HI, MY NAME IS… Eric Twohey
I’VE LIVED IN THE DESERT RIDGE AREA FOR SIX YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… it’s outside of the grid of the metro area, among the natural Sonoran Desert landscape, yet is in good proximity to many of the large city conveniences, entertainment, dining, and culture we enjoy. I refer to this pocket of the Valley as “sneaky convenient” or that we’re “hiding in plain sight.”
A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… helping to make fellow entrepreneurs’ dreams come true by guiding their growth through creative marketing that differentiates their business from the competition. Beyond those efforts with my company Uncorked Media Group, you’ll find me volunteering on one of the volunteer boards and local committees that I serve on.
MY FAMILY IS… my wife Mary Ellen and I, living the D.I.N.K. (double income no kids) life in which we’re intentional about projects we invest our time in, giving back to our community, and having the ability to travel while working remotely when we choose to.
MY FAVORITE MOVIE IS… Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Extended Edition) as it has one-liners that remain hilarious over and again from an excellent cast. Far from his most well-known role, Paul Rudd’s amusing character Kunu steals the show.
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… an artist, and until I realized what they actually did day-to-day, a forest ranger. One of the college degrees I ended up earning was in art studio, which shows up in the marketing projects I help develop for our partners and several of my paintings, which adorn the walls of our home.
THE SONG I WOULD SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT IS… I would prefer to spare the audience from having to listen to my singing, but if forced to sing, I would choose something easier like Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” where there would be no attempt at hitting a high note.
THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… Anthony Bourdain with his thirst to be a traveler and not a tourist, to authentically see the world and have real conversations and meals with people to better understand and appreciate their differences, all the while realizing how many of us want many of the same things.
THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGHT OUT LOUD WAS… a relatable conversation from a Joe Rogan podcast.
THE PERFECT DAY IS… with my wife, traveling through one of our favorite wine regions, meandering through giant redwood trees and then vineyards, experiencing some tasty wines and a delicious meal, and making some new connections with others in the process.
MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… one that I feel deserves some more awareness in our area is the Desert Foothills Land Trust, which connects people to nature by working to conserve and steward sensitive lands for the survival of our Sonoran Desert.
There are so many other amazing local ones to choose from, including the chambers of commerce that I belong to and volunteer for, The Foothills Food Bank, Wild at Heart raptor rescue, and Homeless Engagement Lift Partnership (H.E.L.P.) with their Snackz program that helps feed and provides positive affirmation to hungry local children.
MY LIFE IS… a work in progress and I’m enjoying the ride while continuing to pursue interests and causes that I’m passionate about.
THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… my wife, close friends, and family who enhance my life in so many ways.
MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… an extended wine country tour through the prominent growing regions in France, Spain, and Italy, where my wife and I could explore, taste, and discover while making lifelong connections and memories along our way.
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED… don’t ever stop learning and growing as a person.