Getting to know Hands Across the Bay Dancing with Stars contestant Brian Artze with "10 questions"

Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?

Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader, politician or even national celebrity.
We go beyond the questions that are news of the day. After all sometimes, we want know more about them. What's their favorite music? Greatest success? And who do they look up to?

For the next several weeks, I am profiling my fellow dancers taking part in Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay Dancing with the Stars local extravaganza.

I am honored to take part in this event which is one of the most popular in the Bay area.

In it's sixth year-the fourth with Hands Across the Bay, the event proceeds benefit local charities and individuals who need help.

This week Brian Artze answers our 10 questions.

Brian owns American Clinical Solutions. Brian describes his company as a "drug testing laboratory, with the intent to assist physicians with prescribing responsibly and to help monitor their patients' compliance of the prescription narcotics they take"

He is very passionate and proud of his business that he feels benefits the community-and he credits part of his success to his great upbringing.

Brian was born in the small town of Decatur, IL. A town that he said his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather built together from the ground up.

Brian credits the men in his life for also giving him ambition, endurance and witnessing the joy of watching something start from an idea and then growing into something that can benefit an entire community.

Brian is doing quite well with the on line votes-he's near the very top and at last check second place! Don't ask about me! I'm pretty close to the bottom!

If you would like to learn more about the event and how you can vote for your favorite dancer you can head to

The money from the votes benefits the charities listed on the website.

To learn more about Brian's company you can head to

And enjoy reading about him!

1. What is your all time favorite movie or song?

My favorite movie is "Caddyshack"

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?

Yes, I do have a smartphone. LinkedIn is my favorite application.

3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

My father has been a great mentor, my current business partner and life experiences.

4. What was your very first job?
I sold suntan oil and sundries in a gift shop and an outside cabana at the Ramada Inn.

5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

My height!

6. What do you consider your greatest success?

My greatest success is being able to help people each day.

7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

Most people who know me, do not know that I am doing my best to be an angel in thier corner.

8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Will Ferrell, Chris Farley, and Albert Einstein.

9. What is in your fridge right now?

A lot of vegetables and water. I am trying to get in shape for the show!

10. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it be?

I would remain in the healthcare field and would be a doctor. Because despite the fact that my mission changes people's lives, i don't actually get to see the outcomes and the progress of my efforts.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio in North Tampa donated all my lessons as well as the lessons for the other fellow dancers.

Dancing has become an extremely popular work out and activity following the hit ABC series, DANCING WITH THE STARS.

Fred Astaire Studio's in Tampa Bay are graciously providing the training we need. My dance instructor, Chris Carr is the best teacher! He is so patient with me and my two left feet:)

If you would like to learn more about the studio you can head to

Please keep sending me your suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you!

If you would like to suggest someone for 10 questions you can e-mail me at or "like" me on Facebook. To do that just head to ... and find me under the favorites tab and click the "like" button.

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