Augie & Team
Augie Nieto was the successful fitness industry mogul behind Lifecycle, Life Fitness, and Octane Fitness. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. With guidance from a team of friends, researchers, and medical experts, Augie came to understand the bleak reality that ALS lacked the critical support or widespread research needed to find treatment and cures, so Augie co-founded Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS with Shannon Shryne. Through events, partnerships, and cause marketing campaigns, Augie and his team raise critical dollars to fund the most promising ALS research. Augie knew his beloved wife, Lynne, could carry his torch as Chairman of Augie's Quest to Cure ALS. She took over the role in March of 2023 and has made it her passion to find a cure in honor of Augie.
As a leader in building enterprise for an industry dedicated to maintaining muscle strength and performance, it is tragic irony that Augie’s disease robbed him of the strength and use of his body. His mind and spirit stayed strong until the end. In his memory, we continue the inexorable drive to work and achieve real results in his memory. Augie paired his ALS activism with his superb business acumen and transformed the ALS space. As his close friend Chris Clawson says, “They may call it Lou Gehrig’s disease, but they will call it Augie’s Cure.”
“You can either celebrate what you can do, or mourn what you can’t. Every day I wake up and create a new normal. I don’t dwell on what has changed, but instead, I focus on keeping busy achieving my goals.” – Augie
Our team is persistent in the pursuit of treatments to halt, reverse, and cure this lethal disease. Working tirelessly to raise funds through a substantial network of national events and cause marketing partnerships, including the Cure ALS Golf Classic, the Tradition of Hope Gala, and other widely successful campaigns within the very generous fitness industry, our global community of support that includes staff, leadership, advisors, and a network of like-minded organizations are vital to our quest to cure ALS.
Shannon K. Shryne
PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
Shannon manages the Augie’s Quest team, collaborates with corporate leaders, and oversees new business development and significant cause marketing partnerships. She has over 25 years of experience in development and non-profit management, and co-founded Augie’s Quest with Augie Nieto in 2005.
Gretchen oversees all large scale Augie’s Quest events (including the Tradition of Hope Gala), as well as strategic corporate cause marketing campaigns. She has 20 years of successful development experience, and has been a vital player in the success of Augie’s Quest since its inception in 2005.
DIRECTOR OF STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Kelly plays a leadership role in Augie’s Quests fitness industry fundraising initiatives, signature events including the Tradition of Hope Gala, and leads the individual donor and stewardship programs. She has over 20 years of non-profit experience, and has played a significant role in the success of Augie’s Quest since 2008.
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
Angel oversees digital marketing initiatives, and Team Quest4ALS, our endurance campaign. She coordinates all social media, and supports Augie’s Quest signature events. She has more than 15 years experience engaging corporate donors, families, and community leaders, and joined the Augie’s Quest team in 2014.
Board of Directors
Bert joined Shea Homes in 1996. He previously served as the president of the Colorado division, which he started in September 1996. During his tenure, he was responsible for all homebuilding and commercial development activities in Colorado. Under his leadership, the 22,000-acre Highlands Ranch was acquired and developed, and today is one of the nation’s leading master-planned communities.
Prior to joining Shea Homes, Bert was a senior executive and involved in all aspects of the start-up and business operations of the Colorado division of KB Home. He previously served as chief financial officer with Signature Homes in Orange County, California. Additionally, Bert has served as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen & Company, and as an international banker working in Hong Kong, Seoul, Korea and Tokyo, Japan.
Bert holds a Business degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from UCLA. Bert is also fluent in Spanish.
Bert has been awarded with several prestigious awards, including:
“CEO of the Year” by Builder and Big Builder magazines.
Inducted into the California Homebuilding Hall of Fame.
Hearthstone “Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award”which included a $100,000 donation to the charity of his choice.
“Legend of Residential Marketing” award by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Inducted into the Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence.
“Builder of the Year” award by the California Building Industry Association of Southern California.
Bert’s involvement on various boards/committees consists of:
Executive Committee member for the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.
Member of the Board of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco.
Prior Chairman of the Board, HomeAid America, Inc., (developer of housing for the transitionally homeless.)
National Vice President, MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association)/Augie’s Quest (focused on treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Member of Leading Builders of America (a coalition of homebuilder CEOs supporting legislation affecting the homebuilding industry).
Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Bert and his family reside in Newport Beach, California.
Success is great, but significance is vital. Augie called upon his peers who have achieved remarkable success and reaped the benefits from those accomplishments to make a significant, life-saving difference in the lives of others. These incredible leaders have responded to the call.
Nicole received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from the University of California, Davis, where she played Division I water polo.
Nicole is a member of the State Bar of California.
Fitness Advisory Council
ALS steals your muscles, and robs you of everything exercise provides. Because Augie dedicated his career to improving the physical health of others, he was able to recruit fitness industry champions to help work out creative ways to keep focus on conquering ALS.
