We’re pleased to introduce our Associate Sales Manager, Dylan Smith, for this week’s installation of the Side-Hustle Series! Dylan is a co-owner and coach at Apex Combat Sports, the premier martial arts academy in Binghamton.

Apex Combat Sports was founded in 2018 by Dylan and his partners, James and Alex. The three were lifelong martial artists looking for a place to train with their friends. Together, they offer classes for all levels of expertise in Boxing, Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! At Apex, everyone remembers what it’s like to be a beginner. While their members may be tough, they pride themselves on creating a welcoming, beginner-friendly environment. Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, improve your health, or compete, Apex’s programs will provide you with the framework to succeed both on and off the mats. Here’s how Dylan describes his classes and students:

“All of our classes are beginner friendly, and we always have a range of members. Some people are looking to get in shape, some are learning a cool new skill, and some are training to compete. Our coaches deliver expert instruction to ensure you understand the movements, then our community provides you with the support and inspiration to crush your goals.”

Dylan carries the same sense of community into his work with Bandalier! He’s always working behind the scenes with his team members to help them improve their techniques and results. He helps his team build new communities, too – they share news about their work as the calls happen, as well as details of other projects. After hearing about all of his team-members side-hustles, Dylan created a group for the entrepreneurs on our team. They meet periodically to talk through the issues each business is facing and brainstorm solutions. Dylan has seen a lot of benefits to working with entrepreneurs:

“Having Jeremy, our CEO at Bandalier, and other entrepreneurs here to bounce ideas off of, or issues I am facing has been amazing. Jeremy has always been available for me to get advice from or to just lend an ear to vent to which has gone a long way. We actually opened the gym a few weeks before I started my time at Bandalier, and being able to balance them both has really helped me hone my time management skills, too.”

Dylan is an integral part of our Banadlier team, and is always available to give tips on how to fight through your worst calls. If you’d like to learn more about Dylan and his work with Bandalier, you can find him on LinkedIn along with the rest of our team. If you’re interested in training with Dylan and the rest of the Apex team, you can get in touch with them through their Facebook and Instagram pages!