In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, and in deep gratitude for their dedicated service, unwavering commitment and sacrifices, we extend our hearts gratefully and humbly, in honor of our veterans and our active duty service men and women of the United States armed forces.
Please join us as we take time to remember their contributions, for which we owe them our liberty and the freedom we all enjoy.
We would like to share what some of the members of the Gold’s Gym family of franchisees, suppliers and friends of the GGFA have expressed to us recently about their service or that of their family members, and some expressions of the patriotism that is part of the fabric of our nation.
GGFA Executive Director
“Every year we pause on November 11 to remember our veterans and to acknowledge their sacrifice and service to our great nation. It is quintessentially important to realize the importance of these men and women who swore an oath to protect and defend their countrymen against all enemies foreign and domestic as well as supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States which grants us the liberties we sometimes take for granted. It is a noble profession and those who have served should be honored and respected by all American Citizens….”
Captain Paul X. Rinn, US Navy (Ret.)
Keynote Speaker, 2016 GGFA Owners’ Conference
“A special shout out to my nephew and godson!
Benjamyn Savard….1 of 6 brothers, husband of Jennifer Savard, father to Skylar and Caden, son of Diane and Steve Savard.
He is retired now, but was HMC, (the HM stands for Hospitalman, which was his rate or job, the C for Chief, his rank, so his full rank/rate is HMC(SW/AW/FMF) Savard, Benjamyn, USN, (Ret)
He dedicated 22 Years of Service to The United States Navy, was a Chief Medical Officer (often assigned to the marines) which countless tours, including Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Mary Zampetti, Owner
Gold’s Gym Bridgewater, NJ
With 51 years of combined military service, ASF would like to honor our employees for Veterans Day who have served our country all over the world.
- “Being in the service taught me the unlimited strength and resilience that I have within,” Amanda Pacenza, ASF Product Specialist, Air Force.
- “Mission, Men, then yourself,” Jose Torres, ASF Client Support Specialist, Army.
- “Semper Fidelis – Always faithful, always loyal,” Jason Foxen, ASF Sales Executive, Marines.
- “Love motivates you to risk life or give it for others,” Antonio Rios, ASF Tech Support, Navy.
- “I am proud to have followed in my father’s footsteps. Thank you to all that have served,” Mitch Smith, ASF Human Resource Manager, Army.
- “Freedom – once you serve, you understand the true meaning of the word,” Jose Calvillo, ASF Chief Information Security Officer, Air Force.
Rick Muhr is a veteran and works for Octane Fitness in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota as an endurance and running coach. He served in the United State Air Force Security Forces and shared a photo from his service time in South Korea in 1980 and his thoughts about Veterans Day.
“It was a distinct honor to serve our country. Veterans Day is a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice so many men and women made to provide the limitless freedom we all enjoy today!”
Endurance and Running Coach
TRX was born of necessity in the Navy SEALs. After TRX founder and inventor Randy Hetrick graduated from college at USC, he spent the next 14 years serving as a Navy SEAL commando. His operational career culminated as a Squadron Commander of the SEAL’s elite special missions unit where circumstances inspired him to experiment with what would become TRX.
“My husband, Guy, retired from the US Army in May of this year after serving 27 years, and my daughter Sydney is a junior at the United States Military Academy at West Point, so the military is and has been a huge part of our lives. As a family, we have lived all over the country and abroad. Having a high school senior this year, I have spent the last several months editing essays for college applications for my youngest daughter, Chloe, just as I did for Sydney and my son, Cody, and I am once again reminded of what an influence the military has had on each of them. I have read about their feelings of being a military brat, the pride they felt when their dad was deployed to Afghanistan, and the highs and lows of moving every few years, starting over and meeting new people. I can’t say it was always easy, but it has definitely been an adventure, and we are proud to be a military family.”
Bruce is a decorated Persian Gulf War veteran, where he received seven service medals from the United States Army during his eight years as an air assault combat medic from 1989-1997. These medals include; the South West Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, National Defense Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
Bruce shared his thoughts… “I’m blessed to be a survivor in which lead to me returning home and eventually awarded leave reuniting with my parents Bruce & Raeann Quickel, along with my sisters Deena and Beth in Wrightsville, PA. As the story unfolds the journey to college began after my 8 years of service, leading to the sales opportunity in our fitness industry and the start of the beautiful life I now live with my wife Brooke, and daughters Payton & Laekyn. Had this journey not unfolded I would have never been fortunate enough to meet all of the wonderful owners, operators and staff throughout the entire Gold’s Gym family in which I now have amazing true friendships, for all of this I am thankful!
I am proud to say I protected and served this very land we call home and if I had the opportunity, I would do it all over and not change a single beat of my heart!”
Bruce L. Quickel, II
“My family is thankful for all those who have served, and through hearing the stories and experiences of my father, Eugene Abt, who served in General Patton’s Third Army, Yankee Division, in the European Campaign of World War II 1943-44, and his brother Eddie, who served in the 82nd Airborne of the US Army as a glider trooper, also in the European Campaign, as well as now my son, U.S. Marine Corp Staff Sergeant Nicholas A. Collins, we are solemnly grateful for our freedom.”