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Friday
Feb122016

Grant Otto Joins Motionsoft as Chief Technology Officer

Motionsoft, the leader in software and solutions for consumer-based businesses, including gyms and fitness clubs, corporate fitness facilities and, hospital and universities, today announced that it has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Grant Otto as chief technology officer.

Otto was most recently at HealthiNation, where he served as chief technology officer overseeing the largest online video platform of healthy living content. Prior to HealthiNation, Otto was Vice President of International Product & Technology for The Weather Channel.

“I feel honored to be joining such an innovative technology company and look forward to working with our clients to continue to drive growth in such a dynamic and competitive market space,” notedGrant Otto, newly appointed CTO of Motionsoft.

“I am thrilled that Grant is joining the team and confident that he will play a significant role going forward. Grant’s execution strategy experience will be invaluable to our customers as we continue to introduce technology innovations across our software suite: MoSo™, an enterprise software solution designed for large fitness operators; and, MoSoClub™, our club management software solution for small and mid-sized businesses,” said Al Noshirvani, CEO of Motionsoft.

 

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Wednesday
Feb102016

IHRSA Announces 2016 Industry Award Recipients

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that three award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2016, the Association’s 35th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, March 21-24, 2016.

“I am privileged to honor these three outstanding members of the IHRSA family as this year’s award recipients” said Joe Moore, IHRSA President and CEO. “And, on behalf of IHRSA and the entire industry, I thank them for their exceptional commitment and service to their communities and their customers.

  • The Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main will be presented on Monday, March 21st to Maureen (Mo) Hagan.

  • The Associate Member of the Year will be presented on Tuesday, March 22nd to Visual Fitness Planner.

  • The Outstanding Community Service Award will be presented on Wednesday, March 23rd to The Claremont Club of Claremont, CA.

Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main

IHRSA celebrates the legacy of Julie Main by presenting the Woman Leader Scholarship Award to a woman who exemplifies what Julie stood for: courage, perseverance, excellence, and professionalism. Maureen (Mo) Hagan, Vice President of Program Innovation for GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro, is this year's honoree. 

I am moved to win an award named after one of the most inspirational female leaders our industry has ever seen. This is a key milestone for me in my life, one that I will always cherish,” said Mo Hagan.

Outstanding Community Service

The Outstanding Community Service Award is presented to an IHRSA member that has made a longstanding commitment to making a difference in, and beyond, their community. The Claremont Club of Claremont, California is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Community Service Award.

The impact of The Claremont Club’s community outreach is felt far and wide, and at the heart of it is the belief that Exercise is Medicine. Among the life-changing programs offered by the club are Living Well After Cancer, Project Walk, dedicated to improving the quality of life of clients with spinal cord injuries, Summer Camp scholarships, and Adopt-a-Family which offers support to families during the Christmas season.

“We are humbled and honored to be recognized as the 2016 recipient of the IHRSA Outstanding Community Service Award,” said Mike Alpert, President and CEO of The Claremont Club. “The programs that have become core to our club and a large part of our culture are proof that exercise and fitness in the right environment have a remarkable impact on the quality of life of those struggling with chronic injuries and illness.”

Associate Member of the Year

The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an IHRSA Member for their significant contributions to the advancement of the health club industry, as well as their support of IHRSA, its members and its mission through program and event participation, advertising and sponsorship.

Visual Fitness Planner was selected as this year's honoree due to their passion for the industry and commitment towards helping club operators better use technology to solve their needs and grow revenue. See this news release for more information on the 2016 Associate Member of the Year announcement.

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” For more information about IHRSA’s annual industry awards, including prior recipients, please visit ihrsa.org/awards.

About IHRSA

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry.

About IHRSA 2016

IHRSA 2016, IHRSA’s 35th annual International Convention & Trade Show will take place in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center, March 21-24, 2016. For more information and to register, visit ihrsa.org/convention.

Monday
Feb082016

Associate Member of the Year: Visual Fitness Planner

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that Visual Fitness Planner is the 2016 Associate Member of the Year.VFP.png

The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an IHRSA Associate Member for their significant contributions to the advancement of the health club industry, as well as their support of IHRSA, its members and its mission through program and event participation, advertising and sponsorship.

