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Gym owner one of four being honored at African-American Chamber Banquet

By Gheni_Platenburg
Nov. 3, 2010 at 6:03 a.m.

Tim Jackson does push-ups on exercise ball with the supervision of The Heat Athletic owner, Nicholas Green. Jackson has been coming to The Heat for about one month specifically for the attention and specialized training athletes get.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: 2010 African-American Chamber of Commerce of Victoria's Chairman's Awards Banquet

WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 4

WHERE: The Victoria Country Club

FEE: Tickets are $50

CHAIRMAN'S SPORTS AWARD

Don Brubaker has been named the recipient of the 2010 AACCV Chairman's Sports Award.

Brubaker was born and raised in Houston where he graduated from Westbury High School in 1977.

Don began his notable career path while attending the University of Houston, covering high school football games for the Houston Post.

After covering traffic and sporting events for Houston radio, Don moved into television broadcasting at KPRC-TV, then finding a home in Victoria as sports director at KAVU in August 1984.

Since then, Brubaker has made contributions to the community through his personal involvement as well as his professional career.

Throughout his career in sports broadcasting, Brubaker has covered numerous events including: NFL training camps, Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, nine state basketball tournaments, three state baseball tournaments, three state track meets, and 11 state football championship games.

EDUCATION AWARD

Dr. Margaret Hunt Rice is the recipient of the Education Award.

Rice, who describes her calling as one of helping people develop their God-given potential, is a native of Kenedy.

Rice holds a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University, a Master of Arts from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy from Texas A&M University. She is a graduate of Leadership Texas and the Office of Women in Higher Education's National Leadership Forum.

Rice began her work at the University of Houston-Victoria in October 1999 as the first director of Letting Education Achieve Dreams. She subsequently became the executive director of Student Services and Regional Outreach and then moved to her current role as chief of staff in 2006.

Rice and her husband, Gene, have two children, Kristen and Justin.

YOUTH AWARD

Raymond Yancey is a junior at Victoria East High School where he is co-president of the Drama Club, head photographer and a performer on the speech ad debate team. In addition to those activities Yancey is an archive performer at Theatre Victoria. Most recently, he portrayed Schroeder in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown".

In 2009. Yancey won Mr. Top Teen, an award designated by the Victoria Chapter of Top Teens of America.

He aspires to be an actor and humanitarian.

Surrounded by treadmills, free weights and walls painted purple and gold in homage to his college alma mater, business owner Nicholas Green spends countless hours in his gym helping Victorians get into shape.

However, for Green, who owns Heat Athletic and Personal Training, 1209 E. Hiller St., helping others get their sexy back is more than just a job, it's a dream fulfilled.

"If I could do it for free, I would," said Green. "The reason I got into it is to help folks out on my own level, on my own time and at my own pace."

Green's dedication to getting Victorians in shape as well as his business savvy is what caught the eye of the 2010 African-American Chamber of Commerce of Victoria, prompting the organization to honor Green along with three others at this year's Chairman's banquet.

Green, 35, is the recipient of the business award.

"Five percent of the Victoria population is African-American, so for them to recognize me as one of the few business owners, which is probably one of the five percent, is fantastic," said Green. "I think it's a great deal to be recognized by your own peers. It's probably as important if not more important than to be recognized by the City of Victoria."

"The business award is an important award because as a chamber of commerce, we have a sincere interest in growing businesses, particularly black businesses, minority-owned businesses and historically under-utilized businesses," said chamber treasurer Ron Peace.

Chamber president Matthew Gaskin said Green's age was also a deciding factor for the award.

"We chose Nick because he was a young man already in business who was expanding his business," Gaskin said. "He is a good role model for someone who is young and wanting to start a business."

Green also played on school sports teams at both Patti Welder Junior High School and Stroman High School before graduating in 1993.

For his athletic abilities, he received a football scholarship to Kansas Wesleyan University where he played for one year before transferring to his purple and gold clad alma mater of Louisiana State University and played three years for the LSU Tigers.

Green graduated in 1998 with a degree in finance.

"I'm a finance guy, but my personality won't let me work in an 8-to-5 environment for too long," said Green, who quit his job as assistant manager for Groceryworks.com to pursue personal training full time.

In the beginning, Green said his family was not 100 percent supportive of his chosen business venture.

"My wife kept asking, 'Why can't you just be normal?" he said.

He and his family eventually moved back to Victoria where he received his International Sports Sciences Association training certification and began training at Citizen's Healthily and the now-defunct Gym-X.

Green opened Heat in February 2002 with an enviable amount of clientele of all ages that he'd built up from his time working at other Victoria gym facilities.

The entrepreneur said he chose the name Heat because it's the only way to burn calories.

"The difference between us and a regular gym is that we get results," said Green. "The other gyms will take your money monthly, give you a pat on the back and say good luck, but we are a results-based business."

Green, who has accumulated 10 years of personal training experience, has worked to expand his business.

He plans to break ground with his own freestanding Heat gym facility on John Stockbauer Drive in Summer 2011.

Green is optimistic about his business's future.

"I think everything fell in place when it was supposed to. This is my means to an end," he said. "This is just the beginning for me."

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