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Shape the Future of the Health Club Industry by Joining the IHRSA Board

If you’re an IHRSA member club operator interested in promoting the association and the fitness industry—and having a little fun while you’re at it—now is the time to consider applying to the IHRSA Board! 

The IHRSA Board of Directors is an elected group of industry leaders who are chosen to provide strategic direction and insight to the association. The mission of IHRSA is to grow, protect, and promote the health and fitness industry, and board members act as ambassadors charting the course of the association.

Who Should Apply to Join the IHRSA Board

“What truly resonates for me is how the IHRSA Board is truly committed to make a difference in how IHRSA and the fitness industry serve their communities,” says Jason Reinhardt of Go M.A.D. (Make a Difference) Fitness and current chair of the IHRSA Board Nominations Committee. 

“The board looks for member club owners and principals who are highly engaged in the association and industry,” adds Allison Flatley, former chair of the IHRSA Board Nominations Committee. “A good board candidate must be able to make unbiased decisions. We need representatives that can think for the good of the association and industry.”

Engagement comes in many forms, including: 

  • Participating in industry events and IHRSA programs; 
  • Leading education sessions for our future leaders; 
  • Sharing trends and best practices at conferences or in digital or printed articles; 
  • Promoting public policy as an active ILC member; 
  • Serving as international or regional association leader;
  • Encouraging others to participate in IHRSA membership, programs, and meetings.

IHRSA Board continues strategic planning session during a fire alarm at recent meeting.

Why You Should Join the IHRSA Board

There are many benefits to serving on the IHRSA Board beyond the prestige of holding a position that helps to guide the association and the health club industry. 

“First, board members have the pleasure of working closely with IHRSA’s CEO and staff; they are a diverse and talented group of professionals that work hard to advance our industry and serve the association members,” Flatley says. “Second, the shared time with other board members is extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Being able to collaborate with so many successful leaders is inspiring. Plus, you develop close relationships and network with industry colleagues.”

And, while the typical Board of Directors may call to mind a stuffy, formal organization, the IHRSA Board is anything but. 

IHRSA board and staff after a workout.

“The IHRSA Board practices what we preach by incorporating activity into our meetings,” Flatley says. “Some of my favorite highlights include running, walking, yoga, and weight training while discussing industry best practices or brainstorming how to grow the industry.”

The Board of Directors’ term is four years. The time commitment is five to 10 hours per month, including travel to three two-day board meetings and committee participation. Travel costs for the Board meetings are covered by the association.

"As a board member and now the chair for the nominations committee, I’m excited to work with industry leaders who believe the in the success by association IHRSA provides its members. It’s incredibly rewarding to be part of a group that is making a difference in people’s lives on a global scale,” adds Reinhardt. "If you are looking to start your board service journey, please apply to start this exciting process today!” 

How to Apply to Join the IHRSA Board

New Board Member applications are due July 31, 2017.

The application process involves answering seven questions about your involvement in the health and fitness industry, and with IHRSA. We are also interested in your involvement in civic or community affairs and/or national and international association activities. We request at least five industry references. 

All applicants are screened and interviewed by at least three members of the IHRSA Nominations Committee. Interviews are done over video chat.

Learn more about the IHRSA Board.