi has even collaborated with renowned fashion designer Richard Dayhoff as well as photographer and model scout Joem Bayawa, to produce some epic photos.

A day in the life of Bianchi begins early in the morning, around 6 or 7 am. He gets up early so he can have some self investment time.

“You should always give some time to yourself, before you give your time to your job or to someone else,” said Bianchi.

Bianchi then does some work around the house, take care of emails, and heads to the office. He is usually at the office by 9am, with a quick lunch at 11:30 am or noon. He is normally out of the office by 6pm, although he tends to have some late nights at work. After he comes back home and regroups, Bianchi heads to the gym at around 8 or 8:30 pm, and works out for a couple of hours. He then comes back home, after his work out, and relaxes before going to bed, to prepare for the next day.

“Sometimes, I stay at work until 10:00 at night, but for the most part, I try to give myself free time before I go to work in the morning and in the evening as well,” said Bianchi.

Bianchi passion for computer science and data, was passed down from his father. Bianchi’s father taught him how to program and gave him a computer with Windows 3.1, when he was in high school.

“I bet you can say primitive by today’s standards, but for that period it was very advanced,” he said.

Bianchi continued to pursue programming in high school and college. He ended up getting involved in the computer science side of marketing.

“So I went to college and was a computer science major like my dad, and got my degree. I came back to Chicago, put my resume on Monster.com, and a marketing agency called me 5 days after I put up my resume,” he said.

Although he planned on only staying with the company for a couple of years, he ended up staying for 11 years.

“Once you’ve been in an industry for 11 years, it’s hard to do something different. You have a lot of experience, and a lot of just working in that industry, and you just know that industry so well. So I left there after 11 years, and got some different jobs within different marketing agencies around the city,” he said.

Bianchi likes how even though he has worked for a lot of different marketing agencies, all of them have been very data intensive and focused on data analytics.

How does Bianchi measure success?

“I think success is relative to everyone. I think different people have different standards for success that they set for themselves. Different people will get different opportunities,” he said.

Bianchi explained that you can’t compare yourself to other people success and it’s really about the distance you have traveled. Bianchi also explained that happiness is another important aspect of success.

“I think a lot of people find a lot of success in the world and they make a lot of money, but they spend their entire lives: at the office, on the road or in the airplane traveling for work. They don’t do the things in life they really want to do and their miserable their whole lives the whole time, their doing it. So while they look at their material possessions and be very successful at what they do, they’re not really happy and they’re not really doing what they’re enjoying. So I think happiness and satisfaction is the measure of success as well,” said Bianchi.

How does Bianchi come up with such witty Instagram bios?

“I don’t know, you know it just kind of pops into my head. You know my friend Ryan Chiaverini, and you know a couple of my other friends. We trade memes, even a meme for a meme. I mean not all day, but during the course of the day, we just trade funny memes online back and forth on Instagram and laugh at them. So I feel like humor is very contagious and laughter is very contagious. When your trading all these witty, happy statements with each other, funny things kind of pop into your head.

The other thing is I love Seinfeld, it’s probably my favorite show of all time. I’ve probably seen every episode at least 3 or 4 times. So I like that kind of humor and try to immerse myself in that sort of thing. If you have a bad day, or what have you, you just need a half an hour of Seinfeld to make you feel better about things, and kind of lift your spirits a little bit. I think it’s just a result of having funny friends and being in front of lots of funny topics, like that. After awhile you start to think of funny things yourself,” said Bianchi.

Who does Bianchi think would play him in a movie?

“I know who would play me, Ben Stiller, because people tell me I look a lot like him. I watch his movies, and it just freaks me out, because the way he acts, the the things that he does and his mannerisms are just things I do,” said Bianchi on his celebrity twin.

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You can follow Nate Bianchi on Instagram @nate.pack