Ryann Lofchie is CEO of Frontier Academy and chairwoman of The Frontier Project group of companies. The shape of her story is a sharp upward curve: Growing Frontier from five employees to more than 40. From a one-room workshop of 2,500 square feet to a multipurpose studio of 14,000. From one business line to a portfolio. And from a small local player to a regular on the Inc. 5000, Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work, Virginia Small Business Top 50, and fastest-growing woman-owned businesses lists — recessions be damned. The constant in that story: Ryann’s unquenchable appetite to help people realize their potential and love what they do. Ask her how she does it, and she’ll tell you that it’s essential to know yourself. A persuasive advocate for balance, you’ll find her leading group meditations at our studio, tackling triathlons, meeting with mentors, journaling, volunteering, and teaching her kids to do the same.