I’ve seen Juan Williams twice a week almost every week for over a decade. He knows more about me than anyone but my husband or my mother – and he still likes me.

This Puerto Rico native and Tulane University architecture grad co-owns Uncle Joe’s Pilates Studio in the Riverbend with his husband, Larry Gibas. (Note: for almost a year during grad school, I worked as their front desk manager.) He remembers all of my friends’ names, keeps up with the TV shows we both watch and is as obsessed with the Disney parks as I am. Oh, and he’s a core member of the New Orleans Opera Chorus and works security for the 610 Stompers (they call him Figaro and Larry is Broadway).

Read on to learn more about Juan, and visit UncleJoesPilates.com to learn more about the studio and to make your appointment!

What is your idea of perfect happiness? To be surrounded by considerate people.

What is your greatest fear? Giving up. 

What is your greatest daily (or almost daily) extravagance? Coffee 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? You can do this. 

What or who is the greatest love of your life? I’m lucky to say I have many. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My circle of friends. 

Where would you most like to live? Here. It got under my skin. 

What do you most value in your friends? Honesty 

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Holding others to the standard I hold myself to. 

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Indifference 

What restaurant do you find yourself recommending to friends lately? The Franklin

Describe your perfect New Orleans day? Coffee, work, personal time, and time with friends. 

What’s your favorite New Orleans story? After 25 years here, there are a few. 

What are you most looking forward to this fall? Resuming rehearsals for the New Orleans Opera Chorus.