Keynote Speakers



Author & Futurist, UNITED KINGDOM



Jamil Qureshi, Founder, JQED, UNITED KINGDOM



President, FHRSA, FRANCE

Christophe Andanson is the President of the French Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (FHRSA) and CEO of Les Mills Euromed since 1997. In addition, he is Founder and President of Planet Fitness Group, a European leader in fitness training and equipment distribution. Andanson, previously served as CEO of Vital Fitness, a chain of 10 clubs in Paris, which he founded in 1983 and sold in 2006.



Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist, SWEDEN

Nicklas Bergman has spent the last 25 years working as an entrepreneur and technology investor, mostly focusing on emerging markets, instrumentation, nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art. Bergman is strategic advisor to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the European Innovation Council, working on a new innovation strategy for Europe. He is also Scandinavian representative of the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington and member of both the World Future Society and the Long Now Foundation.



President, Management Vision, Inc., USA

Rick Caro is the President of Management Vision, Inc., a leading consulting firm specializing in the club industry. Management Vision, Inc. provides management expertise to clubs, real estate developers, hospitals, hotels, resorts, appraisers and to the courts as an expert witness. In addition, it is widely regarded for its feasibility studies, business plans, loan proposals, valuation of the worth of clubs, assistance in the buying and selling of clubs, operational analyses of existing clubs and financial acumen. Caro also founded Club Market Vision, Inc., a sister company, to provide strategic and marketing consulting, industry and club member research assistance.



UNESCO Chair Inclusive PE, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Project Manager, Institute of Technology Tralee, IRELAND

Catherine Carty is the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive PE, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Project Manager. This interdisciplinary initiative spans from children to older adults and from rehabilitation to elite performance across education and training, the arts, research, health, technology & justice. It involves multiple integrated and segregated research and development initiatives. Growing a research team is a key role, through the Chair partnership, Horizon 2020, Erasmus +, philanthropy.



International Public Policy Advisor, IHRSA, IRELAND

Kilian Fisher is the Managing Director for KF Innovative Business Ltd. Fisher previously served on the IHRSA Board Directors and was Chairman of the Membership & Standards Committee. He remains a member of the IHRSA Europe Council, EOSE Correspondent for Ireland, Fellow of CIMSPA, member of the Institute of Directors, and represents IHRSA to the OECD as a member of the BIAC Health Care Task Force. He has been actively involved in 10 EU Funded Projects ranging from Fitness to Sports to Facilities Management & Operations/Design to Adapted Physical Activity covering standards development, skills research and qualifications among others.



Lecturer of Marketing, Department of Business Administration, IESE Business School, SPAIN

Pablo Foncillas, educated at the Swiss School (speaks four languages), holds a degree in Law and an MBA from IESE Business School. Currently, he is faculty of the Marketing Department at IESE. He has combined an academic life with his roles as an executive and consultant for several companies. Since the 1990s, Foncillas has combined his management activities with academics and consulting in many companies. With all these activities, he has contributed to the growth of multinationals in various sectors (marketing services, food, airlines, utilities, and leisure) and countries, from different positions at local, national, regional, and global level. He has helped with the commercialization of more than 175 brands in over 25 countries, in sales roles or in general management as an integrated member of the Executive Committee.



Consultant, Frank Furness & Associates, UNITED KINGDOM

Frank Furness is a specialist in sales, technology, social media and goal setting and how they work in tandem to produce great results for organizations. Furness is the Past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Europe and past Chair of the International PEG for the National Speakers Association of USA. He is a regular speaker at Entrepreneurs University and his clients include the British Olympic Team, The Professional Cricketers Association, Sporting Champions and Sport England.



EVP of Fitness, New Evolution Ventures, USA

Derek Gallup has 21 years of experience in the fitness industry.  Prior to fitness, Gallup started his career in the Retail industry with Macy’s and in 1992 became the youngest buyer for Liberty House in Hawaii. In 1994, Gallup chased his passion of fitness and moved to Gold’s Gym Hawaii running their retail and nutrition operations. Gallup currently serves on the Board of Directors for the IHRSA. He was on the Advisory Board for the National Academy of Sports Medicine from 2011 – 2013. Gallup has been a presenter at NeV, IHRSA, 24 Hour Fitness and UFC Gym Conventions. He is NASM-CPT; dotFIT; Bulgarian Bag, Plyobox; TiYR, Sandbell, Kettlebell, TRX Suspension and Rip Trainer certified. Gallup lives in Danville, CA with his wife and 2 teenage children who are all very active in tennis.



