After deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines, Mike Jones was ready to get out of the military and into the business world. He found initial success with a CrossFit gym, and he kept his entrepreneurial journey going when he opened Alchemy 365, a new type of boutique fitness company that is on the road to national expansion.
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