Hall of Fame
Meathead Movers Hall of Fame is comprised of current and past Meatheads who have accomplished great things in life from athletics and scholastics to civil service and professional development. Every inductee is carefully selected based on their demonstration of excelling in their respective field, moral character and work ethic.
Meet the Our Hall of Fame Members
Chad “Money” Mendes
Chad “Money” Mendes is from Hanford CA; wrestled for Hanford High School ranking 8th, 5th and 3rd in state his sophomore, junior and senior year, respectively. Chad’s college wrestling career was at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and, on top of earning All-American honors and Pac-10 Wrester of the Year, took 2nd in 2008 NCAA championships at 141 Lbs. Chad started working for Meathead Movers in early 2006, he is an incredibly hard worker and is usually the life of the party at Meathead functions. After college Chad has gone on to train with Team Alpha Male alongside Urijah Faber, and competes professionally in Mixed Martial Arts with dominating victories in the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Jordan Beck, now a linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons and former Meathead Mover in the San Luis Obispo Division. Jordan is 6’2 ” and 233 lbs. Cal Poly’s first Buck Buchanan Award winner as best defensive player in Division I-AA. Played in 2005 East-West Shrine Game at SBC Park in San Francisco, where he led the West squad in tackles with six. Other awards include: American Football Coaches Association All-American, The Sports Network All-America First Team Defense, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American, College Sports Report.com Performer of the Year (First Team Defense), I-AA.org All-Star Team, Linebacker of the Year by Don Hansen’s Football gazette, and Great West Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year (First Team Defense). He led the Mustangs to 9-2 record and inaugural Great West Football Conference championship. He broke the school record for tackles in a season with 135, including 97 solo stops. He also broke school career mark for tackles, which now stands at 449. He has notched 22 total tackles in Eastern Washington game, one short of school record he set at Montana in 2003. He was Cal Poly’s leading tackler all four seasons as a Mustang.
Evan Aanerud is a local from the San Luis Obispo area and has been associated with meathead movers since he was in high school. Aaron Steed was Evan’s wrestling coach. Evan enlisted in the Marine reserves in 2002 after high school. He was originally trained as a machinegunner and deployed to Iraq in 2003. He served for 8 months during Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he returned he attended Officer’s candidate school in 2004. in 2005 he was selected to join his unit’s Scout Sniper Platoon. Evan graduated from the USMC Scout/ Sniper school in 2006 as the class Honorman, Instructor’s Choice, and High Shooter. It was the first time in the history of the school that one marine graduated with all three honors. The school has a 58% drop out rate. A graduate of SLO high, Cuesta College and a current Cal Poly student, he works at meathead movers as a mentor while continuing his college education and military career.
Jake Shields was raised near Mt. Ranch, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California. Jake began wrestling at age nine. He has competed in over 650 folk, freestyle and submission wrestling matches. A four year varsity wrestler and state qualifier at Calaveras H.S., 2nd place A.A.U. National Freestyle Championships, qualified for U.S.A./ Fila Nationals & World Team Trials in both the junior & university men’s divisions, two time All American at Cuesta College, 3X Grapplers Quest Advance Champion, Pan American Jui Jitsu Champion, Pan Am Open Advance Submission Champion, Gracie Open Superfight Champion, 3rd place at ADCC 2005. Jake was also Aaron Steed’s (CEO of Meathead Movers) wrestling partner for 2 years at Cuesta College. Jake worked for Meathead Movers for 3 years and was a Mentor for 2 years. Jake was also honored as Mentor of the Quarter and was known as a funny and charismatic strong man.
Chris Gocong is now playing for the Cleaveland Browns after four years as a Philadelphia Eagle with over 160 tackles at 2 forced fumbles. Chris was a former Meathead Mover in the San Luis Obispo division, at 6′ 3″ 265 lbs he was originally from Santa Barbara California. At Cal Poly, Chris was honored from The Sports Network All-America First Team Defense, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American, College Sports Report.com Defensive Lineman of the Year (First Team Defense), I-AA.org All-Star Team, Football Gazette All-West Region Team (First Team Defense) and Great West Football Conference First Team Defense.
David Richardson, 6′ 1″ and 200 lbs and originally from Los Angeles, Ca. David is a Safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dave was a Meathead Mover for the San Luis Obispo Division. Dave always worked hard, had a smile on his face and is a man of integrity. Dave is also scheduled to speak at a Meathead Movers the next time he is in town to share his experiences of being in the NFL and what it takes to become a Champion.
