Ep 9: Phil Wendel

Phil Wendel was a high school teacher in 1967 looking to make extra cash when a friend asked him to help chaperone a junior high trip to Washington, DC. That trip spurred an idea that turned into Lakeland Tours and made him a millionaire. It also gave him the bug to dive into another business – opening the first Atlantic Coast Athletic Club in 1984. On this episode of “Gym Class: Heroes of Fitness” Phil joins Hossein and Leigh to talk about medical fitness, entrepreneurship and how he learned that he had to pay attention to his clubs if they were ever going to succeed.

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"We invest a lot of money in employee growth and we teach customer service. Our orientation of all new employees is rather strict. Even back in my 20's I thought every time I went into a business where I was treated with respect, was the kind of business that I wanted to frequent. That's the service model I wanted to offer. To treat people with respect. For me, that's been a life-long non-negotiable."

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