Who We Are - Studio Grow

We’re a team big on action, big on measurable, data-driven results and we all specialize specifically in boutique fitness, personal training, and wellness market. In fact, every single one of us has sneakers-on-the-ground experience as owners, trainers, and even regional directors.

Meet our founder (and hear her amazing story)

I’m Lisa Kuecker, but my family and dearest friends call me Lise. I’m a business coach who empowers wellness entrepreneurs to build profits, pack waitlists, and get the results they’ve always wanted for their businesses. Over the years, I’ve owned four businesses that generated seven plus figures and if we’re talking certifications, I’ve been a certified Pilates, Barre, Yoga, and Cycling instructor for longer than I’d like to admit. I love transforming people’s bodies and improving their lives, which is really what got me started in the fitness industry.

But eleven years ago, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed a change. So I started my first of four health and training studios, and a whole new adventure began…

she created Studio Grow to help you do the same—whatever freedom looks like to you.

  • To have your profits consistently grow as your hours shrink,
  • To avoid the classic studio mistakes of losing money, time, bad hires, and worse. (Lise jokes that she made enough of those in the beginning of her business to save you all from them)
  • To build a high-performing team that receives amazing compensation
  • To have your operations and marketing departments soaring (the two biggies that studios overlook)
  • To create a life you are obsessed with—with vacations, time to volunteer, more QT with your family and friends, sleeping in bed on a Saturday just because, whatever you desire.

Because with the right systems + team? Anyone can do this. We fiercely believe that and cannot wait to prove it to you…and watch you prove it to yourself.

Studio Grow Team

Empowering fitness entrepreneurs to execute on their dreams.

With decades of experience, thousands of clients, and countless businesses transformed—our team doesn’t just know their stuff, they prove their stuff. From operations to digital marketing to content creation, the ever-expanding team exists to help you create your freedom empire… and free up your life.


Lise

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

(aka the Queen Dream Maker)

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I’mLisa Kuecker, but my family and dearest friends call me Lise. I’m a business coach who empowers wellness entrepreneurs to build profits, pack waitlists, and get the results they’ve always wanted for their businesses. Over the past 19 years, I’ve owned four businesses that generated seven plus figures and if we’re talking certifications, I’ve been a certified Pilates, Barre, Yoga, and Cycling instructor for longer than I’d like to admit. I love transforming people’s bodies and improving their lives, which is really what got me started in the fitness industry.

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What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Anything that let's me dance it out! 💃
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Rootbeer (drinks count right?!!) 🥤
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

Dan

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer

(aka the Queen’s Viking)

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Recently retired after 20+ years of active duty service in the U.S. Army, I'm excited to join Lise's all-star team on a more full-time basis. Full of gratitude for being married to such a talented, caring, and thoughtful woman. Full of love being Daddy Dan with our two wonderfully awesome boys who bring joy to all. Full of appreciation and respect for small business entrepreneurs. Full of experience with nearly 12+ years as a small business owner and nearly 20 years as an attorney. Full of humility as I strive to learn from every person I encounter.

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What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Touchdown Pass 🏈
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Anything Egglicious 🍳
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin

Myken

Head of Client and Consulting Services

(aka the Velvet Hammer)

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Myken proudly wears the midwestern badge of honor, while loudly cheering on the Wisconsin Packers and Badger teams! Having gained her degree in Marketing, her actual true knowledge and love of running businesses has come from her real world, hands-on health and fitness experience of 12 years. Starting at the bottom cleaning toilets, washing down equipment, and making 100+ lead calls a day; She has gained her overall experience opening businesses from the ground up, hitting first year revenue and member records, earning a National Manager of the Year Award out of 2500+ employees, to owning her own brick and mortar business.

Some would say she specializes in the implementation and execution of systems and processes that directly correlate with your business’s revenue and client membership growth.  Others would say that her coaching approach is that of tough love, honesty, and motivational. She has helped hundreds of clients get on the path to success. Every brick & mortar studio and online business is different, but if you are willing to put in the work and make things happen, then she will find a way to help you succeed in this journey. Go Pack Go! 

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Hometown: New Glarus, WI 🇨🇭Home of Little Switzerland. In 1845, Swiss immigrants came to Wisconsin and formed a small colony known for farming and cheesemaking. 🧀
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move? Weight training is my favorite, but really anything that keeps me a lean, mean working machine. 
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Pizza. But according to my Trainer, I can live without pizza. 
 
What is your professional theme song?
"You gotta fight for your right to party" by the Beastie Boys. 

