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About EEI

Exercise Equipment Installation started with a need for reliable, high quality, professional exercise equipment disassemble and reassembly.  EEI has been installing since 1995 and responds quickly to install needs.  We work efficiently and professionally to complete the job when you need it done.

Meet the A-Team


Chris Ball stumbled into the fitness game when he was 22 years old. While raising three kids, he sold, repaired and built exercise equipment along with laid out and designed exercise rooms for 2nd Wind Exercise; known today as Johnson Fitness and Wellness. Fitness is a passion as well as a hobby for Chris. Health and wellness are a top priority for him. If you need something done, he'll make it happen.

Chris Ball

President / CEO


John is originally from Rice Lake, a small town in Wisconsin and has worked to develop EEI for over 20 years. He’s been around exercise equipment installs and understands the need for attention to detail, urgency and has a get it done attitude. John will go the extra mile to make sure the job is complete and might even help move a couch out to the garage too!

John Raether
Senior Vice President


Nate Ball is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the son of Chris, EEI's President/CEO. He has been assisting his father with installations and moves since 2006. Nate was born and grew up in the Minneapolis area, playing sports from a young age through high school. After high school, he joined the military and was stationed in North Carolina for four years as a heavy equipment operator and marksmanship coach. After his time in the service was finished, he moved to Clemson, South Carolina where he is currently studying to become an athletic trainer.

Nate Ball
Sr. Installer


Wyatt has been in the fitness and wellness industry since 2018 when he became certified in CrossFit training. He has managed multiple Wellness stores, designed rooms, sold, repaired and built exercise equipment. Wyatt is married, has a son and a German Shepherd. Being in the fitness world, Wyatt has seen all sorts of exercise rooms and equipment. With a keen sense of exercise and knowledge of room design and layout, Wyatt will not only install or move the equipment but also assist in any workout program advice to keep you engaged in your fitness routine!

Wyatt Begay

Sr. Project Manager

Michelle Reynolds grew up in Minnetonka, MN and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. She spent 6 years working at 2nd Wind Exercise and has 15 years of sales and marketing experience. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, play tennis, and take long bike rides.

Michelle Reynolds
VP of Business Development

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Mike grew up in Sauk Centre learning everything about machines and electric from his dad. As he raises three kids with his wife, Mike is a hard working, make it happen, find a way to do it kinda guy. You want to know how to do anything to your car or home, just ask and he’ll have an answer. Exercise gear is no different for him. When there is a job to do, Mike will know what needs to be done. 

Mike Kmetz

Sr. Project Lead


Antar Favors

Sr. Project Manager

Antar Favors was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He started working in high school at his first job at Zantigo/Taco Bell Restaurants. While keeping up his studies and participating in high school sports he continued working. After graduating, he attended college at Normandale while working to become the General Manager of two restaurant locations.


Later he started assembling equipment and designing workout rooms for customers of 2nd Wind Exercise. He has seen most every type of equipment

and can perform any install that comes his way. He's worked for 19 years in the fitness industry and currently works at Johnson Health and Wellness. Antar is known for his extreme attention to detail and immaculate organizational skills. He prides himself in being able to assist his customers in the most efficient and effective ways, while helping them achieve their health and fitness goals.


Dalton grew up in Maple Grove Mn, and found the start to his fitness journey playing football, baseball and hockey. Through high school, fitness and wellness became a passion. After graduating high school as a proud Maple Grove Crimson, Dalton headed north to Duluth where he currently studies business and attends IT classes at UMD. With his past experience in installations and gym equipment, Dalton has the knowledge and expertise to assist in equipment installs, room design and workouts. With a high accountability to himself and attention to detail, Dalton will exceed your expectations and make sure you are satisfied with your install. He might even help write a workout program for you too!

Dalton Cherro

Sr. Installer

Jesse Brasher

Jesse Brasher is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Senior Installer for EEI. He is a family friend of the Ball family, owners of EEI. He served with Nate as an engineer for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. Jesse grew up in rural Pennsylvania, playing sports from a young age. After his time in service,  Jesse moved to Clemson, SC where he started a family and works in the sales industry. 

Jesse Brasher
Sr. Installer

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Tyler Lara

Sr. Project Manager

Tyler grew up in Maple Grove MN and after graduating high school joined the United States Marine Corps. After serving 7 years, he moved back to Maple Grove with his wife and three children!


Tyler has extensive experience when it comes to exercise room design & layouts and has a vast knowledge with building, moving and assembling all type of equipment. If you lost the manual, Tyler will get it back together with precision and within timeliness! 


Eric Blackshear
Sr. Logistics

Eric Blackshear,  was born and raised in Minneapolis Minnesota and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2005. During high school Eric took a liking to architectural drafting, so hard work and

problem solving has always been one of his attributes. He headed to ITT Tech for a while then transitioned over to fitness. 


Eric has been in the fitness industry for 11 years and now is a Certified Personal Trainer from the National Eilte Personal Training and Nutritional Coach by NASM. While personal training, he also worked as a team lead for a moving company and has been in the fitness and moving industry for over 5 years. Combining moving and fitness was right up his ally and joining the team has been a great experience.


Steve Esaw was born and raised in Minnesota. The oldest of 5 siblings and father of four! His family enjoys camping, fishing, relaxing and just spending time together. He loves basketball as well as spending time with his family.


Steve is a focused and dedicated individual studying at the Saint Paul College as well as raising his children.

Steve Esaw
Sr. Installer

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