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Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Focus on Being Rather Than Doing

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. 

Scott Draper
Club Northwest
Grants Pass, OR 

What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

The opportunity of serving others in wellness.

We see hundreds of examples of how we do this each day. It is truly about being present. I enjoy the day-to-day and the moment-to-moment experiences I have with others. Wellness doesn’t happen in the past or in the future. It happens in the moment. Those moment-to-moment conversations create wellness for not only those we are serving, but also for ourselves.

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?

Be the love that you are and witness, respect, and celebrate the love and wellness that is each of us and all of us as one.

Club Northwest is successful because of people. When I came back to Club Northwest as general manager after being in the franchise space for several years, I knew that I had to be a better me to grow our company. I really was at a place that I had to learn a new way of being. I learned to surrender to being a better self by focusing on the things I was being rather than on things I was doing. By recognizing this, I was able to enjoy what I was doing rather than seeing it as work. I get off course at times, but I have an incredible team and we support each other to be the love that we each are.

Today Club Northwest exists to witness, respect, and celebrate the love and wellness that is each of us and all of us as one. It is important to our team that we focus on the deeper belief of what we all are. Our highest mission is our member’s and guest’s experience of wellness here and now.

What prompted you to join the Industry Leadership Council (ILC)?

I am and have been a net promoter of IHRSA since long before the term was coined. We have attended the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show for many years and have used IHRSA quite often by calling in and asking questions on various issues.

The people I’ve met through IHRSA are incredible. When I first got started in this industry, I had a conversation with Bill Pearl. Those who have spent time with Bill will know him as an incredibly accomplished and kind individual. At the time when I first met him, I had just gotten into the athletic industry after being a tennis pro. We had a long conversation and I remember him saying to me something to the effect of, “You have a very good chance of being successful in this industry, Scott. You obviously don’t waste a lot of time trying to be the biggest guy in the gym!” We laughed together.

To this day IHRSA is still a very personal organization to me. I experience IHRSA as a family made up of diverse individuals all working together to master the craft of serving others in wellness. We’ve been to other conferences and have been involved with other organizations, but we just love IHRSA. It was time for Club Northwest to take the next step by joining the ILC. I’m looking forward to attending my first convention as an ILC member, being more involved in IHRSA’s advocacy conversations, and developing even deeper relationships with other industry leaders.