We had the good fortune of connecting with Haley Poinsette and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Haley, how do you think about risk?
I LOVE taking risks! Majority of my life I grew up taking risks through the sport I loved (Gymnastics). They were small, athletic, and daily choices that I made to grow in my sport, step outside my comfort zone, and learn more about my body’s limits. Taking risks is an opportunity for growth in all aspects and it also allows for positive things to happen in your life or career. I can recall a few times in my life that I took, what someone would call a risk, and it turned out to be the best thing I could have done. Most recently, I auditioned to be a part of the Houston Rockets Entertainment and made it! I believe strongly in the saying “everything happens for a reason”, so the risk of just showing up and putting myself out there will open up so many doors for my life and/or career!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I currently manage a Hyperwellness facility in Sugar Land where we offer recovery services like Cryotherapy, Infrared Sauna, IV therapy, and assist stretching. The goal is to offer affordable modalities to the general public so they can Do More in their life! I have been with this company, in the management setting, for over a year and it’s been amazing! We have a few locations in the city but I do think what sets my location apart from others is that we take community connections and client connections as one of our main focuses. Before I set foot in Restore Sugar Land, it was a location that was struggling within the company. Once I was able to take it over, we grew to over 350 clients in 3 months! The team and I almost tripled the amount of members and have worked daily to create local business connections where we now partner with over 10 businesses in the area. I would say that the store has had many exciting moments but we aren’t even done yet! So you will have to follow us to watch us grow! Getting to this place was definitely a challenge though because I started with this company in Atlanta, as an assistant manager, during the high time of Covid in 2020. I worked with the manager to open this new store from scratch. No clients, no connections, and the brand was new to the area. That in itself brought its own challenges but on a personal level I was also working hard to get myself to a stable place post being in the fitness industry during Covid. At one point, I had no car and Uber was my best friend, It was not my bank account’s best friend but we made it through! After starting up that store and continuing to work hard on building clientele, I was given the opportunity to move back to Houston and be the General Manager of Restore Sugar Land. It was one of the best choices I have made for myself, but the transition was one of the hardest that I have made at the same time. I used a lot of my personal resources to keep me afloat mentality, emotionally, and spiritually during that time so I could have the energy to build another business and turn any negative feelings clients had about that location to a positive one. It was months full of late nights and early mornings but continuing to to give myself grace was really the key to the long term success!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man, I love Houston! Just a little side note. Every time I try to move or go somewhere else- I always somehow end up right back in Houston. So I do think, its where I am supposed to be! With that being said, I cant get enough of the brunch life, so we would definitely be doing that often. The places that I like to go to are Kulture, Turkey Leg Hut, CRU, Snooze, Cedar Creek Bar and Grill, Phil & Dereks, Taste Bar, and Hotel Zaza. I like a plethora of vibes! We would travel around the city to walk the museum district, watch a show at the miller outdoor theater, and the zoo is a must because I love animals! I am a workout junky too so making some workouts happen at Memorial Park and Hermann Park would be a part of the trip. Other than that, we would definitely hang out in the Heights, I love all of the bars there!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The success that has come my way in the last few years is definitely an accumulation of others pouring into me, believing in me, and mentoring me through the different phases of life. I have gotten a chance to do some reflecting on this and what I realized is that there were 3 main situations that had many people who have shaped my path for where I am now. The first one being college and the team I put together- The Coog Club Gymnastics Team. Those individuals allowed me to flourish in a setting that I have always loved, they allowed me to lead them, learn more of myself as a leader, and all those individuals were always supporting my crazy ideas to help grow the organization. I probably do not thank them enough but the 4 years that I got to spend leading, coaching, and growing the organization and the people were tools that I use in my day to day right now. The second organization that has helped to shape me was when I was a personal trainer full time for Camp Gladiator. I had a handful of mentors who were business savvy, who taught me everything they knew! Thank you to Shamus Donahoe, specifically, for always pouring into me during that season of my life because it has taught me most of the tools that I use for my personal brand/business now. I learned how to budget, how to market, the best ways to connect with clients, and how to have a little work life balance here and there! Most recently, working for Restore Hyperwellness, has been my first introduction into the “corporate world” and at first I was a little weary because it was a new season for me. What I realized in a short amount of time was that they care for their employees so well, they want work-life balance, and they allow you to be creative and work with your teams in ways that bring out the best version of yourself as a leader, mentor, and manager. Shout out to all of the people who have crossed my path in these industries because it has shaped me into the person I am today!
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