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Many Members Stop By the IHRSA Booth at Club Industry 

Tom Hunt, left, IHRSA vice president of exhibit sales, talks to a Club Industry attendee on the trade show floor at the IHRSA booth. The first of two days at the Club Industry trade show saw a steady crowd.

The IHRSA booth (#133, between ACE and Hydromassage) was busy as well. IHRSA members Missy Moss of Nike Athletic Centers, Mark Stevens from The Houstonian Club and Ginger Collins of Gold’s Gym, were among those who stopped by.

The trade show is open today, Friday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT.

IHRSA is giving away a chance at a free trade show pass for IHRSA 2015 34th Annual International Convention & Trade Show, which is Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, at the booth. So be sure to stop by and get in on the opportunity. The event is March 11-14 in Los Angeles.



A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the HERO Forum

Each year, the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) convenes the HERO Forum for top professionals in the employee health management field.

It’s a rapidly growing conference that buzzes with the excitement of a growing industry. Much like the annual IHRSA convention, the atmosphere is collegial, and both attendees and presenters alike are generous with their expertise. Unlike the IHRSA convention, however, where the nature of the event suggests that workout attire is appropriate, the HERO Forum attendees have traditionally worn business attire.

But this year, a funny thing happened on the way to the HERO Forum.

In the run-up to the event, the conference planners sent the following note to all registered attendees:

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10-minute survey can mean more IHRSA benefits

Take full advantage of your IHRSA membership by completing a club census. The information you provide will help us upgrade your facility’s listing on IHRSA’s consumer website, ensure that you and your staff receive the latest industry information with a subscription to CBI magazine, and more.

Take 10 minutes to complete a club census online today at


ABC Financial hires former IHRSA intern Pellegrino

Sarah Pellegrino, who despite her young age has been involved and employed with several companies and organizations in the health and fitness industry, has been hired with ABC Financial.

Pellegrino, who recently graduated from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, will be a regional sales director.

Pellegrino has worked for the Fitness Industry Technology Council in social media, the International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association in the Research department as an intern, and the Carolina Sports Business Club as the chief business officer. She also founded the Carolina Sport Business & Fitness Expo, a three-series panel session and career fair for sport and fitness industries.

"We are thrilled to have Pellegrino join us at ABC Financial," said Steve Ayers, chief revenue officer of ABC Financial.  "Her personal and family background in the fitness industry has given her the experience and mindset to be a great asset to our industry." 

Pellegrino’s father, Sal, is national director of sales for Star Trac.

Read on for more on the recent hire



IHRSA 2014 Interview with Bryan Arp, Co-Founder & CEO of Netpulse


IHRSA 2014 Exhibitor Video: Fivesse

Visit Fivesse at IHRSA 2014, booth 4648.

Together We Are IHRSA!


Download the full video file: Part 1 | Part 2


Members' opinions sought on IHRSA benefits

For IHRSA member clubs: this was sent out by Joe Moore, IHRSA CEO and president:

IHRSA is committed to providing you with comprehensive membership benefits that will help your business thrive. To be certain these benefits and services meet your needs, and that you receive as much value as possible from your membership, I ask that you take a few minutes to answer 9 important questions.

We truly are curious and want to hear from you. Since your time is valuable, we only ask you to complete this survey every other year. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for you to provide us with much needed feedback.

If you are a US based IHRSA member club operator, you should have received an email yesterday (Monday, 1/27) from Joe Moore, subject line "We're Curious". If you didn't receive the email, please contact Nicole Johnson, or call 800-228-4772 so she can get your e-mail and send you the survey link. 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us improve.


Thanks to all that made European Congress a success

IHRSA and Management & Sports, its partner in Spain, would again like to thank all of the attendees, speakers and those in the Sponsor Showcases for an amazing event 13th Annual IHRSA European Congress.

Hundreds from the industry gathered at Mejia Castilla in Madrid for four days of education, networking, insight and fun.

Be sure to check IHRSA's Flickr page for all the photos, and here on the blog for a recap of the event.

We hope to see you next year. Stay tuned to for an announcement soon for 2014 event informaiton.



Capitol Report: Oct. 9, 2013

A weekly update from IHRSA Public Policy 

  • NCPPA Lobby Day Postponed Due to Government Shutdown
  • New Study is Positive Proof that Encouraging Exercise is Good Policy: Data Shows Exercise 'As Good As Medicines' in Treating Heart Disease
  • Proposal Would Raise Physical Education Requirement, But Educators Fear Cutting into Academics
  • Commentary: “Physical Activity in Schools is Essential to Reversing Childhood Obesity”

Read the latest issue of Capitol Report (for members only). For more on IHRSA and becoming a member, visit

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