Over the past few years I have been working out with Rob Piela. Great guy. I have been hearing about his frustrations as he watched his workplace go from a place that he loved being at every day to a place that he really didn't enjoy. He was responsible for the staff but between corporate bankruptcies and new owners in a completely different location of the country, it just wasn't the same.
His dream was to open up his own place. One day I asked him if he had a business plan. He wrote one and for everyone who has ever written a business plan that is a lesson in itself. And so I became the sole investor of Gotham Gym.
Watching Rob go through the past year of growing his business, building out the gym and then seeing the doors open has been rewarding for me too. He has learned a lot and everyday when he opens the door, he is living his dream. It certainly hasn't been easy because like all new business owners, what you think will happen doesn't and what you don't think will happen does. It is a learning experience.
So, if you are in the neighborhood, come on by and join Gotham Gym. A great group of people trying to create a community in the West Village and a reason to come and sweat.