IHRSA's Board of Directors
Board of Directors 2016-2017
Stockholm Leisure Partners
Rasmus Ingerslev is an experienced fitness industry entrepreneur with an international footprint. He has multiple successful start-ups and exits behind him, including two of Denmark’s largest health club groups (fitness dk and Fresh Fitness). He has been pointed out as one of the top CEOs in Denmark and is a past recipient of the IHRSA European Club Leadership Award. On a board level, Rasmus serves as Chairperson of IHRSA and Executive Vice Chairman of Wexer Virtual, a company he founded, which supplies video based group exercise and cycling classes to the majority of the top 25 health club groups globally. Among other board positions, he has served as Vice Chairman of one of Europe’s largest club groups and Chairman of Exerp, who supplies an ERP system to numerous leading health club groups.
Rasmus contributes actively to the industry as a writer and speaker and he is a co-founder of the Danish Fitness & Health Organization (DFHO). Rasmus serves as the Executive Chairman of Stockholm Leisure Partners, an investor focused on the health and fitness industry in the Nordic region.
Jefferson Valley, New York
Bill Beck literally grew up in the health club industry, following in the footsteps, as it were, of his mother, an avid tennis player who worked at Club Fit Jefferson Valley. During middle school, high school, and college, Beck also found employment there, responsible, initially, for maintaining its six outdoor tennis courts. Since then, he’s worked his way up the corporate ladder, and, for the past five years, has held the position of president. “I’m still learning every day,” he acknowledges, “and working hard to perfect our team.” Part of his ongoing education has involved attending IHRSA’s convention and trade show each year since he graduated from college in 1990. As a member of IHRSA’s board, Beck hopes to share some of the expertise he’s acquired, particularly with respect to best practices. “I operate two clubs,” he explains, “so I can relate to the majority of club owners who belong to the association.” He’s also interested in helping IHRSA inform its members even more fully about labor laws in order to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation. “EFT cancellation procedures, music copyrights, overtime compensation, group exercise pay practices, and tanning taxes are just a few of the areas where we’ve recently seen lawsuits strike our industry.”
With over 30 years of experience, Allison Flatley brings a unique blend of executive management, fitness and consulting expertise to the health and wellness industry. Allison’s deep conviction for creating healthy organizations and cultures is evident in her career achievements and her work hard, play hard mentality.
Allison holds a B.S. in Health and Sport Studies and a M.S. in Exercise and Health Studies from Miami University. She spent 24 years with L&T Health and Fitness (L&T) building corporate, commercial, government and hospital-based fitness and wellness programs throughout the United States. From 2014 – 2017, Allison served as Chief Strategy Officer for Corporate Fitness Works leading and directing their business growth and innovations.
For 14 years, Allison shared her industry knowledge and experience as an adjunct professor at American University, teaching the Fundamentals of Health Promotion as part of the Sports Administration graduate program. In June 2008, Allison was awarded The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Community Leadership Award.
Allison chairs the IHRSA's Nominations Committee. From 2003 - 2010, she also held a leadership role on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association. She serves on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run Northern Virginia, 2013 Non-Profit of the Year, after serving as a volunteer coach for eight years. Allison also coaches volleyball and serves on the board for McLean Youth Volleyball.
Academia Gustavo Borges
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gustavo Borges, a swimming sensation in his native Brazil, whose international debut took place at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he won the silver medal in the 100 meter freestyle. In total, he competed in four Olympic Games, winning 4 Olympic medals, and now serves as a member of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. Today, Gustavo is dedicated to his 5 swimming gyms (Academia Gustavo Borges) where he has created a swimming methodology with nearly 300 licensees (Methodologie Gustavo Borges) to teach swimming to both children and adults.
New Evolution Ventures
Derek Gallup is the EVP of Fitness for New Evolution Ventures with brands including Crunch, UFC Gym, Hard Candy Fitness and Alex Rodriguez Energy Fitness. Derek has also been involved with several other fitness brands including 24 Hour Fitness, Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club, Yoga Works, Personal Training Evolution and Gold’s Gym. Derek remembers falling in love with fitness at age 6 when he was the youngest competitor in a 5-mile race in his hometown of Honolulu. He has attended 22 IHRSA Conventions and is excited to support all IHRSA members in our shared goal of making the world healthier through physical activity and health promotion.
