Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. Cofounder Becky Catino

Becky Catino spent 25 years as the president and co-chief executive officer of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation (SNAAC) in Mason, Ohio. As the company president, she managed all operations of the $25 million organization, including sales and marketing, collections, and human resources. Under Ms. Catino’s leadership, the specialty finance operation emerged as one of automotive industry’s preeminent indirect lenders and was named the Greater Cincinnati Small Business of the Year. Becky Catino and her husband Ted, cofounders of SNAAC, successfully sold the company in 2011. At its peak, the indirect lender employed 125 individuals and provided services in 30 states.

Becky Catino, a graduate of Oxford, Ohio’s Miami University, enjoys leading a healthy and active lifestyle. She likes to stay in shape through cycling, hiking, and skiing, although she also makes time for more leisurely pursuits such as gardening and reading. An avid traveler, she has taken part in cycling trips to a number of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

RetroFittings: Fashion Benefiting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Becky Catino served the Security National Automotive Acceptance Company, LLC as president for 25 years and is currently chair of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati, Ohio. Becky Catino helps the organization to raise funds and support underserved communities through her volunteer work.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul partners with the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning department to put on an annual fashion show called RetroFittings. The event features the work of DAAP students, and all proceeds from the fundraiser benefit St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati.

In this unique fundraiser, student designers receive a $15 budget to shop at any St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. They turn purchased items into works of high fashion and show them off on the runway.

The 2016 RetroFittings fashion show will be held on Thursday, October 13 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The show begins at 6 p.m.

Christmas Programs at St. Vincent de Paul

Becky Catino is an established financial executive that currently holds serves as a member of the Ursuline Academy foundation board of trustees. In addition to her work with The Ursuline Academy, Becky Catino is also the chair of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati.

An international organization, the St. Vincent de Paul Society was originally founded in Paris, France, by Frederic Ozanam. Today, the organization consists of members in over 150 countries, including the Cincinnati society. The organization works towards a broad goal of providing material, emotional, and spiritual support to individuals through a number of programs and initiatives.

In addition to year round programs such as the Re-entry program and Food and Nutrition improvement efforts, the St. Vincent de Paul Society also operates several seasonal programs. These include the Christmas Together Program and the Christmas Toy Angel Program. Both efforts work through volunteers and donations to provide holiday gifts, meals and other items to needy families who would not otherwise be able to fully enjoy the Christmas season.

New England Patriots Re-Sign Alan Branch

The former president of Specialty Auto Finance Company, Becky Catino serves as partner in charge of business development for Boston's 625 Investments, LLC. When she isn't seeking out new professional and philanthropic investment opportunities for the firm, Becky Catino enjoys following her favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the New England Patriots.

Hoping to repeat as Super Bowl champions in 2018, the Patriots have been busy re-signing several of its core players in the offseason. In April, the team agreed to a two-year, $8.45 million contract with 32-year-old defensive tackle Alan Branch, who anchored the team's dominant run defense last season. The two-time Super Bowl champion recorded 49 tackles, three defended passes, and 1.5 sacks last season.

A second round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Branch spent his first four seasons in the league with the Arizona Cardinals before signing with the Seattle Seahawks and later playing one season in Buffalo. In 134 career games, Branch has accumulated 274 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

Underrated Sites and Cities in South America

Becky Catino possesses more than 30 years of experience in business leadership and entrepreneurship. The co-founder of GigSmart and the partner in charge of business development at 625 Investments, LLC, she has led several companies over the years. In her free time, Becky Catino enjoys traveling around the globe, including throughout South America.

Although South America offers an abundance of beautiful and interesting attractions, many tourists may flock only to the most popular destinations. Below are some of the region’s most underrated cities and sites that are worth visiting.

- Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia. Located inside a canyon, Las Lajas Sanctuary was built to honor a miraculous event involving a deaf and mute girl who saw the image of the Virgin Mary appear on a nearby rock. The basilica was built in a Gothic revival style and is comparable to some of the impressive churches found in Europe. The Virgin Mary's image is reportedly still visible to this day.

- Huacachina, Peru. Established in the 1930s, this somewhat new city was built around a lake in the middle of a desert. Not many tourists visit the small city, but despite its size, the oasis offers plenty of activities that visitors can enjoy. It is known for its sand dunes and is becoming a popular attraction for sandboarding and dune buggying. Further, according to legend, a mermaid lives in the city’s lake, and plenty of people go in an attempt to spot a glimpse of it.

- Loja, Ecuador. Dotted with museums, botanical gardens, and churches, Loja gives visitors plenty of opportunities to explore. Guests can enjoy walking through the city’s Podocarpus National Park or simply strolling along the streets. Considering the city is one of the oldest in Ecuador, there is no shortage of unique sites to visit.

Pros and Cons for Freelancers in the Growing Gig Economy

As a co-founder of GigSmart, Becky Catino helped to create a new app for gig seekers and people offering on-demand work opportunities. Becky Catino and her business partner, who is also her husband, are dedicated to helping everyone find success in the modern gig economy.

Since the economic recession of the mid-2000s, many people have turned to online freelancing and similar short-term work. Known as gigs, these small jobs and single-task assignments have become very popular around the world over the last decade.

As the gig economy grows, some freelancers are unsatisfied with the benefits and protections available to them. As gig workers are generally not employees, they do not qualify for benefits such as health insurance and are generally on the hook for the employer portion of their own taxes. In many cases, the minimum wage laws and other measures that protect traditional W-2 employees do not apply to them.

However, many people appreciate this form of self-employment for the flexibility it affords. Freelancers can set their own hours, vacation as they please, and build up a workload that suits their lifestyle. The variety of available gigs also means that people can choose to focus on a favorite type of project or dabble in multiple types of work. This makes freelance work a valuable tool for many different types of workers.

St. Vincent de Paul Teams with Cincinnati Reds to Fight Hunger

Becky Catino serves as the co-founder of GigSmart, a mobile application that makes it easier for individuals to tap into the gig economy and create a work schedule that works for them. Outside of work, Becky Catino is devoted to her Cincinnati, Ohio, community and chairs the board of the city’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP). This organization works diligently to meet the material or spiritual needs of individuals in need in the community.

Over the years, SVDP has teamed with the Cincinnati Reds several times to get members of the community involved in philanthropy. This year, the baseball team is once again launching its Strike Out Hunger program, which asks fans to bring food donations to the gate. Individuals who donate three or more items receive free tickets for a future Reds game. Last year, SVDP received 7,250 pounds of food after the event, which provided more than 4,800 meals to area families.

To distribute food donations, SVDP has partnered with local food pantries, such as the Edyth and Carl Lindner Choice Food Pantry. Altogether, SVDP has partnered with nine neighborhood-based pantries to ensure that the donations get to the people who need them most.