by Photo Courtesy of San Diego Gymnastics

After three years of unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic, San Diego Gymnastics has elevated two female Executive Directors to work together and dead the company as dual CEOs. 

In their new roles, Erin Adams will focus primarily on HR and operations and Paige Conroy will lead marketing and enrollment efforts. They will share the role previoudly held by co-founder, Christina Grady. 

"The last few years have been a time of extraordinary challenges and growth. Erin and Paige were instrumental in allowing us to be nimble and flexible during difficult times, all while growing the business and opening our La Costa location and relocating our Point Loma gym," said Grady. “They have truly been the face of San Diego Gymnastics, and their time has come to officially take the leadership reins and drive our expansion," she added.

Co-Founders Christina and Doug Grady wanted to change the structure of their company, and split a one-person job in half, according to Adams. Beginning her fitness career as a customer service representative at a private athletic club, Adams was quickly promoted to various positions and was eventually duty manager for the entire facility. 

"I am excited to continually focus on development and growth for all our staff, expanding internal structures to make more upper-level management positions available for our dedicated employees. Our goal is to be the place passionate gymnastics coaches come use their unique skill sets to build an exciting and fulfilling career," Adams said.

After completing her bachelor's degree in sociology and women's studies at Cal State University San Marcos in 2011, and was promoted again to the business office where she oversaw accounting and sales, and eventually as the club's Member Retention Specialist.
She moved to Baltimore, Md., for six years to work as a Spa Director at various locations. Upon her return to San Diego in 2018, Adams was recruited to join San Diego Gymnastics as an Executive Director.

“Dual CEOs are not a very common thing. Especially in such a competitive industry. I'm proud to trailblaze in that new kind of concept in business,” Adams said. “Paige and I are such a great team. We work well together [and] we are excited about this,” she added. 
 
Conroy said, “we want to do the best, and this is just another way we can be an inspiration to others”. 

Also worked in the fitness industry early in her career, including positions at both 24 Hour Fitness and as an event manager at a local gymnastics facility at San Diego State University, where she graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies and a minor in literacy. 
 
Conroy aspired to become a Kindergarten teacher and elementary school principal, returning to SDSU to earn her California Teaching Credential and Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate. During that time, she began working as a weekend manager and then a camp director at a local gymnastics facility. 
 
Conroy took the leap of faith and developed a career in the gymnastics and education industry. After three years in her first gymnastics role, she was offered a position at San Diego Gymnastics as an Executive Director and immediately went to work focused on curriculum development, marketing, and member growth.
"My passion for health, fitness, and aspirations to work with children goes back as far as I can remember," said Conroy. "Looking forward, I am excited to open more gyms and develop new and interesting programs for our members and career opportunities for others. Shaping young minds and building their confidence is the best part of this career," she said.

San Diego Gymnastics is located in Point Loma/Midway, La Mesa, Chula Vista, and Carlsbad, and is about to open its fifth gym in Mission Valley. The newly minted CEOs emphasize “positive coaching and progressing through the sport,” according to Adams. 

“We want the kids learning and moving their bodies,” Adams said. "We emphasize greeting every single customer. It's not just a numbers game where everyone is doing their thing. We try to make small talk and encourage our coaches to make those relationships with the kids and their families.

To learn more about San Diego Gymnastics, visit https://www.sdgymnastics.com/

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