For yet another successful monthly program, The Commerce Club Conglomerate presented Club Members and guests with intriguing speakers geared toward engaging the entrepreneurial and small business communities of Metro Atlanta. John Fenton, Master, BMC, BEL, MBA, and CEO, of the newly founded Roswell Body and Brain Center, spoke, along with friend and moderator Dana Barrett, business commentator, social critic, and host of The Dana Barrett Show (Atlanta’s biz 1190 AM WAFS). Both had great advice for the audience about how to truly harness the passion of the entrepreneur spirit.
Fenton, a retired CPA, recounted a moment, years earlier, when he had been walking through the streets of Atlanta, mulling over his life’s work and the void he felt inside each day. Though a partner with his company and remarkably successful in his career by outside standards, he was slowly coming to the conclusion that a cushy nine to five, a suit and tie, and a nice salary were just not enough to lead to happiness and a sense of fulfillment. He knew innately there had to be something more.
“I had a lot of anxiety, I was always looking ahead,” shared Fenton. “I was also very good at compartmentalizing things [in my life], but not good at integrating.”
There was also the anger.
“We grow up putting masks on our face in order to survive.” Instead, he wondered, “Why can’t we just be ourselves? This made me angry. I used a lot of the anger in my life to achieve what I wanted.”
These feelings – the anxiety, the disbelief, and the disillusion with corporate America – compiled and led to the epiphany that he was indeed missing the mark. It was mankind that was the real business Fenton wanted to be about. Helping people develop their self-confidence, contributing to a greater good, these were things that truly mattered.
Within months, Fenton explained that the idea to give back, to help others, married with his newfound interest in traditional Eastern practices (Tai Chi, meditation, yoga, to name a few) sparked a small vision. Around the same time, a fortuitous meeting with a certified Tai Chi instructor, one who helped Fenton learn to manage his stress levels and frustrations, helped the spark to grow.
Referring to his adoration of Tai Chi, which he himself is now proudly a master of, Fenton explained, “It’s a martial art, but it’s an artful art. Through my own self-discovery, I realized I could do this for other people. Balance means give and take. I could bring to it my business background.”
And that’s precisely what he did. Realizing that he had spent his entire adult life helping companies, Fenton realized that it would not be too far of a stretch to instead begin channeling his energies toward helping people, individuals.
Taking his vision, his love for martial arts, and his business expertise, John (Bijun) Fenton transformed these things into a tangible dream, founding, just north of Atlanta, the Roswell Body and Brain Center.
The Center, which offers classes, private instruction, and/or workshops designed to help with core strengthening, weight management, flexibility, stress relief, and relaxation, among others, has helped Fenton find real purpose.
“I see so many people dealing with stress and the effects of stress,” Fenton continued. “Doctors say 80% of illness is caused by stress. It’s important for our survival, how we react. Stress helps you grow!”
Using the unique story of his life journey, along with his skill set, to assist clients – especially those plagued with work-related stresses similar to those he confronted in his own career – brings Fenton immense joy.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Plan. Do. Check. And correct the action if you need to. Every time I get the opportunity to share with other people who are in the same boat as I am, I will,” he concluded.
“The Commerce Club Conglomerate (CCC) was created in 2014 for Club Members and their guests as an assimilation of small businesses, their owners, employees, as well as their patrons and supporters to aid, assist, educate, and engage the small business sector. Understanding that small enterprises account for 52 percent of all U.S. workers, the CCC also recognizes the role that small business plays in our overall economic stability. The CCC serves to celebrate this strength by working to build and grow its businesses and leaders both in the Atlanta and global marketplaces.”
The Commerce Club Conglomerate, one of several “clubs within a club” at The Commerce Club, Atlanta’s premier private business club, meets monthly and always feature a dynamic speaker or speakers who present intriguing and relevant topics.
For reservations or to find out how to become involved with this group, please call 404.222.0191 or email Member Relations Coordinator Anna Chafen (Anna.Chafen@ourclub.com), Chair Kevin McGee Kevin@avidentrepreneurship.com), or Vice-Chair Sheri Riley (Sheri@sheririley.com).
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