Stafford Hills Club
Jim Zupancic, a practicing attorney for 35 years specializing in business and real estate law, is the founder of Stafford Hills Club located near Portland, Oregon. An entrepreneur his entire life, Zupancic started his first business at age 16, and has assisted companies such as Intel, Toshiba, Sumitomo and many others to expand their businesses domestically and internationally. Jim is the father of 5 adult children and grandfather to 5 active grandchildren. He and his wife Marla recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Stone Creek Club and Spa
Larry is the President/General Manager of the Stone Creek Club and Spa in Covington, Louisiana. He joined Stone Creek in 2008 and was involved in the design, build out, hiring and management of this resort style club. Larry and Stone Creek have been involved in a wide variety of community outreach events and projects. Larry is a licensed CPA and has been involved in the industry for 26 years.
Nike Athletic Centers
Missy is the General Manager of the Nike Athletic Centers at Nike, Inc.’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. She currently oversees three facilities and is involved in the development of 2 additional locations. A competitive swimmer since childhood, her love of sport brought her from Nike’s travel department to a front desk position at the newly built fitness center 13 years ago to her current position. Missy has been involved with Nike’s “Access to Sport” and Designed to Move initiatives.
Wisconsin Athletic Club, LLC
West Allis, WI
Ray is a 30 year industry veteran and member of IHRSA. He is the owner of 7 clubs and manages 6 corporate centers including Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Johnson Controls and Kohl’s Department Stores. Ray is a longtime member of IHRSA’s Industry Leadership Council (ILC) and was recognized with IHRSA’s President’s Award in 1999 for his efforts in the Fight for Fair Competition. He has also served on the Board of the Devine Savior Holy Angels High School Board since 2012.
Newtown Athletic & Aquatic Club
Jim is the owner of 3 clubs including the Newtown Athletic Club, Healthquest of Hunterdon and Horsham Athletic Club. He has been involved in the industry for 36 years growing Newtown from a 15,000 square foot racquet club on 3 acres to a 250,000 square foot health, wellness and recreation complex on 22 acres. Jim is a long-time supporter of IHRSA’s Industry Leadership Council (ILC), and IHRSA educational events. Jim is a strong believer in giving back to the community he serves and has strong ties with local charities, non-profits, government and fellow clubs.
Steve Capezzone is CEO of New England Fitness & Wellness. He is a 35-year veteran of the industry with Healthtrax. In July of 2015, Steve purchased 8 facilities from Healthtrax, and just purchased a 9th center last month. As a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Steve started with Healthtrax as a fitness technician, and worked his way up to the Chief Operating Officer position. Steve’s strong background in fitness, sales, facilities and medical partnering make him a strong and versatile leader for these centers.
Go M.A.D Fitness
Jason Reinhardt is the owner and founder of Go M.A.D. Fitness which stands for Go Make A Difference and currently has two locations in southeast Michigan. Jason is an industry veteran who has held several executive leadership positions over his 18 years in the industry. Jason is a seasoned speaker for IHRSA and has served on the faculty for The IHRSA Institute. Jason shares his passion for health and fitness with his wife Kelly and two boys Cole and Brady.
Fitness Development LLC
Anastasia Yusina, graduated from Moscow University, Paris Institute of Political Sciences, and Moscow International Relations Institute. She holds a PhD in Economics. Anastasia is President of Fitness System Holding, Founder of Orange Fitness and City Fitness health clubs, and developer of the Gravity Studio microGym concept in Florida. She is a member of the IHRSA European Council and was awarded the 2011 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award.
Molly Kemmer: Ex-Officio
Molly Kemmer is a “thought leader in the health and fitness industry” (LinkedIn), bringing broad experience from multiple leadership roles over the past 20+ years, including sales management, organizational leadership, ancillary revenue program management, new business development, design and development project management, general management of multi-million dollar, multi-purpose clubs, medical integration program design, and client relationship development.
