Innovations is a small business, and we pride ourselves in our work. When you support small businesses you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping parents put food on the table, pay a mortgage or send a student to college. Our customers are our shareholders, and we strive to make you happy.


After spending seventeen years teaching economics and coaching high school football, Frank opened Innovations Fitness in 2001. Despite the economic downturn that followed 9/11, he has kept the business running with the help of his staff and our loyal Innovations members.  You can be sure to see him in the gym throughout the day and evening working or just visiting with members and staff. He has a Masters in Adult Ed and is an APEX/USFA certified personal trainer. Though Frank holds degrees from the University of Georgia & Georgia Southern University and played football for Lees McRae College & Middle Tennessee State University, he is a proud Auburn University fan. War Eagle!

He and his wife, Jeanie Thomas, live in Hampton, GA and are parents to daughter, Erin Thomas Echols. Erin lives in Atlanta with her husband and toddler son and is completing her PhD in Sociology while working as a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Sherry serves as the Innovations manager, fitness coach, and heads up the Weight Loss Center here at Innovations. You can find her behind the desk or helping clients daily. Sherry will likely be one of the first faces you get to know at the gym. She has been taking care of our members for several years and has helped our Weight Lossclients lose weight and make the move to a healthier lifestyle. She is the mother of two sons -  one who is out of school working and the other a football player at MTSU


Like most small businesses, Innovations also depends on the loving (unpaid) labor of family. We’d like to take a moment to thank those whose faces you might not see, but who are invaluable to the gym’s daily functioning.


As the wife to Frank and joint small business owner, Jeanie does some of the behind the scenes work helping with social media, printed materials, and the website. She manages to do this while still thriving in her regular full-time position as a Case Manager at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.  Her career spans over 25 years in south Atlanta hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.  She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia and is a certified case manager.