Summit Sports & Fitness

Posted - Jan. 5, 2004 at 8:03 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

The New Year is a time to make goals to improve our lives. Common goals may include a desire to save a "such and such" amount of money, exercise daily or even buy a house. However, exercising daily is more difficult when the January weather is fierce enough to freeze your shoelaces the minute you walk outside. Well, I've said it before on this program and I'll say it again, I have a solution. Buy some exercise equipment from Summit Sports & Fitness, located in Layton, Midvale and Cottonwood Mall.

Kevin Featherstone was an avid runner who had a goal to be physically fit year round. After he graduated from BYU, Kevin worked for a property management company in Chicago for one year and returned to Salt Lake. He wanted to own a business, so he opened a bank account in the name of International Distributors of America, an import and export business. It was the beginning of Summit Sports & Fitness.

In 1984, Kevin attended a sports equipment trade show in Germany and one in Anaheim, California. He met the owner of a company that manufactured upright exercise bikes. The owner decided to let Kevin sell his bikes in Utah. Kevin demonstrated the bike to clients during his lunch breaks, made some sales and decided to pursue a career in the exercise equipment industry. He sold 12 treadmills during his first year.

Kevin owned three pieces of fitness equipment at his first shop in the Olympus Hills Shopping Center. Now firmly established, Summit Fitness has customers that include hospitals, sports malls, clubs, schools and corporations.

After a long fight with cancer, Kevin passed away on February 1, 1997 and Cheryl Featherstone Taylor took over the business after her husband's death. She has successfully helped the business grow and expand throughout the Wasatch Front.

My advice -- stay warm this winter, buy a treadmill and accomplish your goals.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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