We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Blodgett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk taking is incredibly important in the world of business – no risk, no reward. The concept of risk taking is in the definition of entrepreneurship and is at the heart of history’s biggest business success stories. In the pursuit of value creation and solving unique problems that can improve people’s lives, one will invariably confront financial risks, competitive risks, reputational risks and so on. In my experience, success comes when you focus on your “why”, make the best decision you can based on the information you have, and then pivot if new information is presented. You can’t be afraid to make a mistake. You just want to learn from your mistakes and not make the same mistakes going forward.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Legends Boxing is a boutique fitness gym that delivers total body workouts based on real USA boxing. But we are more than just a workout. We are a family, a Tribe… we know your name, we know why you are at Legends, and we are committed to helping you crush your goals. We are also a Rock Steady Boxing affiliate, helping people with Parkinson’s Disease slow the progression of PD through a tailored, non-contact boxing fitness program.
We Rock the Spectrum is a place for children of all abilities to play and grow together. As the only kid’s gym that offers a truly inclusive philosophy, we have found that all kids benefit from our sensory safe equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing challenges. We are a “place where you never have to say I’m sorry”, and we are so inspired by the developmental milestones and social interactions we see each and every day.
I spent the first 20 years of my career in the legal and energy space. I started at a major international law firm and later served as the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of a major public company. I was privileged to learn business lessons from some of the best and brightest in this city. I’ve chosen to spend the second half of my career trying to make a different kind of impact on people’s lives. Legends and We Rock provide a unique opportunity to do just that, and we are relentlessly focused on this goal on a daily basis.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow. Houston is such a fantastic city with a little bit (or a lot) of something for everybody. We’d definitely have to get our workouts in, at Legends Boxing of course and maybe some road work at Memorial Park or dog walking at the Arboretum. For dining, we’d have to enjoy some of Texas’ best BBQ at Truth BBQ on Washington. We started going to Truth when they first opened in Brenham, and it’s been remarkable to watch their growth story. To complete the BBQ tour, we’d grab some slathered ribs at Pinkerton’s on Airline, some burnt ends at Feges on Long Point and a monstrous beef rib at Harlem Road BBQ in Richmond. You can’t come to Houston and not eat Mexican food, so we’d grab some Tacos al Carbon at the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and some authentic street food at the new Urbe in Uptown Park. More workouts of course … and perhaps some shopping and site-seeing at the Galleria and City Centre.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Sincere thanks to my wife for walking alongside me in this entrepreneurial journey. Our lives are pretty different these days, and she’s been my strongest supporter and encourager, especially in the middle of COVID and other unique business challenges. Also major shoutout to my colleagues and teammates, who are bought into the mission of improving people’s lives through unique products and services. Their commitment to living out our core values and serving our Tribe members and families with excellence is unparalleled.