Key Personnel

Leon Doris | Founder/President

Leon began his career in the fitness industry in 1985 when he ran his first club at 20 years old. Since then, he has been a key component to countless successful fitness companies and has helped thousands of members and employees reach their fitness and professional goals. Leon started Emerald City Athletics in 2010 with a mission to make a positive impact on the community and to help all members achieve their desired results.

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/District Manager

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.

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.

 

 

Kristie Ott | General Manager, Wallingford

A lifelong avid health and fitness enthusiast, Kristie has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years. She’s originally from England and began her career as a gymnastics and track coach at the age of 16. She has been a competitive athlete in multiple sports including track, gymnastics, swimming, and triathlons, and she is also a natural Pro Figure competitor. Kristie is passionate about helping members achieve their goals and feel happy and healthy.

Dave Kaipi | Assistant General Manager

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.

Zack Bradford | Assistant General Manager

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.