Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Boston, MA USA – October 17, 2014 - IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that Olav Thorstad, CEO of Health & Fitness Nordic, is the recipient of IHRSA’s 2014 European Club Leadership Award. The award was presented on Friday, October 17th in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during the 14th Annual IHRSA European Congress.
The IHRSA European Club Leadership Award annually recognizes a leader in the European fitness club industry who has done the most to advance their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance.
Olav Thorstad joined SATS in November of 2007 as the Country Manager for Norway, and in less than 2 years became CEO for all activities of SATS Holdings. When SATS, Elixia, and Fresh Fitness merged, Thorstad was elected CEO of the new joint company, Health & Fitness Nordic, in June 2014. The new company counts more than 200 clubs in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland and more than 550,000 members.
Thorstad, a visionary with a holistic view of the industry, shares his insights and leadership via international and national summits and seminars to help other industry operators.
“We are happy to honor Olav for his great leadership, strong understanding of business cultures, and his ability to attract and retain talent that shares his vision,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA President and CEO.
The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” For more information about IHRSA’s annual industry awards, including prior recipients and open applications, please visit IHRSA.org/awards.
IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is the not-for-profit Association for Health Clubs. IHRSA’s worldwide membership represents over 10,000 health, fitness and sports facilities as well as industry suppliers. IHRSA's mission is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. To find an IHRSA club, please visit healthclubs.com.
About the IHRSA European Congress
IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association hosts an annual meeting for leaders in the European Health Club Industry. With an average of over 500 of the industry’s business leaders in attendance, the annual IHRSA European Congress offers one of the best networking opportunities for the industry in Europe. The event features seminars presented by an array of speakers from within and outside the industry, with a dual focus on improving operational performance and seizing new opportunities.