LEADERSHIP LOWDOWN Kay Eskridge with Images by Kay and Tiffany Divelbiss with Wildfire Crossfit
Combining her passion for photography and her love of people, Kay Eskridge’s studio, Images by Kay & Co. has earned a sterling reputation for high-quality lifestyle portraiture. Kay takes great pride in not only the imagery she creates but also the high level of customer service she provides. Her state-of-the-art residential studio boasts many different vignettes perfectly placed throughout the one-acre portrait garden. Clients may be photographed in areas representing Arizona with a desert and western flair as well as the beautiful green and lush garden in the back. A waterfall and Koi pond are a huge hit with the kids as they are able to feed the fish when the session is complete. An old pickup truck bed makes for a perfect vintage backdrop and the corrugated metal wall can give any image an urban feel. The camera room is light and bright and features natural window light for a soft feeling image. A large dressing suite provides a spacious place to prepare for your image and the feeling of ‘home’ gives each client a sense of peace.
Specializing as a lifestyle portrait artist, Kay’s clientele has come to rely on her to capture images from all of life’s special events, from maternity to newborns, tots to ‘tweens’, High School Seniors to summer family vacations and even intimate images captured through the CelebrateSexy division of her studio. Her focus on relationships, creative approach to portraiture, unique perspective on customer service and clear vision about business has provided her with much success doing something she loves.
Kay is a member and Past President of the Arizona Professional Photography Association and is one of Kodak-Alaris’ Approved Speakers. She is a PPA Certified, a Master-Photographic Craftsman and holds numerous awards, including the National Award, the Arizona Photographer of the Year, the Kodak Gallery Elite Award, the Phoenix Portrait Photographer of the Year, and the Arizona Illustrative Photographer of the Year. In addition to running a successful local business, Kay is an accredited and sought-after educator for her industry. She has traveled to China, Japan and Europe to teach other photographers and is well known for leading workshops and seminars throughout the United States. She is considered by her peers as a leader in her field and serves as a Trustee for the Professional Photographers of American’s Charity.
WildFire CrossFit is a fitness program like no other where we believe that every person deserves to live life to its fullest surrounded by a community that encourages them. Everyone is welcome who wants the opportunity to be better at life.
“Set your life on fire, seek those who fan your flames”.
This fitness program develops all ten areas of physical fitness using functional movements that are constantly varied and performed at high intensity. We combine weight lifting, cardiovascular endurance, body weight movements, and flexibility in a professionally coached program that produces results, never gets boring, and creates a strong community of people who work together to improve their lives through fitness. The workouts and exercises can be infinitely scaled to fit whatever fitness level each person may be or even to accommodate an injury concern. The environment produces results in areas beyond what we typically think of in fitness such as increased confidence, teamwork, positive attitude, stress relief, productivity and more.
WildFire CrossFit’s programs include: CrossFit, WildFire Weightlifting Club, Endurance, Gymnastics, CrossFit Kids & Teens (ages 5-17), WildFire Nutrition, Competition Classes, WildFire Boot Camp, Personal Training, and currently the Off Ice Training for the Pinnacle Hockey Club.
WildFire CrossFit is the spark that ignites life into those it touches. Through fitness, nutrition and/or the positive influence of its community.
As a Justice Studies major at ASU, fitness and nutrition wasn’t exactly a huge priority for Tiffany Divelbiss. She discovered it after she got a job at a weight loss clinic in Scottsdale. She found she had a passion for helping people. She understood how challenging losing weight could be and was able to help people by developing specific plans of action that would hold them accountable and produce results.
In 2008, Tiffany rented an office in a Wellness center to start her own Nutrition Consulting business. The personal trainer at the center started offering CrossFit classes and she started training with them as a compliment to her own nutrition program. It wasn’t long before she began coaching fitness in addition to her nutrition consulting and became a Level 1 CrossFit trainer. She helped to launch CrossFit Scottsdale, one of the first CrossFit affiliates in the area, and for the next few years coached adults, ran the gym and the nutrition program, and even started a CrossFit program for kids.
Tiffany’s mission in life has always been to help people be their best selves. She understands that by helping people to focus on fitness and nutrition, they will have the building blocks for a strong foundation of living their best life. Coaching people to find and build that strong foundation has become more than just a passion for Tiffany, it is a way of life.
In October of 2012, Tiffany and her husband, Skip, started WildFire CrossFit in North Phoenix where they are celebrating their 6-year anniversary next month. They have built a fitness community where everyone is welcome. They believe that everyone, no matter what their fitness background, deserves the help they need to live their best life, and that’s what they provide.
The Leadership Lowdown was created to share the REAL story behind valley leaders’ rise to the top, and the truth about what it takes to TRULY succeed in life and business. Hear the raw stories of these leaders’ journeys…the pitfalls, the victories, and all of the heartaches and triumphs in between.
ABOUT YOUR HOST
Jodi Low is an accomplished corporate trainer, inspirational speaker, and the Founder and CEO of U & Improved. Jodi has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and executives on how to build a booming business, master a mindset for success, and achieve the lifestyle they desire through heart-fueled leadership.
Through U & Improved—an award-winning personal and professional leadership development company based in Scottsdale—Jodi has redefined traditional leadership training by creating a sustainable and actionable model that is personal, challenging and meaningful to each and every individual who enrolls in any of the two-and-a-half-day experiential training classes. She and her elite training team have advanced the charge in heart-based leadership
development and empower U & Improved graduates with knowledge, tools and awareness to immediately be more effective and responsive leaders at work, home and within their communities.
Among her many accomplishments as a Valley leader, Jodi launched a teen leadership program in 2014 to empower young adults to become more confident, motivated and focused stewards of our future. In 2016, she founded a non-profit arm of the company—the U & Improved Leadership Foundation—that makes the program more accessible to deserving teens.
Jodi has been recognized by industry publications and organizations for her work in leadership development and serves as a source of inspiration within the community. In 2015, she was honored as an “Outstanding Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal and by the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona with the “Amazing Women” award. She has received both the prestigious “Diversity Leader of the Year” and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce’s “Sterling Award.” She was also awarded a Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and was a finalist for the Junior League of Phoenix’s Valley Impact Award. Jodi is a devoted single parent who volunteers her time at her daughters’ school programs and with organizations such as Angel Mamas, where she’s served on the board for three years.