The Decision Makers Series is one of our staff’s favorite because decision making is a topic that so many of us have studied deeply.

Gretchen Wagoner | Pilates Studio Owner and Instructor

Creating a team of other instructors who I for the most part already knew in some capacity was key. I hand pick every instructor and wanted to make sure that when I opened the studio, it wasn’t just me teaching classes but a mixture of instructors and styles. The common thread at BREATHE is high quality, attention to form, and a knowledge of teaching both for fitness but also a strong post-rehab knowledge. It is very important to me that my instructors continue their Pilates education past their initial Pilates Certification, whether that means us brainstorming about students, injuries, and anatomy, taking classes or Privates from one another or doing continuing education. BREATHE PILATES Miami has also become a place for all Pilates instructors (not just BREATHE instructors) to congragate for Continuing Education. Prior to COVID, we hosted many other instructors and courses including Pilates for Neurological Conditions and Pilates for Knee & Hip Replacements. Read more>>

Niki Dawson | Singer – Songwriter & Producer

I think the most important philosophy I’ve clung to for my success so far, is to always be innovative. Artistic expansion can happen in visuals, sound, or writing. And that experimentation is what makes relevant things more refreshing. More importantly, it fosters authenticity in my opinion. Being innovative gives you an invaluable capability to adapt, for longevity as an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Hope Kahn- Hoffman | Photographer

Did you ever hear the saying “Necessity is the Mother of Invention? My children were my driving force in my success. It was being a single mom with two children under the age of five. It was essential to trust myself and find creative ways in developing an exclusive photography clientele. I have always been an avid learner of photography classically trained using film and darkroom techniques. Now twenty years later, I have come full circle back to film and the use of paper negatives. I am interested in an interpretation of what I see, not a direct likeness of my subject. Using the Holga Pinhole, and my hand-made cameras made out of vintage tins, I have found the ability to share an emotional connection between myself and the viewer in a way that I cannot reach with any other cameras that I have explored. Read more>>