The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.
Corporate Fitness Works
What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?
This is easy—it is the people! The fitness industry is filled with energetic, passionate, and success-driven people who are willing to share their knowledge and ideas.
I love learning growth strategy from successful entrepreneurs and training techniques from experienced personal trainers. The diversity of the industry and its people is exciting.
If you were able to go back in time, what is one piece of leadership advice you would have given your younger-self about working in the fitness industry?
I’d tell my younger self to ask more questions and think bigger and broader.
The changes that have occurred in technology, communication, and business tools are amazing and have had a big impact on how we process information and live our daily lives. The fitness industry has not changed to the same degree. We need to think creatively to help more people embrace movement and activity.
What prompted you to join the Industry Leadership Council (ILC)?
It was a phone call invitation from a widely respected industry leader. It was my first introduction to the Council and after becoming involved, I consider it an honor and obligation as a leader.
It is important for industry leaders to band together to support public policy and legislative efforts. As a group, we can be influential with our lawmakers to enact policies that encourage Americans to be physically active and take care of their health and to support all clubs and businesses that improve the health of the nation.