Mountainside Fitness CEO shares entrepreneurial experiences with Rotarians

Rotarian Scott Marks, Mountainside Fitness CEO Tom Hatten and Club President Charlie Kester, greet Rotarians and guests at recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale meeting. (Submitted Photo)

Rotarian Scott Marks introduced Tom Hatten, CEO of Mountainside Fitness, to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests at a meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Golf Pavilion.

Mr. Hatten began Mountainside Fitness in 1991, while a junior at Arizona State University. He brought his dream together by welding equipment, painting walls, installing carpeting, washing towels in his apartment stack up washer/dryer, painting walls and selling memberships, according to a press release.

During his talk, Mr. Hatten shared his entrepreneurial experiences including:

  • Starting his business at age 23 with a $2,000 loan;
  • Leveraging real estate as his partner;
  • Effects of competition;
  • Dealing with stress;
  • Learning differences between being tenant versus developer;
  • Learning the importance of site selection; and
  • Offering childcare at the fitness centers.

Mountainside Fitness is in 16 locations, has 85,000 active members and 1,400 employees, the release states.

Mr. Hatten started a fitness culture to have fun. One of Mountainside Fitness clubs is in Chase field. He answered questions about current health club trends that address cardio and core strength exercising.

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