The People Who Bring Inner Competitor To Life.

From Jay
Jay MarkiewiczIn the world of Inner Competitor, the word “partner” is broad and far-reaching. Each of my partners has helped to shape this organization in some way – from colleagues who offer invaluable business advice to literal business partners to the graphic designer who created my logo. Throughout this journey they continue to embrace the Inner Competitor philosophy and many practice it in their own lives.

I’m proud to have each of these people on my website and invite you to learn more about them. Thank you and keep on being amazing!


Sean Carithers - Technology Consultant

Sean CarithersSean is an avid cyclist. He has been riding and racing for over 20 years and has bicycled over 100,000 miles. Sean has circumnavigated the world by bicycle and spent 3 years racing as a professional cyclist. Sean is passionate about the health, fitness and life benefits of sports and organizes the Virtual World Race, a motivational health and fitness program that challenges schools, corporations and individuals to virtually exercise around the world.

When not exercising, Sean spends his time providing technology consulting to Fortune 500 firms. Sean is a graduate of Davidson College and lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and two children.

J.C. Corrigan - Personal Financial Experiences

J.C. CorriganJ.C. Corrigan founded Personal Financial Experiences, LLC in 2003.  He is a Wealth Enabler and works on the premise that Wealth is everything that money can’t buy.  Money allows you to enjoy your wealth.  Status Quo investing is not easy and his goal is to minimize the complexity that hits your portfolio in the form of risk, expense and taxes.  He passed the Certified Financial Planner exam in 2004.

He is a member of Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church.  He has a Nuclear Engineering degree from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from Old Dominion University.

Prior to entering Wealth Management, J.C. has performed consulting work on customer needs for dozens of companies in four countries.  He has also worked for Capital One Financial and General Electric, where he earned his Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

Before that, J.C was a Mission Commander and Tactical Coordinator on the P-3C Orion aircraft in the United States Navy.  As a Naval Officer, he was deployed to over 19 countries.  Some of his favorite memories was the work he did off the Soviet coastline and North Atlantic with his great crew members.

J.C. is happily married to his bride, Patty.  They met in 2003.  Patty is a clinical oncology pharmacist at VCU Health Systems and the Medical College of Virginia.

They have a son, Nathan (age 5) and a daughter, Shannon (age 3).  They make like exciting and bring a lot of happiness and wealth. They also have a dog, Kiwi.

Kate Deaton - DaVinci ReSources

Kate DeatonKate is a leadership coach who specializes in coaching clients and teams to achieve a high level of impact, effectiveness, focus and clarity. She brings warmth and insight to coaching, creating opportunities for clients to experience shifts in perspectives, get unstuck and out of their own way while experiencing new, more effective habits.

Kate enjoys developing interactive presentations in team communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, team building, wellness, creativity, physical leadership, listening, habit change, strength-based community building, and health empowerment.

She holds an ACC certification with the International Coach Federation as well as being a certified co-active coach through The Coach’s Training Institute. Kate earned a B.S. degree in Kinesiology, the study of the human body in motion, and an M.S. in Occupational Therapy. In addition, she is certified in Therapeutic Listening, a trained facilitator of the Examining Your Immunity to Change Process and workshop delivery, a charter practitioner in The Empowerment Dynamic, and certified in The Leadership Circle 360. Kate holds certifications in Tai Chi for Health, Vodder-based lymphatic drainage/complete decongestive therapy and the Feldenkrais–inspired neuromovement Anat Baniel Method.

Michael Harlow - Endorphin Fitness

Mike Harlow - Endorphin FitnessMichael Harlow is the Founder and Director of Endorphin Fitness. As a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Certified Coach, Michael is regarded as one of the premier triathlon coaches in the country. Michael was awarded the 2012 Youth Developmental Coach of the Year from USA Triathlon.  He is the head coach of the Endorphin Fitness Junior Elite High Performance Team currently ranks 3rd in the country and is hands on with Endorphin Fitness’ full youth coaching program. Michael was invited to participate in the USA Triathlon Elite Mentorship Program at the US Olympic Training Center, an honor only given to the top coaches in the country.  Michael has coached hundreds of athletes from age 5-75 across all levels.

