As the coronavirus outbreak continues to disrupt daily life and while reopening plans begin to take shape, the members of the fitness industry keep looking out for their communities.
Today, we're highlighting a CEO who is ensuring his employees stay on the payroll, a member running for a cause, collaboration in the industry to keep the public moving, and more.
Claremont Club CEO Determined to Keep Employees Paid During Closure
Mike Alpert, CEO of the Claremont Club in Claremont, CA, is fighting hard to keep his staff employed while his fitness center is closed, CBS News reported. “I’d rather be out of work and lose my job than put anyone on the unemployment line,” said Alpert. And that is exactly what he is doing—with help from the club’s members. In order to keep his employees on the payroll and provide health insurance benefits, Alpert is asking members to continue paying their dues through May with the promise to repay them when the club opens again. He believes that this, combined with the help of the federal stimulus package, will enable him to keep his employees on the books through July. And the ask is getting results—90% of his members have continued to pay while the club is closed. Alpert said he has been receiving notes of gratitude from his 260 employees every day. "We're willing to break even or even at a loss this year," Alpert said. "This year is not about money, this year's about people."