“Secret Millionaire”: Oklahoma City visit featured in June 10 episode
Self-made millionaires and co-founders of fitness club chain “Anytime Fitness” Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen visit an Oklahoma City neighborhood stricken by poverty, unemployment and homelessness in this week’s episode of “Secret Millionaire,” airing at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10 on ABC, according to a news release.
Runyon and Mortensen will need to survive on less than $75 during their weeklong stay – $75 being the equivalent of welfare assistance for two single individuals.
The pair of close friends and business partners search for deserving people and organizations that are making a real difference, volunteer with disabled citizens and at risk youth, as well as contribute surprise donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money.
Background information on the duo, and “Secret Millionaire,” provided by ABC, is as follows:
- With more than 20 years of experience managing, consulting and owning health clubs, Chuck Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. Nearly a decade ago, he revolutionized the fitness industry when he developed an alternative to over-sized, over-priced gyms with smaller, neighborhood clubs featuring convenience, affordability, quality equipment and a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere.
For his part, Dave Mortenson was born and raised less than five miles from the Hastings, MN headquarters of the world’s no. 1 co-ed fitness club chain and attended college in Minot, ND on a wrestling scholarship. His first job in the fitness industry was at the front desk of a club operated by a well-known chain of Midwestern gyms.
It was at that club that Mortensen first met his eventual business partner, Chuck Runyon. Mortensen and Runyon teamed up and spent the next several years traveling the country, providing a variety of consulting services for fitness clubs of all sizes and types.
In 1995 they purchased their first club together, Southview Athletic Club, the very same gym where Moretensen held his first job in the fitness industry.
In 1999 he turned his focus toward information technologies, helping create a wide-range of security, usage-tracking and billing systems.
Above all else, Runyon and Mortensen have a passion for the fitness industry, a commitment to excellence and a devotion to their families.
Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness is now the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with nearly 1,500,000 members and 2,000 clubs worldwide. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities featuring top-quality exercise equipment.
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