Shannon Hudson Founder/CEO
Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round Franchising, LLC, is the current IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World. He won his title on October 1, 2011 with a 6th round TKO victory. He trains under legendary boxing trainer Xavier Biggs, brother of 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs. Shannon began martial arts at the age of seven and has continued training ever since then. He has a 5th degree Black Belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and a 4th Degree Black Belt under Joe Lewis's Fighting System JLFS. After over 70 bouts inside the ring, competing in Canada and Europe, Shannon could not find a place where the average person could be exposed to the "Top Secret" training of some of the best fighters in the world. If he could take the grueling workouts he did in the ring, and create a non-intimidating, convenient circuit workout format, then the average mom and businessman could enjoy the benefits of boxing and kickboxing without getting hit. Shannon is a family man himself with two children, and so, keeping the workout short but still effective was KEY.
Heather Hudson COO and CO-FOUNDER
Heather has been with 9Round since inception in 2008 and is Co-Owner of the Corporate 9Round gym and Co-Founder of 9Round Franchising. She is a black belt in Shotokan Karate and grew up with a passion for fitness and overall wellness. She has always been active, but she found herself wanting more after having two children. After falling in love with kickboxing for fitness, 9Round has been the avenue Heather used to take her fitness to a new level. Her passion is now helping others realize that their fitness goals are never too high. Her favorite part of the 9Round Fitness program is the ability to assist beginners and advanced fitness levels individually, yet all at the same time. Her fondness for helping others doesn't stop in the gym. Heather is also extremely dedicated to helping the 9Round franchisees reach their financial goals. She sets high standards for herself and the 9Round company, and she offers support to the franchisees at every level. She is the mother of two children and lives by the belief "man becomes what he thinks most about."
Jeff “The Machine” Mathews Senior Vice President - Franchise Development
Jeff “The Machine” Mathews has been with 9Round since April 2013 and heads up our franchise development efforts. Jeff has spent a vast majority of his adult career in the franchise sector. Since joining the 9Round brand, he executes 10+ NEW franchise awards per month. Jeff has represented a multitude of brands, since beginning his franchise journey in 2001. He has been involved in strategic development, new sales of existing brands, startups, conversions, re-sales and overall brand development. Jeff has executed over 1000 franchise licenses in his franchise career and is a major component in the development of the 9Round brand. In the early 80’s Jeff played Division I college football as an inside linebacker for the University of Hawaii. He resides in Phoenix, AZ and recently celebrated 26 years of marriage to his beautiful wife Christine. Together they have been blessed with 4 children, two sons and two daughters. Their 30 year old son Tyler was a three time state champion high hurdler and now owns a successful hair salon in Scottsdale with his wife of 9 years, Jessica. Kyle, 26, graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Finance Major from the University of Texas, Austin and is now enjoying his dream career of working for a boutique banking firm in New York City. Their 22 year old daughter Jordan just graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from the Nursing School at Grand Canyon University here in Phoenix. Jordan passed her NCLEX test on her first try and is now preparing to start her nursing career. In November 2010 we brought our precious daughter Justice into our lives, all the way from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In May she will be 8.
"Dangerous" Drew Brashier Director of Operational Support
Drew joined the 9Round family in 2009 as a member of the Headquarters location shortly after leaving a career in law enforcement. He immediately fell in love with the workout and began attending on a regular basis. After dropping 11% body fat in only 8 weeks, Drew had the opportunity to see how truly life changing the 9Round workout can be. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by Founders, Shannon and Heather Hudson as the first trainer for the Headquarters gym. Drew has been involved with 9Round in nearly every capacity of the company. He has been a member, trainer, owning partner of a franchise location, and now serves as a corporate officer as the Director of Operational Support. He works very closely with each franchise location to assure that members are provided with the amazing quality workout that has made 9Round so popular. During this time, he has had the opportunity to train under founder Shannon Hudson and compete in several amateur kickboxing bouts.
Justin "Sledge" Hammerstrom Corporate Trainer
Being in the fine dining industry for many years, Justin made a needed change and took over a financially floundering high school cafeteria; turning the menu around to healthy choices while simultaneously making it very profitable. While at the high school, Justin coached wrestling for many years and held a professional MMA title in the Welterweight division. Justin is the G.M. of all Corporate 9Round locations. He also assists in training new franchisees when they come into the 9Round system.
