I dislike writing this post more than any other I have written to date. This is my public thank you and goodbye to one of my best friends, and one of the best things to happen to Invictus since we opened our doors.
As many of you know, this Sunday George Economou and his wife Sarah will be moving to Portland, Oregon where George will begin chiropractic school in the Fall. It’s an exciting move for them and an opportunity for George to become even more learned and effective in his quest to help people live healthier and happier lives. As his friend, I couldn’t be happier for him. As a co-worker, I am devastated.
George has very quietly been a driving force at Invictus that has helped us improve our systems to take better care of each of our members. His official title has been Director of Coaching Operations, but that doesn’t even come close to describing what he has done on a day-to-day basis. His real role has been “Director of Anything That Needs to Get Done.” He has been the person that I have relied on to run the gym when I was focused on coaching athletes for the Games, and frankly, he’s done most of it better than I ever could.
George has also been my most trusted personal advisor. There is hardly a decision made about the gym that I don’t run by him for his opinion. He’s my sounding board, and often my task master to help limit the effects of my attention deficit disorder. He has been the ultimate complement to my strengths and compensation for my weaknesses as a coach and business owner. He is one of the most principled and trustworthy individuals I have ever known, and I will be forever grateful for his influence and dedication as we have grown Invictus.
George will continue to be a member of the Invictus team even while he is in Portland. He will be assisting me with online program design and coaching, administrative projects, and as time allows, will be sharing some of what he learns with you all through our blog. So he won’t be totally gone, but we will not get the benefit of having him around the gym after this week.
There is no replacing someone like George, but our staff will rally to make sure that we honor his good work by maintaining the progress that he has helped start. And of course, George has already been hard at work to help create procedures and pass along information to make his departure as seamless as possible.
This is George’s last week at Invictus, but we cannot let him leave without a proper send-off. This Sunday we will be throwing a farewell party for George and Sarah, and I would love to see all of the Invictus community there to wish them well.
Where: Liberty Station NTC Park
When: Sunday, August 5th from 11am – 1pm.
What to bring: A chair and/or blanket, plus any fun group-type activities you might have, such as a football, frisbee or cornhole/bags.
Food: This will be a pot-luck style party so just bring something to share plus whatever beverages you might want. We will supply the plastic wear, napkins and plates.