Strong Suit 268: How He Built It From 1 Employee to 4,500 (And Fixed My Ankle)

In 1991, Mark Kaufman started as a physical therapist. 28 years later, he’s built Athletico into the dominant force in physical therapy.
Based in Chicago, Athletico now has 400 Midwestern locations with 4,500 employees.
And importantly, Mark had the forethought in 2011 to have a third-party start measuring outcomes… something not often done in the field.
Recently, BDT Capital Partners made a significant long-term growth equity investment in the company.
In this 20-minute conversation, Mark reveals how he built the industry-leading company, one foam roller at a time.

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