Location: Timonium, MD
Industry: Healthcare and fitness industry
Brick Bodies CEO Vicki Brick believes that all great companies are committed to change, while preserving their core values and core purpose. “Our core purpose is to help change people’s lives,” Brick says. “Our core values are loyalty, integrity and service.” In 2013, Brick played a key role in moving the company’s oldest club, Brick Bodies Padonia, from an 18,000-square-foot facility to a 58,000-square-foot facility. By 2014, its membership base had grown from 4,000 to 10,000 members.
Fun Fact: In 2015, Brick Bodies partnered with the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation to raise more than $350,000 to fund research into the role of exercise, diet and relationships in mental health.
However, Brick is no stranger to setbacks. “In 2000, I tore my ACL one week before basketball season. It was a very humbling and challenging experience,” she says. “I made a bad pivot in a game and, in a matter of seconds, all my hard work was destroyed. The experience made me stronger in the long run. I learned what it’s like to be at the top of my game, and then have everything taken away from me and have to start all over again. My injury taught me resilience and how to persevere in the face of adversity.”
Brick enjoys managing by walking around. “I love to go into our clubs to talk to members, check out the facility and help the team,” she says. “I am able to set the tone for the rest of the staff by being present.”