Brian Spitz was a student and employee at the Riekes Center in the 1990’s. Along with coworkers Beau Perry and Jason Ward he created the orientation video “Lesson Zero" in 1997, which is viewed by new students at the Riekes Center to this day.
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.