About This Show
Graham Mann is cofounder of Lean Systems, a logistics startup with offices in New York and Montreal, a graduate of Techstars NYC, and recipient of the 2017 Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur award. On this podcast, he interviews top entrepreneurs, creatives, investors and more, to learn about how they got started, and the habits and tools that led to their success.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Ep. #6 - Dave Rafuse on Sales Skills, Starting a Gym & Why Team is the Most Important Thing
This episode’s guest is Dave Rafuse, the owner of Blended Athletics, a
primarily CrossFit gym in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Dave is a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University with a Major in Human
Kinetics and a Minor in Chemistry, and began his business career at Pitney
Bowes in Halifax, where he spent two years doing outside sales.
He then moved to Vancouver and continued his career with Johnson & Johnson
as a Territory Business Manager, where he won National Rookie of the Year,
and later the President’s Club Award in 2011.
In 2013 he decided to blend his passion for business and fitness by opening
Blended Athletics. Blended Athletics offers personal training, CrossFit and
Olympic Weightlifting in a 9600 square foot, state-of-the-art training
He was recently accepted in to the Entrepreneurial Leaders Program of the
Wallace McCain Institute at the University of New Brunswick (ELP10).
In this episode, we cover Dave’s beginnings in sales, some of the habits
that made him successful in that field, why he started a gym, and why he’s
passionate about fitness and business.
Joining Dave is my longtime friend Matt Taylor, who introduced us, and is
now a trainer at Blended Athletics.Read more »