Molly is passionate about fitness, wellness and advocacy, providing innovative program solutions that contribute to sustainable health outcomes as well as enduring business models. In addition to holding a degree in secondary education and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion, Molly continues to learn by collaborating with leaders and wellness professionals from all over the world. She is an international presenter of continuing education and content for multiple industry publications and trade associations, with a goal to teach awareness of “knowing better, doing better” to collectively improve the world’s health in new and sustainable ways.
Molly joined the EXOS|MediFit team in 2012, serving as the opening General Manager for the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center from 2012-2014, ascending into a larger supporting role as Regional Director, Community Services in August of 2014. Molly was integral to the launch of the Resolute Health Wellness and Aquatics Center in New Braunfels, TX, opened on October 1, 2014.
Christian Pierar: Special Advisor
De Fitness Organisatie
Christian Pierar is Chairman of the Belgium Fitness Federation. He has been active in the fitness industry since 1980 as an owner, international Consultant, and presenter for different National and International Associations. His commitment to help other business people in our industry be successful has led him to create and support such organizations as the Belgium Fitness Federation, Belgium Fitness Employer Organization and the European Health and Fitness Association, the predecessor to Europe Active. He has been a member of IHRSA since 1987 and became an IHRSA Vanguard member in 1993. Christian has participated in all IHRSA conventions since 1987 and is an alumni of the IHRSA institute. Christian completed his term as a member of the IHRSA Board of Directors in June 2015 and is currently serving as a Special Advisor to the Board, a role he also served prior to his election to the IHRSA Board of Directors in 2011.
New Market, New Zealand
Carrie Kepple is a 10-year industry veteran of international club business, currently serving as the manager of a Les Mills facility in Newmarket, New Zealand. She has expanded Les Mills business operations in New Zealand—opening, reopening, and managing three clubs across the country. As an international trainer and presenter, Kepple has also served as a global sales training consultant for Les Mills and as the national director for 62 corporate-owned clubs offering Gold’s Gym Group Exercise (GGX).
Most recently, Kepple launched a new coaching business called LIFESTYLES-Mindful Wellness, and she enjoys being a distributor for Kyäni nutritional supplements—demonstrating how proper nutrition can be paired with daily exercise to produce lasting health benefits.
West Wood Clubs
Alan Leach currently serves as general manager, sales trainer, and head of sales and marketing for the West Wood Club, based in Dublin, Ireland. He uses his 32 years of health club and sales management experience to serve more than 33,000 health club members at West Wood Club and Crunch Fitness locations in Ireland and Bosnia.
Leach has been an avid supporter of the industry for years. At the start of his career, he grew an individual club’s membership from 700 to 3,100—establishing the club as one of the most profitable facilities in Europe. He continues to promote physical activity and the global industry as a regular speaker at countless events for fitness professionals.
Gold’s Gym and Integerus, LLC
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Bryan O’Rourke is CEO of the private equity firm Vedere Ventures, LLC, the CEO of Integerus, LLC; the chief strategic officer (CSO) and principal of Fitness Marketing Systems, LLC; the president of the Fitness Industry Technology Council (FITC); and the CSO of Gold’s Gyms of Houston, Texas. He is also a former chairman of the Medical Fitness Association’s education committee and a former member of ACE’s industry advisory panel.
Cooper Aerobics and Cooper Wellness Strategies
Brad Wilkins is the senior vice president of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, Inc., and oversees the Cooper Fitness Center and the Cooper Spa in Dallas, Texas. Wilkins joined Cooper Fitness Center as an intern in 1996 and since then, has taken on roles as a fitness trainer, fitness director, and general manager. Most recently, in 2015, he was named the chief operating officer of Cooper Wellness Strategies.
IHRSA Board Service: A Noble Calling.
The IHRSA Board of Directors is an experienced, intelligent team of industry leaders. They are chosen to serve IHRSA in particular and the fitness industry in general by providing guidance, strategic direction and insight that has lasting global impact.
Each year, two to four Board positions need to be filled as existing board members complete their terms of service. This ensures that seasoned board members sit side by side with new ones, providing a balance of ideas that can propel our association to new heights of success. Application materials are due by July 31, 2017.