Akronite of the Week

Week of July 10: Andrew Novak

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Hear from this week’s host, Andrew Novak on why he chose to stay in Akron instead of moving to a “big city” and how he’s trying to make a difference here:

“I’m a born-and-raised Akronite. I attended Old Trail School where my mom is a teacher, so the CVNP holds a very special place in my heart.

I had convinced myself after college that I NEEDED to move to NYC or the Bay Area to ‘make it’ and be happy. But the longer I stuck around, the more I realized how much of a difference I could make in my own hometown. Akron is my home base, but I also LOVE to travel.

I have been involved with tech start-ups since graduating college, but my degree is in marketing. I worked remotely for Dryver, a competitor of Uber, for three years and was kind of a self-described hermit. After that gig, I have made a point to get out into the community, meet new people, and make Akron a more fun place to live and play.

It’s amazing seeing (and being a part of) the renaissance of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. There are so many supportive and interesting people in Akron that push for improvement of the city and its residents.

I collect art and vinyl records along with a laundry list of other oddities. I’m a former Nervous Dog barista who you still may find behind the counter or at a market on weekends with Akron Coffee Roasters. I consume an embarrassing amount of television series on Netflix and HBO.

I am also an entrepreneur and co-founder of Stay in Play Recreation (@stayinplayrec), which is an organization that runs volleyball and kickball leagues for adults and young professionals around the greater Akron area with more leagues/sports in the pipeline.”

Andrew’s favorite thing about Akron is one we haven’t heard before from a Peeks host. “A recent favorite with some personal nostalgia is ‘The Ball Machine’ at Akron Children’s Hospital by George Rhoads. It’s a Rube Goldberg type piece of art that I remember being mesmerized by as a child. I visit Akron Children’s for my job with Timocco and always take time to decompress and watch the colorful fun piece of art move and make sounds.”

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