The IHRSA Institute: Executive Education for Club Professionals

August 2015 Dates to be Announced | Rizzo Conference Center
Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The 2014 Institute was Sponsored by:

The Next Generation of Professional Education

For over twenty years, IHRSA has provided industry-leading education to over 1,000 health club management professionals through the renowned IHRSA Institute. Alumni attest that education received at the Institute pays unsurpassed dividends for years to come. Many of the most successful industry executives, including members of the IHRSA Board of Directors, are counted among the distinguished list of IHRSA Institute graduates.

The IHRSA Institute is where leaders learn to manage more effectively. Three full days of graduate-level education led by a faculty of industry experts and university professors will provide a balanced curriculum that covers every aspect of club management. The Institute will feature small class sizes designed to facilitate interaction and foster long-term peer networking. Students will be provided with valuable management tools and publications developed by IHRSA. Real-life examples and in-depth conversations with faculty and students – in the classroom and beyond – will immerse participants in the skills necessary to successfully run a club.

Here are some photo highlights from the 2014 event.

About the Curriculum
The course of study is developed over several months based on feedback from Member focus groups and surveys. An Advisory Group, consisting of industry leaders who have served as Institute or college faculty, review this research and guide the development of the curriculum.

Who Should Attend the IHRSA Institute?
Our Institute is an exceptional learning and network-building experience for:

  • Individuals who are new to the health club industry as managers and/or owners.
  • Individuals who have been promoted from within to a new management position.
  • Individuals who have managed one or more clubs for several years.
  • Individuals who are developing a new club.
  • Individuals who have attended in the past and want to reenergize professionally.

For more information about the Institute, see the blog post and read the April 2014 CBI article.

Registration Rates

The 2014 registration fees are noted below and were per person, single occupancy. This event is all-inclusive. The registration fee includes all educational sessions, program materials and handouts, social and networking events, lodging, and meals. The 2015 registration fees will be announced this Fall.

Deadline Date IHRSA Members Non-Members
Received by April 25 $2,050 $2,550
Received by June 25 $2,195 $2,695
Received after June 25



All prices listed are in US dollars. Registration is limited to club operators of facilities eligible for IHRSA membership. All club members must be in good standing at the time of the event to receive member rates.

The IHRSA Institute . . . Executive Leadership Training at its Best!

I just wanted to let you know what a great week I had at the Institute. The facilities and speakers were first class with the IHRSA staff ever present and always helpful. I am delighted the Institute was restarted and look forward to many more. Thanks again.
Paul Begley
Financial Controller
West Wood Club Ltd, Ireland

I would like to thank IHRSA for once again exceeding my expectations at the Institute for Professional Club Management conference. The speakers and sessions were well thought out and delivered well, the networking experience was excellent and the keynote speaker was over the top!!! Thank you to IHRSA and the staff for providing a first-class conference and giving me such a wonderful experience. It is very rewarding and an honor to be part of IHRSA and its wonderful organization.
Lisa Gorsline
President / General Manager
Corpus Christi Athletic Club

As the winner of the 4th Annual John McCarthy Merit Scholarship, I didn't realize how much of an honor and privilege it was for me to attend the 2009 IHRSA Institute for Professional Club Management until I experienced this spectacular event ... it exceeded all my expectations. The IHRSA Institute is absolutely the BEST educational forum for all club managers (on all levels) and owners. The connections made, the friendships developed, and the knowledge gained makes this event priceless … I wish that I’d attended years ago. The IHRSA team and faculty are definitely the Best of the Best. Thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication to excellence. It was a fantastic experience!!!
Brad Wilkins
Assistant General Manager, Director of Fitness Operations
Cooper Fitness Center

I truly believe the IHRSA Institute is the best learning opportunity for Club Owners, Managers and Department Heads. The smaller group settings and deeper dives into subject matter make it truly a rewarding and valuable training experience. Most attendees build friendships, connections and networking support systems that last for careers. It truly is a remarkable program.
Bill McBride
President & CEO
BMC3 & Active Sports Clubs