Best of Niles Award for Personal Fitness Trainers

Press Release


Mike Michelakis Personal Training Receives the 2013 Best of Niles Award. The Niles Award Program Honors the Achievement.

NILES: August 29, 2013 — Mike Michelakis Personal Training has been selected for the   2013 Best of Niles Award in the Personal Fitness Trainers category by the Niles Award Program. Each year, the Niles Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Niles area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Niles Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Niles Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Niles Award Program

The Niles Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Niles area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Niles Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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Official Retirement Letter


Dear fellow colleagues, family members, and friends,

As some of you may or may not already know, I am writing to inform you that after 16 long years with the Niles Community Schools, I have officially retired from teaching in the State of Michigan. I wanted to wait until I felt it was the right time to let everyone know that I care about and have had wonderful relationships with over the past decade and a half plus. It has been a quite a ride since 1997 here in Niles, Michigan and I thought it would be best to share with you some of my thoughts as I move forward on to bigger and better things with my life.

As you are all well aware, the state of education is not anywhere near what it used to be when a lot of us were hired in back in the 1990’s. Between economic struggles, federal guidelines, and unions taking a hit, I personally feel that the stresses of dealing with today’s students and the employer hoops we have to jump through daily are not worth the migraine headaches and stress related illnesses that plague many of us in the workforce in our school buildings.

Though we had many successes in the late 1990’s and well into the 2000’s that we can put feathers in our cap over, in the end the situations of daily uncertainty and negative work morale grew to be too much. Bottom line: it’s just not worth sacrificing one’s health, happiness, and prosperity over as it often leads to the breakdown in relationships with even loved (as I can personally attest to over the years), and more importantly one’s sanity.

There are a lot of people I would like to thank over the many years of service in the community. First of all, I want to thank all my fellow teachers, coaches, secretaries, and custodians who I had the opportunity to work with over the many years here in Niles. Over that time we say that we are there for the kids, and in the past we have been fortunate enough to have a lot of great ones pass through. However, in the end as the good ones move on with their lives, we are left with each other to lean on for support. I enjoyed creating opportunities for our youth, and there couldn’t have been a better staff with which to work with than those employed by the Niles Community Schools. In the end, I was only as successful as the people who surrounded me and the people around me made me good.

I also want thank the school district for allowing me the opportunity to create programs and to build facilities during my tenure in the school system. I have no doubts or questions in my mind (having been stated in evaluations) that I was a valuable asset to the secondary buildings in which I worked from 1997 until 2013. I was fortunate to enjoy a lot of the successes during the good times in the schools. Let me be judicious, however, in stating that no matter how much hard work we put into the things we do philosophical changes over time dictate future statuses despite the great accomplishments and achieved successes we may have had throughout our careers. Moral of the story: as a fellow P.E. teacher once told me, “As long as you are of use to an employer without being a threat to them, then longevity can be sustained.” Yet, as a great former A.D. of mine once said, “True innovators never stay the same. They will ultimately evolve and change.” In some cases it’s by choice and in other cases the decision is made for you. Either way, the Lord above ultimately has a plan for our lives and the paths for which they take.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to move on now to be the Territory Sales Manager for Model Coverall Services. I am fortunate once again to not only have the chance to take over a successful program that is already in place, but the opportunity to build and create a whole new program with which to continue the successful business in the Michiana area. Obviously, my skill set lends very well to this industry and thus I can continue in a field for which I have the passion to help others. As a manager, the biggest thing I promise to do is to properly lead my fellow assistants and employees to be successful on a daily basis. The problem in our local educational system is, as a fellow custodial engineer once put it, “There are three forms of administrative management we have here: micromanagement, bad management, and no management.” Be rest assured that I will lead with good management.

In addition to my new career in South Bend, Indiana, I am still the Fitness Training Director at the Lakeland Athletic Club here in Niles, Michigan where I still reside. In addition, I am still heavily involved with my childrens’ sporting activities. Being that they reside and attend the schools in South Bend, they will be involved with the Michiana YMCA while still taking classes at Hong’s USA in Niles. Despite all the changes I went through these past couple of months, it was great to know that I had the support of not only my family, but my friends. With all the reference and background checks businesses do, there is one person (a former ISR supervisor and former football coach at Niles H.S.) who went out of his way to reach out to a couple of companies with whom he had some contacts with to offer professional recommendations. Networking with who you know is the most powerful tool there is, well beyond what you may know or even what you may have done or accomplished throughout a lifetime or a career.

Here is my final piece of advice to those teachers out there who are struggling with all the changes that are occurring daily as we speak. People say that the unions do not help us anymore in terms of longevity protection. While it is true that the state has taken away some of those rights (as many others have done the same), being a member of the union does help you when it is time to move forward. Trust me, I can personally tell you this. In the end, you have to do what is best for you and your family. If you can survive in the existing climate that is our schools today, I wish you the best of luck. If you cannot live with the circumstances of the situation presented to you, then utilize the resources you have around you so that you may move on. Those are the words of wisdom I can give you.

Sincerely, Michael D. Michelakis,

former teacher and present manager,

personal trainer and sports father.

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Mike Michelakis Personal Training in Niles, MI – YellowBot

Mike Michelakis Personal Training in Niles, MI – YellowBot.

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Hong’s USA TKD feature story

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Buckeye Valley Alumni Wall of Fame

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It’s Official: Mike is now also training in Niles, Michigan

For the first time in his illustrious Strength Coaching and Personal Training career, Mike Michelakis will now be training at the Lakeland Athletic Club in Niles Township, Michigan. Mike has predominantly done his training business since 2002 in the Bangor, Michigan, New Buffalo, Michigan, and Long Beach, Indiana areas. While he will still be training in Michigan City, Indiana on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, Mike will now be available to train on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in Niles, Michigan. During the school year, Mike’s hours are predominantly in the afternoons and evenings throughout the week. He is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the members of the Michiana Tennis Club community.
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