Robert Brewster is the CEO/President of The Alaska Club and the President of Alaska Fitness Equipment. In addition to his work with the Hotel Captain Cook and the Captain Cook Athletic Club, Robert was elected Chairman of the Board for IHRSA in 2014
Chris earned his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and received his baccalaureate degree from San Diego State University. He also attended Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, where he was an Academic All-American in baseball and is a two-time member of its athletic hall of fame. Before joining the fitness industry, he was a professional athlete, playing for the minor-league organizations of both the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves.
and leads the brand’s marketing and communications efforts for all locations globally, focusing on strategically growing the company’s brand presence and member base while driving marketing innovation and brand loyalty. Previously, Chad served as Chief Marketing Officer for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas; Executive Marketing Advisor of Blink Fitness; Vice President
of Global Marketing Strategy & Planning
for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Vice President, Global Marketing for Disneyland Resort; Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts for Starwood Hotels & Resorts; and Senior Vice President Brand Management for Marriott International.
Past Award Honorees
Augie’s Quest is honored to have support from business and entertainment leaders in our Quest to find a Cure. Click through gallery displaying names, photos & bios of honorees from our Tradition of Hope Gala.
His company, System Pavers, is headquartered in Orange County, California and serves homeowners across Southern and Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado and is the largest residential outdoor living design and construction firm in the USA.
Larry is constantly focused on learning and staying abreast of business changes and new technologies to drive industry disruption, scale and business modernization.
Larry serves as a trustee on the board of the African Wildlife Foundation. He’s maintained a close relationship with his native country and is deeply passionate about African Wildlife Conservation. He and his wife Debbie continue to lead trips to various countries in Africa on an annual basis, sharing some of the continent’s magic with friends.
Larry has been a member of YPO since 1989 undertaking numerous leadership roles over the years.
Larry’s advisory board roles include – Synchrony Financial, Fuscoe Engineering, SnakePharm and Ubuntu Travel Group. He also represents System Pavers as a participant and contributor on the Harvard Remodeling Futures Program.
Since joining the company in 2003, Chris has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of development for commercial and residential projects for the company, including office, resort, retail and apartment properties. His achievements include the Resort at Pelican Hill, where he acted as Project Executive in delivering the world-class resort.
Chris has practiced in the field of commercial and multifamily real estate development for 30 years and has represented developers in the United States, United Kingdom and Spain. In a consultancy capacity, he also acted as third party adviser to several blue chip and institutional investors, including Société Générale, Scottish Widows and Pearl Assurance.
He lives in Corona del Mar with his wife Heather and two daughters, Alex and Grace. He serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s School in Aliso Viejo.
Under Pat’s able leadership, Fuscoe Engineering has transformed into a company of individuals who work as a team dedicated to quality, service and innovation as well as a company which thoughtfully integrates the built environment into the natural environment in a creative and responsive manner.
Bert received CEO of the Year by Builder and Big Builder magazines and was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame in 2010. Bert has received several prestigious awards, including the Hearthstone Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award, and the “Spirit of Life” award by City of Hope National Medical Center.
Bert is currently an Executive Committee member of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Board member of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and previously served as Chairman of the Board for HomeAid America (developer of housing for the transitionally homeless). He is also a member of Leading Builders of America, and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He is the Director of the Augie's Quest to Cure ALS Leadership Council.
Today, twenty plus years after purchasing his first franchise, Richard owns 74 stores with locations throughout Texas and Northern California. It is his business acumen and dedication to providing outstanding customer service that has brought stable and steady growth to his business since he acquired his first store. Currently he ranks within the top five Jiffy Lube franchisees in the United States.
Mr. Tjan is the Founder of the company and launched an Initial Public Offering in 2001. The Bank is headquartered in Irvine, California with Regional Offices serving Orange County, Inland Empire, Los Angeles and San Diego. Mr. Tjan was named one of OC Metro’s Hottest 25 People of Orange County, California.
Mr. Tjan is an active member and board member of several social and charitable organizations. Mr. Tjan sits on the board of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Committee; he is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), American Bankers Association, Bank CEO Network, California Bankers Association, New Majority and Pacific Club. He is also a former Board Member for the California State Fullerton University Philanthropic Foundation, Advisory Board for CASA, Marconi Foundation and the Children’s Museum as well as a former member of Western Independent Bankers Association. In addition, Mr. Tjan supports a variety of charities in Southern California, like Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, Orangewood, TACA, MDA, Stars and Stripes, Miracles for Kids, Canyon Acres, Taste of the Nation, Tim Salmon Foundation, United Way, WHW, local schools and colleges, and many more.
