Say hi to Andy Graham! Many of you may have met Andy when he was with Jonas Fitness. In June, Andy joined ARGO, a brand new startup, which offers digital solutions to a multitude of challenges, from a digital platform for group-x, to member engagement products like Quill, and more exciting products on the way very quickly. Andy has over 30 years in the fitness industry!
We caught up with Andy recently and here is what he had to say.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The conversations! Each week, I have the opportunity to listen to and learn from a variety of owner/operators/directors from coast to coast. The more conversations, the more we can pinpoint evolving challenges that require new solutions, new ways of thinking. Every conversation contains one piece of a larger puzzle. It’s very exciting.
Which innovation from your company do you feel has had the greatest impact on the fitness industry?
We are just getting started, but because of this pandemic, I would have to say our digital group-x playbook, using the BurnAlong platform. It really seems to be the right product at the right time, solving the need for centers who are pivoting to include virtual as a core offering.
What are you most proud of when you talk about your company?
The desire to listen and learn. ARGO consists of several very successful entrepreneurs who have built innovative companies from scratch. Some of them, more than once. From what I have witnessed so far, my teammates are a group of people very focused on listening, learning, and never assuming.
From your perspective as a business providing products/services to the medical fitness industry, what one piece of advice would you give to someone just coming into this field of medical fitness?
From a longtime vendor to any vendor who’s considering a partnership with the MFA, I would simply say: no matter the product or service you supply to a facility, you need to be in partnership with the Association. Look for ways to plug in and serve the Association’s mission. This is a relatively small group but a big family, and they all communicate with each other. If your product and customer service go above and beyond, they will all know. If your product fails and customer service is lacking, they will all know. Last and of vital import: do not try and sneak onto the John Caliri compound.
Why do you support the Medical Fitness Association?
I’m a lifelong believer that Exercise is Medicine and the best facilities to dispense that prescription are ones associated with / guided by healthcare professionals. These facilities are often the best mind and body healthcare the local population will regularly receive! I’ve been following this group for 20+ years – MFA is my industry family.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Anything / everything outside. We moved to Colorado because the entire state is one big health club. I’m addicted to cycling, and love to ski, hike, and paddleboard. And of course – the local craft breweries.
Are you involved in any charity/community work?
Not currently involved with one specific charity in our new hometown, but I love volunteering at the big charity bike rides / triathlons. Special shout out to the big-hearted folks at Longmont Velo!
Thank you, Andy and we’re glad you’re still a part of the MFA family!