Austin Companies Conquer the Fit Company Challenge and Promote Employee Wellness to the Business Community

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Teams from 30 companies in Austin show the impact of their wellness programs by training for and conquering a 3-course fitness challenge hosted by the Fit Company Institute. The challenge allowed companies to use fitness as a team building activity and highlight the positive impact that living fit has had on them and their companies.

On September 10, 2016 over 500 participants from companies located in the Austin area took part in the Fit Company Challenge, a corporate wellness event hosted by the Fit Company Institute providing area companies an opportunity to show the importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Participants worked in teams of 3 to 4 towards completing a variety of fitness stations tailored to challenge the team member’s current fitness level and earn points towards their company’s overall score.

For the 2nd year in a row, Luminex took the top spot in the Large Team division. “The Fit Company Challenge provides a great opportunity to showcase the drive and competitiveness of our excellent employees,” said Nancy Fairchild, Sr Vice President, Human Resources. “At Luminex, our Company values include Respect, Trust and Execution which were all needed to deliver the win! Our products improve health around the world and our employees value the importance of being fit and ready to handle this challenge. The leadership team is very proud of the success of our competitive team as well as every employee who supported the team on and off the field. Thank you to the Fit Company Challenge group for coordinating such a great event.”

Right behind Luminex was Forcepoint LLC who placed 2nd in the Large Team Division in their first time participating in the Fit Company Challenge. “The Austin Fit Company Challenge is a great way to support healthy living activities while also furthering camaraderie among our employees in a fun and unique setting,” said Sharon McCandlis, Forecpoint Team Captain and Accounts Receivable Manager. “We loved the challenge of competing against all the exceptional companies in the Austin area, and we’re looking forward to coming back even stronger next year!”

Wentwood Companies took the top spot in the Medium Team division, and their team captain Jessica Armel, was thrilled to get another top finish in their 2nd year participating in the event. “The Fit Company Challenge is a great event that our company looks forward to. Our employees, at all levels of fitness, love coming out and competing. It gives us a chance to build better relationships with our co-workers and encourages everyone to be more physically fit. Our participation grows each year and we are already looking forward to competing in 2017!"

In Kasasa’s first time participating in the challenge, the company fielded 3 strong teams and took the top spot in the small team division. From Kasasa's team captain Angela Vega, “When there are events like this that really bring together companies into teams where they can remove themselves from the workplace, get sweaty, get to know each other, but also support each other in their health and fitness goals it’s really important to take part. The Kasasa teams killed it this year and did a really great job!”

On event date, with the help of over 50 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 promote the importance of having fun and effective corporate wellness programs at their companies.

The challenge was held at Zilker Park right outside downtown Austin, Texas and included over 500 participants across 30 companies.

The following is a list of the top finishers in Austin that participated in the 2016 Fit Company Challenge:

Fit Company Fittest Awards

Fittest Companies by Division

Large Division:
1) Luminex Corporation
2) Forcepoint LLC
3) The Carlson Law Firm
4) Personify, Inc.

Medium Division:
1) Wentwood Companies
2) OpenSymmetry
3) Q1Media
4) TMF Health Quality Institute

Small Division:
1) Kasasa
2) American Innovations LTD
3) Austin Fraser
4) Jauregui Architecture

Micro Division:
1) HGR Industrial Surplus
2) Juice Real Estate Company
3) Predictive Science
4) The Bidding Network

Fittest Teams By Course

Course 1 – Level 3
1) Wentwood Companies - #401

  •      Jeff Morgan
  •      Charles Hunter
  •      Cody Doolin
  •      Michael Cervenka

2) Kasasa - #472

  •      Angela Vega
  •      Nathan Baumeister
  •      Lisandro Zamora
  •      Jason Anderson

3) Maxwell Locke & Ritter - #443

  •      Britney Burger
  •      Courtney Boswell
  •      Ashley Ahlgren
  •      Brad Searle

4) Luminex Corporation - #434

  •      Zydeo Dishmon
  •      Valerie Johnson
  •      Jose Acosta
  •      Judy Bravo

Course 1 – Level 2
1) Forcepoint LLC - #406

  •      Brandon Holden
  •      Toni Huang
  •      Ebe Emeanuru
  •      Neo Xiang

2) Q1Media - #519

  •      Matthew Bentley
  •      Nancy Monaghan
  •      Ryan Folgate
  •      Taylor Waltmon

3) Wentwood Companies - #403

  •      Hector Zuniga
  •      Sarah Arnold
  •      Suzie Pankonien
  •      Andrea Ginder

4) American Innovations LTD - #425

  •      Andrew Wooster
  •      Blake Josselet
  •      Paul Badchkam

Course 1 – Level 1
1) HGR Industrial Surplus - #499

  •      Larry Edwards
  •      Cameron Luddington
  •      Nia Ashanti
  •      Dax Taruc

