Mike Nicholson


Owner – Phlex Fitness, LLC.
Founder – M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness
Owner / Graphic Designer – Forge Pharaoh



I love Columbus because…

It’s a city of opportunity that is large enough to never get bored yet small enough for you to know almost everyone. I like to think of it as GROWlumbus because you have the access to be whatever you want to be or do. The sky is not the limit here. No matter what you decide to do, you have an amazing support system available to you. Unlike other cities in the United States, you have unbelievable access to the city’s top CEOs and politicians to tap as valuable resources. This great city is notorious for supporting homegrown entities and initiatives. Whether it be the undying support of the Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets, The Ohio State University athletics, Hot Chicken Takeover, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Mikey’s Late Night Slice etc., Columbus has insured that their people have become very successful. In addition, this city is also very accommodating toward a transplant like myself from Brooklyn, New York. So much so that I have grown to call this great city my home.


I believe young professionals are important to our city because…

They are bold, innovative, yearning to make a difference, full of excitement and energy to carry out any vision they deem worthy. They are not scared to take challenges head on and often. They fail forward and never look back or let those failures slow them down. They never lose, they either win or learn from what didn’t go well. They are the fuel that keeps this city running.


Community Involvement

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, inc.; Position Held: Former Membership Intake Coordinator
  • American Heart Association
  • March of Dimes
  • Pelotonia