“We didn’t have family here; we didn’t have anyone here, and WESTconsin
was the very first to open their door,” recalls Sharon Gilbert. “They were the
very first to say ‘we’re glad you’re here!’”
Herman and Sharon Gilbert moved to the area six years ago after Herman retired
from his job in the automotive industry. With their three children now away at
college, the Gilberts decided to mark this new phase of their life by going into
a business they could run side-by-side. As personal trainers, they’d enjoyed
working with individual clients; recently, with the help of WESTconsin,
they secured financing to open their own Anytime Fitness health club franchise.
“We called the credit union on one day, and the next day they had the paperwork
ready,” Sharon recalls. “It feels like you’re the only person they’re working
A few minutes with the Gilberts are all it takes to see why they so effectively
inspire their club’s members to greater fitness and a healthier lifestyle!