2) Predictive Science - #539

  •      Jennie Chen
  •      Shelley Lai
  •      Rod Whisnant
  •      Brian Baucher

3) Red Velvet Events, Inc. - #449

  •      Sarah Lo
  •      Stormi Boyd
  •      Mindy Boykin
  •      Jason Sick

4) Jauregui Architecture - #485

  •      Martin Hernando
  •      Valerie Lyall
  •      Dalia Hanson

Course 2 – Level 3
1) Wentwood Companies - #401

  •      Jeff Morgan
  •      Charles Hunter
  •      Cody Doolin
  •      Michael Cervenka

2) Kasasa - #472

  •      Angela Vega
  •      Nathan Baumeister
  •      Lisandro Zamora
  •      Jason Anderson

3) Luminex Corporation - #439

  •      Dave Oldham
  •      Dave Kozel
  •      Ryan Dishaw
  •      Travis Davies

4) Austin Fraser - #422

  •      Stephen Hedrick
  •      Larimie McGarvey
  •      Zack Ward

Course 2 – Level 2
1) Maxwell Locke & Ritter - #446

  •      Casey Riddle
  •      Alicia Bond
  •      Lee Benedict
  •      RJ Salome

2) Luminex Corporation - #430

  •      Mauricio Agueros
  •      Callie Poindexter
  •      Adrian Russell
  •      Adrian Lara

3) Jauregui Architecture - #486

  •      James    
  •      Susie Jauregui
  •      Elizabeth
  •      Will    

4) Alliance Abroad Group - #516 (Tie)

  •      Hector Bernal
  •      Alison Reiff
  •      Brooke Stokes
  •      Lucas Dantas

5) Wentwood Companies - #403 (Tie)

  •      Hector Zuniga
  •      Sarah Arnold
  •      Suzie Pankonien
  •      Andrea Ginder

Course 2 – Level 1
1) Q1Media - #521

  •      Ray Pikulski
  •      Gabe Smith
  •      Brenton Riley
  •      Asim Dhital

2) HGR Industrial Surplus - #499

  •      Larry Edwards
  •      Cameron Luddington
  •      Nia Ashanti
  •      Dax Taruc

3) HGR Industrial Surplus - #500

  •      Levit Hernandez
  •      Cynthia Vassaur
  •      Mario Reyes
  •      Obed Montejano

4) Forcepoint LLC - #408

  •      Mark Van Ness
  •      Catherine Dobson
  •      Matthew Sciabbarrasi
  •      Josh McNorton

Course 3 – Level 3
1) Kasasa - #472

  •      Angela Vega
  •      Nathan Baumeister
  •      Lisandro Zamora
  •      Jason Anderson

2) The Austin Diagnostic Clinic - #475

  •      Candace Wheeler
  •      Francie Wampler
  •      Monica Duggan
  •      Josh Williamson

3) Luminex Corporation - #439

  •      Dave Oldham
  •      Dave Kozel
  •      Ryan Dishaw
  •      Travis Davies

4) The Bidding Network - #453

  •      Troy Rudolph
  •      Nick Zoellner
  •      Mark Cunningham

Course 3 – Level 2
1) Juice Real Estate Company - #501

  •      Lorie Albrecht
  •      Sam Archer
  •      Karen Pagani
  •      Lisa Harrell

2) Q1Media - #517

  •      Laura Hood
  •      Raynor Choate
  •      Kevin Buffington
  •      Hunter Temperton

3) Torchy's Tacos - #454

  •      Jeremy Smith
  •      Farrell Kubena
  •      Katie Sauders

4) Q1Media - #518

  •      Russell Spicer
  •      Ryan Ray
  •      Brianda Tamez
  •      Alex Esquilin

Course 3 – Level 1
1) Forcepoint LLC - #413

  •      Jan Rothhammer
  •      Easton Bergan
  •      Lauren Parsons
  •      Samantha Rios

2) Forcepoint LLC - #408

  •      Mark Van Ness
  •      Catherine Dobson
  •      Matthew Sciabbarrasi
  •      Josh McNorton

3) Forcepoint LLC - #416

  •      Nicholas Huggins
  •      Michael Song
  •      Matt Noland
  •      Dallas Norvell

4) Personify, Inc. - #463

  •      Sarah Reeves
  •      Lucas Harrison
  •      Buffy Balderston
  •      Benjamin Morton

Organizations that came out as course partners to assist contenders on event date include –

  •     Pure Bikram Yoga
  •     Fortitude Fitness
  •     Texas State Department of Health and Human Performance
  •     FIT Austin
  •     Ignite Fitnez

About the Fit Company Institute, LLC:

The Fit Company Institute is based in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to help companies thrive through fitness. The Fit Company Challenge helps companies be their best by creating the most productive, focused, energetic, happiest, and cohesive teams possible.

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

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