About the Authors
Kat Dara is an international traveler who was born in Manama, Bahrain and has lived in: Reading, England; Victoria, Australia, and finally landed in California in 1996. She attended High school in Los Gatos and the University at San Diego State where she studied International Business Marketing with a minor in Spanish.
After completing college in 2005 Kat moved to LA to work as a TV host and model. She has worked on numerous shows including, Extra, Fantasy Sports Girl and “@ Sony Pictures”. She continues to work on the show “Gift Bag Robin Hood” on Stylit.tv attending celebrity gifting suites and reporting on the swag and celebrities in attendance.
Kat's gig at the Original Retro Brand started with modeling the Retro Brand line. She modeled the line for the Video Music Awards gifting suite and Project tradeshows. She later moved on to working for the company full time and now primarily does West Coast and International sales. She also assists in PR and any celebrity based events. In addition she handles all photo shoots and models.
Andy Hyman - Professed sports nut grew up in Huntington, Long Island (New York), Rebelled against the local teams and ended up idolizing Bubba Smith (Baltimore Colts) and Willie Mays (SF Giants). However, couldn't resist the New York Knicks (Frazier, Monroe, Reed, etc.) and the 4 time Stanley cup winning New York Islanders. Stayed off the streets by playing Strat-O-Matic Baseball and football every waking hour of every day, homework and anything else be damned. Was saved from becoming a total nerd when discovered the sport of Lacrosse. Dad went to Hobart (14 straight division III Championships) and put an old wooden stick in hand, and got hooked.
After High School, decided to go to small state school (SUNY Geneseo) based solely on the 6-1 ratio of women to men, and the good Lacrosse team (and they accepted him!) After graduating in 1982, started working for marketing companies doing promotions like Spring Break in Florida, Newport Ski Spree in California and the Nestle Quick Battle of the Bands tour (dressed up in Nestle Quick Bunny costume and had tail pulled endlessly at concerts. This led to mascot stints as Mayor McCheese, Captain Morgan, Pizza Noid, and Mt. Dew Man).
Decided to move to Atlanta in 1991 to partner with friends in the restaurant/bar business. Sold business after six years, and decided to get into the sports apparel business and actually fulfill a lifetime dream. Founded Vintage sports store Distant Replays andwww.Distantreplays.comin 1998, and helped build to an INC 500 company in 2003. In 2009, founded, and is currently working as a consultant for ATP Consulting, LLC.