Our founder, a Long Island native, has a diverse and interesting background. After selling the last of his car dealerships in early 2005 for which he was the operating partner, Steven moved with his wife and children to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. Later that year, Steven founded Scottsdale Jean Company, which would quickly become the largest Arizona based retailer of designer jeans and clothing (and the main reason why The Modern's fashion is so special).
As someone who is constantly seeking to elevate his body, conditioning and nutrition to a higher level, Steven quickly immersed himself in the much healthier west coast lifestyle, including the fitness facilities with more progressive offerings and healthy fast casual food establishments.
By 2009, Steven was experiencing chronic pain and stiffness resulting from twenty-five years of martial arts and many years of competitive car and cart racing. A friend who had experienced similar debilitating back and shoulder issues dragged Steven to a class offering a newer style of hot yoga. It was much different than the few yoga classes he had tried previously, which he found to be slow and unenjoyable with little relief from the pain and stiffness. This new style of hot flow yoga was an active full-body workout, including abs and cardio, and there was great music to make it fun. Steven was hooked and this practice became part of his regular exercise routine. He was soon feeling healthy enough to resume full contact fighting, lifting weights, and other activities he had been unable to participate in due to his injuries.
Steven later completed an intensive Yoga Alliance sanctioned instructor certification program. As the end of his training drew near, he began teaching whenever his busy schedule allowed, infusing his colorful personality and diverse taste in popular music, while continuing to attend classes regularly.
Steven has always been an entrepreneur who thinks outside the box, so when he visited New York each year and was unable to find anything similar to the style of hot yoga he enjoyed and was so popular on the west coast, the wheels in his head began to turn. He also had difficulty finding delicious smoothies and Acai Bowls that weren’t loaded with sugar and other non-beneficial ingredients, or a good selection of healthy fast casual food, including gluten-free options, which he required. It was during one of these trips in 2014 that Steven decided it was time to return home to New York to pursue this opportunity, combining multiple progressive fitness concepts, smoothies and Acai bowls, healthy food and fashion together for the first time in such a way no one had experienced elsewhere. Over two years was spent meticulously planning every detail while searching for an ideal location. The Modern Improvement Club® was born!
In addition to overseeing every aspect of The Modern, he trains and certifies our exemplary team of instructors, Steven teaches some of our Hot Flow Yoga classes.