Allow me to debunk the MYTH that BOOT CAMP is for large clubs:
It all started in a church multipurpose room in 1972 about a mile from Kids First’s current location. Along my 40 year journey I experience each and every financial, emotional and leadership challenge a small business could invent. Most were frustrating and a few were downright scary. Mistakes were made, lessons were learned and as time passed Kids First grew to be the largest single store operation in our industry. It is this very fact—our size—that lends credence to the MYTH that Boot Camp is for giant clubs or clubs who want to become as big as Kids First. This is simply not true… Boot Camp is for anyone who wants to learn the secrets behind developing a vital and profitable business that is driven by responsible and loyal employees. Something often misunderstood is that time is a factor. The longer a business fails to develop a culture of vitality, responsibility and loyalty the more difficult it becomes to do so. We mean it literally when we say, the best time to attend Boot Camp is before a business opens its doors…and the next best time is NOW. See you in Cincinnati, Jeff Metzger
KIDS FIRST’S SCOPE
(exceeding industry standards by multiples)
As important as demographics is for success in our industry, it must be stressed, there is nothing special about Kids First’s demographics. There are many, many, many USA locations with equal or stronger demographics. Like the Tortoise, Kids First’s success comes from doggedly tending to the basics. The formula is simple: it is amazing what can happen when a business identifies a sound strategy, operates within people-centered universal principles and has the discipline to stay the course.
RECORDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
(things don’t happen by accident)
(we are clearly doing something right)
Jeff Metzger, Founder
One reason that Jeff relates so well to Owners and Managers of businesses of all sizes is because over his 40 year career he has experienced (and successfully dealt with) virtually every struggle known to the industry.
His background typifies many in the industry, starting as a young competitive gymnast; then, an instructor; coach; struggling GymClub Owner; and, now, a successful entrepreneur. Currently, Jeff divides his professional time between the 108,000 sf, $6.2M Kids First Sports Center (home of Queen City Gymnastics), the Small Business BOOT CAMP, The Campus at Kids First Early Learning Center (open January, 2013) and speaking engagements. He and Penny, his wife, have five children and seven grandchildren. Jeff’s personal time is divided between spending time with family and friends, playing pickleball, reading, woodworking, travel and tending to the family log home ‘compound.’
Jeff started in business in 1972 more to satisfy his ‘coaching habit’ than to grow a business. Somewhere about 1980, his focus shifted when he realized that if he chose, he could find as much challenge and gratification building a great business as he could developing State Champions.
Now that coaching is no longer a part of his daily life, Jeff satisfies his teaching urge through Boot Camp…
“For me, there is no greater satisfaction than helping others find success and enjoyment in business and in life. First and last, I am a teacher: that I have learned to balance my teaching desire and become a successful entrepreneur is a dream come true. A major goal of Boot Camp is to help others find the same balance, something that can be elusive. However, it can be done”.