IHRSA Board Service

The IHRSA Board of Directors is an experienced, intelligent team of industry leaders. They are chosen to serve IHRSA in particular and the fitness industry in general by providing guidance, strategic direction, and insight that has lasting global impact!

Serving IHRSA, its members, and the health and fitness industry.

Each year, two to four board positions are filled as existing board members complete their terms of service. This ensures that seasoned board members sit side by side with new ones, providing a balance of ideas that can propel our association to new heights of success. Learn more about board service.

The Role of the IHRSA Board

Strategic Planning: Set standards, policies, values, and vision to increase the benefits to member clubs.

Promotion and Communication: Serve as the recognized liaison between IHRSA, member clubs, and vendors.

Governance: Provide oversight to ensure that IHRSA is implementing its strategic initiatives.

IHRSA Board Responsibilities and Expectations

A board member’s responsibilities will require approximately 5-10 hours per month, including travel to two or three annual 2-day board meetings, committee participation (usually phone/written correspondence), and remaining informed about IHRSA board documentation.

Board members lead by example by participating in the IHRSA Industry Leadership Council.

Travel and lodging expenses that are incurred during official business are paid by the association. Miscellaneous expenses (postage, telephone, etc.) are not reimbursed.

Board Composition

  1. Directors must be qualified as “regular” members of IHRSA.
  2. The IHRSA board is comprised of 12 to 18 directors; between two and four new directors will be elected each year.
  3. Directors serve a four-year term.
  4. Directors will be designated Class A, B, or C with each new class containing at least one Class A and one Class B or Class C Director. Tenure will not be affected by a status change during term.
    • a) Class A director is the owner, principal, franchisee or lessee of not more than five (5) clubs or club management companies or the designated representative of such owner, principal, franchisee or lessee.
    • b) Class B director is the owner, principal, franchisee or lessee of more than five (5) but fewer than fifty (50) clubs or club management companies or the designated representative of such owner, principal, franchisee or lessee.
    • c) Class C director is the owner, principal, franchisee or lessee of fifty (50) or more clubs or club management companies, or the designated representative of such owner or principal.
  5. No corporation/entity may be represented by more than one board member or nominee.
  6. Previous directors may be re-nominated after a two-year hiatus.
  7. At least two thirds of the board shall be equity owners.