Our vision is the see people of all ages establish lifestyle changes based on the phenomenon known as "Balance Walking" where with a commitment of just 15 minutes every day to the 4 Pillars of Balance Waking will change their lives, leading to a more active, younger you!
Our mission is to educate and inspire people to take control and focus on prevention and a more active productive life.
Delivering the Mission
Through education, creative alliances and a worldwide network of certified coaches, ambassadors and health, wellness and medical professionals; we will build a wave of advocates to implement and support the "Balance Walking" simple lifestyle change in their neighborhoods, at work and with their families.
Ray Margiano PhD – Founder and Author of Balance Walking
Ray Margiano PhD, Pedorthist, Writer, Speaker, Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Foot Solutions, Inc, the largest retail pedorthic group in the world; focusing on Health & Wellness and proper support for the feet.
Ray has a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Haven, an MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in International Business Administration from Canbourne University.
Ray Margiano has enjoyed a successful career in business creating, implementing and maintaining several different entrepreneurial ventures. He is well known and respected in both the corporate and franchising arenas. He is now focusing his energy on giving back and helping people live healthier more active lifestyles.
Ray has received many awards in business including 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2008 Cobb Chamber Small Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year Atlanta 1994, Blue Chip Award Winner, International Franchise Award for International Excellence, University of New Haven Distinguished Alumni Award and Distinguished Bartels Fellowship Award University of New Haven, twice. He is a frequent speaker on Franchising, Footwear Industry, Pedorthics and Balance Walking.
Ray serves on the American Diabetes Association’s advisory board, is a member of the Board of Governors at University of New Haven, is on the Board of Directors for the National Shoe Retailers Association and is a Visionary Board member for ICAA (International Council on Active Aging).
Ray has supported many reach out programs including children's obesity, diabetes, the President's Challenge program for getting Americans back in shape, retirement community programs and international programs such as the Blue Planet Run for pure drinking water, Soles for Souls, donating shoes for flood, fire and the needy and is also involved on a national basis with Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Walks, Heart Walks, etc. to promote healthier living. Ray’s philosophy for the company and all its associates is to always give something back and to be part of positive change and energy. He is also a member of Kennesaw State University's WellStar College of Health and Human Services Advancement Board.
Ira is an active balance walker and leader and is considered a modern day business "Renaissance Man," Ira Blumenthal is the president of CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting company that has counseled world class clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, Kroger, McDonald’s, Harrah’s, Delta Airlines, Exxon, Wal*Mart and others in areas related to branding… business development… change management and strategic alliances. His company has the distinction of being the single longest running continuously retained consultant in Coca-Cola’s 125 year history (nearly 20 years of counseling Coke). Ira also proudly served as the president of The CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION, a “not for profit” organization founded by visionary media mogul, environmentalist and philanthropist Ted Turner. The Foundation educates and inspires children to become great stewards of the planet and live eco-friendly lives. A highly respected branding expert, Ira has worked with/for clients in a wide range of categories, channels and verticals on four continents.
A published author, Ira’s first book, Ready, Blame, Fire! focuses on the “myths and misses in marketing” and is based on brand creation, development, extension, alliance and equity. He is also the recipient of the coveted “George Washington Honor Medal For Literary Excellence” (Freedoms Foundation). Ira has published over 200 magazine articles on business development. He has also received numerous business and civic awards and honors, including The Educational Foundation’s highest honor for “…spirited, innovative business education.” His newest book, Managing Brand You, co-written with Coca-Cola President Jerry Wilson, is about personal branding and is published by the American Management Association in two languages. www.ManagingBrandYou.com.
The former host of a popular radio talk show ("SuccessTalk ), Ira has interviewed guest “success stories” such as General Colin Powell, Mario Andretti, Tommy Lasorda and other notables. Ira has also served as visiting university instructor at The University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University. Guest lecturing at many institutions, Ira was also honored being named the “first” Executive-In-Residence at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business in the School of Hospitality.
Delivering over 50 speeches annually, Ira has served as the "opener" for leaders such as President George Bush (Sr.), General Colin Powell, the late Pakistani President Benzir Bhutto, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Dole, Lech Walesa and others…and has lectured on four continents. For speaking info, visit www.IraSpeak.com. Recognized as a business development expert, Ira has been quoted and featured in media sources such as “The Wall Street Journal,” “USA Today,” CNN, “BrandWeek,” “Entrepreneur Magazine,” “Executive Excellence,” “Marketing News,” etc.
Ira sits on many boards such as EarthShare of Georgia; Freshens; Georgia State University School of Hospitality; Youth Villages of Georgia Leadership Council; Harrison High School Boosters (Pres.); The Ovie Mughelli Foundation; Great Corporate Signatures (a publishing company he co-founded); and others.
On a personal note, Ira is a committed leader in the fight against hunger. . .is a tireless community activist and youth coach with a travel team baseball national championship to his coaching credit. . .and in his own youth, was a "World Cup" athlete, as well as a collegiate Football and Lacrosse coach. Originally from New York, Ira resides in Hot-lanta, GA with his red-head Missouri bride, Kim. He is the father of two daughters and three sons… and has two grandsons. His favorite quote: “The true measure of a man is how many lifetimes he can cram into one.”
Donna Robertson C.Ped
Donna Robertson is a consultant to Balance Walking, Inc, as a pedorthics specialist with advanced and unique skills in the sports pedorthics area, as well as in the areas of injury recovery, custom-made orthotics and footwear related products, diabetic foot issues and advanced pedorthic solutions.
Donna has worked with many sports professionals and is well known throughout the USA for her work and lectures. She is extremely knowledgeable in the sports-related pedorthics area and is very advanced in her work. She has been a feature speaker for many medical community associations and groups. She received her BS degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of North Alabama in 1974, earned her Masters degree in health in 1978, certification as an athletic trainer in 1977 and certification as a pedorthist in 1987.
She is a member of many professional associations including NATA, Pedorthic Footwear Association, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Association and Board of Certification in Pedorthics. At the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens, Donna worked with the foot and ankle medical team as a pedorthist. Donna has worked with many well known sports professionals and has had clients fly her cross-country for her service.
Dr. Bill Faddock DPM, C. Ped
Dr. Bill Faddock has been the Director of Pedorthic Education at IPA since August 2000 and is a strong advocate of health and wellness prevention and incorporates a holistic approach to healing.
Dr. Bill has practiced podiatric medicine and surgery since 1970. He was in private practice until 1988 when he joined a group practice.
He served as President of the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association and as Chairman of the Podiatric Medical and Surgical Section of Atlanta Hospital for four years.
Upon retirement from active practice, he acted as a consultant for new practitioners establishing their practices as well as for practices merging and dissolving. A podiatrist (who was his former resident) became involved with International Pedorthic Association Training Program.
Dr. Bill also has a very strong holistic background and is a strong advocate of non-invasive techniques and natural healing. Dr Bill’s unique background and beliefs make his pedorthic health and wellness approach to solving foot-related issues and problems extremely effective.
Dr. Bill is active in various civic associations and has served on the Board of Directors of Christian City – a home for children with facilities for the well elderly and a nursing home facility. He has also been active in Boys and Girls Clubs and the Boy Scouts of America. He has two children and seven grandchildren.