A little over 3 years ago I met Steven Willis for lunch at Chipotle to discuss starting my second CrossFit affiliate in Lubbock, TX. I was so excited telling my wife on the phone as I drove away that I got in a wreck in the parking lot!
Almost like clockwork, my life has taken an unexpected, but extremely beneficial turn every three years since leaving my home in Ruidoso and heading to Texas Tech for an education in Advertising.
Three years later I would be unexpectedly changing majors, engaged to my wife, and committed to an education that would land me a job doing cardiac rehab in a medical setting.
Three years after that I would be unexpectedly opening CrossFit FMS in Midland,TX. It would be so blessed with growth my wife and I would both quit our full time jobs to run the gym.
Three years after opening CrossFit FMS I would be unexpectedly be selling it to my good friend Mark Garza. After, we would move north to open CrossFit Lubbock.
Today, I am unexpectedly selling my half of CrossFit Lubbock to Steven to focus on my nutrition business, Macroholics.
Steven Willis is now the full owner of CFLBK LLC. and I can’t wait to watch what he does with it as I step into the role of member and athlete at his affiliate. Since opening our doors, Steven and I have sat down together over coffee periodically for the last 3 years and asked each other a set of questions: “Where were we? Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?”
Doing it has served us well and blessed us well beyond what we expected when we started this gym together. Together, we came to the joint decision that Steven taking full ownership of the gym was best for myself, Steven, and CrossFit Lubbock. We are both happy and excited for the future as we continue our friendship and business relationship in other ways moving forward!
Want to hear something downright weird?
In three years of being 50/50 partners with Steven, we have never gotten into a single argument. Not even a little spat. I can’t even recall many disagreements.
Much of that can be attributed to how similar we are but more importantly, it is because he is wise, understanding, respectful, logical, and kind. I have no doubt CrossFit Lubbock will continue the same growth and success as he takes the reigns on his own.
In my opinion, the best thing about owning CrossFit Lubbock has been getting to experience all of this from the driver’s seat. Taking a team from my gym to the CrossFit Games and qualifying as an individual for Regionals are both things I never thought I would get to experience but infinitely more valuable than those experiences has been watching all of you grow as exceptional human beings.
I have watched bachelors, masters, and doctorates get earned. We have seen marriages from, babies be born, and members come to know Jesus Christ! I have seen your hearts break, your tears fall and your blood pour in your blind and relentless pursuit of excellence. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for trusting me to lead you in that pursuit!
I confidently give you all to Steven and join you as a member and athlete at CrossFit Lubbock, my favorite affiliate in the whole world!