Our Team

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Neil Schober

Neil Schober

Founder/Owner

Starting out as a trainer, Neil steadily advanced his career in the fitness industry until he founded his own club, Harts Athletics in Seattle, in 1987. He spent 11 years as the owner of Harts Athletics and used his drive and focus to turn the facility into an award-winning establishment that was voted the best fitness company in Washington State. Neil founded Emerald City Athletics in 2010 with that same sense of determination for success.

Josh Kaplan

Josh Kaplan

Partner | Executive VP

Josh has had a great passion for fitness since his youth. He started as a two sport all-county athlete (Football and Wrestling); obsessed with working out and reading every magazine he could find on gaining muscle, nutrition and supplements. After a severe football injury prevented him from continuing in sports, he shifted into working in gyms and has been in the fitness industry now for over 20 years. Josh has a passion for helping people grow in their confidence in fitness and believes that being healthy and self-confident is the most impactful personal change an individual can make.

Andre Jordan

Andre Jordan

Fitness Director

As the Fitness Director for ECA, Andre oversees the product and experience for the Champions Training Program at all clubs. While growing up in Washington, Andre was always involved in team sports, including soccer and football. This led to his discovery of the gym and weight training, which evolved into a passion for functional fitness. As time went on, Andre realized the true value of working out in a group setting and his greatest relationships have all derived from group fitness experiences.

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Dave Kaipi

General Manager | Columbia City

Dave has 25+ years of experience in the fitness industry and has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Exercise Sport Science. He was a competitive bodybuilder in the early 90s and held titles such as Mr. Oregon and Mr. Pacific Coast. Dave has been happily married to his wife of 16 years and has been blessed with eight beautiful children. He is proud to be a leader in the ECA family and community.

Patrick Fidler

Patrick Fidler

General Manager | Wallingford

Patrick was born and raised in Enumclaw, WA. He discovered his passion for fitness in his middle school Conditioning PE class when he started running and lifting weights every day and that passion continued to grow after high school when he discovered group training. Today, as a General Manager for ECA, Patrick loves to help others and see the joy people have when they see themselves making such great progress toward a happier and healthier lifestyle.

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Dakota Sheffield

General Manager | Everett

Dakota first discovered fitness and nutrition when he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 23. He had surgery and decided at that moment that he needed to do whatever it took to stay healthy for the rest of his life and minimize the chances of the cancer ever coming back. That passion and drive to protect his health is what led Dakota to love all aspects of fitness and inspired him to help people people change their lives for the better through health and fitness.

Zack Bradford

Zack Bradford

Assistant General Manager | Everett

Zack has lived in the Seattle area his whole life. Growing up, he was never into fitness. In fact, he was extremely overweight as a kid, weighing 300lbs at his heaviest. During his teenage years he started playing ice hockey 7 days a week and lost over 150lbs in 1.5 years. Zack didn’t step foot into a gym until he was 18 years old and instantly became addicted to getting results. He started working out, gaining muscle, and went from 160lbs to 200lbs. Zack began his career in the fitness industry 4 years ago with a mission to help others achieve the same success and results he has experienced.

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