Welcome to Wooder Ice, your scoop to everything Philly. Our goal is to connect you to the people, places, and things you need to know, so we strive to produce the latest and greatest Philly news, trends, and overall vibe of Philly. In short we pride ourselves at keeping our fingers on the pulse of Philly and delivering it to you, the visitor. Whether you’re a Philly native, new to the area, or living elsewhere and want to keep up with the City of Brotherly Love, we got you covered!
MEET THE TEAM
With a goal to highlight all the great things to love about Philly, Hec envisioned “Wooder Ice” while still attending Temple University. A 2005 grad he is now set on turning that vision into a reality. When he isn’t stuffing his pie hole at one of the many Philly dining spots, Hec contributes to articles, events, stories and the overall daily maintenance of Wooder Ice. He is always on the look out for the latest and greatest and welcomes all suggestions, because he believes Wooder Ice is a site for the people.
VP/Director of Media
We can attribute all of our original images to Pat who has been honing his skills in photography & videography. Always looking for the perfect shot he always has his sites set on the perfect angle. Pat also attributes to our fresh story ideas and brainstorming sessions about columns, direction, and all types of ill ish.
Ja-mel “Jay” Vareen
Ja-mel “Jay “ Vereen is an aspiring media personality originally from San Antonio, TX and we are thrilled to have him on the Wooderice team. Being the social butterfly that he is, Jay has years of experience hosting and promoting events at popular Philadelphia venues and looks to put his gift of gab to great use with several video segments coming soon to WooderIce. With a broadcast and mass media degree from Temple, the former cruise ship entertainer and current game show host is poised to become the voice of WooderIce. Keep an eye out for Jay in the city as he will deliver to you on-the-street segments, exclusive interviews, and cover the hottest events happening in Philly.
Shawnick Rodriguez is a traveler with a passion to find beauty in every place she visits around the world. Having traveled extensively for over 10 years now she has touched on about 20 countries and still counting. Now as a travel blogger, she has proven the abilities in the areas of having background knowledge of the places she’s been and can recommend where to go, what to do and where to stay. You can say she’s seen lots of places but it’s plenty more to explore. Follow her on trips as she gives you tips and photos of all these amazing places.
Clarence Thompson is owner and founder of Capital Connoisseur Group, LLC, a financial education and consulting company. Capital Connoisseur Group specializes in financial management including Savings/ Budgeting, Mutual Funds (401(k), IRA), Stock market investing, Estates/ Wills, Insurance (Life and Health), Real Estate financing with over 10 years of financial services experience. Mr. Thompson is a product of Baltimore City and was educated in the Baltimore City Public School system and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Finance and Real Estate and later received his MBA as well.
Fitness & Health Columnist
Hector Bones is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise and a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. After graduating from Temple University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, he has spent the last 5 years as a trainer for the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Being a personal trainer has afforded Hector with the opportunity to work with a wide range of people, from 16 year old athletes to 75 year olds trying to stay limber, and everything in between. Hector is now looking to share exercise and health tips with you!
Real Estate Columnist
With over 10 years experience in Real Estate, Ben Arce looks to provide you with expert tips and opinions that cover just about every aspect of real estate. Whether you’re thinking of buying or looking to expand your real estate portfolio, Ben has you covered. A Millersville University grad, Ben has went on to assist scores of buyers and sellers in and around the Philadelphia Market. Now he is looking to lend his expert advise to you!
A company founder, Wall street licensed investment advisor & consultant by profession. A lover of hip hop music, technology and words, you can find J.R blogging on finance, technology, business, hip hop & every day rachetness. J.R earned his bachelors from Temple University (Go Temple Owls!) and is now enrolled at Harvard University. You can find him teleporting up & down the Northeast from Miami Beach to Philly to NYC. J.R is always where the action is.