John Neyland is a serial entrepreneur. After being shorted on a paycheck, he launched his own storm windows company at 18 years old. Then, after accompanying his widowed mother-in-law to a rough financial advising appointment in 2002, he launched his own financial advising firm, JCN Financial & Tax Advisory Group, which now manages $100 million in assets. He’s written a memoir, launched a nonprofit and serves as a mentor to at-risk children. Being self-employed, he says, allows him to pursue his passion—enabling people to follow their dreams and live a fulfilling life. “I like to do what’s in my mind, and I can’t do that working for you.”
Last summer, Neyland learned that his wife’s trainer was retiring—a unique problem because the trainer was the only person in town offering a specialized fitness regimen that focused on once-a-week, 30-minute workouts. Neyland’s wife had seen remarkable results through the program, so he founded a fitness studio, Strength Science Studios, just for her. “My greatest achievement was marrying my wife—that’s why I opened this gym for her.” He opened the studio on Highland Road in August 2018, featuring MedX equipment, and expanded offering services to his financial advising clients and then to the public. Because the slow-resistance workouts are so specialized, clients meet with trainers by appointment only, which Neyland says helps create an inviting environment, especially for clients over 55 years old.
After a year of operating the studio on Highland Road, Neyland is moving his business to a larger location at the intersection of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Highland Road. Despite being a mentor, a financial advisor and owner of a fitness studio, Neyland will tell you he doesn’t work. Everything he does, he says, is pushing the same ball. “I don’t get up to go to work. I get up to pursue my passion, which is helping people.” That passion stems from his childhood, where he and his siblings endured years living with an abusive father. While such hardships could break many other people, Neyland freely shares his story to inspire others to be resilient in the face of extreme adversity. “I’ve never been one to focus on tough times. They’re tough enough, so I’m going to focus on how to get better.”
(Editor’s note: This story has been updated since its original publication to reflect the fact that John Neyland’s father was not an alcoholic. Business Report regrets the error.)