Term: July 2019 to January 2023
Faamati Aumua Winey is owner and general manager of four Snap Fitness franchise facilities in the Twin Cities metro area.
Ms. Winey moved to Minnesota from Samoa in 2000, where she had attended Samoa College and the University of South Pacific in Alafua. In Minnesota, she attended the Minnesota School of Business, and is now President of Koleni Inc. dba Snap Fitness. The daughter of the former high chief of her native Tiavea, she now holds the role of high chief herself.
Ms. Winey is a leader in her community, and her networking and enthusiasm have connected her to others in the Minnesotan Samoa community as well as to communities across the Metro. She is also a huge rugby fan, and previously co-owned and sponsored a rugby sevens team that practiced in Minneapolis. She loves politics and uses her team player attitude to help make a difference in her community.
Ms. Winey has served in her role with the Council’s Board of Directors since 2019.
About the Samoan Minnesotan community:
The Samoan Minnesotan community is estimated at 601 strong, representing the 2nd largest Polynesian community in Minnesota. Samoans first began arriving in the United States in the late 19th century, and in 1900 American Samoa became an official territory of the United States. Of those who speak a native language other than English at home, 15% are considered limited English proficient.