Damian works as a Transportation Team Lead, in charge of training and on-boarding for Google Shopping Express dispatch operations. Every day he helps to ensure that all Google Shopping Express customers receive their orders on time and in perfect condition. Ten years from now, Damian hopes to open and operate his own business in the fishing industry. During college he founded the Cal Poly Bass Club and made it all the way to two FLW College National Championships and even made the All-America College Bass team. His personal goal is to get back in the sport and once again compete with top level anglers. Damian began working at Meathead Movers right out of college, not only to support himself but also to get his foot in the door with a locally grown, yet widely recognized company. His experience at Meathead has been invaluable in preparing him for a paced and constantly evolving operations management position at Google. Meathead taught him that the customer experience is always paramount and that every detail can make a huge difference in the end. The values and experiences learned at Meathead as a Move Coordinator directly carried over and allowed him to succeed and shine in his current position.
Cody is the Vice President at Square 1 Bank, a technology-focused bank that specializes in providing financial services to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Within the next 10 years he will be working toward developing his managerial skills, helping businesses grow and maintaining a level of service that he can be proud of. His personal goals include being a great husband to his soon-to-be wife, leading a healthy lifestyle, and living life to the fullest! Cody began working at Meathead Movers while he was at home in San Luis Obispo during the summer. As a football player for the University of San Diego, being a Meathead was a great way to stay in shape and make good money while working with like-minded Meatheads and having fun! His duration as a Meathead gave him a strong work ethic and first-class customer service skills that he continues to use to this day.
Johl was raised in San Luis Obispo. He attended San Luis Obispo High School where he was an active member in the Varsity soccer team. After graduating, Johl continued his education at Cuesta College here in San Luis Obispo. His high standard for himself and incredible work ethic has earned him over 125,000 points. In his free time you can usually find him at local hiking or outdoors hot spots around the county. After every move, it is almost guaranteed that you can find Johl lifting weights and drinking protein shakes!
Born and raised in Camarillo, Chris started at Meathead Movers in 2007 and has been an exemplary Meathead Mover with a knack for problem solving, going the extra mile for clients, and giving back to the community. Chris currently works part time at the City of Fillmore Fire Department and has seen his fair share of action having been called to vehicle accidents, medical emergencies and fires. When Chris is not fighting fires or moving furniture you can find him playing softball or relaxing out on the lake.
Adam Scott is a San Luis Obispo local. He was a tri-athlete through high school, playing: football, wrestling, and rugby. In high school, Adam won the 2007 Ian Purdon Scholarship and held several school records for the clean & jerk and snatch. Adam has been working at Meathead Movers since 2008 and has completed over 1000 moving jobs! Adam enjoys going to the beach on his days off, he also enjoys hiking and (of course being a Meathead) loves lifting weights.
Brian Lusby started at Meathead Movers in 2010 and was quickly recognized as a quintessential Meathead. Brian’s hardworking, polite and clients love him. Lusby is always a top pick for big moving jobs. Born and raised in Olympia, Washington, Lusby moved to the Central Coast to attend Cuesta College. Brian is known by all his Meathead peers as the king of “Beer Pong”. This is no joke; Lusby competes in dozens of tournaments a year and has won thousands of dollars playing Beer Pong competitively. Brian Lusby’s normal Beer Pong partner is fellow Meathead Mover Steven Campbell, however Brian also competes in tournaments with his wife Krista. Lusby spends a lot of his free time studying HTML and web design and hopes one day to run his own website based around Beer Pong.
Stephen Winterroth was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. In high school Stephen became an avid outdoors man and still enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and going on mountain bike rides. Stephen attended Cuesta College and was a Meathead Mover for over 6 years. Stephen currently works for the forest service on Santa Lucia Crew 7. Crew 7 is a line crew working only on forest fires. They are based out of the Los Padres National Forest but will travel anywhere needed. There are 20 full time crew members with a few alternates. Crew 7 is responsible for using chainsaws and other hand tools to cut open areas through the wilderness in order to contain a wild fire. Stephen ended his career at Meathead with a jaw-dropping 112,458 points.
Tanner is a Correctional Officer for the great state of California! His job mostly consists of keeping the community of Susanville and the public safe by keeping inmates behind bars. Having been born and raised on the Central Coast, the move was difficult for him but the position worth it. Within the next 10 years he hopes to move up in the department including, one day, becoming Warden. Personally, his goals are to have a family and buy property allowing him to spend more time outdoors shooting, hunting and fishing. Tanner started working at Meathead Movers because he loved the idea of being able to work out while getting paid. The money/tips were good to him as well and his coworkers became some of his best friends. Being a Mentor with Meathead Movers gave Tanner the opportunity to learn how to better communicate. He had to work through difficult situations sometimes and that helped him better develop patience and gain ability to keep cool under pressure which is very helpful for his new line of work.
