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Time for industry to give thanks for a great 2013

There is plenty to be thankful for in the fitness industry.

Helping members become healthier is a logical start. Then you can include the fact that most clubs are contributing to their respective communities with fundraisers, donating time and goods, and educating about health and wellness.

Suffice to say that it is a feel-good industry. And this time of year is a great time to look back and remember some of the things owners, managers, businesses and the general public has to be thankful for.

Read on to see the 2013 recap.

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Darden shows how to bond with your team

Brent Darden and his TELOS Fitness Center know a thing or two about how to treat employees.  

Case in point: following the lead by online shoes and clothing seller Zappos, he made what would be construed as an offer one couldn’t refuse. He told recently hired employees that he would give them around $500 if they wanted quit. This year-long offer has resulted in not one person taking the money and running.

“If the employee is not invested in the company and are not engaged in their job then we’d rather give them the money an let them go right away,” Darden explained.

It was reasoning like this, but more importantly how Darden treats his employees, that made his keynote, “It’s Personal: Building & Bonding Your Club Team,” one that kept the close to 100 attendees at the NEHRSA/IHRSA Fall Conference & Trade Show interested, and more than likely taking notes to suggest to their clubs’ decision-makers.

For more on the keynote, read on.

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Experienced panel answers many questions at NEHRSA/IHRSA event

Jay Ablondi, left, IHRSA VP of Global Products, was the moderator for "Leading by Example: Best Practices on Club Success." Panelists were, from left, RIck Holder, Bill Beck and Kim Manocherian.The beauty of a panel discussion at an IHRSA event is that many of the topical subjects relating to our industry can be touched on, giving attendees a wide array of information to take back to their clubs.

On the first day of the NEHRSA/IHRSA Fall Conference & Trade Show yesterday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, the panel of three industry experts came from clubs that boasted a combined 120 years of operating.

Rick Holder, owner, Hampshire Hills Sport and Fitness Club in Milford, N.H.; Kim Manocherian, CEO, New York Health & Racquet Clubs in New York City; and Bill Beck, president, Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, N.Y., answered questions from both the moderator, IHRSA VP of Global Products Jay Ablondi, as well as from the crowd, during "Leading by Example: Best Practices on Club Success."

To see what was discussed, read on.

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NEHRSA/IHRSA conference boasts two experienced speakers

If you are looking for experience from the general session speakers at the NEHRSA/IHRSA Fall Conference & Trade Show, then you will get exactly that.

Brent Darden, a fitness industry veteran and a regular speaker at IHRSA events and conferneces, will be the keynote speaker on the first day. Rafi Mohammed, author, blogger on the Harvard Business Review and founder of a business consulting company, will be on the stage on the second and last day of the event.

The conference is Oct. 3-4 in Hartford, Conn., at the Connecticut Convention Center. The event is open to IHRSA members in New England, New York and New Jersey.

Read on for more on the conference speakers.

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NEHRSA and IHRSA collaboration is approaching

An attendee of the 2012 NEHRSA fall conference tests the ropes at the Life Fitness booth.For the first time in a decade IHRSA will be hosting an event in the Northeast, and it definitely will have been worth the wait.

NEHRSA (New England Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) and IHRSA are teaming up to present The NEHRSA/IHRSA Fall Conference & Trade Show on Oct. 3-4 at the Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. 

There is an Early-Bird registration discount that ends Aug. 15.

For more, read on.

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