Mr. Olson guides the strategic vision for his companies with an active, hands-on approach toward every facet of construction and development, providing valuable input for marketing, investment analysis, debt and equity structures, planning and entitlements, budgeting, constructability and end-user requirements. Recognized as a business leader and entrepreneur, Mr. Olson has been the recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Construction Financial Management Association’s Construction Executive of the Year and the Orange County Business Journal’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship award.
Mr. Olson belongs to World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and is a former member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), including having served as Chairman of the California Coast Chapter. His philanthropic activity includes serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Mr. Olson is an MBA graduate of the University of Southern California.
Being both an author and an athlete, Mr. Ueberroth has been inducted into the National Water polo Hall of Fame, and also became a bestselling author with the release of his book, “Made In America.” In addition to being a member of the Young President’s Organization, Mr. Ueberroth served as its International President in 1981-82. He has received 12 honorary degrees from: Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Ohio University, Holy Cross, Claremont-McKenna, Lafayette, Maryland, Loyola-Marymount, San Jose State, Monterey Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic and U.S.C.
In 1998, Wetterau Associates acquired Golden State Foods (GSF), in partnership with Yucaipa Companies, and Mark became chairman and CEO of GSF. In 2004, Wetterau Associates and GSF management purchased Yucaipa Companies’ share of ownership, and Golden State Foods became a 100 percent management-owned and run company. Under his leadership, GSF has grown from $1.4 billion in annual sales to its current $4 billion and has diversified its customer base and company offerings substantially.
Passionate about community involvement and charitable service, Mark has served on the boards of dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout the country and spearheaded the establishment of the GSF Foundation for kids at Golden State Foods in 2002, of which he currently serves as chairman.
Olivet serves as an Executive Chairman of RED Digital Cinema, and as Chairman of the Board of Da Kine Hawaii, Inc. and Mervin Manufacturing, Inc. HUF WORLDWIDE, Inc., and Brixton. Mr. Olivet received his B.A. in Government from Pomona College and his M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
In addition to being a member of the USC Board of Trustees and past President of the USC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors, Mr. Cappello is the only two term International Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). YPO honored Alex by naming one of its most prestigious global recognition awards the “Alexander L. Cappello Annual Award” presented at its Global Leadership Conference. Alex’s current and past board memberships include: ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI),Board member of California Republic Bank, RAND Corporation (Center for Middle East Public Policy - CMEPP), RAND Corporation (Russia Forum), The Pacific Council, and Jordan River Foundation; Chairman of Inter-tel (NASDAQ), Chairman of Intelligent Energy plc., Chairman of Geothermal Resources International, and Chairman of Advanced Biotherapy, Inc.; Board member of Koo Koo Roo, Inc. (NASDAQ), CytRx Corp. (NASDAQ), and Genius Products, Inc. (NASDAQ); Chairman of Catholic Big Brothers and Sisters, Board member of Friends of Florence (Italy), Fraternity of Friends of the Music Center, Friends of the Cultural Preservation, and the Regency Club.
They were a key part of a long-running, successful family business that was started by their grandfather, a Portland, Ore., plumbing contractor, in 1881. The J.F. Shea Company is one of the largest privately held construction and real estate companies in the United States. It was involved in such landmark construction projects as Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges.
Edmund Shea passed away in 2010.
As a seasoned franchising executive and successful entrepreneur and business leader, José turned to consulting and investing in emerging companies. He specialized in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses by developing brands, processes and systems that are scalable, consistent with their concept’s core identity. A particular area of focus was franchising, where his clients included H&R Block and KFC.
José served as President and COO of ADIR Restaurants Corp., Vice President of the Disneyland Resort, President of PepsiCo Restaurants International in Brazil, and also held leadership positions at Holiday Corporation in the Harrah's and Holiday Inn brands.
José was born in Cuba, raised in Mexico City, and immigrated to the United States in 1968. He earned a BS degree in International Economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MBA from Stanford University.
He lost his courageous battle with ALS in 2017.
Lauren's husband and son joined her in October 2012 when she received the Courage Award at the Tradition of Hope Gala for Augie's Quest to Cure ALS. Lauren remains an inspiration to remind us all that we can change the world. Jenny Craig has coordinated a campaign to support ALS research in her honor.
In his retirement Bob enjoys many activities including boating, golf and being with the family and friends. He is lovingly known as “Captain Bob” by all who know him. Captain Bob met the love of his life, Vivian, in High School in 1956, and they married in February, 1962. They have two children and two grandchildren, Anna and Jacob, whom they adore.
Bob was diagnosed with ALS in February 2008. He and his family have continued to display an amazing amount of courage each day in their quest for a cure.