Eric is a Financial Advisor at William Henry Crew III Wealth Management Group, Inc. He serves a select group of clients and friends in developing true wealth by educating, communicating, and implementing personal and holistic financial plans. He strives to assist clients in making informed financial decisions to reach their personal and family financial goals and objectives. Within the next 10 years he intends to be in the top 1% of independent financial advising firms nationally and consistently earn annual client satisfaction scores of at least 90%. Also within the next 10 years he intends to invest in the youth of the Central Coast through coaching and developing a youth wrestling academy as well as pastoring and mentoring youth at his local church. Eric began working at Meathead Movers because he knew the Steeds were building a great company with hard working individuals and the Steeds wanted to take part in supporting him as a student-athlete in the community. Working at Meathead Movers helped to drive home the importance of having a clear vision for your business and having a strong work ethic to diligently pursue it.
Cody is a police officer in Los Angeles, assigned to the Northeast Division’s Gang Unit. He is responsible for gathering intel on gang members and assisting detectives solve gang-related crimes while trying to prevent further crime in the area with directed patrol. In the next ten years Cody hopes to become a training officer and work for his department’s SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team. He also hopes to help their department football team win a championship in the National Public Safety Football League. Cody began working for Meathead Movers because the flexible schedule was great for him while he was in school and he couldn’t turn down getting paid to work out. Meathead Movers taught him leadership and training skills which he now uses to guide the people he works with now.
Since 2006, Drew has worked as master printer and project leader in his studio work space that he converted from an old barn. Drew started out creating prints from his own original art, working alongside his painter’s easel, to learn everything about fine art printing. He was able to master the art of printing and the quality of his prints caught the attention of a small group of artists. With only 12 clients, Drew formed The Untapped Source in 2006 as a fine art printing resource for other artists. Drew plans to grow his company over the next 10 years to be able to handle all aspect of growth including customer base, artists and art buyers. He would also like to break into the high end market of selling original artwork, as well as working as a publishing company selling signed & numbered limited editions. Drew began working for Meathead Movers when he first came to San Luis Obispo. He was looking for physical work that would allow him to make friends as well as learn valuable leadership skills. The hard work and example set for him by Meathead’s management has had a lasting impact on him. He believes it has been easier for him to conduct business positively because of how he was immersed in it here at Meathead Movers.
Chris is a public accountant in San Francisco, CA. He assists his clients when they need their books to be signed off in order to receive financing from banks. They also help their clients by making sure their financial statements are prepared and presented correctly, to ensure they receive the proper financing to grow their businesses. Over the next 10 years, Chris plans to finish his CPA certification and transition into the private sector. He hopes to settle down with the girl of his dreams and have a couple wrestlers. Chris started working for Meathead at 16 when his wrestling coach, Aaron Steed, offered him a position helping out in the warehouse. He loved the culture and people so much that he became a mover as soon as he turned 18. As a Mentor, Chris learned valuable sales and customer service skills that allowed him to push past his academic shortcomings after graduation and secure a job in his field. These skills have also helped him in his current career when dealing with clients one-on-one, who may not initially want to deal with auditors.
Ian currently serves as District Director for Congressman Jim Costa, who represents the 16th Congressional District. He advises the Congressman on a number of issues including agriculture, water, and transportation. He is also responsible for ensuring that the Congressman’s Merced and Fresno staff are equipped to perform to the best of their ability. Over the next ten years, Ian plans to continue his work in the local community as he has a deep desire to help people on a daily basis and see the local area prosper. If the time is right, he may even try his own hand at running for office! However, the most important plan for his future is growing a family with his lovely wife, Molly. Ian was referred to Meathead Movers by a couple of his fraternity brothers. During his time at Meathead, he learned that no one comes into the company on top; you must put in the time and prove yourself to climb the ranks. He took this lesson with him to his current job. By putting in extra hours and working hard he has already been promoted from District Representative to District Director.
