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Monday
Oct172011

4th Grade Teacher ‘Partners with Peter’ 

By Patricia Glynn

Last week turned out to be an especially good one for Charlice Noble-Jones, a fourth-grade teacher from Albany, Georgia. In June, Noble-Jones, a widow and survivor of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, had entered the Partner with Peter competition sponsored by Snap Fitness, the Chanhassen, Minnesota-based fitness-franchise company.

On Friday, Noble-Jones learned that she’d won the grand prize.

She’ll receive a single franchise location, standard equipment for an average-sized club, security deposit for facility leasing, a $20,000 working-capital allowance, training at Snap headquarters, site selection help, and a dedicated account manager.

The aspiring 35-year-old entrepreneur was one of some 2,000 individuals who entered the contest, which was created by Peter Taunton, the founder and CEO of Snap. Noble-Jones stood out from the competition not only because she was one of the most promising, but also because she seemed one of the most deserving.

In her entry, she enumerated her qualifications and explained why she so passionately wanted to own a Snap Fitness franchise. After losing her husband to cancer, and after nearly losing her own life in the World Trade Center attack, she believed that winning would be the answer to her prayers: “I’ve been a widow and a single parent for three years. I want to own a franchise because of my why—my seven-year-old son, Preston. I pray daily for the opportunity and the strength to make a better life for us. If I win, I’ll finally feel I can exhale.”

Her presentation convinced Taunton that she was the right partner for his company. “I have no doubt that she’s going to become incredibly successful,” he says. “Her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and entrepreneurial spirit are what I love to see in a franchise owner.” Taunton himself will serve as her mentor and work with her, one-on-one, as her new club gets up and running.

Noble-Jones, for her part, admits that winning feels “Just amazing!

“I’ve always wanted to own my own business in the fitness industry,” she tells CBI Unbound. “To win a Snap Fitness franchise and partner with one of the best businessmen in the world is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I feel that I'm about to live the life I was born to live. I'm extremely proud to be a member of the Snap Fitness franchise family.”

Snap Fitness currently has facilities in all 48 states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, the U.K., India, and Australia.

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