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Meet Brianna Gonzalez of Brains & Gains in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brianna Gonzalez.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am originally from El Paso, Texas. I moved to California for my undergraduate studies at Concordia University Irvine. I worked both as a Marketing Manager at a brewing company and an Executive Assistant for a medical device company while earning my BBA. After graduation, I decided to stay in California after receiving an offer to work with the sales team for Irvine Company. While working for Irvine Company, I was attending UCI in hopes of obtaining my paralegal certificate. After trying to transfer to the legal department for Irvine Company and failing, my professor from UCI recommended me to work at a prominent Orange County law firm. I worked as a legal assistant in the estate planning department for less than a year before I decided it was time to go to law school. I moved back to Texas to study full time for the LSAT. After completing my exam and before I received the results I started applying for positions back in California because I knew that was where I wanted to go to law school. Thankfully, I received an offer for a position as a real estate owned asset manager for a private equity firm. I gladly accepted because I knew the firm was small and hoped they would work with my schedule once I am law school. I moved back to California and started applying to the surrounding schools.

Unfortunately, that position did not work out because the companies ethics did not align with my own. It got so bad I left one day and never looked back. That day I left, I knew I could do better, I knew it was time to start my own business. I started brainstorming immediately in my car. It has always been a dream of mine to own my own law firm, but I knew that couldn’t happen just yet. I turned to my next two passions, business and fitness. I had been receiving an increased interest in my personal social media posts about my investments as well as my health regimens. With that increased availability and increased interest from friends in things I did on a daily basis, came my company Brains & Gains. The concept is to help young individuals train and obtain the skills necessary to master the eight dimensions of wellness: physical, social, occupational, environmental, financial, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. I offer various courses that will help answer questions from, how do I invest to how do I do this workout? Each student can customize their learning experience to be strictly business or strictly fitness or a mixture of both, depending on their wants and needs. I created the business to help others in my spare time, the money was just an added benefit. Most of the time I would give people free courses or discounts if they really wanted to participate but could not afford it. My personal business was never intended to be my sole source of profit, I was just happy to see a positive change in my students lives.

After I started law school, I learned it required my full attention and my business was going to have to be put second. This was hard for me to cope with at first, but I had to remind myself of my end goal of becoming a Securities and Blockchain attorney. During my first year of law school my boyfriend started his own apparel manufacturing business, Klimp Industries for similar reasons to my own. He made me his VP of Business Operations and we have successfully built that business out to be profiting in less than a year. Being a business owner and manager entering the funding stage of the business, I felt I needed to learn more about data analytics and the quantitative side of business. I decided to enroll in the dual degree program where I can earn my JD and MBA at the same time. It has been interesting training “both sides of my brain” as I like to say because I am stimulating the logical reasoning and theory side in law school while also growing the quantitative analytics side in (took out THE that was here) business school.

Everything that I learn from both schools I immediately take home and apply it to my investments, the businesses, and future projects. As of now, my focus is on school and the further development of Klimp Industries. Brains & Gains will be transitioning into a non-profit organization and aim to inform children on crucial life skills related to fitness and finance through summer programs, while I am out of school. I want to teach kids everything we all wish we learned in school such as how to maintain a good credit score or how to eat clean without being on a diet.

Life has definitely been a rollercoaster for me. It has been thrilling and scary all at the same time, but I know once it is over I will be happy I did everything I am doing now. This is just the beginning for me, my work here is not done. Thank you for taking the time to interview me.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I always tell everyone who asks how I got to where I am today, it was hell and I’m not even going to try and sugar coat it. Everything that you can think of going wrong has gone wrong for me. From losing loved ones, negative bank accounts, bad relationships, broken down cars, past due bills, car accidents, lawsuits, you name it, I’ve been through it. The reason I never talk about those things in detail is not because I am embarrassed or they are too personal, it is because I think these negative moments in my life were nothing more than a bump in my road. I learned lessons from each bad thing that has happened to me and that’s what I like to talk about, the positive result stemming from a negative occurrence. In that moment, yeah it was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Now, I laugh at each and every set back I have had because I always thought it was the end. Thankfully, I have a mission that is bigger than me that gives me strength to just keep pushing forward no matter what gets in the way.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Brains & Gains – what should we know?
I am very proud of the positive difference I have helped make in the lives of others. My clients have reported increase self-awareness, increased financial stability, and increased motivation to achieve. Being able to help other people around my same age to make positive changes in their life that they will carry with them forever is the most memorable part of my business.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My father and my grandfather have been my biggest mentors throughout my childhood and even now as a business owner. My father is also an entrepreneur in the apparel industry, but before he owned his own business he earned his Masters of Education and was a school teacher for some years. Growing up with a father who loves to teach, I naturally loved to learn. I was very fortunate to have a parent that would sit down for hours with me everyday to make sure I was learning ahead of the crowd. My grandfather on the other hand was a Master Gunnery Sergeant in the US Marine Corps. I like to think I got my work ethic, strength, and dedication from him. He taught me how to have a soldier mindset and never give up on my goals.

In addition, my grandmother or Frammy as I like to call her is my angel. She is always there to pick me up when I fall and she is one of my best friends. Grandmas always have the best advice, the biggest hearts and the best home cooked meals. My entire family is really close knit we all talk everyday, they are all my biggest support system and my best friends, without the love they have given me I would not be here today.

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