Nate has found success running a team of Regional Sales Managers for Okta, a technology company based in San Francisco. Okta helps companies manage their internal/external identities, application access, security processes, et cetera. Within the next 10 years Nate hopes to run worldwide sales for a technology company in San Francisco or start his own company. In his personal life, Nate strives to be the best husband and father humanly possible for his wife and soon-to-be two children. Nate came to Meathead Movers after meeting a couple of Meatheads at Cal Poly. He knew right away that getting paid to exercise and work with great people would be right up his alley. The job has played a large role in developing the work ethic and tenacity he has today!
Ben Fogel is from Nevada City, CA and is a former Meathead Mover for the San Luis Obispo division. Sponsored by Meathead Movers on his track to the winter Olympics, Ben Fogel moved to Colorado Springs to train full-time to reach his Olympic dream. Ben is also one of the nicest most sincere people you could ever meet. Ben also qualified for Team USA and competed in the world trials.
Paul Acosta grew up in San Diego. Wrestled for Valhalla High School. 2x California State place winner. Came to Cal Poly in 1999 for wrestling. Began working at Meathead Movers in 2000. Enlisted in Marine Corps Reserves July 02. Deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom March 2003 with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Has also deployed to Okinawa, Russia, Australia, Philippines, South America and most recently to Djibouti, Africa. Current billet is Light Armored Vehicle Gunner. Returned to San Luis Obispo October 2006 to continue at Cal Poly studying Construction Management and resume working at Meathead.
Gan “The Giant” McGee
Gan McGee has a 12-4-0 record including wins in the U.F.C. and Pride. Gan “The Giant” McGee is 6′ 10″ weighing 260 lbs. Gan worked for Meathead for a brief time before he became famous in the MMA world training with MMA legend and current UFC Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. Gan is known as being a friendly giant who spends most of his time training and laughing with his friends.
Nick occupies a legendary reputation in the history of Meathead Movers. He came to the company in 2005 and brought with him a unique work ethic and attitude and helped shape a generation of Meathead‘s that he worked alongside and served as a leader too. Over the course of his four years at Meathead Movers, Nick polished his own professional and technical skills he has since leverage into his current success as the Multi-Branch Manager of One Hour Heating and Air, the most prominent regional HVAC company in the California bay area. Now, as he leads a workforce of over 70 employees and serves over 15,000 customers annually, Nick refers daily to the philosophies of employee safety, growth and success; as well as a guiding commitment to excellence in customer service that have served as the founding principles of Meathead Movers. Nick attributes many aspects of his personal and professional success to the time that he spent here, maintaining he would not enjoy the success nor lifelong relationships that he now prices had it not been for Meathead movers. To this day, Nick’s legacy is felt fondly with in the walls of Meathead Movers as well as in the professional environment and personal relationships that he continues to lead in his own life. Nick Hartman endures as an example of the people Meathead Movers seeks out, employ, and provide with growth opportunity to this day.
Erin Phenix was an Olympic Gold Medalist in the 2000 Sydney Australia games as part of the 4×100 Freestyle Relay Team. Erin was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She took part in many sports growing up, but excelled in the sport of swimming. In high school, Erin was a 9-time State Champion swimmer and 2-time Cincinnati swimmer of the year. She attended the University of Texas on a swimming scholarship. Erin continued her college career at Texas finishing as a Big 12 Conference Champion, NCAA Champion, and an American Record Holder. After her swimming career ended with the Longhorns she swam professionally for Nike, attempting to make the 2004 Olympic Games, and retired after she just missed qualifying. Erin started her career at Meathead Movers in San Luis Obispo in 2010 and is a Move Coordinator. All of us at Meathead Movers are so proud to have an Olympic Champion on our team.
Cody was born and raised in Morro Bay, California, and spent his summers in the Fresno area at his grandparents’ farm. When Cody was five years old his brother and uncle got him interested in wrestling and he has been wrestling ever since. Cody also played football from the ages of 10-18 and graduated from Morro Bay High School in 2003 earning All-League honors four times, All-County twice, and All-CIF in his senior year. Cody joined the ARMY as a Forward Observer after graduating high school and completed basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He graduated from Airborne school in Fort Benning, Georgia. In December of 2003 Cody was assigned to the 501st Airborne in Alaska. In February of 2004 Cody was deployed to the Pakistan/Afghanistan border in a village called Khost for 7 months. He was then deployed to Mosul in Iraq with the 4th battalion 23rd infantry for 13 months from July 2005 to August 2006 and was honorably discharged from the Army in December 2006. He started at Meathead Movers in May of 2007, and was soon promoted to his current position as a Move Coordinator. Cody and his wife, Maria, reside in Morro Bay with their daughter, Olivia.