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Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Advocate for One of the Best Products Being ‘Sold’

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. 

Paula Neubert
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club
Greenwood Village, CO 

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

You get to be a leader and advocate for one of the best products being “sold.” Think about it…how many businesses allow you to spend your days talking to people, helping them reach goals that make them healthier and happier, and give you the opportunity to be energized and motivated just by stepping out of your office door and taking a walk around the club? I am proud and honored to be part of this industry!

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?

Listen and observe. Learn something every day!

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

A phone call from IHRSA Board members. I didn’t know a lot about the ILC, but they helped me understand more about this group of leaders and the advocacy work they do to help our industry. As a brand new ILC member, I’m looking forward to learning more and experiencing ILC member benefits.