Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Business Spotlight October 2016

Posted on: October 1, 2016 4:00 pm

Elements Massage Montgomery

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Business Description: Massage studio – we just do massage.  Our focus is therapeutic massage to make people feel better

Address: 9905 Montgomery Road Montgomery, OH  45242

Phone: 513.334.5229

Owner: Mike Rundle, Manager: Lesli Newton


Get to know the the owner, Mike Rundle

What is your favorite part or your job?
Having a client come out after a massage and tell us how much better he/she feels, especially when the therapist has helped relieve pain. 

Do you or your business donate to any charities? Which ones? Why?
My family donates to United Way, the Freestore Foodbank, and Mercy Neighborhood Ministries.  We’ve chosen these because their focus is on improving the community by helping people build their capabilities.  We also donate to public radio because we are big consumers. Our business donates to Montgomery charities and the city schools because we want to be a contributing part of the city. 

What is your key to success?
Listening and using what I hear to modify my behavior. Being persistent.  Being focused and direct. 

Do you have any hobbies or activities of interest? What are they?
I exercise, love hiking and the outdoors, and reading almost anything.  I volunteer as a facilitator with the Goering Center for family and private businesses and am on United Way’s Success by Six council.  I’ve also been working on my MBA at Xavier. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
New Zealand 

If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
Winston Churchill

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?
End childhood poverty. 

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Name one short term goal?
Having 300 members for our studio 

Best advice anyone has given you?
Practice, practice, practice and then make it look like you’re making it up as you go along. (from a class I took in standup comedy) 

Describe yourself in three words?
Persistent, friendly, smart 

Do you have any pets? How many? What kind? Names?
One dog, an eighteen pound French poodle, named Gracie, who charms everyone she meets. 

Where did you grow up?
My father was in the Army so we lived lots of places in the US and in Germany, where I graduated from Nurnberg American High School.  States where I’ve lived:  Louisiana, Washington, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, and Ohio.  I’ve lived in Cincinnati since 1988. 

What is a show on TV that you can’t miss?
My favorites are Jeopardy and the Daily Show, but I miss them all the time 

Have you read a book recently that you would recommend?
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.  Gladwell explores the strengths and weaknesses of our intuitive, snap judgments.  I found his discussion about dealing with our unstated biases interesting and really helpful. 

What is your favorite movie?
All time – Forrest Gump, this year – Sing Street 

Money is not an option where would you go on a 2 week vacation?

What is your favorite hangout spot in Cincinnati?
The bar at Dewey’s Pizza in Clifton. 

What is your favorite thing about owning a business in Montgomery?
The people, of course.  Everyone has been very welcoming and supportive.