Ben Mullin, Riekes Fernside Alumni

Ben Mullin, Riekes Fernside Alumni

A successful photographer and cinematographer, Ben Mullin attributes much of his success to the Riekes Center. Ben began training with Gary at Fernside when he was set on being a football player at Menlo High School. “Once I realized, through weight training with Gary, that long term goals are the product of many short term goals that you follow through on, it opened my mind to the idea that I could really do anything I was passionate about if I just had a plan...I'm certain that the early lessons I realized at the Riekes Center were integral to helping me achieve what has become a passion and goal of mine...to travel the world and film interesting people and places.”  Which is exactly what he was doing when we caught up with him for this interview.

John Paye

John Paye

A former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers, John Paye remembers his athletic career while working with Gary Riekes. As a teenager, John started at Gary’s home on Fernside and moved up the athletic ladder to complete his goals of becoming a successful football player. John’s love for athletics has taken him from the football field to coaching his daughter's and sister’s basketball teams, leading them to victory numerous times. Taking a break from coaching, we sat down with John to find out a little more about his life and experiences…