It’s #membermonday! Check out this week’s featured member, Juan Biddix Jr. Read more about his journey below.
Juan Biddix Jr.
Military Service: U.S. Army (Retired), 25 years
Branch/Specialty: U.S. Army Reserve Career Counselor
So, what do you do and how do you do it?
I invented a freestanding, portable, and retractable multi functional exercise apparatus that anyone can use anywhere and anytime. I am currently testing my patented prototype to obtain feedback prior to going to market.
What has been the most challenging part about transitioning from military service?
The most challenging part about transitioning for me was getting used to the “civilian” way of life. I had to learn the civilian lingo, norms, and best practices.
Tell us how you ended up where you are in your company.
I was having a conversation with my wife one morning about being upset that I had to get up and go all the way to the gym just to workout on equipment that I really enjoy. She asked what type of equipment would I like to workout on? I drew her a diagram of the apparatus that I thought would be ideal for me (and others). She said, “Well, create it!” So, at that moment, SARGE FITT was born!
In the last 5 years, what is the greatest change you have made in your life that has made you a better person?
Due to the rigors of both the Army and my role, I would never have been able to dedicate the time to starting a business. Military retirement allowed me to become an entrepreneur. Retirement has also allowed me to spend more time with my wife, kids, and grand kids, which is most important to me.
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift? Or, what are the one or two books that have greatly influenced your life?
I was looking for a manufacturer that could build my apparatus. Many manufacturers said “no” for various reasons. I stopped working on my business for about three months and started to search for a “9 to 5” job. Then, I read Daymond John’s book “The Power of Broke.” I realized that I was broke in the sense that I lost my motivation to continue searching for a manufacturer. So, I started making phone calls again, and sure enough, I found a manufacturer willing to make my apparatus. I now have my working prototype.
Honestly, why did you join the Capitol Post family? And what has been the biggest impact so far?
I was looking for resources for veteran-owned business, and I came across Capitol Post. After reaching out to them, my wife and I took a tour of Capitol Post (led by Elizabeth Watson) and fell in love with everything they had to offer. We love that they provide assistance to veterans and their spouses who have or want to have a business. We are also impressed with the facilities (work spaces, meeting rooms, etc.) their staff, and the opportunity to speak with mentors and counselors who provide business advice.
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