Founder | Partner
With over three decades of experience in the fitness industry, Neil began his journey as a trainer and worked his way up to owning his own fitness club, Hart’s Athletics, in Seattle in 1987. Under his leadership, Hart’s Athletics became an award-winning establishment, voted the best fitness company in Washington State. Neil’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive for success led him to establish ECA in 2010 with the goal of expanding the company to 22 locations by 2030.
President | Partner
MJ is a true leader in the fitness industry, with a passion for both fitness and people. As the president of ECA, he has been able to combine those passions and create community-focused fitness clubs. MJ’s journey in fitness began as a personal trainer after earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado, where he excelled as a student athlete. He went on to become VP of a successful chain of clubs in Arizona and eventually became a successful gym owner, operating multiple gyms for over a decade. With his experience in leadership and entrepreneurship, MJ leads the ECA executive team with his unwavering spirit, bringing his passion for fitness and people to every aspect of the organization.
Recruiter | Partner
Josh is a seasoned fitness professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry. His love for fitness started at a young age as a two-sport all-county athlete in football and wrestling. Despite a severe football injury that prevented him from continuing in sports, Josh remained passionate about fitness and continued to educate himself by reading every magazine he could find on gaining muscle, nutrition, and supplements. With a deep desire to help others grow in their confidence in fitness, Josh transitioned into working in gyms, where he has made a significant impact. He firmly believes that being healthy and self-confident is the most impactful personal change an individual can make.
District Fitness Director | Partner
Stephanie’s lifelong passion for fitness was sparked by the self-assurance it instilled in her at a young age. Growing up in Boise, Idaho, she played soccer and competed in track and field. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Idaho and is a CrossFit L1 Certified coach. As the district fitness director at ECA, Stephanie feels privileged to connect with coaches and members of the fitness community, encouraging and equipping them to achieve their fitness goals. In her downtime, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her furry companion, Millie, a golden retriever who shares her love of the outdoors.
Chief Financial Officer | Partner
Rachel’s journey in accounting and finance began during her college years when she worked as a bookkeeper for a startup mortgage firm. Recognizing her natural talent for numbers, she decided to pursue a major in accounting. Over the years, Rachel has collaborated closely with small business owners across various sectors, gaining a passion for organizational development, company culture, and management. Recently, Rachel embarked on a new path as a health and wellness coach, with a particular focus on women’s health, which aligns perfectly with Emerald City Athletics’ mission. Rachel currently resides in Colorado Springs with her husband, two children, and two beloved canines.
District Manager | Partner – Ballinger Village & Columbia City
Andre’s journey with ECA began in 2019 as a coach, and since then, he has worked his way up to become a district manager. Andre’s love for functional fitness started when he discovered weight training as a young adult, and he quickly realized the value of working out in a group setting. He believes that his greatest relationships have been built through group fitness experiences. ECA has given Andre the chance to make a positive impact on people’s lives through coaching and training, as well as an opportunity to support others who aspire to work in the fitness industry.
General Manager – Everett
Elijah’s desire to be part of something larger than himself led him to a fulfilling career at ECA, where he connects people with the right path to achieve their physical and mental goals. With his innate talent for leading teams, Elijah applies lessons he learned in the Marine Corps to help make holistic changes in the lives of his team and ECA members. He believes that ECA provides a unique opportunity to serve others, and he is dedicated to creating a positive impact in the lives of those around him.
General Manager – Columbia City
Phil is a fitness professional with 15 years experience helping others achieve their fitness goals. He graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is certified in personal training through NASM with multiple specialties. Before transitioning full time to fitness he spent time in government work with DHS and DOD, including serving as a federal police officer. Phil loves working for ECA and is invested in delivering the promise he makes to each and every member to accomplishing the goals set forth, whether they’re beginners or seasoned athletes. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, mountain climbing, skiing, and hiking with his two French Bulldogs, Chloe & Hugo.
General Manager – Wallingford
Chase’s fitness journey began when he joined the military at a mere 125 pounds, inexperienced in physical activity. The military transformed him, instilling a love for fitness that drove him to have a passion for inspiring fitness in others. Chase’s transition to the fitness industry was fueled by his desire to merge his military leadership skills with his compassionate nature. As a general manager at ECA, Chase seamlessly melds his leadership expertise with empathy, guiding members through transformative fitness journeys. His goal is to inspire and foster an uplifting haven, regardless of life’s challenges. Beyond work, Chase’s has a deep passion for rescuing dogs – over 300 to date, including dismantling a dog fighting ring in Tacoma. He currently has 5 rescue dogs of his own.
General Manager – Ballinger Village
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Victor relocated to Washington in 2015. His passion for fitness blossomed at ECA, where he drew inspiration from the dynamic classes and supportive community. Driven by a desire to effect change, Victor pursued a position as a club manager. His aim is to kindle that same fervor for fitness in others, urging ECA leaders to prioritize member well-being and assist them on their fitness journeys. What profoundly engages Victor in his role at ECA is witnessing the community’s growth and the extraordinary transformations of individual members as they evolve into improved versions of themselves. Beyond the gym, Victor seeks solace in activities such as rock climbing, perfecting his golf swing, occasional hikes, and spending quality time with his family.