Houston Companies and Business Leaders take the Fit Company Challenge

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Local company teams and business leaders conquered a 3-course fitness challenge hosted by the Fit Company Institute. The challenge allowed participants to highlight the positive impact that living fit has had on them and their companies while working to inspire the Houston Business community to commit to living fit.

“The Fit Company Challenge was a great opportunity for us to live out our continued commitment to wellness while working together as a team to accomplish our goals!” Jackie Hanson, David Weekley Homes Team Captain

On February 21, 2015 over 500 business leaders and companies in Houston took part in the Fit Company Challenge, a corporate fitness event hosted by the Fit Company Institute providing area companies and business leaders an opportunity to show the importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Participants ranged in age from professionals in their early 20’s to executives in their 60’s and ranged in fitness level from beginners who had never worked out before, to advanced participants who exercise on a regular basis. Participants worked to complete a variety of fitness stations tailored to their fitness level to earn points for their company to win the coveted Fittest Company award. Advanced level participants also competed for the Fittest Executive, Fittest Entrepreneur, Fittest Lawyer, Fittest Doctor, and Fittest Professional awards.

At the 2nd Annual event in Houston, companies came out in full force to show Houston they live fit with Houston Methodist taking 1st place in the Overall Fittest Company Category. “The Fit Company Challenge was a great experience,” Said Jennifer Borders, Wellness Director at Houston Methodist. “Houston Methodist prides itself on creating opportunities for our employees to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle. We had an overwhelming participation and came home with some key wins. We are looking forward to next year!”

David Weekley Homes first entered in the 2014 Austin challenge, and after finishing as the top company, they looked to give employees in other cities the chance to demonstrate the company’s commitment to health and fitness. “At David Weekley Homes, we make fitness and health a priority because it helps in every aspect of our Team Members’ lives – both personal and professional,” Said Jackie Hanson, HR & Benefits Administrator and Captain of the Houston Team. “To be able to participate in the Fit Company Challenge was a great opportunity for us to live out our continued commitment to Wellness while working together as a team to accomplish our goals!”

On event day, with the help of over 70 volunteers assisting the contenders, participants challenged their strength, conditioning, power, agility, and ended with a test of endurance in order to show their companies and colleagues that they practice what they preach. Participants used their involvement to bring out company team members, and family members to cheer them on and even run with them during the endurance course in the challenge.

The challenge was held at the Houston Dynamo Sports Park, just a few minutes from downtown Houston.

The following is a list of the top finishers in the 2015 Houston Fit Company Challenge:

Fit Company Fittest Awards

Fittest Company Overall:
1. Houston Methodist
2. Noble Energy
3. David Weekley Homes
4. EP Energy

Fittest Companies by Division

Large Division:
1. Houston Methodist

Medium Division:
1. Noble Energy
2. David Weekley Homes
3. EP Energy
4. Sun Coast Resources

Small Division:
1. Carlton Staffing
2. Pason Offshore
3. Cronus Technology
4. MiddletonRaines+Zapata

Micro Division:
1. 2nd.MD
2. Walker Elliott LP
3. Assured Flow Solutions
4. ABIS, Inc.

Fittest Teams:
1. Houston Methodist – Corporate

  • Bob Nevens
  • Jennifer Borders
  • Idris Soyinka
  • Sterling Taylor

2. Houston Methodist – PO

  • Juan Nicolas
  • Jared Lewis
  • Susan Delgado
  • Kim Winters

3. David Weekley Homes

  • Joe Flanigan
  • Jennifer Heitmann
  • Eric Mach
  • Trent Capps

4. Pason Offshore

  • Blanca Quintana
  • Upasak Bhatta
  • Mark Scott
  • Godswill Ayewah

5. Assured Flow Solutions

  • Jacqueline Stevens
  • Patrick Rensing
  • Ryan Mccarthy

Most Influential Award – Given to the company that received the most social media likes on their profile page

  • Carlton Staffing

Most Inspirational Award – Selected by the Fit Company event team based on the company’s performance during the challenge

  • Xcution

Fittest Executive – Male:
1. Ben Davis - Houston Methodist – HMH
2. Stuart Page - Glori Energy
3. Andre Pontin - 2nd.MD
4. Jared Dunwody - Allegiance Bank Texas

Fittest Executive – Female:
1. Lorie Clements - 2nd.MD
2. Marianne Thai - Walker Elliott LP
3. Karen Yale - EP Energy
4. Lori Ivanoff – Blue Cross Blue Shield

Fittest Professionals – Male:
1. David Vinh - Houston Methodist – HMH
2. Oliver Batinga - Houston Methodist – PO
3. Allen Soriano - Sun Coast Resources
4. Steven Gandara - Houston Methodist - St. John
5. Hunter Montgomery - ABIS, Inc.

Fittest Professionals – Female:
1. Marie Potter - Houston Methodist - Sugar Land
2. Carlene Josil - Sun Coast Resources
3. Ashley Machek - Noble Energy
4. Meagen Appling - Noble Energy

Fittest Doctors – Male:
1. Dr. David Braunreiter - Houston Methodist - Research Institute
2. Dr. Eddie Patton - Houston Methodist - Sugar Land
3. Dr. Greg Terry - Houston Methodist - San Jacinto
4. Dr. Peter Sprockel - Houston Methodist - West Houston

Fittest Doctor – Female:
1. Dr. Letty Rocha Emery - Houston Methodist - San Jacinto
2. Dr. Monetra Johnson - Eagle's Trace
3. Dr. Nora Zoe Ramos - Eagle's Trace

Fittest Lawyer – Male:
1. Eric Kristiansen - Baker & Hostetler LLP
2. Zeeshan Malik – Pillsbury Law
3. Zach Wolfe - Zach Wolfe Law Firm
4. Grady Reiff - Fullenweider Wilhite, P.C.

Fittest Lawyer – Female:
1. Kathryn Voyles - Jenkins & Kamin, L.L.P.

Fittest Entrepreneur – Male:
1. Bryan Hassin - Smart Office Energy Solutions

Fittest Over 50 - Male:
1. Stuart Page - Glori Energy
2. Scott McElmoyl - David Weekley Homes

Fittest Over 50 – Female:
1. Elisa Donaho - Noble Energy
2. Laura Campbell - Houston Methodist – Corporate
3. Mary Payne - Eagle's Trace

Organizations that brought out volunteers to assist contenders on event date include –

  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Sports & Social Club
  • Bayou City CrossFit
  • CrossFit Quiver
  • Studio Fitness in the Heights
  • Move Dance and Fitness
  • Clutch CrossFit
  • Fast Results Fitness
  • Dahn Yoga
  • FitMix Yoga & Latin Fitness Studio
  • Vintage CrossFit

About the Fit Company Institute, LLC:
The Fit Company Institute is based in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to inspiring America’s workforce to live fit and healthy through new, innovative, and exciting fitness events for companies and business leaders.

Find more at http://www.fitcompany.com and upcoming events in Dallas, Austin, Chicago, San Antonio, and Phoenix.

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