Boston — January 31, 2018 — IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is pleased to announce that the Dale S. Dibble Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. Art Curtis during IHRSA 2018, the 37th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, CA, March 21-24, 2018.

The award, which recognizes an individual within the association who has excelled in their contributions to the industry and IHRSA, will be presented on Wednesday, March 21.

Curtis, president of Curtis Club Advisors, LLC, an industry veteran of more than 35 years, served as a CEO and COO of several leading health club companies, including Millennium Partners Sports Club Management, Wellbridge, and the Columbia Association.

Curtis served as a member of the IHRSA Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011, serving as Chair for two terms. He has consistently supported IHRSA during his more than thirty years of IHRSA membership, contributing to public policy efforts, participating in programs and attending Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show. During his time as Chair, Curtis played an integral role in conceiving what is now the IHRSA Foundation, a charitable organization that supports evidence-based wellness programs.

"When Joe Moore called to tell me that I would be receiving the Dale S. Dibble Distinguished Service Award, I was frankly speechless. I had the great pleasure of meeting Dale Dibble early in my career. It is an incredible honor to receive the award named in his memory and join the community of past recipients. I am very fortunate to have a career in an industry that I love being a part of, that has introduced me to so many wonderful people, and that is so fulfilling on so many levels,” said Curtis.

“I am thrilled to recognize Art Curtis’ dedication to the industry and to IHRSA by presenting him with the Dale S. Dibble Distinguished Service Award,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. “Art embodies the spirit of the Dale Dibble Award. He is intelligent, engaged, and willing to share his experience and knowledge with others,” added Moore.

Curtis holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland, where he served as a research assistant in the newly-created Sports Medicine Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and was among the first certified by ACSM as both a Director of Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercise Programs and a Clinical Exercise Specialist.

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” For more information on other IHRSA awards to be presented at IHRSA 2018, see this news release.


IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is the 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 2018

IHRSA 2018, the 37th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, will take place at the San Diego Convention Center, March 21-24, 2018. Visit the IHRSA 2018 website for more details on how to register. If you are a confirmed member of the media, please contact Shannon Vogler, IHRSA’s communications and public relations coordinator, to register for press credentials.