Alpharetta Lifestyle’s Men of 2019
John and Mindy Cristiano have been in Alpharetta since 1997 and launched Atlanta Fitness in 2009, now with six One Life Fitness locations in the metro area. “At this stage of my life and with my kids out of the house, 21 years of constantly working from bell to bell my life is pretty complete, we have been blessed in so many ways. We know there are so many great organizations out there that help so many people. It is so hard to choose where to help. Some of our favorites are Polo in the Pines, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Young Life and Lilly’s Run. We do a lot with local charities through our company One Life Fitness. We are so thankful to have such great members in our clubs that are so generous and want to help. It truly takes a village.”
“I am in.” Who knew how those three words could change your life? I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time when God was working overtime on me and a few other guys who were turning to Him for advice on spiritual gifts. The groundwork for the Titans Wheelchair sports team had been laid for many years by involved dedicated parents, family members, and coaches from the YMCA. These men and women had already invested the time to keep the special group of athletes moving and playing sports. When their age got in the way, I was more than happy to offer my time and talents to help make the Titans happen. The rest of it happened through a lot of prayer, hard work, a group of incredible, dedicated people, and mostly a lot of trust in God to show us which way to go. The Titans have become more than just a volunteering opportunity. They have become like a family to my wife and me. There is nothing better than being “Coach Matt.”
David McAnally has spent more than 30 years in the staffing industry and currently serves as vice president, sales training / managing partner for LocumTenens.com, a full-service staffing agency recruiting physicians and advanced practitioners to solve employment shortages for healthcare facilities. David currently serves as the chairman of the board for Growing Leaders, a Georgia-based non-profit focused on leadership development for the emerging generation. He also serves on the advisory board for North Fulton Community Charities, a non-profit focused on preventing homelessness and hunger. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Alpharetta and have three children and one grandson.
Matt Fowler was born and raised in East Cobb with loving parents and three brothers who are all very close. He owns Georgia Water and Fire Restoration where there is a strong sense of community and loyalty. Matt and his wife, Tina, have a daughter Morgan who makes them so proud, and they enjoy their family time together. Tina and Matt founded Polo in the Pines to give back and to honor family through the Sharon McCollum Knight Polo in the Pines Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Polo in the Pines is a two-day charity Polo Event held in Atlanta, October 5 and 6. Along with Polo in the Pines, Matt is involved with Younglife and Agape in Atlanta from which he takes great inspiration in being able to give. Matt is pictured with our all-time favorite man of the year, publisher Jim Newman. Jim is always generous to use our magazine platform to support efforts near and dear to his big heart.
Robert Binkowski believes success is built on this foundation: “Perform your job with passion to the best of your knowledge and ability, do not be afraid of every day challenges, respect people, so they can respect you, be proud of who you are and accomplishments you achieve.” He studied industrial engineering, earning a double major in business and management. In May 2012, Robert encouraged and supported by his brother-in-law, Adam Medrzycki, founded Euro Design, located in Johns Creek. He is encouraged by his wonderful wife and designer, Ewelina, and their entire family. Robert, Ewelina, and their son, Matthew fell in love with beautiful environment and cultural diversity of Johns Creek, moving in 2017 to Shakerag. They soon became an important part of the community, advising or even helping new neighbors with various home related issues, and financially supporting local institutions and charity initiatives, such as Shakerag Elementary School, Northview Highschool Football team, Gwyneth Police Department. “Great accomplishments do not come easy and I am grateful for every experience in my professional journey that makes me a more skillful craftsman and a better human being,” says Robert.