Our featured member this month is the very energetic Belinda Visnich. She just joined HWC during the last year, but has already been very active supporting our Ways and Means and Charitable Endeavors committees and participating in a number of social activities, including the Mélange dining group and Bunco. Belinda has had a decades-long career in marketing and sales and currently works part time at her husband Mike’s company, Goodmark Medical, coordinating sales and meeting activities. She and Mike met due to the craftiness of her Uncle Barney, but that’s a story for later.
Belinda grew up in Maryland with her brother and sister. She earned her double degrees from the University of Maryland in Communications & Media Studies and Psychology. Right out of college she worked concurrent jobs at ABC, a local television station—WTTG, and a hospital. She married early and divorced amicably several years later. Belinda moved to Ft. Myers when she was recruited for a job in marketing for a hospital. Later she was recruited by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich as convention director and moved to Orlando from where she traveled the world. Then, she landed a sales role with Johnson & Johnson where she had a very successful career becoming the first woman Senior Executive Sales Representative. This was not easy as she joined the pharmaceutical sales profession when 99% of her colleagues were male.
Belinda owned a home in MetroWest when she met Mike Visnich in 1994. They hit it off right away, after the introduction from Uncle Barney, and were married in 1997. Belinda became the second Mom to Mike’s three children, Janelle—17, Lance—15, and Shane—12. Mike is a successful serial entrepreneur, having started, sold, and started again companies in the medical device and software industries.
Belinda is an adventurer, with a split personality. She says she has two personas—the glamazon and the tomboy. I’ve only seen the former with the cutest clothes and shoes, perfect makeup and hair, and abundant jewelry. But, Belinda assured me that the tomboy exists as she seeks new and different experiences. Evidently, scuba diving is too tame for her, but skydiving and running the Dublin Marathon are more her cup of tea! She also lift weights and enjoys hiking and kayaking.
Belinda is an animal lover, likes to ride horses and has adopted several dogs from Pet Rescue by Judy. Her most recent rescues are a Shepherd which was a trained police dog, a mini Australian Shepherd, and two cats. She walks the dogs, or rather they walk the petite Belinda, every day on the Wekiva Trail near her home in The Estates at Springs Landing.
Like many of us, Belinda has survived personal health and family tragedies. But, she continues to persevere with a bubbly personality and extremely friendly manner. She volunteers at ORMC in the Oncology unit. She and Mike have 7 grandchildren which give them the quietude of the continuity of life, and a lot of laughs. Some of Belinda’s personal challenges led her to seek new friends through HWC. I can’t wait to see how she enlivens our group. And, don’t forget to ask her about her crafty Uncle Barney and to share that “Barrel of Booze” that Mike won at our recent Gala!
By Lee Granger