We had the good fortune of connecting with John Allan Peñacerrada and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi John Allan, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
My family roots come from the islands of the Philippines. Although I was born in San Francisco, I was raised in the motherland and migrated to the United States at the age of 8, with my parents and 5 other siblings. Our first 10 years we lived in the Hunter’s Point and Visitation Valley Districts, which were considered the “Hood” in San Francisco. One can imagine the extraordinary culture shift that we experienced and how the streets influenced our characters. These humble beginnings defined my appreciation for God, sacrifice, love and family, . Till today, I live with these 3 life experiences. “One, never forget where you came from. Two, always be thankful. And three, pay it forward.”
What should our readers know about your business?
My consulting business is called, NXS | Network Exercise Solutions and we create healthy experiences for organizations and individuals through wellness.

What sets us a part is that we focus on relationships and creating solutions for our partners with a personal approach in Health and Fitness programming. From working on individual corporate executives to creating senior based wellness community classes, NXS will partner with those in need. Leaving a corporate wellness company after 20 years was scary and difficult as you can imagine. The excitement of the unknown was liberating and it fired my desire to propel my business and grow relationships. I’ve been in practice now for three and a half years midst the pandemic and still looking forward to building.

From my years in the industry, leadership and teamwork has been strong points with the success of organizations that I managed. I take these lessons forward and believe that we can only be successful together as a community. I also continue this theme in a mentorship and networking program that my organization sponsors within the local community, highlighting Filipino-American youth aspiring to be in the health and fitness industry. We can proudly say that we are able to positively influence future professionals in our community.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The San Francisco Bay Area has so much to offer in culture and diversity. I would highlight these areas and show these rich cultures from all over the world, all in one area. Visiting the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Chinatown, the Mission, North Beach / Little Italy, Japantown, Oakland, just to name a few. Then,

I would take them to one of our professional team with home games with either Giants, the Warriors, or the 49ers. In addition, with the deep roots of music here, catching a concert at Stern Grove is a must. And finally, food in the Bay Area is hard to beat and so we will eat at some of the local food trucks and parks highlighting different cultural cuisines, Oyster Depot, and State Bird Provisions.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are plenty of influencers that deserve credit for helping mold who I am and the blessings that I have experience through my life. First and foremost is my love, faith and trust in God. All glory to the Lord our Savior. Next are my parents. I thank my Mama, Lilian Peñacerrada, for her unconditional love, understanding and endless encouragement. Thank you to Papa, Alberto Peñacerrada, for the tough love and for being a model a young man can learn from. To my five brothers and sisters, whom I give credit to for helping raise a young chubby kid, into a strong minded, passionate, empathetic man that I am.

To my mentors, Dr. Daryl Jackson and Dr, Maralice Kern, whom I give credit to with my career in Fitness / Wellness / Kinesiology. Last but not the least, to all those I have mentored through years, you have all thought me more than you can ever imagine and for that I thank you!

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