Meet the PAC Team


Mark Downey


Mark is a 40+ year resident of Pensacola, FL. The son of an Air Force military Vet (James Downey, deceased), he moved three times in the first four years of his life until his father retired in Pensacola. After retirement, Mark’s father graduated from UWF at the top of his class, and entered into Sports & Recreation, where he was first a Sports Director for the Salvation Army and later became the director for the YMCA of Pensacola.

Always remembering his passion for sports and as a current member of the PAC, Mark was approached by the owners with news of their interest in selling. The PAC was in disrepair and in need of a major makeover. He knew it would be a tough challenge. Because of his love for Southwest Pensacola, Sports and Recreation; and the lack of recreation facilities therein, Mark knew it was incumbent upon him to save the PAC and ensure that Southwest Pensacola would always have a nice facility to call home. So, in January of 2017 Mark purchased the PAC and quickly renovated the facility. Within two months the facility had a new image, new equipment and most of all, a new outlook!


Max Gutierrez


Max is an Oxnard, California native who moved to Pensacola to originally open an Anytime Fitness™ franchise. After opening several franchise locations and having major success with AF, Max desired a bigger challenge and joined Mark at the Pensacola Athletic Center to recreate and re-brand the 35-year old family fitness center. Max is responsible for marketing, leading our team, membership growth, and the PAC member experience. He believes that if our members are constantly improving their lives, they will have a much healthier impact in the community creating an overall healthy atmosphere in West Pensacola. Max has a beautiful wife and a son and enjoys spending time with his family, participating in any fitness-style activity, and sports in general.

Outside of growing PAC and serving our members, Max currently plays an active recruiting role in the Pensacola Men’s Baseball League and continues to develop his passion for baseball by hosting baseball coaching clinics in his off time. Over the last three years, he has also developed an interest in Pickleball and now serves as the Pensacola USAPA Ambassador for all pickleball activities within Pensacola. Most recently, Max became a board member of the Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast to assist in membership growth, show his support for women in business, and assist the organization with marketing and online strategies. Max wants to help build small businesses in Pensacola and assist small business owners with marketing strategies focusing on providing and incredible customer experience.


Matt McMillan


Matt McMillan is our Operations Manager at Pensacola Athletic Center. A self-described “Gym Rat”, Matt says “there is no other place I would rather be!” Matt truly loves helping people reach their full potential and does so by being a student of the industry. He is always researching fitness related issues and looking for ways to improve workouts, exercises, equipment, etc.

After retiring from the Navy in 2013 and moving to Pensacola, the passion he had for health and fitness led him to become a certified Master Trainer with ISSA. He formerly worked at the Pensacola Downtown YMCA for several years and played a large role in the expansion project at the Downtown Y. Looking to continue his growth in the industry, Matt discovered that the PAC had been purchased and was looking to undergo an expansion/remodel project of its own. Recognizing the need for a premier fitness facility on the Southwest side of Pensacola, Matt knew he could be a vital part of its growth and after joined the team soon thereafter. When Matt isn’t working, he loves spending time with his family and…well, yes, working out!!!


James Hinkle

James aka Jamie joined our PAC Family in the fall of 2018. He is a Pensacola, FL native and attended the University of West Florida. Jamie’s specialty is strength training and pushing his clients towards maximum potential in their weightlifting abilities. After training locally for several years, Jamie has created his brand ‘Noxas’, focusing on peak results for his clients and the local community. In his spare time, you can find Jamie working out, hanging at the beach, and obsessing with trucks and cars. We love having Jamie as a part of our PAC Team!


Joseph Stolfi

Joe joined our PAC family in June 2020 and is a Pensacola native. He has a background in firefighting and truck driving. Joe’s passion for fitness began through his love of sports as an athlete and football player. His approach to fitness focuses on athletic training and strength/ conditioning training. Joe’s mottos include: “If your not having fun then why are you lifting?” and too “ Lift from the inside out” He establishes long term interactions with the goal of integrating exercise and optimal wellness into the demands of daily life. In Joe’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and good friends that he has made through the years. He also enjoys Sundays watching the Saints play and grilling on his Traeger.

Personal Trainer

Shelby Thompson

Shelby was born and raised in Columbus, OH and relocated to Pensacola in the fall of 2019. Growing up in Ohio, Shelby played competitive soccer, which she continues to play here in the Pensacola area. She attended THE Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Science. During her college career, she discovered her deep passion for physical fitness and helping other reach their personal fitness goals. Eventually, Shelby found herself pursuing fitness competitions in powerlifting and did her first bodybuilding competition in 2018. She currently specializes in assisting her clients with strength training, correct form, muscle definition, and weight loss. Shelby believes in helping her clients feel confident in their skin without restriction; it’s all about balance! Whenever she isn’t personal training, you can find her lifting weights, going to the beach, drawing and spending time with her pets and family.

Tennis Pro

George Cobia

George has recently rejoined the PAC Team as our Tennis Pro. With more than 25 years of teaching tennis in the panhandle, George brings a level of professionalism and work ethic to help us build our tennis program. In his spare time, you can find George surfing or on his sailboat fishing.

Front Desk Associate

Jessica Sokol

Jessica was born and raised here in Pensacola and is arguably the most outdoor person on the team. She is responsible for our member experience and you will always get a friendly greeting from her at our front desk. When she isn’t working at PAC, you can always find Jess on her kayak, or doing something with her fur baby, Chewy.

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7700 West Highway 98
Pensacola FL, 32506

Mon - Fri: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 9am – 2pm, Sun: Closed

* Gym open 24/7 to members only

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