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As we wrap up 2014 and look forward to a brand-new year, many businesspeople tend to experience a flurry of mixed emotions, ranging from celebratory—“Another successful year!”—to pensive—“How can we make our business even better next year?”—to a touch of anxiety— “What unknown challenges will we face in the year ahead?”

 To gain a clearer understanding of what 2015 may hold for the international health club community, CBI checked in with six industry leaders from around the globe. Our esteemed panel includes Rasmus Ingerslev, a pioneer in the field of virtual fitness and the CEO of Fresh Fitness, a Danish chain of 22 clubs; Susan Jansson, the founder and CEO of HealthSPORT, a group of 13 full-service clubs in California; Gustavo Borges, a former Olympic swimmer and IHRSA board member, who now presides over five Academia Gustavo Borges swim clubs in Brazil; Jeff Skeen, the president and CEO of Fitness Connection, a collection of 17 clubs in Texas, Nevada, and North Carolina; Doug Cowan, the founder and CEO of the Health Systems Group, in Ontario, Canada; and IHRSA’s own expert, John Holsinger, Director, Asia-Pacific.

These are not dedicated researchers or industry or financial analysts: These are industry practitioners, men and women who, each day, labor in its trenches, toil in its fields. As a result, their reflections on the industry’s past, present, and future are especially revealing and meaningful.

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