W. Kirk Lutz - Lutz Creative Group

W. Kirk Lutz - Lutz Creative Group, LLCKirk Lutz is the owner and head creative of Lutz Creative Group, a web design company. Kirk designed and built this very website. Born in New Jersey, now living in Maryland, Kirk is a life-long artist. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Advertising and a Minor in Art and soon after was working in a NJ-based advertising agency. He moved to DC in the early ’90s and has lived in the DC/Maryland area ever since. In his 20+ years in the advertising business he’s designed many award-winning print and interactive pieces. His alter ego is as LBI Photos, a beach photographer who shows his photography in several galleries and at art festivals. For more about Kirk, visit his Lutz Creative Group website or his LinkedIn page.

Cindy McPhail - Graphic Designer

Cindy McPhail - Graphic DesignerCindy is one of those fortunate people who went to college to learn something they love. And continue to love after building a long, successful career around it. Graphic design is her passion, and she has been involved with every aspect of it, across all media, for many years. Cindy learned to design before computers. Which she feels really taught her how to design. The use of technology after the solid thinking is done is icing on the cake.

Over the last 10 years or so she has become very passionate about logo design and branding. A successful brand positively and clearly distinguishes a company’s products and services from those of its competitors. Statistics confirm that higher quality brands gain greater market share and profitability than their inferior competition. Successful brand creation is huge, challenging, exciting and exactly what she wants to keep doing for a long, long time.

To see some of Cindy’s portfolio, click here.

Kyle Pawlaczyk - Endorphin Fitness

Kyle Pawlaczyk of Endorphin Fitness runningKyle Pawlaczyk is an experienced coach of endurance athletes, including triathletes, cyclists, and distance runners. Kyle has coached adult and junior athletes of all abilities, from athletes looking to complete their first event to aspiring professional athletes. Kyle’s athletes have qualified for the Boston Marathon, the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, the ITU World Age-Group Championships, and have set countless personal bests. Kyle received his Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and his Master’s degree from the University of Virginia. His research and academic interests included nutrition and exercise performance, motor skill analysis, and motivation for participation in sport. As an athlete, Kyle was a former all-conference runner at William and Mary and competes as a professional triathlete; he has posted nine top-10 finishes in Ironman and Ironman 70.3 series events.

Erin Sarro - Nobody Reads the Copy

Erin Sarro - CopywriterErin has over ten years of experience as an agency creative director and senior-level writer. Armed with a degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech, she’s a triple threat in the areas of strategy, branding, and creative execution. She can also tap dance. Erin’s ability to capture the human truth and communicate it in an approachable way has given a unique voice to clients including the International Spy Museum, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, and the George Washington University School of Business. She has written for an eclectic mix of industries from healthcare to finance, retail to real estate. For more about Erin, visit her website or LinkedIn page.

Tina Shiver - Lighten Up, Inc.

Tina Shiver - Lighten Up, Inc.Tina Shiver’s love for good food started during childhood with her mother and grandmother in the kitchen. She’s spent her life cultivating that passion and combining it with others: healthy eating, the science of nutrition and learning to give your body what it needs. Now, as an RD and being registered with the Institute for Functional Medicine, Tina has developed a practice that will guide you toward your goals through meal plans, recipes, vitamins and more. As an athlete herself, Tina knows firsthand the challenges that arise from pushing your body and will provide you with the education you need to fuel your training- and your life- like never before. At Lighten Up, the philosophy is that the better you feel, the better your life can be, and that starts with how you eat. We look forward to working with you and helping you reach your fitness goals! Tina’s recipe blog.

Ed Stern - Topdown

Ed Stern - TopdownEd is the founder and head driver for Topdown, a coaching and leadership development company. The idea behind Topdown is to look at living and leading from the perspective of driving a convertible. It’s about opening the roof. Seeing more possibilities. Observing what’s around and letting others see in. Showing up, sharing the road, taking turns driving, and especially enjoying the journey. Prior to Topdown, Ed was the CEO and Creative Director of Redhead, an advertising agency he founded in 1991. He is grateful and honored to be in the Inner Competitor community. For more, go to