For more than two-thirds of his 37-year career in the health and fitness industry, Scott Gillespie has participated in IHRSA’s Annual International Convention & Trade Show—to excellent effect.
His involvement in the business began in 1982 at Healthtrax International, Inc., where he served as a “fitness technician”—a job title that predated that of personal trainer—at the company’s club in Wakefield, R.I. Over the following decade, he was employed in a number of capacities—e.g., sales management, finance, and general management—at seven different Healthtrax facilities throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Then, 26 years ago, he graduated into the role of club owner, taking over a foreclosed club in Saco, ME. Since then, he’s invested about $2 million in Saco Sport & Fitness.
He’s expanded the property from 17,000 to 25,000 square feet, added brand-new equipment and programming, and, most recently, introduced preventative care.