Victor’s inspirational programs incorporate the adversities he has overcome into a multi- dimensional format that presents a variety of thought-provoking concepts and lessons through original songs, words of wisdom, and captivating images. He helps others realize the importance of respecting themselves and others.
At the age of fifteen, James Fiorentino became the youngest artist ever to be featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for his likeness of Reggie Jackson. In 1998, James became the youngest artist to be inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, along with such artists as Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth. A graduate of Drew University where James was also the starting shortstop for all four years of his college career. He has painted for and met many legends of the past and stars of today, including Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Cal Ripken Jr. , Arnold Palmer and Muhammad Ali to Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Albert Pujols. His photo-realism in watercolor has helped him become a nationally-known wildlife and portrait artist, painting people from everyday life to Presidents and Nobel Peace Prize winners. Many of James’ works currently grace the walls of notable museums, galleries, Universities, companies and private collections. James’ work has won numerous awards and can be seen nationally in books and magazines and on trading cards. In 2001, “The Fiorentino Collection” consisted of approximately 100 paintings for Upper Deck Trading Cards depicting legends in five major sports. James’ work and story has been carried on international and national television shows, and in magazines and newspapers.
Growing up in the projects of an urban city with seven siblings in a tiny apartment, Rafael managed to remain focused on school and basketball. A high school star, who went on to attend Syracuse University, he fulfilled his dreams and played over a decade in the NBA. Raf returned to his roots to teach and coach in the neighborhood where he grew up.
Derrick Watkins is a motivational speaker, trainer, relationship coach and handwriting and face reading expert. He delivers customized keynotes, workshops and school assembly programs.. Derrick has more than twenty years experience helping others improve their performance so they can reach their full potential.