Michael Benso

CEO

As the founder of Eco Gym, Michael works with personal trainers, health club professionals, and customers to help them reach their fullest potential along their health and fitness journey.
He believes “The Journey in Life is a mindset, set it right”!

Along with the software companies, Vaazu and Buzops, Michael developed a platform that would help manage his first successful personal training business, Fitness Management Group, which eventually became a well known business program for many national fitness brands. He grew his personal training brand while developing his next business venture, Eco Gym.

Michael is a certified personal trainer with American College of Sport Medicine and has attended several seminars in his relevant field. He has developed and trained more than one-thousand personal training clients, and apprentice personal trainers throughout his career.

Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Sonny Benso

President

Sonny is the President of Eco Gym who works direct with team and culture development through on-site staff training as well as video conferencing. He also focuses on the customer experience and buying process, ensuring that our customers get the results they expect.

He believes that results are a means of referrals, which speaks to the compliments of our service.

He has worked first hand with some of our most prestigious clients, ensuring their success and validating that even our most scrutinizing customer receives the same level of care.

Sonny has been awarded the Pinnacle Award, Team Impact Award, and Platinum Service Award, of which only a handful of employees have received since our establishment in 2009 and prior to his advancement to President of our organization.

Sonny holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from SIUC.

Antonio Thomas Jr.

VP of Sales and Development

Antonio has a passion for fitness, although he didn’t realize at the time, began with sports—as it can for many—which has led to years of experience in the fitness industry in multiple markets.
He always believed that overcoming obstacles or plateaus in the gym, can help provide the courage to overcome barriers removed.
Over the years he has and continues to, help others strive to achieve actual positive, physical and emontional results. Because at the end of the day, we all want to feel a sense of fulfillment—”I don’t know about you, but I need to be a part of that.”

Tory Schmelzer

VP of Sales and Marketing

Tory started his early career in the fitness industry, managing health clubs and having a direct, positive impact on customer results and retention, ultimately becoming a natural mentor to other managers gaining him quick promotions and oversight to other areas of business.

His most rewarding component of his occupation is the positive affect he has on our community and the enrichment of living of our customers.

He has witnessed and supported the improvement of health for numerous customers; so much of an improvement that many have been allowed by their physician to reduce or eliminate the need of previously prescribed pharmaceutical aides. These improvements have created “side benefits”, including but not limited to improved nutritional habits and increased levels of self confidence.

Dr. Nestor Rodriguez M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Nestor Rodriguez is a board certified emergency medicine physician and the Medical Director of Carbon World Health. Dr. Rodriguez is a unique blend of intellect, personality, hard work and perseverance. He emigrated from El Salvador to the inner city of south central Los Angeles at the age of seven. Despite coming from a single parent Spanish only speaking home, Dr. Rodriguez successfully became the first person in his family to obtain a high school degree. He graduated from the prestigious Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He subsequently earned his undergraduate degree in the challenging field of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University. After graduating with honors and multiple academic awards, Dr. Rodriguez followed his dream to study medicine.

Dr. Rodriguez received his doctorate in medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he found a passion for sports medicine, cosmetic procedures, and emergency medicine. Thereafter, he was part of the inaugural class of the University of Wisconsin emergency medicine residency program. In 2010, after serving as a Chief Resident, Dr. Rodriguez joined the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin as the Assistant Residency director. Within two years, he had already been nominated for the “Assistant Residency Director of the Year” award. In 2014, he was awarded the “Faculty Teaching” award from the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors.

After a successful academic career, Dr. Rodriguez elected to go into private practice. During this time, he has been fortunate to travel and work with some of the top cosmetic, anti-aging, and sport medicine physicians in the country. From these experiences, he has developed a strong interest in developing an innovative and holistic approach to helping people look and feel their very best.

Ashley Greer

Wellness Spa Director

A Southern Wisconsin native with more than 15 years of experience in a hospital setting as an Interventional and Computed Tomographer, Ashley Greer took the bold step to become a mompreneur a few years ago and hasn’t looked back, defying labels effortlessly. Under the mentorship of Dr. Rodriguez, she has acquired a wealth of knowledge and elite certifications that make her an exemplary medical spa director at Carbon World Health.

Ashley is a Master Injector and Certified Skin Care professional. She specializes in treating wrinkles and facial volume loss as well as improving acne, skin tone and texture. She is a master technician of state-of-the-art equipment to treat other body concerns, including cellulite, loose-skin, and unwanted fat pockets. She is also experienced in creating long-term, customized weight loss programs that will help you keep the weight off.

Jessi McLennan

Director of Nutrition

Jessi McLennan is a Registered Nutritional Therapist specializing in diet and lifestyle planning to improve overall health, fitness and well-being.

Over the past 10 years Jessi has studied and worked in the field of health and nutrition. Her expertise in holistic nutrition and passion for vibrant health led to her current position at the Chopra Addictions & Wellness Center – A private treatment center affiliated with the Deepak Chopra Center in Los Angeles. For the last 7 years Jessi has run weekly nutrition workshops and provides individual nutrition counselling helping 100’s of guest to improve their health and quality of life. She teaches practical skills such as meal planning and cooking with whole-foods while providing education on the transformative effect that food can play on health.

In between presenting workshops and working with private clients, Jessi is the team nutritionist for Zep Techniques Race Team – an elite development squad for down-hill mountain biking, based in Whistler Canada. She works with athlete’s to individualize macro-nutrient requirements and creates plans to enhance endurance and speed recovery.

One of Jessi’s strengths is creating easy-to-follow protocols which produce lasting results. This is achieved by challenging the mass-market restriction and deprivation type diets and instead developing programs tailored to suit individual’s food preferences and lifestyle. Her programs support clients with specific goals from weight management to improving physical health and mental wellbeing.

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