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Entries in Gold's Gym Franchisee Association (4)


Solidarity is Key to Leadership in the Fitness Brotherhood

To show our appreciation for the industry leaders who support IHRSA's efforts to Grow, Promote, and Protect the industry, IHRSA has launched the “ILC Spotlight series.” We hope this series will help you get to know more about our industry's leaders, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership. 

ILC Spotlight: Ginger Collins
Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association 

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

There are many rewards to glean from the health and fitness world. I think what is different about us is that we are a big brotherhood no matter what your brand is.  

My perspective may be different because of my role as the executive director of the Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association for the past 11 years and as a former franchisee, but I believe you just cannot be in this industry unless you care about people, and that translates over to the members of IHRSA. It’s common to develop lifelong friendships and foster great mentorships among us. The fraternal relationships linking us together are most rewarding to me personally. 

If you were able to go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would have given your younger-self about working in this industry?  

This is easy…I would tell myself to not wear a nude unitard with red leg warmers to teach classes! 

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

IHRSA’s efforts to advocate for its members is a herculean task. To address legislation and taxes at this level takes great leaders working collectively and using strong messages to help grow, promote and PROTECT our industry. 

Again, the theme of brotherhood and being committed to common interests with solidarity is the key to success. Besides, it’s the right thing to do!


Gold's Gym Franchise Association Conference Hits the Big Apple

Blair McHaney presents at the Gold's Gym Franchise Association owner's conferenceThe recent Gold’s Gym Franchise Owner’s Conference in New York City featured many top speakers.

Keynote speaker Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for the New York Times and author of New York Time best-seller The Power of Habit, spoke on developing habits and transforming patterns that will allow you to rethink your world to help reform your company's productivity and achieve success. 

Mike Epstein and Blair McHaney discussed how strategy is about habit creation and the key to achieving excellence is to stop focusing on selling memberships and to focus on helping members change their habits.

McHaney, a member of the Gold's Gym Hall of Fame, received the 2014 Bravo Award for his commitment and contributions to Gold’s Gym and the industry, while outgoing GGFA President Mike Epstein stepped down. John "J.C." Custard is the incoming president.

For more information, visit the GGFA website.


Star Trac is Gold's Gym 'Vendor of the Year'

Star Trac has been named Vendor of the Year—Equipment by Gold's Gym.

Gold's Gym Franchise Association and Gold's Gym corporate vote based on satisfaction and the likelihood of recommending the company for future purchases.

“We are thrilled to have been named the Gold’s Gym Vendor of the Year,” said Sal Pellegrino, director of Key Accounts at Star Trac, in a press release. “We have worked hard to foster a strong relationship with Gold’s Gym and to provide true solutions to their fitness needs, both at a corporate level and for the franchisees.” 

Check out more in the Star Trac press release.


Gordon Johnson recognized at Gold's Gym franchisee conference

Gordon Johnson, of Gold's Gym in Douglasville, Ga., received the Bravo Award today during the Gold's Gym Franchisee Association Conference in New York City.

The award recognizes those who have made the most significant contribution to the brand and the franchises. It is also known as the Franchisee of the Year Award.

The event brings together franchisee owners and runs today and tomorrow, Oct. 1.

For more, visit the Franchisee Asociation website.