Hey, Colts Nation! Thank you so much for all of your love and support for the best team in the NFL! My name is Ann, and I’m really excited to start my fourth season as a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe!
Born and raised in Indiana, I have always been a huge Colts fan and feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this amazing organization. During my college years at Indiana University, I earned a finance degree from the Kelley School of Business and worked my way up to becoming a partner of a financial advisory team in Indianapolis.
Last week was very special for our squad. We had our headshots taken in our brand new uniforms on Wednesday! (Hope everyone will be at the big Calendar Release/Uniform Unveiling Party this Friday!) Also, about half of the team went skydiving on Saturday at Skydive Indianapolis to raise money for the Canopies for Kids organization benefiting Riley Children’s Hospital. Experiences like these makes being a Colts Cheerleader that much more life changing. We are humbled with the opportunities to put a smile on someone else’s face. I am so grateful for all of the special memories I have been blessed with through the Colts family.
I have to give the biggest ‘thank you’ to my amazing family and friends for all of their love and support throughout my life. My mom and dad have supported me and my dreams from day one, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. As if raising one daughter wasn’t enough trouble for them, they had three more after me. Being the oldest of four girls, I have always tried to set a good example and be a role model for my younger sisters. Little did I know that the older I got, the more I would learn and look up to them. I love you all more than you know!
How excited are you with the Calendar Release Party now set and the release of the 2015 calendar?
I feel like a kid in a candy store when I think about the Calendar Release Party coming up on Friday! We had the trip of a lifetime shooting the calendar in Puerto Vallarta. I love telling the story of how it took six modes of transportation to get to my calendar shot location. At 7:00am, we rode a bus to the ocean, got on a boat that took us to another boat (in the middle of the ocean), transferred our stuff onto the second boat (still in the middle of the ocean) to go across the bay, took an off-road/open-air SUV to the bottom of a mountain, got on donkeys (yes donkeys) and road halfway up the mountain, hiked the last few hundred yards to a waterfall and THAT was my journey to get to the spot where I took my picture for the 2015 calendar. The sneak preview pictures I have seen are incredible and, needless to say, I cannot wait to see the finished product!
What’s your favorite memory from your past calendar release parties?
I actually missed the Calendar Release Party last year because I was on a family vacation. The release party the year before was with just our families, so this is my first real Calendar Release Party! I have no idea what to expect, which I think is the best part of the calendar release experience, because I can go into this with eyes wide open and soak in every moment. Last year’s party was a huge success, and I know this year will be amazing, as well! Hope to see everyone there!
You are always talking about your clients and the connections you have with them. What’s your favorite part about your job besides the people you work for and with everyday?
The people I work for and with everyday are, by far, the best part of my job, but I also LOVE to learn. Even though I have been out of school for a few years now, being a financial advisor provides me with the ability to learn something new every single day. Every single person in the world has a story to tell, and I am lucky enough to be in the position where I get to listen to their stories every day. Also, I am a huge nerd (I know) and enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal and economic research reports to hear about what is going on in the world and how that affects the lives of the people I work with. It’s a wonderful feeling to listen to someone’s story and be able to relate to them (and hopefully help them) in some form or another. The world is a massive web of knowledge, and I feel very blessed to have a job that lets me explore and learn about the many avenues life has to offer.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in Indy and why?
This is a hard question, because I love food! I think my favorite place to eat is Eddie Merlot’s because of their carrot cake. It is a mile high and has a bunch of layers of cream cheese icing. My parents are wonderful and will take me to Eddie Merlot’s for dinner just so I can take home a piece of the carrot cake to munch on the rest of the week.
Do you have any fears, and was jumping out of a plane on Saturday for Canopies for Kids one of them? Tell us more about that experience with your CC sisters!
Like most people, there are a lot of things I am afraid of and jumping out of a plane is one of them. Even though I went skydiving through Skydive Indianapolis two years ago, I was just as afraid skydiving again on Saturday as I was back then. However, I knew a lot of the other girls were facing a huge fear of theirs so I would tell them how fun and freeing my first experience was in hopes of calming their nerves a bit. After we were safely on the ground, I realized how much closer we all felt because we conquered this huge challenge together. Also, we weren’t jumping for our own selfish reasons. We were jumping for all of the Riley Kids that Canopies for Kids supports. I think it gave us an additional boost of motivation to skydive because each one of us was able to jump for a child that is facing their own fears in one way or another. It was a life changing experience to be able to support such an amazing cause with your best friends. Our CC sister bond continues to get stronger with every experience, especially this one!