We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Hodson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, how do you think about risk?
I took a huge risk several years ago, when I left another fitness company and accepted a position at Crunch Fitness. The potential for growth for my aspirations at the previous company were non existent. I’m a practical person, and I weighed my options but I also did a lot of self reflection. Prior to leaving the company, I wanted to make sure that I personally exhausted all of my resources to grow and develop. Essentially, I concluded that my values and beliefs had changed over the course of the 10 years as did the companies. I could stay there and be stagnant or leave. I chose to leave and restarted my career essentially from the ground up. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. In a little over 3 years, I progressed from Assistant General Manager, to General Manager, District Operations Manager, District Sales Manager, and now Vice President of our franchise California Clubs. I have been fortunate enough to have mentors and supervisors who share the same vision and work ethic. It is truly an honor to work along side our teams in club and above club. The talent and work ethic that I’m surrounded by on a daily basis is nothing short of inspirational.
What should our readers know about your business?
Currently, I’m most proud of are our front line team members and adaptions they have endured post COVID. Like most businesses, we had to completely adapt our normal operations in order to accommodate our members and in order to help the business survive the pandemic. Our teams, mainly General Managers and above club team, built outdoor gyms, moved equipment themselves and created a safe space for our Crunch members and community to workout. Their relentlessness is inspiring and I know that they will continue to rise to the occasion and adapt during the course of this year.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My husband and I have lots of family visit us throughout the year from the east coast. We always take them to Coronado and enjoy dog beach with our puppies. We love La Jolla, and showing them the marine life. One of our favorite restaurant spots local to our home is Sea180. Great views and food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This person deserves much more than a Shoutout for the impact that they have had on my life and my career at Crunch. Ray Chung, Regional Vice President of VentureFit, has mentored me in sales and all facets of the fitness industry since I started my career with Crunch in 2017. Ray has always guided me, but allowed me to make my own decisions. I’ve made some mistakes along the way, but this is how you learn to strategize, course correct, and become a better leader. I’ve learned from Ray, that being a good mentor isn’t always about teaching. It’s about listening, guiding, and being available when your team needs you. I became a better coworker, a better leader, a better wife and friend because of Ray.