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Expect new ideas from fresh faces of IHRSA board

New board members, from left, Jim Zupancic, Derek Gallup and Gustavo Borges.Throughout IHRSA’s 33-year history, the members of IHRSA’s board of directors have agreed on one thing: their four-year tenure has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of their professional lives.

Serving on the association’s board offers a unique opportunity to work with the best, the brightest, and the most prestigious group of business leaders in the health and fitness industry. It also affords a chance to help set the strategic course for both IHRSA itself and the industry at large.

“There’s nothing like it for individuals who are looking to share their expertise, affect public policy, and, potentially, make a difference in the lives of millions of people,” says Joe Moore, the president and CEO of IHRSA.

Each year, as two to four current board members complete their terms of service, their positions are filled by newly elected members. This process ensures that seasoned and new members sit side by side, facilitating an exchange of ideas and a balance of views, which ensures that IHRSA—and the industry – will move forward.

This month, CBI introduces you to the three newest board members - Gustavo Borges, Derek Gallup, and Jim Zupancic.

Read on to learn more on each new board member.

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Fitness industry doing its part to be green and sustainable

Solar panels on the Tucson Racquet and Fitness roof.The health and fitness industry and employing sustainable and green practices would seem to go hand-in-hand. The industry is about being healthy, clean and running at optimal efficiency, so a club doing the same for the environment and one’s surrounding area seems to make a lot of sense.

Many club owners and managers feel the same way. And there are countless reasons why a company would make the decision to be green and conscious of the earth and their environs.

Case in point, check out some of the reasons of these four clubs:

  • Chuck Richards, Sunset Athletic Club, Portland, Ore. – While planning an expansion he was astounded at the utility costs so he “went on a mission to become more aware” and incorporated green measures in the new construction that would save the club money in the long run.
  • Jim Zupancic, Stafford Hill Club, Tualatin, Ore. - When constructing the club two years ago he wanted to make sure he was compatible with the surrounding wetlands so the “personality of the club is very much intertwined with nature” he said. He also had a goal of being Silver LEED Certified, which he accomplished.
  • Bill Selby, Tucson Racquet and Fitness, Tucson, Ariz. – Being a family-oriented club it was important for him to show his members that he is thinking about not just the environment but them, too. For example, he has green products outside for the safety of children during kids’ camps.
  • Patrick Palmer, Club Northwest, Grants Pass, Ore. – Seven years ago the Green Team was created for “better stewardship of our environment.” Volunteers help separate plastics, papers and glass, in addition to many in-house initiatives.

“When you talk about sustainability in our business, its’ sustainability of your life,” Zupancic explained. “And when you talk about sustainability of nature, it’s completely synergistic. I think it is a very consistent message that we respect not just our bodies, but all things around us.”

Read on to see how the four clubs are saving the environment, as well as costs.

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