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Past attendees rave about IHRSA Institute

Suffice to say that Lisa Gorsline got something out of the IHRSA Institute.

The president and general manager at Corpus Christi Athletic Club in Texas not only attended the last event in 2009 - one year after her inaugural Institute – but she was the first person to register for this year’s event.

“I didn’t know what to expect in 2008 but from my very first day I was really happy (I decided to go) and was excited to be there,” she said. “My experience was a lot better than I expected it to be. The education sessions, as well as the team (building), inspired me and helped me boost morale (back at Corpus Christi). It took me to the next level and helped me learn new management skills. To be able to bring that back to the club was phenomenal.”

The IHRSA Institute, which is Aug. 5-8 at Kenan-Flagler Business School on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is back after a five-year hiatus. The all-inclusive event features graduate-level education with top-notch educators – many of whom are Institute graduates - in small classroom settings. Over the four days there are many networking, team building and social events that give attendees plenty of time to commiserate with classmates and educators alike.

Read on to see more from past IHRSA Institute attendees.

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New brand, new clubs for former Club One management team

Active Sports Clubs founders, from left, Carey White, Jill Kinney and Bill McBride.It’s been an interesting year for Jill Kinney, Bill McBride, and Carey White.

In January, Kinney, the co-founder of Club One, Inc., a prominent and highly regarded San Francisco–based chain, joined with McBride, the company’s former president and COO, and Carey White, its former CFO and CTO (chief technical officer), to embark on a new journey.

Their goal was to work, with the help of equity partners, to acquire the assets of Club One, and launch a new lifestyle brand focused on the local communities and client site environments the firm planned to serve.

The name of the new entity: Active Sports Clubs (ASC).

Read on for more on how it came together, the vision of the new brand and future of the company.

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DVDs available to assist with club marketing

IHRSA has just released four new DVDs that will help you maximize your health club's marketing strategy.

Also available are four DVDs focused on member service as well as four others on the topic of sales. Together, they make staff training easy and affordable.

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Convention DVDs on sale

Michele Melkerson-Granryd's talked about boosting revenue and retention with small group training.

IHRSA announces that now through Dec. 21, 2012, DVDs of the speakers who were taped during the Convention are on sale. 

Included in the DVDs available are subjects on social media, networking, retention, small group training, ADA compliance, women in fitness and more. Some of the presenters include Justin Tamsett, Michele Melkerson-Granryd and Bill McBride (IHRSA Board chairman). 

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Start Planning Your IHRSA 2012 Schedule Today

The full IHRSA 2012 schedule has been announced, and we're sure there's something on there that will education, enlighten or otherwise inspire.

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