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LaunchPM Goes Red in Support of Women and the American Heart Association

On Friday, February 3, women and men wear red as a show of support for the American Heart Association and women’s heart health. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February National Heart Health Month, but it wasn’t until 2002 that the little red dress became a symbol of support for women’s heart health. National Wear Red Day officially began in 2004 to raise awareness about heart disease in women and to inspire people to adopt healthier habits. This year, the LaunchPM team is proudly dressing in red to draw attention to women’s heart health and the risks.

As a woman-owned company that works closely with the healthcare industry, we believe it is important for us to do our part in helping to raise awareness. In this blog, we’ve outlined valuable information to help educate others on the risks of heart disease and steps to prevention.

What is heart disease?

We all hear about heart disease and many of us know someone that’s had a heart attack or some other heart issue, but many still don’t fully understand what it means to have heart disease. Heart disease or coronary disease can include a hardening of the arteries that can cause a blockage and lead to a heart attack or stroke; congestive heart failure; endocarditis; heart arrhythmia or other congenital heart issues. It’s often thought of as a disease primarily impacting men, but women at nearly the same rate. In the U.S., heart disease is the leading cause of death for women.

According to the statistics on heart disease from the CDC , the threat to health and the potential for causing death is alarming:

  • One person dies from cardiovascular disease every 34 seconds
  • Approximately 697,000 people died of heart disease in 2020- that’s 1 in every 5 deaths in the U.S. and 45% were women.
  • About 1 in 16 women aged 20 and older (6.2%) suffer from the most common type of heart disease, coronary heart disease.

Prevention and Symptoms of Heart Disease

While the threat to health is serious, there is good news. The Heart Foundation states that while heart disease is taking the lives of many Americans every year, it is also one of the most preventable.

The FDA offers 4 valuable prevention tips to adopt:

  • Eat a heart healthy diet

Making some simple changes to your diet can help protect your heart health. Limit processed and packaged foods that tend to be high in sodium and trans fat. A heavy intake of high sodium foods and trans fat are linked to heart attacks. It is also important to cut or limit sugar. Sugar is a contributing factor to obesity and inflammation that can both impact heart health.

  • Manage health conditions

Those diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or diabetes are at an increased risk of heart disease. Working with your health provider on managing any of these health conditions will minimize your risk of developing heart disease.

  • Add daily dose of aspirin

Taking aspirin daily is a common method for heart attack or stroke prevention. While it can be good for many, it is not safe for everyone. Before adding a dose of aspirin to your daily habits, discuss it with your health care provider to ensure it is safe for you.

  • Know the signs of a heart attack
    • Sharp pain in upper body
    • Discomfort or ache in chest or back between shoulder blades
    • Shortness of breath
    • Breaking out in a cold sweat
    • Unusual or unexplained tiredness
    • Dizziness or lightheaded
    • Nausea

Recognizing the signs of a heart attack and understanding the steps that can be taken for prevention are critical to minimizing the effects and saving lives. If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Commitment to Community

One of the core values at LaunchPM is support for our community. Participating in National Wear Red Day is just one more way to show we care. Raising awareness about women’s heart health is important and when we join together dressed in red, we can make a bigger impact. We encourage others to join us, to seek opportunities to learn more and to begin taking steps to adopt healthier living habits.

LaunchPM frequently works with companies in the nonprofit, healthcare, education and manufacturing sectors, providing our expertise in construction project management. If you would like to learn more about our services, contact us.

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YESSI ROMERO

Favorite Quote:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience and trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and successs achieved.”

— Helen Keller

Professional Expertise

With 6 years of property management experience, Yessi has worked through a diverse range of apartment living types, including student, conventional, military, and luxury housing.

Prior to joining LaunchPM, Yessi worked as a Workplace Coordinator for a widely known FinTech company. She acted as a culture carrier within the office by coordinating events, leading RTO onboarding and consistently pulse checking the office to ensure employee satisfaction remained high.

Education

Attended the University of Arizona, studying Psychology.

Why LaunchPM?

LaunchPM came into my life at the perfect time and has offered me the opportunity to learn and grow with some of the most skilled individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I look forward to achieving greatness alongside this incredible team.

Contact Yessi

yessi@launch-pm.com

HANNAH THUESON

Favorite Quote:

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” 

— Michelle Obama

Professional Expertise

Hannah joins the LaunchPM team with an interest in pursuing a career in project management. Her previous experience as an Account Manager for a social media company provided her with experience in managing multiple clients, meeting deadlines and working as an integral part of a team. In her position as Assistant Financial Coordinator these are skills that will serve her well as she is tasked with assisting in various aspects of accounting including: managing invoices, updating project budgets and keeping updated records of any changes to project finances.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Hofstra University.

Why LaunchPM?

I have a passion for planning and organizing and was excited when I learned about the opportunity to join the LaunchPM team and apply my skills. It is a growing company with a knowledgeable group of professionals in the construction project management industry for me to learn from and to grow.

Contact Hannah

hannah@launch-pm.com

 

ANGIE VELIMIROVICH

Favorite Quote:

“Even the most precious of all gems needs to be chiseled and faceted to achieve its best luster. There is nothing that remains so constant as change. Don’t end up like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.”

— John L. Mason

Professional Expertise

Bringing in-depth knowledge and experience of corporate administrative and operational roles, Angie Velimirovich serves as a Project Management Administrative Assistant with LaunchPM. Drawing on her exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, Angie supports our team in delivering optimal results for clients.

