We’ve seen it happening more and more lately, and it can be heartbreaking to hear about float centers closing their doors, but tonight’s special guest brings some hope and an amazing spirit about closing the doors to his center. Carlos Casias of Float Los Alamos recently announced that he’ll be shutting down his operation after about four and a half years of ups and downs. He talks about the struggles his center encountered last year, and how they had big plans to restructure, rebrand, and relaunch… and then a pandemic hit. He battled the decision to continue taking on more debt or to “be selfish” and stop the financial crisis that was beginning to grow. He talks about all of those moments of realizing that bankruptcy is on the horizon, but how it is now going to be a relief, not the gloom and doom one would expect, as he begins to see a glimmer of hope after investing all of his time and energy into running his center, a two-person, two-tank dream for the past few years.
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Greg Griffin says
I’m going to miss the hell out of Carlos being in this industry, but I’m so glad I got to know him a bit over the years. This was one of my favorite episodes, and maybe just because Carlos has always been one of my favorite float center friends and human. Thanks so much for having him on, and thanks for being open and sharing your story, Carlos.
Dylan and Art of the Float, you all had me back on a few years ago. I still run my center by myself (5 years in) and am loving it more than ever right now. COVID helped give me a lot of time to think and put different perspectives on things. I was going to get my 4th tank this year and hire staff, but I’ll be putting that off for now and continuing to run things solo. If you ever want to have me back on again to chat about how running a float center solo can be wonderful, how to keep from getting burnt out, etc., I’d love to chat. I think Drew and I are very similar and would have some great things to share with the float community, especially those who run things by themselves, are planning to, or may have to if the circumstance ever arises.