Anne-Karine has specialized in marketing for more than 10 years. Her last position of marketing and sales director for a luxury audio brand brought her to explore and develop international markets with a focus on Asia and the USA. Previous to this, her career and sense of adventure had led her to Belize where she owned and managed an Eco Lodge at the edge of the jungle. She now lives on the French Riviera with her two teenage sons and is launching her marketing company called Emergence Communication through which she also offers pro bono services for non-profit organizations. Anne-Karine can be joined at email@example.com.
Coach Dia Rianda
Presenter of the Men We Love Awards 2023
Dia Rianda a community philanthropist has lived in Monterey County for 40 years. Born and raised in California, Dia has given much of her time volunteering for a variety of nonprofit community service organizations. Serving for approximately 30 years as a USA Swimming Head Coach and local High School Head Swim Coach. Helped build and fundraise for two swimming pools in Monterey County and served as an Aquatics Director for 10 years in Salinas. A generous donor to USA Swimming’s “Make A Splash” program. Her proudest accomplishment is providing swim lessons/ water safety to over 30,000 children in the Salinas Valley (Most of which were reduced cost or free lessons). She has coached thousands of kids through club swimming. Inspiring most kids to attend college. She has coached age group swimmers to USA Swimming number one and top ten finishes. Has inspired athletes to swim in college, and more importantly to academic success. Coaching every year well rounded athletes who were Valedictorian’s and salutatorian’s in a number of local school districts. Dia received a National Award from USA Swimming for her contribution to Saving Live’s through Swimming.
Dia has also been an art docent within the Monterey County School districts.
Once upon a time ,she served as State Future Farmers of America Officer and California Young Farmer State Officer. Was a National Talent solo singer at the FFA National Convention and a State Contest Public Speaking winner in a variety of organization contests.
She is an active investment partner in Agriculture Business’s and has deep ties to the Agriculture Community in California and the Salinas Valley.
Annually, she prioritizes the Salvation Army, local FFA & 4-H Livestock exhibitors, Learn to Swim Programs , Women’s organizations, various other non profits and now The Foundation at Hearst Castle for charitable giving and volunteer service .
She is very excited to promote and help the Foundation at Hearst Castle expand its STEAM program for underserved children in California. She loves to support programs that inspire and create confidence in young people. Dia is passionate and sincere about the preservation of the Architecture, and Arts at California’s most important living museum( Hearst Castle). She serves on the foundation board as an executive committee member.
Dia also is an athlete advocate. One of a few coaches to speak up and recognize a rampant problem within the Olympic system pipeline. Was instrumental in getting two acts of Congress passed to provide Safe Sport initiatives and mandatory reporting of abuse and exploitation of young aspiring Olympic Athletes . She has fought tirelessly for reform on behalf of sexually abused and exploited athletes.
She participated in the first Prancing Ponies All Women’s Car show in Carmel and has enthusiastically participated every year since. She is a collector of cars and has 11 in her stable. She cares for, lives, drives and maintains her own vehicles. Her favorites are a 1968 red Mustang, a 2007 Porsche Cayman, a Maserati Levante w/ a Ferrari engine, a numbered Fiat 500, and her 2022 TRX RAM Racing Truck.
Car Show Videographer/Journalist
Lorenzo Iacomini is a San Francisco native and now resides in Los Angeles after graduating from Santa Clara University. He has experience running his own Youtube channel where he writes, edits, shoots, and hosts each video under the name “The Speedy Guidy.” Lorenzo is also a freelance videographer and writer but hopes to one day work at the top car magazines as an automotive journalist. He has had an extreme passion and love for automobiles ever since he was a child. Lorenzo is obsessed with anything on four wheels that goes fast but has a particular soft spot for the flamboyant supercars of Italy–in which he has strong ties to and visits regularly.
Lorenzo believes that the car community is an extremely well-connected and enthusiastic group of people but lacks diversity and a much-needed female presence. He hopes to change that soon!
View Lorenzo’s first video made for the Prancing Ponies Laps at Ferrari Challenge Weekend at Laguna Seca!
Kelly Hennessey has worked for three years as senior accounting manager for a biotech company. Prior to that, she owned her own accounting consulting and software implementations company. She served as a parent volunteer on the La Fiesta School site council and as accountant for the Friends of Live Oak Charter School. Kelly earned her BA in Psychology from Sonoma State University, graduating cum laude. She has two sons who are Waldorf students.