Jason "Bonecrusher" Bishop Director of IT / Marketing & Software Development
Jason began working with computers at the early age of 13, programming in Basic and DOS. In the early 90's, while attending Lander University, he started working with BBS systems (Bulletin Board Systems). Bulletin board systems were in many ways a precursor to the modern form of the Internet. In 1999, he received his MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer and A+ Certifications) from Ikon Office Solutions. In 2000, he started in Affiliate Marketing and learned the basics of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and in 2002 started working full time in affiliate marketing for top Fortune 500 companies. He has helped generate over $10,000,000 in sales for clients with his expertise in SEO and SEM (Search Engine Marketing.) In 2008, he started his own company, Net Studios Inc, geared toward helping small businesses with their websites and Internet Marketing, but especially with their SEO. He has been assisting 9Round with its website and Internet needs since 2008, and in 2012, he officially joined the 9Round team. He now works closely with each individual gym's needs for SEO and is helping to take the company as a whole to the next level. He believes his honesty, loyalty and integrity has been invaluable for him as a business man.
Kelly “The Cruncher” Goode Financial Controller
Originally from NE Ohio, Kelly moved to Florence, SC in 2005. She graduated from Francis Marion University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and later moved to Greenville in 2009 with her husband. Her background is in public accounting, having worked for a small firm based in Florence, SC. She’s currently preparing for the CPA exam and is working on finishing her Master’s Degree in Accountancy with Gardner-Webb University. Kelly recently joined the 9Round team since getting back to work after having her son in February 2014. She’s excited to work with such a fast-growing company and tight-knit team. As financial controller, Kelly’s goal is to provide the company with accurate and timely financial information to help support decision making that will drive 9Round to become a household name around the globe.
Xavier "Bad Pads" Biggs Director of Boxing
After a brief professional boxing career, Xavier assisted his younger brother Tyrell, as Tyrell made the transition to professional boxing after becoming America’s first Olympic Super Heavyweight Gold Medal Champion. Xavier served as an assistant coach for the Holyfield Amateur Boxing Team and worked with the USA Olympic Boxing program during the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. He will forever be known as one of the greatest trainers in the sport. Xavier is well known as the best hand pad man in the business. Xavier was inducted into the Georgia Boxing Hall of Fame in June of 2009. He continues to be the most dominant presence in the Atlanta fight scene. He is currently the owner of The Decatur Boxing Club and is also author of "The Sweet Sucker Punch." Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson began training with Xavier Biggs in 2002. Biggs served as The Cannon’s head trainer for his IKF World Championship win in October 2011.
Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson Project Manager
Kevin “Hurricane” Hudson began training in martial arts at the age of eight. Kevin began training for the ring early and began competing as a teenager. In 1992, he took over the running of the academy he grew up in with only 2 students, his brother Shannon and one more. In 1994, he won the K.I.C.K. World Cruiserweight Kickboxing championship with a 12 round victory over Neil Singleton. He continued to compete regularly, winning other titles under different organizations, including the I.K.F. United States Heavy Weight title in 2002. During his travels and training, he began working under Mr. Joe Lewis and has since earned his 6th degree black belt under Mr. Lewis. As a long time business owner and graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate with a degree in Business Management, he has a vast amount of knowledge and experience to bring to the franchisees and their gyms.
Rick "Hollywood" Kattouf 9Round Nutrition Coach
Dr. Rick Kattouf II has recently been named as one of America's PremierExperts® in recognition of his world premier coaching service for Multi-Sport, Running, Cycling, Fitness and Nutrition. Rick is the Founder of TeamKattouf, Inc. and has spent more than 20 years focusing on health, fitness, nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and human performance. Kattouf is the creator of 5-Round Fury nutrition supplement and has his own workout App, 5-Round Fury Fitness, as well. He is the author of Forever Fit: The Easy-to-Follow, Step-by-Step Life Plan to Improve Your Body and Mind and also wrote a chapter in Training Tips for Cyclists and Triathletes. Along with his book, he is the host of the 3-DVD series, Rx Nutrition: Eating for Improved Performance in Life, Fitness, and Sport. Dr. Rick is also the creator of TeamKattouf Nutrition Supplements. Kattouf is a NESTA Certified Food Psychology Coach, ITCA Triathlon Coach, MMA Conditioning Coach, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Wellness & Nutrition Consultant, Sports Nutrition Consultant and a Heart Rate Performance Specialist.
