James has found a desire and passion to understanding fitness through assessment, testing, research, programming and more. He has had many years experience as an athlete from early childhood into adulthood, from playing top level soccer, short and long distance running to CrossFit where he was crowned “The Fittest on Earth”, Winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games.
Chairmen of the Board
Growing up, Leighanne has always had a passion for sport; she played soccer, hockey and ringette in Canada. Upon completing her Bachelor of Physical Education in 1999, she knew she had more than just an interest in fitness but an interest in business and management. She supported the creation of OPEX (formerly OPT) in 1999. In the early days of OPEX , she was the lead administrator and manager for the business’s back end. As time went on, she handed over the operations to staff members and became committed to having a family. Being mother of two girls, living an active and healthy life and supporting her husband James in his passion to train, educate and mentor Coaches has become her top priorities.
His love of fitness and his desire for his own growth goes all of the way back to his childhood. Either he was playing sports or he was trying to figure out his next business move (likely it was cutting the neighbor’s grass haha). As a 5 sport athlete in high school and then as a member of the Big Ten Men’s Tennis Team at Penn State time was a challenge. He not only had to learn how to compete and earn his victories, he had to learn how to prioritize his time and energy into those projects that yielded real growth.
While at Penn State he found his next love which was mentoring people. He built a reputation as a mentor to numerous students, athletes, and even special education students. He found a great kinship with those whom he mentored because he saw that his work played a tangible role in their own growth.
Even though athletics were a huge part of his college life, Jim’s business interest lead him to a double major in Finance and Economics led to enter the hedge fund world where he would become an energy commodities trader in Austin, TX. It was in that fast paced environment where Jim learned how crucial continuous education is. Learning is such a high value for Jim that he completed Business Courses through Harvard Business School (HBX) and he is currently pursuing his MBA through the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (UNC).
After his 5 years in the financial arena, Jim couldn’t ignore his heart anymore. For the next 4 years he opened and successfully managed multiple fitness facilities in Pittsburgh. It was in Pittsburgh where Jim spent countless hours learning and testing coaching and business principles that he still implements today. He built his reputation around three main points: hard work, progress, and fulfillment. That reputation of positively impacting his client’s lives provided him the opportunity to work with thousands of wonderful people ranging from professional athletes, to business owners, to adults hungry for better fitness and wellness, and to kids of all ages.
After his tenure in Pittsburgh he was honored to join OPEX. He now has the privilege of working with business owners and coaches from all over the world. His unique background has helped him understand that every coach and every business situation is unique and needs to be treated with thought out strategy and consistent execution. Jim is very much looking forward to helping OPEX change the face of fitness across the globe!
Coaching Manager and Remote Coach
In 2013, he transitioned from his engineering role and started coaching athletes all over the world with various levels of fitness. Most notably, co-coaching Valerie Voboril who won third place winner at the 2013 CrossFit Games. Here’s what Val has to say of working with Mike, “He is an amazing coach because of his dedication and investment in his athletes as a whole; not just the techniques, conditioning, and programming, but the caring, knowledge, compassion, and thoughtfulness he brings to every single one of my workout/training sessions and competitions. I have been truly blessed to have him in my life.”
Sales Manager & Remote Coach
She went on to work for a Fortune 14 Healthcare corporation as a Marketing Manager. In 2009 during her corporate career, she found CrossFit. This greatly impacted her physically and mentally so much, that she knew she wanted to be on the front lines of preventative health and wellness so that individuals could be high performers with what matters to them most. Through this discovery, she become a part-time CrossFit coach and found the “OPT Big Dawg blog” in her quest for a higher level training program for herself.
Eventually she left her corporate job and became the general manager at her CrossFit gym, coaching hundreds of people to achieve their personal goals. Knowing that she needed more education to deliver the best service possible she enrolled in the OPEX Coaching Certification Program (CCP) and became an exclusive client as well. CCP took her coaching to the next level with principles that gave her confidence to create programs, programs that improve all facets of peoples lives and deliver outstanding results. Shortly after, James FitzGerald invited Meghan out to train as an athlete full-time; she relocated from her home town in Atlanta, GA and began supporting OPEX CCP growth.
Meghan is committed to showing others what’s possible when you take action, not only is she a 5 time CrossFit regional competitor and 2015 Team OPEX CrossFit Games athlete, she coaches clients and works with thousands of coaches on their life changing OPEX CCP journeys. Contact Meghan to consult with her on you journey today!
In college, Andria became fascinated in studying International Marketing and thus traveled the world, from Spain to Egypt to Morocco learning and growing. Andria graduated From Cal State with honors in Communication Studies & Public Affairs as well as a minor in Marketing. Upon graduation, she ran the social media sites for the Dow Jones subsidiary, MarketWatch. Growing stagnant and needed a drastic change, she enrolled in graduate school at Boston University. That same year, she ran her first International Marketing campaign for a non profit organization which had over 3,000 students participate in the campaign from around the world. Through the initiative, she engaged and partnered with large organizations such as Whole Foods. She graduated from Boston University with her Masters in Project Management and International Marketing and decided to take a huge leap of faith and change the industry that she would market for.
In 2012, she began her journey with the CrossFit Games Media Team. She was tasked with running social media for the Southwest Region. After the 2012 CrossFit Games, she traveled to Dubai where she continued to build the CrossFit brand and then on to Bangalore, India where she worked for Infosys where she worked within their strategic development team.
There is more to Andria than meets the eye. She is a young, passionate individual who’s focused on making a difference in this world. Having visited over fourteen different countries, on four different continents, she’s developed a global perspective on how to use media/marketing as a tool to train and educate individuals around the world. When the opportunity to work for OPEX came up she was excited to combine her love and acumen of making a difference, fitness, and business into a global marketing platform to help change the fitness landscape.