Born and raised in the city of big shoulders. With roots leading back to a humble, midwestern farm. Before the 6 rings. Before the shuffle. Before baseball reigned. Before Northerly Island. Before the Museum Campus. Before Millennium Park. Birthed from grit, determination and sheer will. But with a smile. And a laugh. With an unrelenting passion for success.
The year was 1991. 7 years after starting a fledgling fitness management business. A dream of helping Chicago reach its fitness and wellness goals was born. Opening a fitness club in the Gold Coast became the mission. Then delays and hurdles. Building ownership changed hands. Then sorrow. Both parents pass away. Then despair. What next? Keep going. Bet the family farm. Building deal goes through. The club opens. Finally, success!