We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Koder and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joshua, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In every position I held growing up, I new I was working my way towards owning my own business. I hated having a boss, or someone telling me what to do, and I learned from an early age that you could make a lot of money doing your own thing. First, I own a private personal training facility called Joshua Koder Fitness just a few miles north of downtown Dallas in Highland Park. At this gym I specialize in golf; a sport I have played since I was six years old, as well as, implement exercise prescription and nutrition intervention. I love helping people and watching them find their full potential in health and wellness. Some say I am a healer. Second, I own a music management company called Joshua Artist Management, a successful Pop/Punk Band called Van Full of Nuns, and we are founders of Pop Punk Nite. My passion for the music industry has created a foundation for each one of these projects to become a career that I love. Once you step into the music it never lets you go. Once you walk on a stage with a huge crowd in front of you are addicted for life. We are about the experience with our shows and any band that I am working with we try to recreate that.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In both the gym life and the music life, being able to talk and communicate with people is most important. If I cannot effectively communicate, especially when you have a group of individuals depending on you, then nobody is on the same page. In the band or at home, on the golf course or with my clients, communication is key. My wife and all of my band mates will tell you how important to me this is and how much of a struggle it has been. If I can relate to my audience, If I can put myself in your shoes for one minute and just listen, If I can step back and take a grasp of the bigger picture then people tend to become more relatable and comfortable around you. Its easy to push someone off and not give them the time of day. That’s where we don’t take chances and lose an opportunity to meet and engage with the people that matter the most.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I grew up in Dallas and still love being a part of it. On any given day you will find us enjoying White Rock Lake or on Lake Lewisville fishing, boating, and enjoying our friends company. One of my favorite things to do in Dallas is going to see live music, and indulging in the amazing restaurants that exist in our area. Gas Monkey has been huge supporters of the music scene for us, as well as, so many other venues that are still pushing for live music and support local music along the way. Dallas has more unique taco shops then any other city I know of. One of my favorite foods to go explore and always a past time for the band or my family. My wife is a chef so to experience the restaurants in the area is very important to us. Our favorite, and close to home, is The Grotto in Highland Village, but Downtown Dallas and the surrounding areas will provide you with some of the most unique and best tasting meals you could every come across. Visiting for one week is not nearly enough to soak in what the hospitality culture has to offer. We love our live music and food!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Finding the right team of individuals that you really know and trust is key for a business to be successful. If it were not for the guys in Van Full of Nuns then I would not be where I am in the music industry today. Each one of them have a roll, use their own talents and experiences, and provide me with a backbone for growth and success. Management, booking, and performance I could not imagine doing it without them. From a bigger picture, if it were not for my immediate family; my wife Courtney and two boys, Parker and Van, sticking beside me through this adventure of life I would be lost. They are my motivation to succeed, they are my encouragement when I need it the most, and they are my shoulder when I am down and at a loss for words. They have stuck by me in the development and leap of faith from starting my own gym, and they accepted my passion for music and my dream to be successful at it.

Website: www.joshuakoder.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/joshkoder
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jskoder
Other: www.vanfullofnuns.com www.instagram.com/vanfullofnuns www.facebook.com/vanfullofnuns

Image Credits
Photo Credits: Andrew Sherman Tyler Demcher Todd Griffith Matt Pearce

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