Founder | Partner
Starting out as a trainer, Neil steadily advanced his career in the fitness industry until he founded his own club, Hart’s Athletics in Seattle, in 1987. He spent 11 years as the owner of Hart’s 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.
President | Partner
MJ has always had a love for both fitness and people, and as a fitness club owner and president of ECA he is able to combine both of those passions daily. He began working in fitness as a personal trainer after attaining both a B.S. and M.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado where he was an accomplished student athlete. He eventually rose to VP of a successful chain of clubs in Arizona, which sold in 2010. During that time, he learned about leadership and entrepreneurship, inspiring him to create multiple gyms in Arizona, which he has successfully owned and operated now for over a decade. MJ leads the executive team at ECA with his relentless spirit and brings his passion for fitness and people to every aspect of the organization.
Recruiter | Partner
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.
District Coordinator | Partner
Emily was born and raised here in the beautiful PNW. As the District Coordinator for ECA, she oversees billing, HR, and other administrative responsibilities for all ECA locations. In her free time, Emily enjoys backpacking, kayaking, yoga, and spending time with her dog, Sitka. Emily is passionate about helping people and believes working together is the best way to achieve any goal and build strong relationships to live a happier, healthier life.
Director of Communications | Partner
Barbie is a native to the Seattle area. She has 15+ years of experience in marketing and advertising and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Seattle University. She has always had a passion for health and fitness, and you can find her in a Champions Training class at ECA most nights of the week. During her downtime she enjoys being active out in nature—hiking, biking, paddleboarding, playing tennis, traveling, or spending time on the water with friend and family.
District Fitness Director | Partner
Stephanie’s initial passion for fitness came from the confidence it gave her at a young age. She grew up in Boise, Idaho where she played soccer, competed in track and field, and graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She also achieved a CrossFit L1 Certification. Stephanie loves her job as fitness director at ECA, because she gets to connect with the coaches and members inside the clubs and be a part of their community by encouraging and equipping them to be successful in achieving their goals.
Chief Financial Officer
Rachel got her start in accounting and finance working as a bookkeeper for a startup mortgage firm while she was in college. She decided to major in accounting when it was clear she had a natural aptitude for it. Throughout her career, Rachel has worked closely with small business owners across many industries. She picked up a love for organizational development, company culture and management along the way. Last year, Rachel began pursuing health and wellness coaching with an emphasis on women’s heath, which makes her a perfect fit for Emerald City Athletics. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.
General Manager | Partner – Ballinger Village
Andre started his career with ECA in 2019 and has been a coach, fitness director, and now a general manager. He discovered weight training at a young age and it evolved into a love and passion for functional fitness. He soon realized the true value of working out in a group setting and his greatest relationships have all derived from group fitness experiences. ECA has given Andre the opportunity to not only help grow and influence people through coaching and training, but also a platform to help impact others who want to work in the fitness industry.
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.
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.
General Manager – Wallingford
Like many people, Elijah has always felt the lifelong urge to be part of something larger than himself. This urge, combined with an innate desire and talent for leading teams, has thrown him down a path of service which ultimately brought him to his most fulfilling career to date—connecting people with the right path to accomplish their physical and mental goals here at ECA. Taking lessons he learned in the Marine Corps and applying them in the most wholesome fashion to the four pillars of ECA allows Elijah to be the catalyst to make holistic changes in both the lives of his team and his members.