Jimmy "The Warrior" Wright Director of Real Estate
Prior to joining NAI Earle Furman in 1998, Jimmy worked with Edens & Avant in its Commercial Brokerage Division and with Montague Industries as a sales representative. Jimmy joined NAI Earle Furman with expertise in the retail marketplace and continues to focus on the retail sector. Since joining NAI Earle Furman, Jimmy has worked with companies, such as Wendy’s on site selection and disposition He has also been involved with predevelopment for retail centers, including McBee Station in Greenville, SC. He has assisted numerous clients in applying and receiving new market tax credits and has great experience in tenant representation with retailers, such as Urban Nirvana and Papa John’s. Since 2006, Jimmy has completed over $42,000,000 of retail shopping center sales in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Dawn "The Killer" Koenig Franchise Coach
Dawn learned about 9Round 4 years ago when she joined a weight-loss competition at work. She was determined to win and decided that 9Round was the way to do it. With the help of 9Round she lost over 50 lbs and became the victor of the contest. She recently moved back from the country of Nicaragua, where she and her 5 year old daughter worked in the mission field for 6 months. Dawn recently joined the 9Round family assisting with customer support and mapping. When she is not working, she spends most of her time volunteering with the teenagers in her church youth group and playing with her little girl.
Sandra Dawson Contracting and Compliance Administrator
Originally from Raleigh, Sandra moved to Greenville in 2004. She is married and has two daughters. Sandra’s background is sales, customer relations and marketing. In addition, she is a certified spin instructor. Health and fitness have always been a passion for Sandra, and she is an avid runner and strength trainer. One of her favorite races was the inaugural Rock & Roll ½ Marathon in Las Vegas. Sandra has traveled to London, Paris, Spain and Wales having spent a summer living in the United Kingdom. When not working she enjoys hiking, the beach, home decorating and working in her flower garden. She is very excited to be combining work with her passion for fitness and bringing such an exciting company to more and more people.
Octavia "Airforce" McLean Customer Support
Octavia joined our 9Round team in January 2015. She has been married to her wonderful husband for 4 years, he is a active duty Air Force member. Growing up in Greenville,SC and graduating from Wade Hampton High School in 2004, she didn't get into fitness until enlisting in the Air Force in 2006. From there she dabbled in joining gyms and at home workouts but never fully committed to being healthy until finding 9Round at the Omaha, NE location. After separating from the military, Octavia moved back to Greenville, SC and joined our mission to empower members to reach their physical fitness goals, 9 rounds at a time. Her favorite part of the 9Round workout is having a trainer there to assist and motivate you through the entire workout. During her down time, Octavia enjoys spending time with family and friends or reading.
Anna Lynch Social Media Manager
Anna grew up in Seneca, SC and graduated from Clemson University, where she majored in Marketing and minored in Business Management. After graduating in 2013, Anna moved to Greenville to start her career. She has always been active in sports and general fitness activities and became a member of 9Round in 2014. She quickly fell in love with the workout and the brand and looked forward to getting into the gym as often as possible. Anna’s goal is to help grow the 9Round brand and to bring awareness to 9Round as an avenue of complete health and fitness for anyone. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and spending time with friends and family.
Victoria Milevskaya Information Technology Assistant
Victoria is originally from Russia, she moved to United States in 2003. She graduated from USC Upstate in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. She has always enjoyed staying very active and has been a loyal member of 9Round since 2012. She loves how diverse 9 Round workouts are and the up close attention the trainer's give to their clients. Victoria joined the 9Round team in June 2016 and is very excited about being part of such a successful brand that continues to provide exceptional service and support. During her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves to travel, go to parks, zoos and being spontaneous.
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4.6B Calories Burned
103M Rounds Completed