Meet the Authors: “Substitute Teacher”

“Substitute Teacher”


Ever since Key & Peele redefined his name on this sketch, “Substitute Teacher” aka A-A-ron has never been the same. When he was not traveling through Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, the UK, or the US for work, this guy spent his time prepping to run his first triathlon (albeit a sprint, aka as the easiest kind) later to move to Bentonville, Arkansas, working for a little known retailer who happens to be the largest company in the world (depending on the price of oil). An Economics major, he figured an MBA wouldn’t hurt his chances of world domination. Bilingual in Spanish & English, he has lived in all NAFTA countries and is engaged to his college sweetheart who happens to be a Russian (no, she’s not a spy… or so she says – have you watched the Americans lately!?).

Meet the Authors: “Xerxes”

Laides & Gents,

Next up in our popular Meet the Authors series, we present to you:



“Xerxes” is a YoPro Bro hailing from the Boston area. He earned his degree in Business at UConn and spent 3 years working in accounting/financial services, earning his CPA along the way. Much too excitable to last in a career crunching numbers, he returned to school to alter his destiny with the MSIS-MBA dual-masters program at Boston University. A sports fiend and lover of all things that get eaten, you’ll find him trying to balance work with playing sports and getting you to grab some grub. He hit the jackpot with a beautiful wife that works as a dietitian, as he can now use the excuse of healthier foods to eat even more. Just don’t show him Oreos. You’ve been warned.

Meet the Authors: “The Pulse”

And now for part two in our five-part series, Meet the Authors:

“The Pulse”


The Pulse has been putting the “Yo” (and the “Pro”) in “YoPro” for several years now, and doesn’t have plans to stop anytime soon.  He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is currently working his way through a dual degree program at Boston University, getting an MBA with a Masters in Information Systems (along with “Animated Shorts” and “The Genie”).  When he’s not hitting the books, he’s aggressively pursuing a reasonable work/life balance, spending time with friends and family, staying fit, and (sometimes) eating well.  At the time of writing, he was very excited that spring weather was coming in Boston, and was eagerly looking forward to spending more time outside after a long, hard winter.

Stay tuned for more “Meet the Authors” posts, and get acquainted with the rest of the BGBL team!

Meet the Authors: “Animated Shorts”

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We hit 100 Likes on our Facebook Page “Busy Guys, Balanced Lives” ( and had over 1,000 views of our blog itself. To celebrate, we’d like to introduce ourselves to you and thank you for being part of this!

We’ll be rolling out an introduction to each of us, one at a time, over the next 5 days!

“Animated Shorts”

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“Animated Shorts” is a YoPro Bro originally from New England. After earning a BA in Psychology, he spent 6 years in the military before returning to academia. He now balances a dual graduate program at Boston University (an MBA and an MS in Information Systems) with a healthy combination of intramural sports, preposterously large meals, and countless miles running through the streets of Boston. He spends most of his time being sarcastic and is known for being extremely high-energy. And wearing shorts. Active shorts. Short shorts. You might say, “Animated Shorts.”

Don’t want to follow him on a run? Follow him on Twitter instead: @blairlyliving

Or follow all of us: @yoprobros