Tim Kimber, like most suburban kids growing-up in the "Baby Boomer" generation, was protected and inspired to believe he could rise to any accomplishment. Like many in Rochester, New York, his father worked at Kodak, as did he following high school, but Tim wanted something different out of life. So he began to build his body and train at Sampson's Gym in Rochester. His hard work paid-off quickly, and he placed 3rd in Mr. Rochester in the winter of 1976 and won Mr. Empire State the following fall. The world of bodybuilding would be the opening salvo to his career.
Shortly before winning Mr. Empire State, Tim met life-long friend, Pete Grymkowski. Pete was on the verge of becoming a major player in the world of bodybuilding, and asked Tim to partner with him in rebuilding the famed Gold's Gym in Venice Beach. During the years of their partnership, 1979 - 2000, Gold's grew to become one the world's most iconic and successful business enterprises in the 20th century.
Beginning with a single gym in 1979, under the leadership of partners Pete, Tim and Ed Connors, Gold's became the largest fitness center chain in the world with 540 gyms in 42 states and 30 countries. Today, gym memberships have grown to over 3.5 million members. Owing to the fact that Gold's was the first gym in America to open its doors to female fitness, membership today is evenly divided between male and female members.
Creating merchandising and marketing tactics that are today textbook business strategies the world-over, Tim and the Gold's team led the way in the development of private label apparel and sports equipment. The Gold's logo appeared on everything from key chains to dumbbells, and is today one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. Tim has also authored along with his partners five bodybuilding books which are now considered foundational classics -- The Gold's Gym Training Encyclopedia, Solid Gold: Training the Gold's Gym Way, The Gold's Gym Nutrition Bible, Mass Building: Training and Nutrition Systems and The Gold's Gym Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding.
Since selling his interests in Gold's in 1999, Tim has supported the business interests of wife, Jenny, and pursued his lifelong passion of music and songwriting. One of his songs that he co-wrote with three time Grammy winner, Keb Mo', Victim's of Comfort, went gold on Keb Mo's first self-titled album for Sony in 1994.