Canada native Marnie Wong never thought she’d be a boot camp instructor, nor a business owner. The Phoenix resident, 34, with a Master’s degree in engineering and circuit design, decided to steer her life in a totally different direction and leave an engineering career to purchase Boot Camps Babes fitness classes, which inspired her as a participant before she became co-owner of the Boot Camp Babes’ four locations a year-and-a-half ago. While it was what some may consider a huge leap, Wong hasn’t been happier. Read on to hear her business advice, as well as five reasons why she loves living in the Valley.
What brought you to Arizona?
I came in 1999 after I got into ASU. It was a very last-minute decision. I had been going to the University of Calgary, and I decided I wanted to go a different place, and it was already August, so I wanted somewhere I could get in quick, and I had never lived away from home so I wanted to go somewhere not too far from home but somewhere warm. ASU accepted me right away, and I got a scholarship. Continue reading