expert influencer network
A network of champions.
What makes Romio unique? In addition to recommendations from friends, we took the game a step further and went directly to the experts themselves to uncover the go-to service providers they trust and recommend.
Handpicked by our team, our Expert Influencer Network covers a variety of local service categories - from fitness to parenting to pets and more - to bring you the best of local recommendations.
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Kristin McGee, health and fitness
Kristin McGee is a nationally recognized celebrity yoga and Pilates teacher, speaker, mompreneur, and author of Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You (HarperCollins January 17, 2017). Considered a pioneer in the yoga movement, Kristin began her career as a yoga teacher in the nineties after graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Her unparalleled knowledge of fitness and health has established Kristin as a sought-after yoga and Pilates trainer with a continuous roster of high profile celebrities including LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, Emilia Clarke, Tina Fey, Bethenny Frankel, Savannah Guthrie, Steve Martin, and Christine Taylor Stiller. Her appeal has always been that she makes fitness fun, cool, and accessible to students of all ages and stages.
She has appeared on Access Hollywood, CNN, Fox, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and the Today Show and has been featured in Fitness, Glamour, Health, InStyle, People, Prevention, Shape, Vogue, and Women’s Health. A contributing editor at Health Magazine, a spokesperson for Power Pilates Gym on HSN, and a brand ambassador for multiple companies, Kristin is a proud mom to three boys: a toddler, Timothy and newborn twins, Robert and William.
DANA HUMPHREYS, THE PET LADY
Dana is the Lead Publicist & Owner at Whitegate PR, a boutique public relations agency specializing in the pet industry. She also positions herself as a pet expert as "The Pet Lady" and travels coast to coast scouting out the best pet products, brands and pet experts. She is also a professor and program facilitator at FIT, the fashion institute of technology and teaches in the pet product marketing and design department. She was recently awarded by Pet Age Magazine 40 under 40 and Women of Influence. She has traveled to more than 50 countries and lived in five. Currently she resides in Astoria, Queens with her pet frog Prince Charming.
MANON CHeVALLERAU, PARENTING
Founder of New Parents Journey, Manon is postpartum doula for more than 18 years, and provides guidance, support, and a wealth of resources for pregnant and new parents in NY.
Manon studied at the Art Academy in Amsterdam. Her experience in design, Interior and Fashion, have led to her unique ability to think outside of the box, to develop creative and innovative solutions in life and practical situations. Her leadership and organizational skills have been finely honed through fundraising and creating donor drives for several non profit organizations. Her personable nature, wisdom and inspirational strength as a single mother paired with her Dutch background have made her an exceptional passionate leader in her field.
She was the pioneer of the first parenting support network within the downtown Manhattan community, which lead to additional neighborhood support collectives throughout the city. In 2007 she designing unique work/life workshops customized for forward-looking corporations, bringing an integrated approach that embraces various philosophies.
Manon was inspired to become a consultant following the natural births of her own children, one of them a home birth in her hometown Amsterdam, Netherlands; the other at the Elisabeth Seton Child Bearing Center in New York City. These experiences allowed her to recognize her innate ability to use her maternal insights to support parents into their new journey.
JR ALLEN, PERSONAL TRAINER
JR’s interest in personal training started with an interview with celebrity trainer, Mark Jenkins. Mark has worked with Sean “Puffy” Combs, LL Cool J, Tyler Perry and Beyonce, to name a few. Mark became JR’s mentor and taught him to be innovative and creative with each client as everyone is different and has different needs. Taking the advice, JR began working at Magnus Functional Training Group. It was there he would implement his functional and corrective training with tennis pros. Although JR blossomed as a superstar for the company, he decided to start his own business.
Today JR is the owner of 2daybefit, which specializes in athletic, functional, strengthening, and weight loss training. As a personal trainer to superstar celebrities, executives of major corporations and people that simply want to lose weight and feel good about it, JR focuses on designing individualized programs to reach their fitness goals as well as help them to gain a better understanding of the importance of fitness, nutrition, and wellness.
MARIANN YIP, FASHION & LIFESTYLE
Mariann is a native New Yorker who was born and raised in the lower east side of Manhattan and teh creator of the blog Mariannyc. She loves exploring local spots and recommending services to others. From Mariannn:
Growing up in the craziest, but most beautiful city in the world, I have adopted the ‘I can do anything’ mentality, a walking speed of 50 mph and a love for events, fashion and art.
