Joanna ‘The Tropical Lady’, Co-Founder of Tropicize
From preparing fast and easy plant-based meals, to working out and relaxing island-style, Tropicize is perfect for people who want to live longer and healthier without the hassle.
Joanna, aka “The Tropical Lady,” was born in Pittsburgh but became obsessed with all things tropical after seeing her first real palm tree at the age of 20. She was inspired to move to Hawaii a year later where she worked at several exclusive resorts and restaurants including the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Trader Vic’s at the International Marketplace, hung out with many of Hawaii’s most popular musicians and singers, and created a line of tropical arts and crafts.
After returning to the Mainland, marrying, and working as an earth scientist and engineer for a number of years, her first husband died of a heart attack at a young age. At that point she became passionate to try to help others get healthier, and earned a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as numerous health and fitness certifications. She became an author and health consultant, created her own fitness and wellness programs, and also worked a wellness director for a large corporation.
Around ten years ago she turned to a plant-based diet for ethical reasons, but to her shock and delight, her new eating habits appeared to cure several serious illnesses she had developed. Around this time she also started playing the steel drums and, along with her husband, Ronnie Tsunami, formed an award-winning tropical band. She believes island music has been another important contributor to her current glowing health.
Joanna has recently combined her love of all things tropical with her passion to help people become healthier through plant-based eating. Mix in her ability to find ways to make health habits as fast and fun as possible, and the result is Tropicize – island-inspired nutrition, fitness, and stress reduction.
Joanna is also a certified SCUBA diver, a Zumba and senior exercise instructor, certified life coach, and award-winning tropical fabric artist, and travels as often as she can to tropical destinations.
Ronnie Tsunami, Co-Founder of Tropicize
Ronnie Tsunami, the Change the World Coach, helps leaders and organizations to accelerate the growth of their world-changing movements..tsunami-style!
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, and a former member of the US Air Force who also served for the Secretary of Defense, Ronnie Tsunami has been called the “MacGyver” of training because of his ability to quickly develop learning solutions that help market and sell new products/services generating millions of dollars in revenue and sponsorships . This has included a variety of products including online courses, coaching programs, books, software, charities, support groups, music, bands, food, and a film. In fact, over the past 25 years, Ronnie’s innovative solutions have been implemented in more than 10,000 academic institutions, companies and enterprise organizations around the world including Microsoft, the US Air Force, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Time Warner Cable, and PlantPure Nation. In addition, he has built online and local support communities with millions of members in over 400 cities around the world in the fields of information technology, business, and health and wellness. Ronnie recently launched the largest web video summit ever held on the Internet, and he currently speaks around the country to companies and change leaders on how to accelerate change in an organization and society as a whole. For fun, Ronnie is a multi award-winning musician, singer and composer. He also is a big advocate of the plant-based lifestyle, earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University, and is the co-founder of the Plant-Based Society and a Board Member of the Coalition for Healthy School Food.
Gerardo Velez, Co-Founder of Tropicize
Gerardo Velez is a world-famous, multi award-winning musician/percussionist who has performed with such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Destiny’s Child, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Marc Anthony and countless others. He is also an original member of the Best Selling Contemporary Jazz Groups of all time Spyro Gyra, garnering multiple Gold and Platinum recording awards, also best new group of 1978, several number one hit songs, Billboard Magazine’s Jazz Band of the 80’s and 14 Grammy Nominations.
Touring the world and performing nightly is a grueling schedule. Having very little sleep, eating on the run, trying to remain creative, and staying enthusiastic makes it truly challenging in maintaining a healthy regime. The human harmony mantra is mind, body and spirit, which must all be nourished to achieve a synergy of the Life Force within us all! Drawing on decades of life on the road in hotels, Gerardo has developed numerous programs to adapt to different conditions of training. Forty-six years of dedication on a plant based diet has allowed Mr. Velez to stay healthy with a conditioned mind, body and spirit.