Key Personnel

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 | Partner/Executive Vice President

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.

Dave Kaipi | General Manager, Pre-sales

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.

Hailey Foley | General Manager, Everett

Hailey is a Washington State native who has also spent time living in Texas. She has been an athlete and high-level soccer player throughout her life. Hailey first joined the team at Emerald City Athletics as a receptionist in 2013 and with hard work, a positive attitude, and an open mind, she quickly climbed the rankings to become the General Manager of our Everett location. She enjoys meeting every member and working with them to establish and achieve their goals.

Zack Bradford, General Manager, Wallingford

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.

Andre Jordan | Fitness Director

As the Fitness Director for ECA, Andre oversees the product and experience for Champions Training and the Foundations 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.

Patrick Fidler | Assistant General Manager, Everett

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 Assistant 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.

Marvin Kimani, Assistant General Manager, Wallingford

Marvin is originally from Kenya and moved to the United States when he was 13 years old. He has always led an active lifestyle—participating in long jump, track, soccer, and football—but his sobriety in 2019 is what truly sparked his passion for fitness. He has learned over the years that we all have the capacity to change our circumstances if we’re willing to look inward and make the necessary changes to lead a fulfilling lifestyle. Marvin’s favorite part about his job at ECA is seeing members consistently show up to work out and achieve their fitness goals.