Prior to joining LaunchPM, Angie enjoyed a long-term career with Avnet – one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and embedded solutions. During her time with Avnet, she served in departments such as Corporate Real Estate and global electronic sales in the U.S. and Latin America.

Education

Lease Administration Training, Phoenix College & University of Phoenix

Industry-specific courses

Why LaunchPM?

LaunchPM is a very innovative and forward-thinking company, which creates a fun work environment and great growth opportunities.

Contact Angie

angie@launch-pm.com

REBECCA RHOADES

Favorite Quote:

“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, humor and some style”

— Maya Angelou

Professional Expertise

Rebecca is an accomplished and dynamic leader with more than 25 years of professional experience in commercial property management, building operations, tenant improvement, leasing and financial management. During her career she has also gained valuable knowledge and experience in marketing, sales training and residential real estate.

Prior to joining Launch PM, Rebecca worked as the property manager in the real estate department of a leading, nonprofit in the healthcare industry. There she was responsible for operations of a comprehensive portfolio of properties that included more than 35 medical office buildings. During her five-year tenure, she worked closely with Launch PM on more than 51 expansion or tenant improvement projects, valuing more than 50 million.

Rebecca’s strong communication skills, attention to detail, focus on results and commitment to assisting the team allow her to be a strategic partner as a Project Coordinator for the Launch PM team.

Education

Commercial Property Management – AZ Department of Real Estate

Residential Real Estate License

Industry-specific courses

Why LaunchPM?

It is exciting to join a dedicated, hardworking team with the commitment, integrity and values that create a positive and healthy work environment where people are involved and take ownership.

I am a passionate individual with a genuine interest in assisting individuals and companies reach their goals and potential growth.

Contact Rebecca

rebecca@launch-pm.com

 

MIKE DEFRANCO

Favorite Quote

“Apprentices work furiously to learn the rules; journeymen proudly perfect the rules; but masters forget the rules.”

– Randy Kosimar

Professional Expertise

With a background in the custom cabinetry industry, Mike has held a variety of roles that have equipped him with unique insight for his position as a Project Manager with LaunchPM. As a former Professional Woodworker, he produced handcrafted custom furniture and cabinetry. He also served as an Installation Supervisor, coordinating installation of custom cabinetry on site, and as a Staging/Shipping Supervisor, which required him to coordinate the staging and shipping of all project phases to sites around the country.

Education

BA in Urban Design, Arizona State University

Why LaunchPM?

LaunchPM has allowed me to challenge myself and grow as an individual while also being a part of a tremendous team.

Contact Mike

mdefranco@launch-pm.com

CHRIS BENOIT

Favorite Quote

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

— Colin Powell

Professional Expertise

With over 22 years of experience in the design and construction industry, Chris has worked on a wide variety of project types, including corporate office, hospitality, healthcare, higher education, mission-critical, and municipal. He has served as director/vice president of operations and has vast expertise in estimating and pre-con, project management, ground-up construction, and renovation.

Chris has been responsible for building approximately 500 or more tenant improvement projects, ranging in price from $10K to $10 million and in size from 100 sf to 100,000 sf. Drawing on his experience, Chris provides constructability review and strong cost analysis throughout the design phase. He enjoys interacting with multiple stakeholders, design teams, and contractors, and taking a project from inception all the way through final completion.

Chris’s strong communication and organizational skills enable him to balance and work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Education

Associates in Applied Sciences – Architectural and Building Technology, Vermont Technical College

Bachelor of Science – Construction Management, Arizona State University

Why LaunchPM?

I love being surrounded by dedicated and hard-working individuals who share a common goal to go above and beyond expectations to make our clients’ dreams and projects a reality.

Contact Chris

chris@launch-pm.com

 

BETH SCARANO

Principal/ CEO

Favorite Quote:

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

― Oprah Winfrey

Professional Expertise

Gathered through more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction industry, Beth Scarano offers extensive expertise in a variety of project types including corporate office, hospitality, healthcare, higher education, mission-critical, and municipal.

Beth headed the client and project development teams for several national construction firms and was responsible for projects valued at more than $3 billion.
Her strong communication, organization, management and team-building skills enable her to bring a wide range of talent to the table in order to create swift and measurable results for her clients.

Beth provides strategic leadership and assists the LaunchPM team in developing and managing the client’s goals and expectations. She has experience working with many high-profile clients and brings a solutions-oriented approach to each project.
Committed to her community, Beth has also shared her leadership skills as a board member for several professional and non-profit organizations.

Education

Pepperdine University and Arizona State University focusing on a degree in Business/Marketing.

Affiliations

Board of Directors and Active Member, CoreNet Global
Mentor, Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
Active Member, Alliance for Construction Excellence
Active Member, Central Arizona Society of Healthcare Engineers
Active Member, NAIOP
Active Member, Phoenix Community Alliance
Past Co-Chair, Community Building Consortium, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

My Personal Commitment to Service:

I have always been a strong believer in the philosophy that “actions speak louder than words” and “doing what you say you will do.” My personal commitment to service is to be the best wife, mother, sister, friend, and partner to those around me by giving and doing my best.

Why LaunchPM?

LaunchPM is about making things happen and I am fortunate to be a part of this rare group of committed and talented people focused on service.

Contact Beth

bscarano@launch-pm.com