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FALL 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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faces | BALLANTYNE ERIN SANTOS Birthplace: London, Ohio. Job: President, Isabella Santos Foundation. What do you like most about your job? I love the people I work with and seeing our hard work turn into immediate new clinical trials for kids with neuroblastoma. I also love writing blogs that speak to people. What's your guilty pleasure? Shoes, lululemon workout gear and '90s hip-hop and rhythm and blues. Do you live in Ballantyne? Just over the border in Marvin Creek. What is your favorite Ballantyne-area restaurant? Viva Chicken is amazing, and I have never had a bad meal or experience at Firebirds. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Running for Isabella's Dream Team. There are about 200 of us training to run a half marathon in November to raise money. Describe your dream vacation. Any tropical beach where I can be really lazy. St. John and Aruba are my favorites. I also dream of going to Greece. What would your theme song be for walking into a room? "You Can Leave Your Hat On" by Tom Jones and "Cake by the Ocean" by DNCE. What is your favorite news source? Love the "TODAY" show because of Matt Lauer (Ohio University alumnus). Also sadly, I get news from Facebook. I would be rather caught dead than wear a _____. Pro football jersey. It's just not a cute look on me. Still love the Panthers, though! What charitable organizations are you involved with? The Isabella Santos Foundation, of course. It was created in honor of my daughter, Isabella, who lost her battle with neuroblastoma in 2012. I love that we are honest and true to our mission and what we give to. We really are making a difference for kids. What is your biggest pet peeve? Guys who wear tank tops and rude children. Share something that someone would never guess about you. Even though I can be outgoing and social, I'm obsessed with having alone time. I could go on vacation alone or hole up in an empty house for days without talking to anyone. FALL 2016 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 33

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