I am also a proud travel addict. My first and only tattoo ‘liberare’ (“to be free” in Latin) truly exemplifies my outlook on life and everything it has to offer. I’ve come to realize that my passport stamps and Nikon camera are my best friends. And since we’re talking about obsessions, I have to confess that I’m in an unhealthy relationship with cheese and wine, but they both get me through the day, so I guess they’re not such bad lovers after all.
david tufino, PHOTOGRAPHY
David Tufino is a Yoga, Fitness and Movement photographer based in the great city of New York. David's pursuit of movement photography has taken him around the world almost continuously for several years . The visual drama and artistry of David's photographs were born of a keen eye for the human body and the perfect lines a well-trained body can produce. David's style is unmistakable and easily recognizable throughout the world! His talent to connect with individuals from all walks of life makes him one of the most highly sought after movement photographers. His success derives from patient single-minded pursuit of all things "movement"! (**David is also one of the coolest and funniest photographers you can book!)
REBECCA DIXON, MOMMYBITES
Rebecca Dixon is responsible for securing advertising, marketing, and sponsorship opportunities for Mommybites’ website, events and all other aspects of the business. Rebecca is also involved with strategic planning and business development for Mommybites. Prior to Mommybites, Rebecca co-founded BE Designs, a fashion design and marketing company. Rebecca also worked in media advertising at CBS Television, Turner Broadcasting and Carat USA for 8 years following her graduation from Vanderbilt University. While in media, she worked in various capacities securing and maintaining partnerships between television networks and their advertising clients. Rebecca lives with her husband, their daughters, Eva and Lily Anise, and their new son Major in Soho. She is co-chair of the Brooklyn affiliate of Horizons, an educational enrichment program serving low-income public school students.
Shawnee Harkins, FITNESS
New York City- and Los Angeles-based Shawnee Harkins’ true passion for physical fitness, began as a young athlete in Texas, and was reinforced during her time in the medical field as a fire fighter and emergency medical technician. A severe car and rollerblading collision left her with significant brain damage, paralysis, and on life support. After gaining significant experience during her employment at Gold's Gym, Shawnee used these skills, a dedication to helping others and her entrepreneurial spirit to open her own training practice becoming a Celebrity Trainer and Consultant, Fitness Expert, Motivational Speaker, Spokeswoman for people suffering from Traumatic Brain injuries, and a recognized Health and Fitness Television/Media Personality.
Shawnee first received national attention through her time spent in Abu Dhabi and Dubai filming her first television show, "The Hydra Executives", which aired from 2008-2009 on Showtime International and Infinity TV. In 2011 she became a brand ambassador for Shake Weight. She has been seen on "The Dr. Phil Show", "The Ultimate Weight Loss Race" and joined forces with Jillian Michaels as a BODYSHRED Instructor and future Master Trainer to launch Michaels’ newest fitness program, “BODYSHRED.” In addition, Harkins' is the creator and executive producer of the hit web series, "Empower Me in 6 Weeks", creator and producer of "Fit in The Streets", and "Fat to Fab", all web series centered on health and fitness.
In addition to training professional teams and athletes from the NFL, NHL, MSL, and professional boxers, models and cheerleaders, Shawnee recently built on her stature as a leader in the sports and fitness movement by joining Athlete Ally as an Ambassador, and designing sports performance and cognitive training programs.
MARILYN HUCEK, FASHION AND LIFESTYLE
Marilyn is the creator of The Lunar Phase, a fashion and lifestyle blog. The blog started as a fashion Instagram account on June 2015 and served as Marilyn's creative outlet and way for expressing her personal style. It is her wish that her blog becomes a space where people go to find inspiration to style their everyday and special occasions.
NICK EBNER, HEALTH MANAGEMENT COACH
"Not only is Romio convenient, but it is a trustworthy source for all your service needs."
For Nick, fitness is both a personal passion and lifelong journey. Nick has been studying under the Poliquin Principles since 2010 and with Coach Sommer of Gymnastic Bodies since 2014. He's revised, cross-examined, and tailored everything he's found, bringing together a working curriculum of methodologies, ideas, and experts.
With the help of excellent mentors and friends, NEIF has become an ever-growing community of inspired individuals and highly skilled health management professionals working towards improving the health and wellness of everyone they work with.
RYAN ESPINOSA, LGBTQ+ TRAINING & EDUCATION
Ryan is the co-founder of Spiire, a learning platform that provides training and education for LGBTQ+ professionals. Raised in an entrepreneurial family, he has built and created businesses for most of his life in design, real estate and art. A socially driven activist at heart and in the street, Ryan is committed to promoting and supporting our LGBT community, our global community and our planet. Surrounding himself with mentors and coaches has helped him create a stronger personal foundation, provided growth opportunities and guidance during both triumphant and challenging times. His dream is to bring these resources to more people in the community, to become stronger and more powerful together, and to have some fun while doing it. Ryan's blueprint: Do the things I love, and help others do the same.