‘Badass’. A good word. A good way to ‘be’. Over the years I have been called a badass many times. It seems a fitting badge of honor so I have decided to own it. So much so that I have trademarked “Badass Soul Seeking Warrior”™.
I am a Badass Soul Seeking Warrior™ and here is why:
I am fiercely loyal to my country, my faith, my family and my friends. I have the good sense and the courage to hurl myself out of my comfort zone and into places filled with surprise, discovery and growth. I am unwilling to compromise who I am for the comfort or approval of others. I am a student of the extraordinary and living the remarkable. I believe in limitless possibilities and that life is only as difficult as we make it. I believe that vulnerability is powerful and I have the audacity to “believe it before I see it.” My definition of authenticity is to show up fearless because this allows us the most important freedom of all; to be who we are. I am most comfortable in blue jeans and cowboy boots and I treasure the sanctity of my barn. My animals are my partners in seeking adventure and nature is my coach.”
-Annie M. Fonte
Annie has a B.S. in Business Administration. She spent six years in banking and commercial real estate working throughout the United States. Annie then received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and worked for a venture backed start-up in the health care arena serving as the assistant to the President prior to becoming a department head. Once the company went public Annie left corporate America once and for all to pursue her entrepreneurial ambitions. She became the co-owner of a private practice sports medicine and wellness facility in San Diego, CA. Shortly thereafter, Annie and her business partner co-founded a medical products development and research organization. She was instrumental in the design and patenting of the OnTrack® treatment method used to remedy the most common knee disorder in the world. Annie created and managed the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution of the product. She recruited, trained and managed a nationwide sales force consisting of over 150 independent representatives in 39 states.
Annie then co-founded an international continuing education company whose purpose was to teach medical professionals throughout the world how to make available state-of-the-art medical treatment for the millions of people who suffer from patellofemoral dysfunction. Along with her business partner Annie provided hundreds of educational seminars to thousands of medical providers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Annie then created a consulting company with the goal of educating and coaching medical professionals and small business owners on how to start and operate successful entrepreneurial enterprises. During this time she designed and taught a one-day course, Creating the Ultimate Private Practice, to hundreds of physical therapists throughout the United States.
Up next, Annie co-founded Snap-Saver, LLC to manufacture, market and sell an innovative line of food storage containers. Snap-Saver offered its product line to retailers across the country while utilizing home shopping and short form direct response television to create brand recognition. Snap Saver received extensive recognition and design awards as well as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Hot New Products” award. Snap Saver went on to license its patented technology to NewellRubbermaid and it is sold throughout the United States under the branded name “Easy Find Lids.”
In 2012 Annie and her business partner ventured out to create a new model for the delivery of physical therapy and wellness services to individuals of all ages. They are determined to continue to provide world-class care to their patients and clients without compromise. Today’s health care environment is costly, inefficient and ineffective. Evolve Physical Therapy + Advanced Wellness was created to rise above mediocrity and to excel at the highest level while positively impacting the lives of so many.
As a hopeless entrepreneur, Annie’s most recent undertaking is the creation of Meet Me At The Barn, a personal development enterprise designed to assist people in achieving their highest level of living. Meet Me At The Barn offers live and on-line classes that take people through a yearlong , ten step process of living an authentic life.
A personal invitation from Annie:
“Be badass with me. Come be a warrior with me. Let’s get our boots dirty. Let’s get a little mud on our face. Let’s get gritty and grateful and dazzling. Along the way we will soulfully and forever seek the unusual. We will learn that all we have is enough. We will find joy in each moment and we will come to know that there is great abundance in the world. We will create a life where gracious meets breathtaking and unmitigated badassery abounds! Meet Me At The Barn.”