Experience | Health Club Industry

Neil Schober

This is the man who get's all the credit in teaching me business. At 17 years old Neil gave me my first job at the Everett Family Fitness Center. Started out as a fitness trainer, working my way to floor supervisor, then into sales, management, and then grand opening clubs.

He use to tell me "Successful people do the things that un-successful people don't want to do". Boy is that so true.

I remember riding my bike in the snow for 2 hours each way to get to work, when others would complain of the long hours.

I remember reading the same book he read "Napoleon Hill - Think and Grow Rich".

Neil has inspired my career, and I am so thankful for working for this great person.

He owned a chain of clubs called: Pure Fitness

Re-locating back to Washington, Neil was able to acquire the former location, and renamed it:
Emerald City Athletic Club

Neil is a true leader, and lifetime insiration!!

PacWest Health Clubs

In 1986, after Family Fitness Centers closed, I worked for Pacific West Sport and Racquet Clubs. Fist in Lynnwood with Joe, Al Salaverry, Olympia, Tacoma, Federal Way with Mike Biano, Carol, and owner / Jim Schuler, Kent, Gig Harbour, Bellevue, Lynnwood.

The Company was bought out by Bally, and then by the Chinese investors who own the largest fitness company in the USA "LA Fitness"

Olympic Health Club

When I moved to the ballard area, I had the honor of working for the second best owner in the world.