We began a new tradition three years ago in publishing a message in honor of Veterans Day, and in recognition of our service men and women that have served or are currently serving in our armed services.
Again this year, we want to honor them through the words of the members of our Gold’s Gym family of owners and managers, our supplier partners and our GGFA family and friends.
We are grateful for the brave men and women and our military families that have sacrificed so much and thankful for the service of our active duty heros and our veterans, which we owe our very freedom to.
We would like to share what some of the members of the Gold’s Gym family of franchisees and suppliers have expressed.
GGFA Executive Director
As I prepared to submit a contribution to our Veterans Day blog, I came across a powerful definition of a veteran.
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to: “The United States of America” for any amount, up to and including my life.
Three years ago, I shared about my father, Eugene Abt, who served in General Patton’s Third Army, Yankee Division, in the European Campaign of World War II 1943-44. Sadly, he passed recently at the age of 91. I want to share that he served in the military and lived his life with veracity, and has instilled in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, a sense of strength and determination. We would like to thank the organizations that do so much to support our active duty members and veterans and do so in quiet, humble ways. In September 2014, my father was able to participate in the Honor Flight Program, which honors our nation’s heroes by providing a trip to Washington DC to visit their war memorials. The Patriot Guard Riders is a volunteer non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial and funeral services honoring fallen military heroes first responders and honorably discharged veterans. In addition, they lead the processions of veterans to and from the airport for their Honor Flight trip to Washington DC. I can’t begin to express how appreciative our family is for the expressions of love and gratitude for my father’s service, and how proud we are to be Americans.
We will be hosting “A Salute to Our Heroes” on November 8th. This is event is in honor of all our Veterans, active duty military, and also first responders. We are collecting donations for Corporal Michael Duncan who is a Veteran of the Marine Corps and was paralyzed from the waist down in a helicopter accident in September. Our activities will include tug-of-war contest, obstacle course, pull-up contest, and a special hour and a half ride class. There will not only be activities for the kids, but they will also have the opportunity to see inside of a SWAT Bearcat, firetruck, Army Humvee and a helicopter land in our parking lot. So far, every branch of the military will be represented. Chick-Fil-A has agreed to come and donate half of the proceeds to Corporal Duncan and his family.
Gold’s Gym Gwinnett
First Credit Services, Inc (Columbus, Georgia Office) is Creating Good Paying Jobs for our Veterans & Their Families
First Credit Services newly established office in Columbus, GA has a mission to create jobs for our American Service Men, Women, and their Families. This office is a Full Service Extended Business Office (EBO) and also operates as a customer service center strategically located very close to Fort Benning in Georgia.
We know that the American Service Person is an extremely valuable resource and has the drive and focus to provide exceptional performance across a diverse spectrum of business operations including Member Services, Credit Card Decline Management, and Past-Due Collections for our health & fitness clients. Within the fitness business we have witnessed an increased need for our First Party Offerings where many gym operators are choosing a “Payment Processing Only” platform and outsourcing the Credit Card Decline Management, Payment Follow-up, and other important Member Support Services. We simply integrate our programs and act as an Extended Business Office for the gym. We have quickly found that our Columbus, GA location is filled with talented veterans and their families who already love the health & fitness industry, and are eager to fill these support and supervisory roles.
Fred Landrum (FCS Vice President) is a Vietnam-era Veteran himself, and is excited to be part of First Credit Services. Fred says “I have been on this mission to give back to our nation’s service men and women since 2009. This mission was, and still is dedicated to offering opportunities to our nation’s heroes and their families. FCS not only backs this endeavor but has made it part of the entire company’s hiring program going forward. I am beyond excited!” Fred is managing the Columbus Office and is eager to continue this mission with the full support of the FCS Corporate Offices in Piscataway, NJ.
Over the course of the past 3 months, First Credit Services has already moved several good paying jobs to the Columbus Office and we are conducting interviews with a large pool of outstanding men and women who have valiantly served our country. FCS predicts that it will create 50-75 new jobs available to Veterans and families of the soldiers stationed at Fort Benning within the next 12-18 months.
To help us further expand our recruitment efforts, First Credit Services is working with several fantastic organizations. We are building a relationship with the US Army IMCOM and the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership and we are attending Job Fairs for Vets and military families. We are especially happy to assist with the employment needs of our soldiers as they transition into the civilian workforce.
We seek your support (as GGFA members) in this mission to give back to these great men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep our Country safe. For all of us at First Credit Services Inc. this Veterans Day is proving to be a more meaningful celebration.
Happy Veterans Day from First Credit Services…
Hear from Skip Johnson from Gold’s Gym West GA on the Vet he’ll never forget…
Approximately 250 ships comprise the Navy Fleet ranging from Trident submarines to aircraft carriers. Every cubic inch of space is valuable. Fitness is deemed “mission essential” by Navy Command and the equipment is used around the clock. Since the introduction of the EFX in 1995, the Navy Fleet has been buying Precor ellipticals for inclusion in their onboard fitness programs. The only ellipticals available for years were built on large, welded, one-piece frames. To get these ellipticals wedged into their desired locations, many had to be completely disassembled, cut into pieces and then welded back together. However, about 15 years ago, Precor partnered with senior management to design an EFX that could be easily disassembled to fit through a 23” hatch. Thousands of units later, this ongoing program can be deemed a success.
Over the past five years, Precor has sold over $6M of cardio and strength equipment to the U.S. Navy via IDIQ and GSA contracts. Precor was, and continues to be, very proud to have been selected as one of the leading cardio and strength vendors for global U.S. Navy Fleet and Shore operations. Precor also has had a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Army. Over the past ten years, Precor has provided over 7,000 pieces of cardio equipment to the Army.
Not only does Precor support all branches of the US Military, we also help support veterans who have bravely served and have since retired. An example of this is seen with Gold’s Gym Totowa NJ owner, Jeff Mortman. Jeff is a marine and served for 16 years (10 active and 6 Reserve). He served with the 11th & 15th MEU (Marine Expeditionary Units) in the Middle East and other locations, Reserve Duty – Admin Chief – for a C-130 Transport Squadron in Newburgh NY, and he also served as a Recruiter in Ft. Myers and Naples, FL.
His Gold’s Gym currently supports The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. John is outfitting his Gold’s Gym with Precor cardio equipment for the 1st phase of renovating the club with 26 total cardio with 22 P62 networked units.
True readiness demands commitment on every level, both in mind and in body. Our mission is to develop personalized health and fitness experiences that help people live the lives they desire. Precor is proud to provide the U.S. Military and veterans the quality equipment they deserve as they fight to preserve America’s freedom. Physically ready. Mission prepared.