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To Newark, With Love. From Newark, With Love

To Newark, With Love. From Newark, With Love

From Newark, With Love Michael Steadman Ironbound Boxing

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Walking through downtown Newark, on my way to visit Michael Steadman, founder of Ironbound Boxing, Veteran and Newark Champion, I couldn’t help but think how many people exist in this city doing work they are passionate about and then translating that passion into impact for their community.

Michael is a shining example of what we can do when we put our mind to it! It is evident even in his email signatures which has the quote “The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.”-Unknown. Michael is the founder of Ironbound Boxing, a wellness initiative that has created corporate health experience for the likes of Spotify, WeWork and Everlast.

Michael is able to create an intense and focused experience because of his background as a Marine Veteran and all the tools he acquired at Stanford.

When we linked up, it was immediate that we had a love of Newark and also our youth. You see, that’s the beauty of what Michael does through Ironbound Boxing on the corporate level, it allows him the resources to impact the youth of Newark by instilling in them the discipline and giving them an outlet that the boxing world provides! Mike gives his all to the work, reading constantly, pushing himself and breaking down boundaries he wants to demolish.

Ironbound is not just a facility, it’s a culture and bonding space for young people who need to let out their energy. Their mission is front and center throughout the space and every time Mike steps through the door.

“WE’RE ON A MISSION TO SHARE OUR LOVE, PASSION, AND APPRECIATION FOR BOXING WITHIN COMPANIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES. AS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE, WE PROUDLY DEDICATE A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF OUR PROCEEDS, TO FUND FREE BOXING PROGRAMS FOR INNER-CITY YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS. WE ARE IRONBOUND.”

What makes me proud walking through the space is the energy of everyone giving their all to the moment. Nodding at Mike and looking to the trainers in the space for critique and compliment with the same level of enthusiasm. Whether it is a corporate team or the young person in the ring, “everyone needs a coach” Mike says and I think he is right, I am just happy that our coach is right here in Newark.

To Book Mike for a Tour or to understand more of his corporate services Reach out:

Mike Steadman
Founder & CEO IRONBOUND Boxing
Email: Mike@WeAreIronbound.com
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KKAD

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In Newark, I get to have these amazing moments where I discover a company that I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting before. I was invited to be a keynote for Next City Vanguard and speak about the spirit of collaboration in our city.

Newark is about equitable development for its citizens and small business owners. It is a point of pride in my career that in this city, I have found multiple ways to partner and bring hyper-local companies into projects I work on.

After such an amazing experience of speaking on collaboration, my favorite part of any engagement is afterwards! I want to meet everyone in the room, learn about their projects and services, especially when the leaders in the room are in Newark. I want to grab every card and find moments to take in their stories.

I had a moment to chat with the amazing Kraig Kalashian and Jennifer Van Blarcom of KKAD. Their boutique powerhouse Architecture & Hospitality Design Firm creates breathtaking environments and they are headquartered in a building I have been curious about since coming to Newark. They invited me to their Raymond Blvd studio for coffee and I was beyond, excited to sit with them.

So before I can even talk about how beautiful their work is, we need to understand how welcoming their space is. It was so evident that they wished to have every member of their team have an optimal work environment to execute in. It was ultimate luxury meets function.

There were so many common areas to grab the latest in design publications, create mood boards in their sample space, or even to play a good game of chess. The creative in me was instantly drawn to ever corner of the studio.

I lust after studios because they open your mind up to possibilities in executing your own projects.

Sitting in the well-appointed conference room, we discussed the beauty of Newark and our shared obsession over historic buildings waiting to be brought to life again and the neighborhoods in Newark like Vailsburg, Lincoln Park and Lower Clinton Hill where small businesses need spaces to bring those areas to life and reflect the residents. I’m excited to know that KKAD founder Kraig Kalashian is committed to building relationships with small businesses that will help them to take up space in their developments.

Over all I was so happy to visit this space and speak with the team, cannot wait to see what is next for KKAD.

HOTEL PHILLIPS

Kansas City, MO – 2016

Take a moment to see this Historic project executed by KKAD.

Previously listed on the National Register for Historic Places, the recent renovation enhanced the existing architecture while repositioning the hotel for the 21st century traveler. The redesign included three new food and beverage outlets as well as a new design concept for all 217 rooms.

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To Newark, With Love. From Newark, With Love

To Newark, with Love.

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Mural part of the Four Corners Public Arts: “Magnitude and Bond” by a Womb of Violet Collective @awombofviolet , Layqa Nuna Yawar @layqanunawar & Kelly Prevard @prevardk

It has been over 10 years of living, working and loving in Newark. The opportunity to expand my company and build it into the fabric of the city found me in a whirlwind love affair with Brick City.

Now after all this time, I wanted to devote a portion of my platform to write love letters to this city by telling the stories of different places, companies, and people that make Newark a unique and beautiful place to live, work and play.

Born in Brooklyn, Made in Newark.

I used this quote in my TEDx, I have been blessed to be able to grow in this city, as a person of color, a business owner and an advocate, in Newark there is opportunity to push yourself.

So take a read about some amazing parts of my city.

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