Liz

Head of Business Development and Strategy

(aka the Reader of the Room)

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Liz is a recovered ex-professional actress turned versatile sales maven with over 15 years in the fitness industry.  She spent 11 years at MINDBODY as an inaugural team member through a Nasdaq bell ring. She then led a team of 9, developing and launching US strategies at Esquared Fitness. Her uniquely creative consultative approach to driving recurring revenues, developing new business channels and building long-standing client relationships makes her a standout in the field. A born story-teller Liz champions her clients with her unique combination of empathy and grit. She leverages her exceptional listening skills and stellar intuition alongside analytical data to recommend optimal solutions for problems big or small. Her life has been a grand experiment in duality (please see her college essay as supporting documentation) which makes her skilled in handling challenges in all areas of business. She is known by her clients, colleagues and friends as “the keeper of the keys” as she's never found a door that couldn't be opened (one way or another) and knows when to throw on a red nose and laugh at herself. A proud Miami native and NYC transplant she is often found near water and skyscrapers. Liz is not only a lover of fitness, fine food and travel but is lucky enough to indulge in all three often. 

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Hometown: 
Born and raised in Miami, Florida and NYC strong since 2001 or in Liz's words, "I'm a 305 girl in a 212 world." 
 
Favorite workout or exercise? 
Swinging anything, milk jug in a pandemic? Sure. 
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Cheese 🧀 and Popcorn 🍿
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Let the River Run" by Carly Simon from the opening credits of "Working Girl" 

Erin

Client Experience Manager

(aka the Client Whisperer)

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Erin was born and raised in Northern Virginia and has always had a passion for helping others. She graduated from James Madison University and had a lot of amazing experiences while in college. She studied abroad in Wellington, New Zealand and in her last semester she interned for the Washington Redskins. Her internship with the Redskins turned into a full time job and after some time she wanted to explore a new city so she moved to Cleveland, Ohio for four years where she worked for the Cleveland Indians and a long term care software company. While working full time, Erin earned her M.B.A at Case Western Reserve University.

Even though Cleveland will always hold a special place in her heart, she missed Virginia so she moved back to be closer to home and started working with Lisa and the Studio Grow team. All of her roles have had one thing in common, customer success. With over 7 years of Customer Service experience, her professional super power is that she always puts the customer first as she truly wants to see them succeed. She loves helping studio owners have the best Studio Grow experience and gets excited to see all of their growth and success! When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her family and friends and travel to new and exciting places. 

Her professional motto is: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Hometown: Herndon, VA
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Currently, in LOVE with Barre class ❤️
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Pasta 🍝
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys

Nathan

Boutique Fitness Business & Micro Gym Coach + Account Executive

(aka Master of All)

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Nathan Wisdom served as the Director of Community Development for a chain of successful heated yoga studios in Austin, TX. His outside-the-box approach to the business of yoga combined with 10 years of tenure in the industry helped him create a unique class structure and community at his studios. After two years of feeling like there was still an opportunity for growth, he found The Client Cure. Within a few months, he implemented the strategies taught in The Client Cure and churned out a 60% increase in new student conversion rates, leading to the highest profit margins the studio had ever seen.

Nathan’s goal in coaching with The Client Cure is to inspire other boutique studio owners to not just “hang in there” or “make it through” but to thrive. He fully believes that everyone deserves to find freedom in their business and is wholeheartedly committed to helping his clients achieve that. Nathan's professional superpower is being able to see the bigger picture and direction of a studio and provide small, attainable steps to get there. When Nathan is not coaching, he teaches yoga and meditation, volunteers for The American Cancer Society, and spends time hiking and traveling with his husband Brad, and dog Rayna.

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Hometown: Austin, TX 
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Yoga, of course 🧘
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Tacos 🌮🌮🌮
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Hold On" by Wilson Philips 
 
 
 

John

Micro Gym Business Coach + Sales Strategist

(aka the Sales & Retention Ninja)

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John was born and raised in Madison, WI and has always had a passion for sports/fitness and helping others.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a Master’s degree in Sports Administration. Upon completing a summer internship with the Madison Mallards baseball club, he was hired as one of their first full-time Sales and Marketing Managers. John spent six years in Madison with the Mallards and grossed over a million dollars in corporate sales with ticket packages.

For the last 8 years (since 2012), he has been working in the health and fitness industry. For the majority of his time he worked with the Anytime Fitness franchise as a Regional Manager and oversaw the operations of up to three clubs at once and 12 clubs during his tenure.

John joined Studio Grow in October of 2019 upon being referred by Myken Daeda (current Director of Client Services), who are reunited after working together for years with Anytime Fitness.

John is the type of coach who will always put forth 100% effort and strives for perfection in the sales & customer service arenas. His motto is, “shoot for the stars, worst case you land on the moon”

Finally, building and maintaining relationships are a super important aspect in his life. On the weekends, you can find him with friends and/or family (and his parents’ golden retriever, “Scoop”), where they can catch up on their previous week of work and enjoy a nice home cooked meal.

