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Entries in Rodney Steven II (2)


Genesis of Success

Steven and his brother, Brandon, have constructed an entrepreneurial conglomerate on the foundation of the Genesis Health Clubs.

CBI: You’ve clearly come a long way since you acquired your first site in 1994. The Genesis Health Club chain is now at 21 units, with 1,500 employees, and 60,000 members, in Kansas and Missouri … and still growing. How did you get started? 

RODNEY STEVEN II: When I purchased my first club, the owner of the building it was located in financed it through an owner-carry agreement, without using a bank; for three years, he was my bank, and we developed a very good relationship. 

CBI: Your first chance to expand beyond that first Wichita facility came in 1996, but, we understand, it happened to conflict with your honeymoon, requiring you to leave a day early. What was so exciting about the deal that it couldn’t wait for 24 hours?

RS: It wasn’t about the excitement, although it was exciting; it was more about the situation. … When my landlord/banker heard about an opportunity that had surfaced suddenly that he felt was right for us, he didn’t hesitate to call. A club that was renting space from him was about to close, and he wanted me to act quickly. He called and said, “Get back here and buy this club now. I’ll finance this one as well.”

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Genesis now at 18 clubs with most recent acquisition

Genesis Health Clubs bought three Maximus Fitness & Wellness (Photo courtesy Health Clubs doesn't believe in sitting still in the Kansas and Missouri scene.

The chain now has 18 locations to call its own after purchasing the three Maximus Fitness & Wellness locations in Topeka, Kans.

“I’ve been anticipating moving into the Topeka market for a long time, and excited to bring the Genesis brand to the community," said Rodney Steven II, owner of Genesis. "I am proud to announce that the sale is official, and the high quality of service and programs that have been a part of Maximus will continue and will thrive to a new level.”

Read more on the acquisition on the Genesis website.