Thursday, March 14


6:30am - 7:30am | Exercise Classes


Details to Be Announced

Sponsored by Les Mills International

Exercise Class ]


STOTT PILATES: The Fitness Circle Flex Workout

Merrithew Faculty

Sponsored by Merrithew

Exercise Class ]


Take Barre to New Heights!

Tracey Mallett, AFAA, BASI, PMA, CSN, Owner, bootybarre

Sponsored by JumpSport

Exercise Class ]


7:00am - 8:15am | “The FAST Track” Continental Breakfast


“The Fast Track” learning concept is intended to jump-start your morning breakfast with three, concurrent 20-minute presentations per time period. Each is designed to educate early-risers with the best practices on a variety of topics for immediate application in any club.


7:00am - 7:20am


Trends in Club Design

Facilities Track ]


Obstacle Course Racers: A New Revenue Stream

Fitness Programming Track ]


Brand Growth in a Digital World

Sales & Marketing Track ]


7:40am - 8:00am


Capitalizing on Boutique Fitness

[ Fitness Programming Track, Strategy & Finance Track ]


Member Service in the Social Media Age

Member Retention Track ]


A Corporate Wellness Revolution: Creating a Strong and Sustainable ROI

Wellness & Community Programming Track ]

7:30am - 8:30am | Exercise Classes


Early Morning Workout - HIIT the Circuit - powered by Balanced Body

Helen Vanderburg, Commercial Fitness Education Programs Manager, Balanced Body

Sponsored by Balanced Body

Exercise Class ]


Battle of the Bounce

Krista Popowych, Director of Education, JumpSport Fitness

Andrea Pena, FIT 7/8

Karen Molina, FIT 7/8

Sponsored by JumpSport

Exercise Class ]


WaterRower Crew Conditioning

Kein Weichert, Director of Education, WaterRower

Sponsored by WaterRower

Exercise Class ]

8:30am - 9:45am | Keynote Session & Award Presentation


The 5 Second Rule: Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Your Career & Life

Mel Robbins, Author & Entrepreneur

Sponsored by Technogym

Leadership TrackStaffing TrackStrategy & Finance Track ]

10:00am - 6:00pm | TRADE SHOW


11:30am - 12:45pm | “Member Center” Networking Roundtable


Club Technology: Trends, Opportunities & Threats

Moderated by Bryan O’Rourke, CEO, Integerus, LLC and CSO, Gold’s Gym of Houston

[ Technology Track ]

11:30am - 12:45pm | IGNITE!


IGNITE! is a fast-paced, 75-minute event where selected speakers prepare 20 slides, each shown for 15 seconds, giving all presenters 5 minutes of fame. IGNITE! presenters share their personal and professional insights on a host of wide-ranging topics that can be informative, enlightening, humorous, or just plain fun! To become an IGNITE! presenter, simply complete the brief application at ihrsa.org/ignite by December 14, 2018.

11:45am - 1:00pm | Industry Leadership Council (ILC) Meeting


Industry Leadership Council Members and guests are invited to talk about public policy opportunities to encourage physical activity as well as to discuss other risks and opportunities for the club industry. For more information about the ILC, contact Meredith Poppler at mpoppler@ihrsa.org.

2:00pm - 3:00pm | Education Sessions


In-house Boutique Studios: A Program-Driven Design Case Study

Jim Worthington, President, Newtown Athletic Club

Hervey Lavoie, President, Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative

Facilities TrackFitness Programming Track ]


Group X Logistics: Winners vs. Warriors

Dori Nugent, Group Fitness Director, Club La Maison

Fitness Programming Track ]


Driving Talent, Service & Culture

Moderated by Brent Darden, CEO, Brent Darden Consulting

Don Allen, Director, Territory Development, Orangetheory Fitness

Adrian Antigua, General Manager, Gainesville Health and Fitness

Shawn Stewart, COO, O2 Fitness Clubs

Leadership Track ]


The Member Experience: It’s Your Competitive Edge

Chris Stevenson, Owner, Stevenson Fitness

Member Retention Track ]


Making it BIG in Small Group Training

Ryan McKenzie, Consultant and Coach, Training with Ryan

Personal Training Track ]


