When one mentions the name Roxanne Passarella, you can't help but smile and feel proud to know someone who is so fierce, so fabulous and so inspiring. This is, of course, if you know her. If you don't, then I challenge you to learn about who she is, where she came from, and how she got to be who she is today.
A woman of many talents, Passarella is a pillar in our community who will always go above and beyond to help those around her. That's why she is so revered and always asked to be on panels such as the Stockton Women's Leadership Council, to not only talk about her personal & professional journey, but also give advice to others who aspire to be where she is today.
She is the President & CEO of FantaSea Resorts, and in this video, she shares words of encouragement with the crowd - including her own daughter who was in the audience cheering her on.
Although this speech took place last year, her words of advice are evergreen, and that is why she continues to be an inspiration for us all.
So much so, that as of August 2020, she was appointed to the corporate board of advisors for SPARBAR, the original pioneer of SPARBAR™ boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and fitness equipment.
This news couldn't have come at a better time, as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy just announced that gyms would now be able to re-open (check out 11 tips on what to expect by #TheCityPulse contributor Devan Desandis)
Below are the details of the original press release:
SPARBAR™ boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and fitness equipment, announces Roxanne Passarella, President and CEO of fantaSea Resorts, to join its international renowned committee of Corporate Board of Advisors.With Roxanne Passarella, SPARBAR onboarded another powerful woman on its Board Advisory. As president of FantaSea Resorts, Roxanne is running the company's three resorts based in New Jersey, US, and owning the management companies of the hotels.
"The SPARBAR experience will take hotel gyms into a new generation," says the consummate hotel pro. "Gyms in hotels are a must - people want the possibility to work out daily, whether it is on their business trip or during their vacation. This is a known fact in the hotel industry, and gives us a reason to think our hotel gyms and workout activity opportunities further," Roxanne adds.
Two of Roxanne's resorts are based in Atlantic City, where she got introduced to SPARBAR by Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame President & Founder Ray McCline, who has over 30+ years of involvement in the boxing business. "I learned that SPARBAR provides a fun and exciting workout, far from the typical treadmill, " says the mother of 3. „ I was particularly excited to find out it makes boxing accessible to all ages and skill sets - and therefore can become a family activity, " she adds. "In our case, we use the SPARBAR in our home, and especially my 6-year-old hits the Sparbar every day now. It keeps him moving, which makes me happy. But it also helps you to develop self-defense skills, which you can feel in your body and in your mind. "
FantaSea Resorts are mostly used as family resorts with fully equipped suites with a kitchen and living room, making it a well-rounded family holiday. To bring the boxing trend into the hotels, Roxanne is not only equipping the four hotel gyms, but providing the portable devices in the suites to work out from the hotel room. "It's not only gonna be the first training device to bring in boxing into our gyms, but also serves our customers' need to work out from their room," she says.
About joining the business behind SPARBAR, Roxanne says "It is a highly scalable business, which grows rapidly in the U.S. with testimonials such as Roy Jones Jr, which is one of the biggest fighters in the world. But it is also a company that feels good. UK-based founder Jazz is highly involved in all the social activities around the SPARBAR world, especially with the kids & youth academy. The more this company takes off, the more it is reflected in the social work of the brand. That is where my trust in the company is based upon."