Chris Bash | Founder, Partner
Chris was born in Kansas City, but got to TX as quickly as possible at the age of one. He grew up in a small town south of Fort Worth and went to undergrad at Texas Tech. Then he hightailed it to Austin in 1999 and hasn't left. In the spring of 2012 Chris co-founded the Austin Beer Run Club. Since that time its enrollment has grown to over 1,000 members propelling it into the top 10 Meetups in Austin. Chris wanted to extend upon that brand — taking what he’s learned, tweaking it some while remaining true to what made it a success. His goal was to offer the same niched demographic other popular exercise-related activities paired with libations and socializing. In 2014 he partnered with John Liska to form Exercise & Excess, LLC as a way to house these ideas. The summer of that same year while Chris was sitting poolside in Cancun, Mexico, a solo brainstorming session produced the answer for the second installment: Yomosas, the Yoga & Mimosas Club.
Chris's passions include anything music-related, traveling and participating in the great outdoors. Over the past decade and a half he's been submerged in the creative side of marketing, working across six vastly different industries. He's applying that know-how to Exercise & Excess along with skills he obtained in a recently earned MBA. Chris has always wanted to make the world a better place and feels he's doing so one person at a time — combining athletic activities with socializing within the clubs under the Exercise & Excess umbrella.
John Liska | Partner
John spent the first 19 years of his life in Milwaukee where he learned to love beer. He spent the next 17 years of his life in San Francisco where he developed a real appreciation for being outdoors and staying in shape. So it’s no surprise that he eventually found a way to combine both by getting involved with Exercise & Excess.
John’s true calling for exercise is road biking (and some snowboarding from time to time). His "real" job is as an executive at a healthcare analytics start-up but he utilizes his background in technology and marketing to help run various operational aspects of the company, develop strategy, and build partnerships. John holds a BSC degree in Decision & Information Sciences from Santa Clara University.