A creative genius sees or hears things that others don’t. They do not write music; they hear music and write it down. They do not paint pictures; they see things and paint them.” - David Berthold
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing this month of Devon Bolton, Co-Founder of Fitneff.
The Fitneff Story
The Fitneff story began when Devon Bolton, Laurel Walzak, and Ron Bettin met during Queen’s University Executive MBA Program. On this intense educational experience, we had a chance to meet some exceptional people, and Devon stood out with his passion and intensity. One evening over beers, the idea of designing a treadmill desk came to fruition, and the WalkTop was born; before we even graduated, Fitneff was formed.
Devon being interviewed at WalkTop launch in Calgary
As a Fitneff Co-Founder, Devon developed our branding and guided us into creating a company that “provides solutions to integrate movement into everyday life: at work, at school, at home, and on the go.” More importantly, Devon was a trusted friend and adviser, and his creative genius and marketing wisdom guided us in those early start-up days. So many times, Devon would say that he was “putting himself in the shoes of the customer” and challenge us to think outside the box to do things better.
Devon’s life was an extraordinary journey, and his interests and talents were diverse. As a gifted young filmmaker, he had his dramatic directing debut with the 1998 movie short "Memoirs of a Western Newspaperman," which won "Best Short Film" and garnered him "Best Director" and "Best Editor" nominations at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards. With his sister, Kirsten, he then made the short films “Shipwrecked” (2004) and then “Promise” (2008).
Devon Bolton & Kirsten Bolton
Shipwrecked had international success winning “Best Short” at many of the international film festivals it played and went on to win a prestigious “"BAFTA/LA Short Film Award." Devon continued his career as a commercial director and worked with agencies in Canada and the US before transitioning his career into a sought after creative and marketing adviser.
Devon will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and his four children who he adored. Devon is a part of the Fitneff DNA, and we will remember him by living up to the high standards he set by “putting ourselves in the customer's shoes” and caring compassionately for those that are close to us.
Ron Bettin, Devon Bolton & Laurel Walzak
We will miss Devon dearly. Godspeed.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, approximately 31 million Americans can be experiencing back pain at any one time. Furthermore, back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work, and 50 per cent of working Americans have reported experiencing back pain at some point throughout the year. Isn’t that crazy?
Back pain is no joke, and it can clearly be debilitating for a lot of people. So why don’t we do more to prevent it? Office workers sit anywhere between nine and 12 hours daily depending on the nature of their job, what they do on their downtime and the length of their commute. Let’s take a deeper look at the problem with sitting and how you can reduce back pain moving forward.
Corporate culture: It’s one of those buzzword phrases that’s become huge in the business world in the last couple of years. Everyone wants a healthy, vibrant corporate culture, and everyone wants to prove said corporate culture to the rest of the business world.
These desires are understandable, given that companies known for a healthy corporate culture are generally more liked by their customers and stakeholders. So the question then becomes, how can you foster a successful corporate culture in your workplace? While culture is definitely not something that’s formed overnight, here are six helpful tips to get you started on the right path.
As busy professionals, we all know that work can fill up our schedules in what feels like an instant. Between meetings, deadlines, projects and emails, sometimes a 40-hour work-week just doesn’t seem feasible.
All of this said, finding a healthy work-life balance has become all the rage in recent years, and for good reason. Finding time for the more important things in life is crucial to an overall lifestyle of wellness. If you’re constantly working and never seem to have any down time, stress will inevitably pile up and your mental health will suffer. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to creating a healthy work-life balance, check out these nine tips to get you on the right track!
As you all know, a LOT can happen in five years. In Ron Bettin’s case, he went from an MBA student recovering from a back injury to inventor of the WalkTop and President and CEO of his own company – that’s quite the transformation!
As such, this year marks the fifth year that the WalkTop has been on the market, and we’re so excited to celebrate this huge milestone. In order to fully appreciate where we are now, we thought we’d take a look back over the past five years to see just how far we’ve come. We sat down with Ron to hear how the company has grown, what some of his favorite moments have been thus far, and what we can expect from WalkTop moving forward.
Happy Heart Month everyone! That’s right, once again we’re into February and that means for the entire month it’s time to raise awareness for heart health. According to the CDC, approximately 610,000 Americans die from heart disease every year. That is a staggeringly large number. So what can we do to change that?
This Heart Month we’re giving you six easy ways to be heart-healthy so that we can start to change the story for America. Let’s be heart-healthy together!
Many of us have a home office that we use to accomplish a large portion of our work. Home offices are a great set-up that allow more flexibility and personalization in design, but still typically promote mostly sedentary behaviour.
With a WalkTop Treadmill Desk, you can take your home office to the next level and make health and wellness a priority in your home environment. Check out our top five reasons why you should have a WalkTop in the home!
It’s a brand new year again, and you know what that means: it’s time to develop some New Year’s Resolutions! But what happens if you’ve taken all of the appropriate steps to setting proper goals and you still find yourself struggling to accomplish them? We’ve definitely all been there. If you find yourself in that situation this year, here are six tips to help you follow through with your 2019 intentions.