Supporting the Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA) has also been a priority as we develop critical research and data that will support the narrative of our industry’s essentiality.
Like all of your businesses, the pandemic has had a significant impact on IHRSA’s financial stability. The cancellation of IHRSA 2020 impacted us dramatically and understandably; association membership fell off as the industry reeled from pandemic-related closures and capacity restrictions.
While we’ve worked to mitigate costs, there is more that needs to be done to ensure our long-term viability.
To support these programmatic and operational needs, I am restructuring the organization beginning with the elimination of the positions of COO, EVP of global products, EVP of public policy, and EVP of human resources & operations.
The professionals who have served in these important functions have supported IHRSA for many years, including my onboarding. I am grateful for their contributions and professionalism throughout our time together and look forward to celebrating their many contributions to our industry and our association in the weeks ahead.
These strategic organizational changes, while difficult, will support both our refocus and IHRSA’s financial well-being. Transitions are challenging, but I am focused on delivering greater value than ever for your investment in IHRSA.
I am confident that these strategic decisions will create the foundation for us to deliver on that promise, and that our plans for near- and long-term success will pay off.
A few months into this job, I have a greater appreciation for our industry and more confidence in our success than at any point in my brief tenure. We are making intentional moves to refocus our association on your highest priorities and will be the leader you need us to be.
I’m looking forward to working with all of you to make that happen. And I can’t wait to see you all in Miami Beach in June.
Thank you for your continued commitment to IHRSA, and happy holidays.
All the best,