Dale A. Coker
I have had the distinct honor and privilege of knowing Mayoral Candidate Curtis Boyd for more than 27 years. Over the years I have observed his sincerity, integrity, work ethic and character; they are all above reproach. His ability to be completely engaging and honest will be a tremendous asset to the populace of Darlington. His energetic approach to life and purity of heart will be a gift to his constitutes.
His track record as a successful businessman speaks for itself. He is serious about his faith and a man who cares deeply for his family and the less fortunate.
Because I was his Sensei(karate teacher) for many years, I personally know Curtis was an accomplished competitor on all levels as well as a much awarded fighter.
So when he says "some things are worth fighting for", please believe me this is the man that will put his whole heart into his words for the betterment of his city and local communities.
Dale A. Coker
Chief Instructor & Founder of
Japan Karate Institute National and Internationally
Author, Mentor, Success Coach.
Looking for a true friend and a man of God ? Someone who puts others before himself always. Curtis Boyd is that man. Going above and beyond to help anyone at any time. I've been friends with Curtis for several years and I have seen him push people to better themselves, change their lifestyles and constantly encourages everyone he meets and ALWAYS puts God first. This is the type of man that we all need in our lives not some days but every single day.
I have known Curtis Boyd for over the past 30 years and worked with him in our community. There is not a finer, more honest, hardworking person I know. I am most impressed by his strong Christian faith and love of God and that is so evident in his daily life. Curtis is a very caring individual and will be there for any in need. He has been a mentor for many and has taken a lot of time to work with my daughter who has a disability. She trains at Fitness World, his business, and he has made sure she had access to adapted equipment that aides in her workouts. He also ran with her during the Turkey Trot this past Thanksgiving to help her achieve her goal in completing it. We love and appreciate Curtis Boyd!
My Curtis Boyd moment? Well there have been so many but the one that
stands out the most was when he drove out to support me on my walk from
Darlington to Charleston. I wanted people to remember the men and women
who willingly gave up their lives to save complete strangers during the 9/11
Attacks. The best way I knew how was to run, learn and share their life stories.
At the end of day two (around mile 60) I was mentally broken, my feet were
swollen and bleeding and my spirit had taken a beating. I was ready to call it
quits five miles short of my goal for that day and then he showed up, American
Flag in hand and enough energy for the both of us. I was so slow, each step
more painful than the last but he stayed right beside me until we had finished
those 5 miles. I am not sure Curtis even knows how much he helped me thru
that journey, 365 days, 1,029 miles and 343 lives remembered. Thank you for
always being there at the first mile, the last mile and the journey in-between.
My name is Polly Manship and I'm excited to back Curtis Boyd for mayor. Curtis is a member of Central Baptist Church, a good Christian, and an outstanding man in the community. He owns the Fitness World gyms as well as the Out of This World printing store. He cares about the people of Darlington. I know he'll be the mayor we need and trust.
Chris R. Count
Back in 2006 I walked into the Fitness World in Darlington one afternoon. A man by the name of Curtis Boyd showed me around the place and took his time doing so. After the tour was over I had no idea that he was the owner of Fitness World. After joining Fitness World I began to work out regularly. When Curtis would see me in the Gym he would ask me how things were going and was I making the progress that I wanted to make. At first I thought it was because I was a new member however, I quickly observed that he did that for all of his members because he truly cares. At that time I was the HR Manager at A.O. Smith in McBee, SC. At A.O. Smith we were looking at ways in which to provide our employees with tools to help the live healthier lifestyles. So when I ran into Curtis at Fitness World we began to discuss the idea. We ended up putting in a Fitness World at our A.O. Smith Plant which was a first of its kind in the area not to mention several other ideas. We eventually added another Fitness World to our Tennessee Plant. Having known Curtis for several years, this was the first time that I saw another side of him. This God loving Christian man who spoke to everyone in the gym and truly cared about his members’ well-being, was also the consummate business man. He was worked harder and with more tenacity than anyone I have ever met and will likely meet.
To me there is no doubt that Curtis possesses the character, drive and determination that anyone would want to see in their Mayor.
Chris R Count
I am writing to share my support for Curtis Boyd as mayor of Darlington. Curtis is a longtime resident of Darlington and knows the history of the city.
He is a successful business man, loving husband and father but most of all a follower of Jesus Christ. Curtis has many talents and abilities to lead the city.
