Andrew Parravano is known for his garden-style and artistic floral compositions that masterfully combine colors and textures. Picking roses from the garden for his Mom is one of Andrew’s favorite childhood memories. A beautifully designed garden envelops the senses and inspires and enlightens us. That inspiration forms the basis of Andrew’s designs.
Andrew has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Michigan State University that was later followed by a Masters in Social Work. A lifelong desire to own his own flower shop eventually brought Andrew back to his roots. Andrew’s natural talent made him a popular choice for wedding florals among friends and family. Starting officially in 2009, Andrew has built Andrew’s Garden literally from the ground up by first designing weddings and other events out of a home studio and now out of his retail shop and design studio in Wheaton.
I began my career in financial services serving people in retail banking, in both community-based credit unions to large national banks. I took this background knowledge and combined it with my passion for helping people achieve their goals to become a mortgage loan originator and independent mortgage broker in January 2018. In 2020, I completed my coursework to become a Certified Mortgage Advisor™, a certification only 1% of loan officers in the United States hold.
I live in Winfield, IL with my wife Allison, and our jack russell terrier-yorkie mix, Posey.
Jaime Velez is the owner and principal consultant of Cloudtivity, a business and technology consultancy focusing on organizational change management (OCM) for digital transformation initiatives. Wow! That was a mouthful. Jaime basically ensures that the people side of large technical projects is taken care of. Think training, communications, and overcoming all the people challenges that come with big transformative changes to the organization. With over 30 years of experience in the IT industry and more than 20 years managing large-scale projects, Jaime brings that unique blend of technical competencies, people power skills, and ninja-like foresight in seeing and overcoming challenges before others do. Jaime is a father of 4 adult daughters, an Army Vet, a Guitar aficionado, loves coffee, and can't wait for his Improv class to start in the fall. He is new to Wheaton and loves the community so far.