Visual Fitness Planner, an IHRSA member since 2001, was selected as this year's honoree due to their passion for the industry and commitment towards helping club operators better use technology to solve their needs and grow revenue.

"We are happy to honor our good friends at Visual Fitness Planner for their long-standing support of IHRSA and the industry,“ said Joe Moore, IHRSA President and CEO. “Each year, Visual Fitness Planner hosts a panel discussion at the IHRSA Convention entitled ‘90 minutes with Top Club Operators’. It’s a hugely popular session, and just one example of the many innovative ways VFP shares industry expertise to everyone’s benefit,” added Moore.

"We cannot tell you how much it means to the entire VFP Team to be selected as the IHRSA Associate Member of the Year! We are truly honored and humbled to have this award bestowed on us”, said Daron Allen, President and CEO of Visual Fitness Planner. “IHRSA has been a big part of our history, education, and success. We have always aspired to one day be awarded Associate Member of the Year - and that day is finally here! IHRSA Associate Members of the Year are truly the best in class Associates and we are so proud to be a part of this prestigious group."

The award will be presented on Tuesday, March 22nd during IHRSA 2016, IHRSA’s 35th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, March 21-24.

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to "recognize, celebrate, and inspire." For more information about IHRSA's annual industry awards, including prior recipients, please visit IHRSA.org/awards.

About Visual Fitness Planner

 

  • What we do: Visual Fitness Planner (​VFP​)​ creates customized sales systems that enable health clubs to identify, modify, and adapt sales processes utilizing our exclusive sales analytics dashboard. ​​VFP’s ​suite of technology​ modules​ transform​ your sales systems.  Our ​modules include a new Interactive Member Journey​ and our industry leading presentation system​...along with the VFP Fit Day App which allows your customers and fitness team to communicate in real time - anytime!
  • How we do it: First we evaluate your current manual sales systems, make suggested modifications, then merge our technology with your newly modified system. Our technology is always evolving due to the expertise that only VFP has; with 150 years of combined health club experience, we provide the ultimate sales engine.
  • The end result: VFP utilizes sales analytics to increase sales, predict future trends, and empower your business. This new system assesses interactions throughout the entire sales process, and provides immediate feedback based on your clubs’ critical KPIs. VFP’s technology ensures your revenue constantly reaches its maximum potential.

 

See more on Visual Fitness Planner in the February 2016 issue of CBI

 

About IHRSA

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry.

About IHRSA 2016

IHRSA 2016, IHRSA’s 35th annual International Convention & Trade Show will take place in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center, March 21-24, 2016. For more information and to register, visit ihrsa.org/convention.

 

Tuesday
Feb022016

Third Annual Tennis Owners & Managers Conference To Feature Tennis Tech Fair & Resource Center

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (Feb. 2, 2016) — The third annual Tennis Owners & Managers Conference (T.O.M. Conference) in Miami will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest products and trends and to experience interactive resources and ideas, as the event will a feature unique Tennis Tech Fair & Resource Center and an “Idea Fair” workshop.

The T.O.M. Conference will be held March 23-25 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, during the 2016 Miami Open pro tennis tournament. To register for the event, visit TheTOMConference.com.

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Monday
Feb012016

IHRSA Introduces Tennis Management Sessions for IHRSA 2016

IHRSA has added some of the tennis community’s most highly respected members to to speak on the business of tennis at IHRSA 2016, taking place March 21-14, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

The four speakers are John Embree, CEO of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), Ron Steege, Director of Tennis for Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, Doug Cash, Cash Flow Tennis, and Greg Lappin, who served as Life Time Fitness’ national tennis director from 2012- 2015 where he oversaw the tennis operations for 21 clubs. “I am thrilled that we were able to get all four of these guys on the agenda for IHRSA 2016. It’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to provide tennis programming at IHRSA, especially programming of this caliber’, said Meredith Poppler, IHRSA’s Vice President of Industry Growth and the fitness industry’s representative on the board of the Tennis Industry Association.

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