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Hometown: Oregon, Wisconsin
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move? I enjoy Strength Training exercises; more specifically - "Pull" exercises like Back and Biceps day 💪 
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Been focused on Vegan lifestyle since Feb 2020, so one staple would be the Avocado 🥑
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor 

Niki

Boutique Fitness Business Coach

(aka the Conversion Queen)

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Niki knew she would one day open a studio when she was just five years old and then worked to make that dream a reality ever since. Over time, the plan morphed from a dance academy into Flex Fusion Studios, a gorgeous barre, yoga, TRX, and boot camp studio in Silicon Valley, California. When people would remark how they thought Flex was a giant company thanks to its appearance and operation, she would respond that she had “plenty of time to dream it into fruition” and felt so fortunate every time she walked in the doors that she was living her life-long goal. Niki noticed a need for a community-oriented, mutli-modality studio and jumped in, ready to compete in a packed market full of big name gyms and studios of every type. Part of her long term entrepreneurship preparation was from her education. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Idaho studying Business and Dance and then went on to receive her Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in small business and Entrepreneurship.

One year after opening Flex Fusion, she found The Client Cure and everything clicked. Although Flex Fusion was successful in its first year, The Client Cure modules and coaches were exactly what she needed to propel her studio to a level she never dreamed of. After years of business ownership in California, Niki sold her studio and moved for her husband’s job promotion. She is so excited to be coaching other studio owners in a program she wholeheartedly believes in. Niki’s hands are pretty full with her son and “zoo” of 3 rambunctious pets. Luckily, she’s a big fan of always being busy. When she isn’t taking or teaching various fitness classes, she enjoys volunteering with The Junior League and spends her summers in Alaska commercial fishing for wild salmon. She is thankful everyday that she gets to do what she loves and help others reach their goals at the same time.

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Hometown:
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Barre and TRX 💪
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Wild Salmon 🐟
 
What is your professional theme song?
“Money" by The Flying Lizards 

Emily

Business Marketing Coach

(aka the Digital Dynamo)

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Emily Montgomery has 18+ years in digital marketing experience and is a true fitness enthusiast! As a mom of two young boys, she has to take care of her body and mind to keep up with them! Emily grew up in Portland, Oregon, but has lived in Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. For nearly 8 years, Emily was the Senior Account Director at Razorfish running accounts like Delta Airlines, Microsoft, Miller Coors Brewing and Best Buy. She most recently served as the Chief Marketing & Operating Officer for The Dailey Method Franchising Company, LLC before leaving to start her own company, Be Mindful Marketing at the end of 2018. Emily now collaborates with business owners offering her expertise, marketing strategies and approachable business consulting services to health, wellness and lifestyle brands and is thrilled to be able to help others as a consultant for the Studio Grow team

Professional motto: "You've got this. Keep going!"

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Hometown:
Portland, OR
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Planks, pushups and anything with a curtsy 
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Warm, super salty homemade tortilla chips with fresh salsa
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Human" by Christina Perri

Carolyn

Digital Marketing Specialist

(aka Master of All Things Google)

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A native of New York City, Carolyn has been a Green Bay, WI resident for 10 years. She is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a B.A. in English and Theatre and earned her M.A. in Shakespeare at Royal Holloway University of London. Carolyn’s introduction to the online industry was in 2014 when she created the Social Media and Publicity Manager position for Play-by-Play Theatre (a professional theatre company in Green Bay). 

Carolyn has been with the Studio Grow team since 2018 and continues to work on social media marketing, strategy, and copywriting for a variety of other businesses, from interior design to performing arts to business coaching. 

Professional super-power: Staying on top of social media trends and figuring out how to best use them for business, all while pursuing her own theatrical endeavors and being the best cat mom.

Professional motto: “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” - William Shakespeare (from the play Measure for Measure).

In other words -- Don’t doubt yourself or be afraid to try!

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Hometown: New York, NY 🗽
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Aerial Silks & Pole Fitness
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Swedish Pancakes (they’re like crepes, only better!) 🥞
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Confident" by Demi Lovato

Blanca

Support Specialist

(aka the Tech Glue)

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Blanca is a tech-savvy Virtual Assistant with multiple years experience. Not only does she love her work, but she loves problem-solving and finding her way around new technology and tools - it just comes naturally to her.

Over the years of her professional experience and exposure to diverse business environments, Blanca has been recognized for significantly improving systems and processes. She is not only an experienced communicator but a VIP team player. 

