John Bonavia has always been exceptionally personable, enjoying helping people and getting to know them. His drive for social life landed him in bars and clubs in his early twenties as it does for many people in that age range. As he got older and became more career and family-oriented, he found himself missing the camaraderie of the clubs and social environments.
That inspired him to start The Gateway Advantage, a social club for entrepreneurs and career-minded people, where they can still enjoy social interaction, but in an exclusive environment where they don’t have to stand around nightclubs like sardines getting drinks spilled on them.
“It seems that significant social interaction slips away as we get older, leaving a hole in me and in many of us that feel lonely,” Bonavia says. “I want to fill that hole with The Gateway Advantage, while also giving people an opportunity to connect for business opportunities.”
Bonavia is an entrepreneur and enjoys having many irons in the fire. He dabbles in real estate, volunteers helping troubled youth, and enjoys playing the stock market, but most of all, he likes taking on new ventures and getting a team excited and involved. This led him to begin development on The Gateway Advantage.
“I really think this is a business that will allow people to come together and be successful together,” he explains. “That’s what I love to see, collaboration to me will always have a greater chance at breeding success than trying something individually.”
In addition to his business pursuits, Bonavia is looking to mentor people who have experienced struggle or had problems with addiction. His ultimate goal is to give TEDx talks on overcoming addiction and facing your past to truly find joy through making amends.
“To me success is an ongoing process that you obtain through experiences that make you stronger,” Bonavia explains. “You’ve got to use your past to courageously continue on a path that you would only have obtained through your personal life’s lessons.”
Bonavia used to think success was determined by the material things a man acquires. Through his own struggles, he lost his material things and began to develop a desire to love and help others. Quickly, he realized his integrity grew with the respect he gained for himself by not thinking selfishly.
“There are many things I want to do in life, but I no longer only ask myself “what’s in it for me?”,” Bonavia says. “Now it’s more “how can I help others?”.
Bonavia wants to be a man who shows he has taken all of his life lessons and learned from them. Many people have struggles in life, but for Bonavia, letting others know how to overcome them has kept him humble. Showing them with love and compassion is his only way to express how thankful he is for the challenges in life and getting the chance to now use them all for good.
The Gateway Advantage will incorporate all of Bonavia’s passions with a social spin. He’s learned over the years from interacting with other entrepreneurs that it is extremely important to set goals and have plans for the future of your businesses. The business is still in its early stages due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped Bonavia from having a solid vision for the future.
“I’m looking for potential business partners in this field that will help generate a return on their investment through funding their entrepreneurial ideas and concepts,” Bonavia says. “In five years I see myself helping people. I have learned the more you help people, the more you will experience the true joy of finding purpose.”
For more information on John Bonavia’s plans to bring entrepreneurs and career-minded people together through a social club, visit thegatewayadvantage.com.