The world is full of followers but what Darlington needs is a leader and that is Curtis Boyd. Darlington has been dormant for many years and Curtis is that person who can help bring life back to it. As his sister I know he has a heart of gold and is willing to fight for your town. He has accomplished many things in his life such as a teacher at Florence Tech, a black belt karate instructor, owner of multiple Fitness World gyms, running marathons and many more. But the one thing I remember the most, which he may never receive a reward here on earth for, is feeding the homeless. Curtis has a heart for everyone. He has a drive and talent that most people wish for. Curtis is someone I look up to and if you give him a chance he can make a difference in Darlington. I encourage everyone to vote for Curtis Boyd as mayor of Darlington. Help him fight for your town.
Curtis Boyd is more than a successful business man. His Gyms are not about profit but about people. He is not just an owner he is a participator. I believe he will bring this same attitude to the office of mayor. I’ve witnessed Curtis participating in activates and causes that you would think would be completive and not productive to his own business “Fitness World”. It’s because I believe he is a true Health Advocate. If I could vote for him I surely would ……. Not because he is a friend……. I believe he will put his own unique stamp of quality on this office.
“God first, his family, and the people. Curtis Boyd has built his life around these 3 things. His love for Jesus is evident in the way he loves his family, friends, and the people of Darlington. I am excited for what 2019 will bring for the future of Darlington. Curtis loves, respects, and cares for the families in his city. Running for Mayor is just one more example of how he leads and cares for those he loves.”
I am pleased to write a few words of praise for my brother in Christ, employer, and great friend for over twenty years. I have worked for Curtis as an aerobic instructor, front desk manager, and currently as a personal trainer. Throughout the years I have watched him grow as business owner and community advocate for Darlington. He has been consistent with a true passion to help, not only with physical fitness but with one's soul. He has been an outstanding advocate for Darlington county in making Darlington great for everyone! Anyone that knows Curtis, knows that he is first a Christian, loves his family and a has a passion to help others! I am pleased to call him my friend.
I am happy to endorse Curtis Boyd as Mayor for three reasons. 1) He unites all different kinds of people as well as knows how to encourage others by instilling hope. 2) He is an entrepreneur who has proven he knows how to take a vision and turn it into reality. 3) I know he is running for mayor because he loves the city of Darlington and wants to make a difference for every citizen.
I have known Curtis for over 25 years. His enthusiasm and determination shines through no matter what task lies ahead of him. He has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. His leadership capabilities and dedication to any endeavor he chooses prove that he is the best candidate for mayor of Darlington.
"Curtis Boyd is a clever, honest, and caring business person. He cares deeply for his members and their success, and positions his clubs and staff in a way to truly help them in their fitness journey. I've worked with Curtis for several years; initially we worked together on the real estate selection of his newest Bennettsville location. He has always put the needs of his members first in that process! He is honest, trustworthy, and an excellent business person and leader of his community.
I truly enjoyed working with Curtis and have enjoyed continuing to work with him on potential expansions as well!"
In my ten years of coaching Track and Cross Country, Curtis Boyd and Fitness World Gyms have been one of our biggest supporters. Curtis has always been willing to give to our teams and our athletic department. As a business owner, he not only thinks of his bottom line, he realizes the importance of giving back to the community. On multiple occasions I have seen him giving his time and his money. Curtis is also in the business of helping people improve their lives, physically, spiritually and emotionally. In my thirteen years living in Darlington, there are very few people that I have seen as willing as Curtis is to make his city a great place to live. I know Curtis to be a man who is serious about his family, his friends, and his faith. It is with no reservations that I completely support and endorse Curtis Boyd for Mayor of Darlington, South Carolina.
I have known Curtis Boyd for many years but the first time I really got to know him was when he asked me to run a race with his race team about six years ago. Over those six years I have ran in excess of 10,000 miles with him. He was then and is now the epitome of a motivator. He is constantly giving back to his community. He is always working toward making those people's lives around him better. When I say better I don't mean just for the day or just for the moment but for a lifetime. He is not in the business of an easy fix. He is not in the business of one solution fits every problem. He is an innovator and a visionary in what it takes to be successful. He did not come from a rich family nor did he fall into his success by chance but by sheer will, motivation, determination and a strong faith in God. If you are looking for someone who will lead like they work. If you are looking for someone who will make hard decisions, not shy away from the hard choices and is fully investing in returning this city into a place we all can be proud of Curtis Boyd should be your choice for Mayor. Building Consensus and working for Positive Change are the keys to a successful city. This can only be done if we embrace the challenges together. Curtis Boyd is up to that challenge. I strongly urge you to get out and support him in his goal to make things better for all of Darlington. A Strong Darlington, A Successful Darlington and A Darlington that we All can be proud of.