Alissa Davis is an executive with CreditUpdates.com, serving in the role of senior vice president of customer satisfaction for the credit reporting and monitoring company. Alissa studied business management and operations as an undergraduate before going on to earn her MBA in corporate social responsibility, and she has since applied the lessons learned through the course of her academic and professional careers to guide her decisions in her current role as an executive with CreditUpdates.com. A deeply committed professional, Alissa is also known among her peers in the industry as one of the most creative and innovative professionals around, particularly when it comes to ensuring customers have access to the best possible service and support as shown through Credit Updates.

What is your hobby?

I have several that I enjoy, but long-distance cycling and mountain biking are my current favorites.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

A group of friends had a cycle tour planned and I wanted to tag along. I started training for the tour and haven’t stopped riding since.

Tell us what you love about it.

It’s a great group activity, but it’s also something I enjoy doing on my own as well.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

No, but I have been meaning to join a local cycling or mountain biking group.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Yes, there has been a lot of equipment I’ve had to buy. In addition to a touring bike, I also bought a bike rack, panniers and all sorts of camping gear for touring purposes.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I like to look for supplies at second-hand stores, but if not I usually just try REI or our local bicycle shop to find whatever it is I happen to need.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I’ve found that the best way to learn about bike touring or mountain biking is to just chat up the bike mechanics at any local bike shop. They are always interesting individuals and are usually just fountains of information when it comes to riding.

How has this changed your life?

I’ve discovered how different a place can be just by getting there a different way. There have been a lot of places I’d been before, but when I got there by bike it suddenly seemed like an entirely new experience.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Bike touring is one of the surest ways to develop truly wonderful and lifelong friendships, so make sure to invite everyone you know to join in or just be willing to chat up anyone you happen to meet along the way.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to play softball on the weekends, so I play in a few different leagues throughout the area.