Andrew Gundlach, Class of 2010
IB is celebrating 20 years of the 40 Under 40 in 2020, and will be catching up with past recipients to see what they’ve been up to since they were honored. This week features Andrew Gundlach, president/owner, ARGENT Companies (Anytime Fitness & Basecamp Fitness).
What have you accomplished in your professional life/career since your 40 Under 40 selection?
Since being selected for 40 Under 40 in 2010, Anytime Fitness has grown from 15 clubs to 33 in the Greater Madison area. We were honored to win Anytime Fitness Franchisee of the Year on three separate occasions, in 2011, 2012, and 2016. In 2019, we launched a new fitness studio brand — Basecamp Fitness — in Madison, with plans to open five locations in Dane County.
What accomplishments, milestones, or endeavors have you attained in your personal life since your 40 Under 40 selection?
The past 10 years have been some of the best years personally for me. I got married in 2015, and in 2018 my wife and I welcomed our first baby boy. We are now expecting our second child this year.
If you were to “do it all over again,” what (if anything) would you do differently throughout your career?
I am not a big believer in “do overs.” I believe our past experiences shape the people we are. Today, I am blessed with phenomenal family and friends, and I have the best team of employees who are changing lives every day.
How did your 40 Under 40 selection help your career?
40 Under 40 was one of the first times I had been recognized professionally in our area for my work developing Anytime Fitness. It was a great honor that helped put our business on the map in Dane County in our early years.
What is something that you have a new passion for since the time of your induction — either professionally or personally?
Family! My most cherished times today are the time spent with my wife and son. It has brought fulfillment to both my personal and professional life. I am blessed to be in a very purpose-based business with owning health clubs, but having a family has helped me bring a more dynamic leadership style to my business. Personally, there is nothing better than coming home to two smiling faces excited to see you each night.
Based on your experience, do you have any advice for today’s young professionals (under 40)?
Don’t underestimate patience and perseverance. We live in an instant gratification society, so it can be tough to think in years versus weeks and days. During the journey there will be many challenges and hardships. Every successful leader I know has been tested many times in their career and has had many sleepless nights, but it is finding the fortitude during those times that make a resilient company.
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