We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey.  We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Judi Bagnato | Artist

The first thing that popped into my mind from that question is “authenticity”. So, I actually just looked up the official definition and found it described as “representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself” and that is definitely a concept I have embraced. In the early days I was encouraged by some to follow popular trends, stick to the “colors of the year”, to paint with sales in mind. But that just didn’t work for me and was not something I wanted to do. Being authentic allows me to create work that is personal and meaningful to me. I’ve often described my work as “painting what I feel” (or sometimes what I want to feel!) and I’d never be able to do that if I could not find my own voice through my art. When I paint, I feel a sense of tranquility, openess and a kind of surrender to the process. Those are qualities that I personally value in my life in general, so I have always tried to bring quiet, and peace and beauty into a living or work space through my artwork. Read more>>

Nicholas Lamoureux | Founder & Director

The most important factor behind the success of Moon Lvnding is the people we have on the team. I am only one person, and we are a media publication so it really takes an army to accomplish our goals and to grow as a unit. It’s also important to point out that it’s not just an army of people that it takes, but it has to be the right people and Moon Lvnding is surrounded by amazing humans. When you go to war, one army is going to win. So having the right people surrounding you in the trenches is the key to success. Read more>>

Mark Jagodzinski | Doctor of Physical Therapy

In a world where everything is now built on technology, I feel we have been able to utilize that technology to help expand our brand, but still build it on time honored traditions of trust, honesty, and family-based business practices. With technology, the world has gotten smaller, but our ability to interact on a meaningful, personal level has suffered because we have become so dependent on technology to facilitate those interactions with our patient base. We pride ourselves on offering a family-like environment, where everyone who walks through the door feels welcome and capable of achieving their goals for recovery with the facilitation of evidence-based, patient-centric care. Read more>>