Brad Spence- FOunder
Brad Spence discovered his passion for food as a child while cooking at home with his mother, and further solidified his interest while working in small restaurant on the Jersey Shore as a kid. Upon graduation, Spence enrolled in the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Spence then moved to New York City where he had the privilege to work for award-winning Chef Tom Colicchio at Craftbar, and later Mario Batali at Casa Mono.
In 2006, Spence relocated to Philadelphia, taking the helm at Chef Marc Vetri’s critically acclaimed flagship restaurant Vetri Ristorante.
In 2010, Spence became the Executive Chef/Partner of Amis, allowing him the opportunity to helm a trattoria-style kitchen and pursue his culinary passion. After the opening of Amis, Brad & the Vetri Family went on to open more restaurants throughout the country.
In both 2013 and 2014, Spence was named a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic” award.
2011 Brad stepped into Joe Hand gym for the first time vowing to get in shape. Within six months, one day of boxing turned into five a week. During the process Brad has dropped 60 pounds. Boxing has become the focus of his life along with Family & cooking. Brad has introduced his seven year old son to the sport & he now trains with him three days a week. Brad now wants to share his positive experience in boxing with Military Veterans.
A proud New Jersey native, Brad lives there with his wife and their three children. When he’s not at the restaurant, Brad can be found boxing, training jiu jitsu and cooking for his family.
Wade Hinnant- Training Advisor
Hinnant went 35-6 as an amateur boxer out of the Athletic Rec Center at 26th and Masters in Philadelphia. He turned pro at 16 and won his first 12 professional fights. Wade went 14-2 before a reoccurring eye injury cut short his career.
Wade stuck with the sport and developed a love for teaching the game to the next generation.
Rick Wendell- Trainer
Sam Peca- Boxer
Sam joined the United States Marine Corps in 2010 because of a desire to help other people. Coming from a family that has a large military background, it surprised no one that he would join the military. He served from 2010-2015 and served a tour in Afghanistan in 2012 with Combat Logistics Battalion 2 as a Combat Engineer.
Currently, Sam is a senior at Temple University studying criminal justice. His plan is to attend Law School in the Fall of 2017 to pursue a career in criminal law. His ultimate goal is to work for a District Attorney's Office.
Fatback boxing has already made a significant difference in his life. On the days that he trains, the world just seems to go smoother and there is almost a high that he feels from it. He is excited to continue training with Fatback Boxing for the time to come.