World Class Branding

Jarod Cogswell, General Manager, ClubSport

Sales & Marketing Track ]


Market & Consumer Changing Dynamics

Bill McBride, President & CEO, Active Wellness

Strategy & Finance Track ]


Drive Member Retention, Community Involvement & Membership Growth With Community Events

Andrew Barranco, Regional Operations and Aquatics Manager, Merritt Clubs

Wellness & Community Programming TrackMember Retention TrackSales & Marketing Track ]

2:00pm - 3:00pm | Networking Roundtable


Status Matters: Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Moderator to be announced

NOTE: This session will have limited seating to ensure full interaction between the moderator and all participants.

Leadership Track ]

2:00pm - 3:00pm | Fireside Chat


Sales Mastery: Tips, Tactics & Strategies to Long-Term Success

Facilitated by Mark Miller, COO, Merritt Clubs

NOTE: This session will have limited seating to ensure full interaction between the facilitator and all participants.

Sales & Marketing Track ]

3:30pm - 4:30pm | Education Sessions


Leadership Excellence in Club Business

Carrie Kepple, Owner, Styles Studios Fitness

Leadership TrackStrategy & Finance Track ]


Building Retention by Building Brand Ambassadors with Members and Staff

Deborah Heisler, M.Ed., Director of Operations East Coast, Active Wellness

Member Retention Track ]


Outside the Box: A 20/20 Approach to Marketing

Shannon Malooly, Sales and Marketing Director, The Claremont Club

Sales & Marketing Track ]


Build Your Dream Team

Ashley Selman, Founder & Owner, Evolution Trainers

Staffing Track ]


From Surviving to Thriving: Successfully Outmaneuvering Industry Disruption

Annick-Isabelle Marcoux, Founder & Managing Partner, LangLeven Group

Farid Mheir, CTO, LangLeven Group

Strategy & Finance Track ]


Lessons from the Boutiques: Generating Growth & Retention by Creating Communities within Your Community

Michele Melkerson-Granryd, General Manager, Castle Fitness

Strategy & Finance TrackMember Retention TrackSales & Marketing Track ]


Disruptive Innovation: Capitalizing on Wearables

Jeffrey Cooper, Senior Manager Business Development, Samsung Electronics America

[ Technology Track ]


Embed Behavior Change into your Health Club

Allison Flatley, Industry Consultant

Jason Reinhardt, Owner & Founder, Go M.A.D. Fitness, LLC

Wellness & Community Programming Track ]

3:30pm - 4:30pm | Networking Roundtable


Maximizing Personal Training Revenue

Moderated by Derek Gallup, EVP of Fitness, New Evolution Ventures

NOTE: This session will have limited seating to ensure full interaction between the moderator and all participants.

Personal Training Track ]

3:30pm - 4:30pm | Fireside Chat


Strategy Based on Trends

Bill McBride, President & CEO, Active Wellness

NOTE: This session will have limited seating to ensure full interaction between the facilitator and all participants.

Strategy & Finance Track ]

3:30pm - 4:30pm | Canadian Forum


Scott Wildeman, President, Fitness Industry Council of Canada, CANADA

Sponsored by Fitness Business Canada Magazine

Leadership TrackStrategy & Finance Track ]

3:30pm - 5:30pm | Latin American Forum


Hosted by Jacqueline Antunes, Director of Latin America, IHRSA

Moderated by Guillermo Vélez, Founder and Owner, Mercado Fitness

NOTE: This session will be presented in Portuguese and Spanish.

Sponsored by Fitness Brasil and Mercado Fitness

5:00pm - 6:00pm | California Club Operators Meeting


Moderated by Helen Durkin, J.D., Executive Vice President of Public Policy

6:00pm - 7:00pm | Canadian VIP Reception


Hosted by the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC)

6:00pm - 7:00pm | Scandinavian Networking Reception

7:00pm - 9:00pm | Planet IHRSA: The International Attendee Reception


International Attendees & Invited Guests

Sponsored by Perfect Gym Solutions S.A.



"Simple: 'You must go ... if you want to grow!' To go is a must ... to leave the competition in the dust"

– Freddy Reyes, World Fitness Centers - San Juan, Puerto Rico


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