Mr. Pyle strives each day to inspire his team to help students succeed in school and in life. American College of Optics began instruction in 1978 with one campus located in Los Angeles. In 1992, Mr. Pyle expanded the curriculum to include other health care education programs, renaming it American Career College. Today, American Career College has three campuses, where over 4,500 students are enrolled in specialized health care programs. Mr. Pyle acquired West Coast University in 1997.
Mr. Pyle supports numerous philanthropic activities, in particular those which focus on health care and education programs for underserved and at-risk children and families.
Prior to joining Universal in 2009, Evan had over seventeen years of successful creative leadership at EMI Music Publishing where he served in various positions, including Executive Vice President of Creative, North America. He also worked at Gibson Guitar Corporation as the Executive Vice President of Operations/Global Entertainment Relations where he was responsible for a world-wide marketing department of more than one hundred artist relations and entertainment executives in thirteen countries; and MCA Music Publishing as Director of Creative Services, where he was responsible for working with the entire MCA songwriter roster. Evan started his music publishing career working at Berry Gordy’s Jobete Music (the publishing wing of Motown Records), in 1988, as Creative Manager after graduating from New York University.
Evan sits on the Board of Directors of The Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Board of the Pepperdine University Institute of Entertainment, Media & Culture. He was awarded the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award, signed by President Barack Obama, for his decades of community service.
He holds a dual MBA from Ivy League Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and one from the prestigious Queen’s School of Business in Canada. He also holds a Masters of Science in Major Program Management from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School as well as a Bachelors of Music from New York University.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Evan currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Lola.
Morales has contributed to several major breaking news stories including coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011 and the birth of Prince George in 2013. In October 2010, Morales live-translated and reported on the Chilean miner rescue - coverage that was seen worldwide and recognized with a 2010 National Headliner Award. In August 2008, Morales had the exclusive jailhouse interview with the infamous "Clark Rockefeller." Her other notable reports include the 2009 presidential inauguration; Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005; the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005 and the election of Pope Francis in 2013.
As a part of TODAY's 'Shine a Light' Campaign in 2014, Morales ran in the Boston Marathon and raised over $70,000 for victims of the 2013 bombing. Morales has won three Daytime Emmy Awards as part of TODAY's recognition as the best morning news program. She was a member of the "Rock Center with Brian Williams" team that won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for their lobster divers story in June 2013, and she was also honored with the 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Series for her Dateline series, My Kid Would Never. Additionally, "Hispanic Magazine" named her one of the "Top Hispanics to Watch" in 2005 and one of the "Top Trendsetters" of 2003.
Morales, who speaks Spanish and Portuguese, was born in Taiwan and spent much of the first 18 years of her life living overseas in Panama, Brazil, and Spain as an Air Force "brat." She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and Latin American studies and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Greenspan’s other film credits include NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 1 & 2, NEW YORK MINUTE, CATWOMAN, and WALK TO REMEMBER. For television, she helped adapt the beloved “Eloise at the Plaza” and “Eloise at Christmastime” for ABC.
Alison graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. At Penn, she enjoyed a four-year stint as performer, writer & director for the nation’s only all-female collegiate sketch comedy troupe, Bloomers.
She spent her childhood in Virginia and Boca Raton, Florida with mother Ann, father Stephen and younger sister Melissa. The Greenspans moved to Northern California, where Stephen was Vice President of Seagate Technology in Silicon Valley. Stephen was diagnosed with ALS in 2004, and passed away in 2009 after a 5 year battle with the illness.
Greenspan has been a tireless advocate for ALS since her father’s diagnosis. The passion increased when her aunt Marilyn, Stephen’s sister, was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. Marilyn passed away in 2011. Now part of a Familial ALS family, Alison’s wish for a cure has become that much more personal and urgent. She enjoys fundraising and sharing her knowledge to family members who are caregivers for pALS and newly diagnosed ALS patients.
Ondrasik gave away a million copies of a five-volume compilation album he created for United States troops, and he has performed regularly for the USO. Additionally, www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com raised more than $250,000 for five designated charities: Augie's Quest, Autism Speaks, Fisher House Foundation, Save the Children and Operation Homefront.
Ondrasik is a featured speaker from Ted Talks to the Salk Institute, at corporate and private events. He's graced The Kennedy Center stage, performed for world leaders and presidents, and contributed a special performance for NASA. Ondrasik has been a sports commentator for SI.com, the Los Angeles Kings, and a guest on everything from Jim Rome to ESPN Sports Center.
As he explores the possibility of a Broadway show featuring his tunes, he’s currently on the road performing songs as a quartet and with symphonies around the country while working on the follow-up to his sixth album, Bookmarks.
Although O’Dell maintains a busy work schedule, she regularly makes time for philanthropic endeavors. Nancy is a member of the prestigious Leadership Council for Augie's Quest to Cure ALS, and the National Spokesperson for the ALS Therapy Development Institute. She formed "Betty's Battle," in 2009 in honor of her mom.