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Meet Team IHRSA: Jay Ablondi, Executive Vice President of Global Products

With the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show fast approaching, we’re running the “Meet Team IHRSA” series to highlight some off the staff members you’ll see in Orlando, March 21-24. We hope this will help you to get to know our team a little better. 

Jay Ablondi
Executive Vice President of Global Products 


Explain your role at IHRSA. What do you do? What is the best part of your job? 

I oversee IHRSA’s product lines. This includes our events, magazines, research publications, mobile app, and websites. 

One of the most interesting aspects of my job is that every day, the latest industry news, innovations, and industry research comes across my desk. By far, the best aspect of my job over the years has been getting to know the wonderful people and entrepreneurs that make up the IHRSA membership and this dynamic global industry of ours. 

What drew you to work for an organization that supports the health club industry? 

My first job after university was at a major corporation in a large industry. It was a good job but not very interesting. I was a political science major, with a concentration in economics, so when I learned that IHRSA had an opening in its public policy department, I jumped at the chance. The fact that it was in the health and fitness sector was a bonus. 

Tell us about your fitness routine. How do you stay active? 

If you asked me a few years ago I would have said “ice hockey,” but these days I do mostly free weights and try to get in as much walking into my daily routine as I possibly can. We have two young daughters that treat me like their own personal trainer—I just try to keep up! 

What is your favorite thing about the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show?   

Connecting with friends from around the world. The general session speakers are always insightful and the Trade Show is simply the best in the world. 

Where can IHRSA 2016 attendees find you at the Convention in Orlando, March 21-24? 

Where the action is, of course! Seriously, I’ll be spending a lot of time on the Trade Show floor. We will have an IHRSA Live Studio (booth #2385) where we will be taping CEO interviews. 

What do you do for fun in your spare time? 

See photo above. Also, I follow the Boston Bruins and, usually against my better judgment, politics. 

Share a random fact about yourself. 

I authored a children’s book, IHRSA’s Active from A to Z, illustrated by Stan Tran.

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