MRA Associates Takes on the Fit Company Challenge to Promote Employee Wellness


November 22, 2016

Teams from companies in Phoenix highlighted their corporate wellness programs by training for and conquering a 3-course fitness challenge hosted by the Fit Company Institute. The challenge allowed companies to use fitness as a team building activity and highlight the positive impact that living fit has had on them and their companies.

On November 5, 2016 participants from companies located in the Phoenix Arizona area took part in the Fit Company Challenge, a corporate wellness event hosted by the Fit Company Institute providing area companies an opportunity to come together as a team and spend a morning exercising, pushing their physical and mental limits and showing the importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Participants worked in teams of 3 to 4 towards completing a variety of fitness stations tailored to challenge the team member’s current fitness level and earn points towards their company’s overall score.

In the second year in a row, Climatec took first place in the large division and Climatec team captain Jill Boileau was excited the company took first place again! “Climatec employees love participating in the Fit Company Challenge,” Said Jill Boileau. “It’s a great event that promotes team building across our entire company and it’s a fun way to reinforce the healthy lifestyle culture we encourage at Climatec.”

In their second year participating in the Fit Company Challenge Unicon, Inc. showed they had been preparing for the challenge by moving up to second place in the large division, up from fourth in 2015. “Unicon promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for our employees. The Phoenix Fit Company Challenge gave us a great opportunity to exercise as a team in an exciting and relaxed atmosphere,” said Patience Breinholt, VP Human Resources, Unicon, Inc. “We will be continuing the exercise activities that prepared us for the challenge, to help our employees meet their fitness goals.”

In SUMCO’s second year participating in the challenge the team placed first in the medium division and third overall. Per SUMCO’s team captain Misty Gilmore, “One of the SUMCO team members said it best, ‘We had a blast, love the competitive spirit and looking forward to next year’s challenge.’ Taking part in the Fit Company Challenge is a great way to express SUMCO’s commitment to Health and Wellness.”

On event date, with the help of over 20 volunteers assisting the contenders, participants challenged their strength, conditioning, power, agility, and ended with a test of endurance in order to show their companies and colleagues that they practice what they preach. Participants used their involvement to bring out company team members, and family members to cheer them on and promote the importance of having fun and effective corporate wellness programs at their companies.

The challenge was held at Rose Mofford Sports Complex, located a short drive from downtown Phoenix.

MRA Associates was a top finisher in the 2016 Fit Company Challenge in the following:
Fittest Companies By Division
Micro Division:
First Place: MRA Associates

Fittest Teams By Course
Course 1 – Level ADV
Fouth Place: MRA Associates

  •      Maureen Rzeppa
  •      Matt White
  •      Travis Pointer

Course 3 – Level ADV
First Place: MRA Associates

  •      Chris Bergthold
  •      Jim LaMancusa
  •      Jon Hersam

Third Place: MRA Associates

  •      Maureen Rzeppa
  •      Matt White
  •      Travis Pointer

Organizations that came out as course partners to assist contenders on event date include:

  •      Arizona State University – School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
  •      Crossfit Upper Limit
  •      Phoenix Adventure Boot Camp

About the Fit Company Institute, LLC:
The Fit Company Institute is based in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to help companies thrive through fitness. The Fit Company Challenge helps companies be their best by creating the most productive, focused, energetic, happiest, and cohesive teams possible.

Find more at and upcoming events in Houston, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Written By

Mark Feldman

MRA Associates