Shelly Grant is a financial representative with Principal Financial Group. A graduate of the St. Thomas University master of business administration program in Miami, Florida, Shelly Grant spends her time away from work supporting local charities and attending live sporting events, including Miami Heat basketball games.
Between 2011 and 2014 the Miami Heat became the first team in the National Basketball Association (NBA) to make four consecutive NBA Finals appearances since the Boston Celtics accomplished the feat between 1984 and 1987. Having previously secured a league championship in 2006, the Heat returned to the finals in 2011 to face the Dallas Mavericks, the same franchise they had bested five years earlier. Unfortunately for Miami fans, the Heat could not replicate their victory, falling to Dallas in six games.
After winning 46 regular season games over a lockout shortened 2011-2012 NBA season, the Heat progressed to a second consecutive NBA Finals. Having endured a brutal seven game series against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat enjoyed a relatively simple 4-1 series win over the young Oklahoma City Thunder, earning the franchise its second title.
The Heat repeated as champions in 2013, this time surviving back to back seven game series against the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals and NBA Finals, respectively. Miami’s four year NBA Finals run culminated in a 2014 rematch with the Spurs. On this occasion, however, San Antonio proved too tough, defeating Miami in a five game series.
Leveraging her years of experience in sales and management, as well as a masters of business administration from St. Thomas University, Shelly Grant currently serves as a financial representative with Principal Financial Group. Outside her career, Shelly Grant is an avid tennis player.
Tennis is a great leisure activity that not only tests a person’s endurance, but also his or her hand-eye coordination. With these factors at play, it’s typical for a beginner to have an difficult adjustment period to the game. It is often when learning a new sport that bad habits can develop. Here are three mistakes that beginning tennis players should try to avoid.
The tendency for the beginner can be to run to the ball instead of to the bounce. The goal is to always stay behind the ball so that it can be hit slightly in front of the player. With that in mind, it’s important to not run toward the ball, but rather toward where the ball will be heading after the bounce. This will ensure proper swing timing and make the most of one’s shotmaking opportunities.
Beginners also tend to swing from the elbow and the wrist, which puts a heavy strain on these areas. A tennis shot should begin from the shoulders and the upper body. This will provide maximum power for the shot, and allow the elbow and wrist to be used in shaping the shot rather than trying to generate most of the force of the swing.
Keeping on the topic of the swing, some beginners are reluctant to use their arms for the backswing rather than the entire body. Some coaches will mistakenly tell players to move the arm behind them if they are having trouble with timing, but that’s an over-correction that disrupts power, timing, and rhythm. The body should turn and then thing swing through the ball, rather than the arm itself lagging behind.
As a representative for the Principal Financial Group, Shelly Grant helps individuals and businesses with investment and retirement planning. Shelly Grant holds an MBA from St. Thomas University, and began working at Principal’s Miramar, Florida, office in 2013. Among its other financial services, Principal Financial Group helps individuals understand the retirement options available to them.
When planning for retirement, many people have questions about the difference between traditional and Roth IRAs. The primary difference between the two retirement accounts is that the traditional IRA allows users to deduct contributions from their taxable income and money deposited into the account is not taxed. However, money is taxed when it is withdrawn. On the other hand, a Roth IRA contribution is not tax deductible, but when the money is withdrawn, it is not taxed. This means that individuals who expect to be in a higher tax bracket when they retire may wish to consider a Roth IRA, while those approaching retirement, or expecting to be in a lower tax bracket may opt for a traditional retirement account.