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Hometown:
Houston, TX
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Not an avid exerciser to be honest, but I do exercise my brain every day. 🧐
 
What food can you NOT live without?
None. I'm an equal-opportunity eater 😉
 
What is your professional theme song?
"I Will Survive," by Gloria Gaynor
 

Rory

Business Development and Sales

(aka the Rainmaker)

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Rory is a University of South Carolina grad, but a “Jersey Boy” at heart. Growing up in an environment where “gym, tan, laundry” was life, he developed a passion for the fitness industry as it was a second home for most. Working most of his teenage years in a mixed martial arts studio, Rory pursued a degree in Sports Management at the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation, he began a career in business development with The Wildflower Group. Working closely with brands like Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and Bicycling magazine he strategized and executed licensing and brand extension initiatives leading to major brick and mortar retail programs in the US and abroad. After spending 4 years with The Wildflower Group, Rory left to head up business development for Skinnygirl and Bethenny Frankel. Working hand-in-hand with the founder and CEO, Rory generated over $5,000,000 in contractual guarantees in 2017 in addition to leading the [5] straight quarters of incremental growth. Upon leaving his role with Bethenny, he went out on his own and began a small marketing and business development consultancy. With a natural talent to connect with people, a creative sales approach, and a genuine passion for helping people Rory always “finds a way.” Often described as resourceful, reliable, and available, he now leads on business development for multiple products and brands in the marketplace.  

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Hometown:
Englewood, NJ
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
🥊 Muy Thai
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Chicken Parm 🐔 🍝
 
What is your professional theme song?
"VooDoo Child" by Jimi Hendrix

Eman

Copywriter

(aka the Storytelling Maven)

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After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in International Politics, Eman started the Scribesmith a launch and strategic copywriting agency to help businesses sound human. Eman loves taking a data-driven approach to crafting conversion copy that is entertaining, engaging, and most importantly, gets results.

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Hometown:
Doha, Qatar
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
I've been doing Karate my whole life, and there's no better work out than a sparring session. 
 
What food can you NOT live without?
I would do unspeakable things for cheese fries 🧀🍟
 
What is your professional theme song?
"Fred Astaire" by Jukebox the Ghost

Chris

Boutique Fitness and Tech Coach

(aka the Namaste Tech Wizard)

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Since starting R1SE and taking his previous process, marketing and tech experience Chris immersed himself in using the latest software and hardware to make R1SE run as efficiently as possible.  Firstly Chris embedded ChatBots into every process at R1SE, massively decreasing time spent on admin whilst improving the customer experience.  Secondly, from March 2020 Chris spent hundreds of hours in creating his perfect virtual studio.  The end was result was R1SE being able to professionally offer classes as In Studio Live, In-Studio On-Demand, At Home Live and At Home On-Demand.  Chris is now able to share this knowledge and skills with Studio Grow clients.

Professional mottos are;

"Take massive imperfect action."

"You never know how far you can go until you've gone too far."

"Never stop growing."

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Hometown:
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK 🇬🇧
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Yoga. I love a good stretch, a forward fold or any sort of twist is just lush. No more injuries, stronger and fitter than ever. 💪
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Kale. I even own a Kale t-shirt. 🥬
 
What is your professional theme song?
R1se Up by Andra Day

Liana

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Boutique Fitness Business Coach

(aka the Retention Goddess)

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With a background as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Pilates Instructor and Boutique Pilates Studio Owner, Liana’s true passion lies in helping others identify and work through challenges in order to create more joy and freedom in life. She received her BA in International Business with a Minor in Italian as well as an MA in Counseling, Psychology.

Coming from a family of business owners, once she became a Certified Pilates Instructor, opening her own business felt like the next natural step. In 2010 she founded, owned and operated a boutique Pilates studio in Austin, Texas for over 10 years. About 6 years into business, Liana was experiencing a common problem among boutique studio owners: she was working 7 days a week, skimping on sleep to get more hours out of the day, teaching a full schedule of 30+ hours on top of being in charge of all operations. She was run down and discouraged. Searching the internet for answers, she came across Lise and The Client Cure and was drawn to the promise that life could be more balanced while earning more without spending so much time working. She powered through the program and began implementing what she learned within 3 months after signing up. In the first month alone, she quadrupled her studio’s revenue and began the path towards having her ideal schedule while continuing to run a small business.

Liana has been a part of The Client Cure, Revenue Remedy and One-on-One Coaching and has been passionate about Studio Grow and the work they do since day 1. She’s thrilled to join the team who has so greatly helped and inspired her when things were tough and looks forward to doing the same for her clients.

In her free time, she loves exercising, reading, writing, painting, playing the piano and spending time with her family, friends and kitty kat.

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Hometown:
Austin, TX
 
What is your favorite workout or favorite exercise move?
Tracy Anderson💁🏻‍♀️
 
What food can you NOT live without?
Sushi 🍣
 
What is your professional theme song?
Lose Yourself by Eminem

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