Managing Director and Co-Owner, PRIME TIME fitness, GERMANY

Henrik Gockel is Founder, Managing Director and Co-Owner of PRIME TIME fitness based in Frankfurt, Germany. Founded in 2010, PRIME TIME fitness opened the first boutique studios in Frankfurt and 2016 in Munich. Currently, there 7 clubs are owned in Frankfurt and Munich with more than 10,000 members positioned to the premium segment. By early 2018 the first franchise operation will be operational. Gockel has been in the fitness industry since 1986, first as sales rep for Life Fitness and Keiser, then as industry consultant and later as Operations Director Europe for Fitness First. 



Vice President, Program Innovation & Fitness Development, GoodLife Fitness, CANADA

Maureen (Mo) Hagan, BScPT, BAPE is a Vice President at GoodLife Fitness and Director of Education for Canfitpro, as well as an international award winning group fitness instructor and program director. Hagan is a Canadian 3-stripe adidas athlete, book author and international fitness speaker and certified fitness instructor.



Futurist, and Managing Director, Antwerp Agency, BELGIUM

Herman Konings is a Master in theoretical psychology (Catholic University of Leuven) and managing director of the Antwerp agency for trend analysis and future research Pocket Marketing/nXt. As a trend analyst and consumer psychologist, Konings regularly offers advice, holds workshops and gives lectures for companies, societies, governments and higher education about changes in trends and expectations for the future.



Regional General Manager, West Wood Clubs, IRELAND

Alan Leach is the Regional Manager of West Wood Clubs. He has 30 years of experience in club sales and management. At West Wood, Leach used his proven sales and marketing strategies to increase sales by 62%, dues revenue by 42% and overall membership numbers by 31% within 2 years. Recently, Ireland’s devastating economic recession, which resulted in a 250% increase in unemployment, and the onslaught of budget clubs has seen the major chains in Ireland go out of business. However, Leach, charging prices ten times higher that his closest competitor has achieved record sales again in 2014.



Director, Leisure Database Company, UNITED KINGDOM

David Minton is a fitness industry thought leader with an international footprint and 30 years’ experience. Founder of the unique Leisure Database Company which audits the UK fitness industry each year. On a board level he is Chairman of Active in Time (AiT) a Tech City start-up developing sports apps including the first global swimming app SwimIO, live in 155 countries, with workout integration into trackers, apps and Apple Health. AiT also provide APIs, live timetables, poster and voice tools for over 600 sports and fitness sites. Minton is a member of IHRSA’s Europe Council and a Visiting Research Fellow at Waseda University and UK Correspondent for Sasakawa Sports Foundation Tokyo.



Director, Positive Psychology Forum, and Director, John Madejski Centre for Reputation, Henley Business School, UNITED KINGDOM

Kevin Money is the Director of the John Madejski Centre for Reputation and the Director for Research in the School of Marketing and Reputation at Henley Business School. He is Chartered Psychologist and former Editor of the Journal of General Management and Manager Update. Money is also a director of several organisations, including the Positive Psychology Forum, iSolon and Edutain. He is interested in the foundations of functional identities, reputations and relationships at both a personal and organisational level. Money is interested in how relationships are built upon both strengths and vulnerabilities and how identity can continue to be developed and expressed in adulthood in many settings and through responsible leadership practices. He is the author of numerous publications in outlets such as the Journal of Business Research, Group and Organisation Management, the Journal of Business Ethics, the British Journal of Management and the Harvard Business Manager..



President & CEO, IHRSA, USA

Joe Moore is President and CEO of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Moore became President & CEO of IHRSA on July 1, 2006 after serving as interim CEO for six months. Moore has been in the industry for over 30 years. A former club owner, beginning with his first commercial facility in 1972 to developing a 20-club three state chain that he sold in 2004, Moore plays a prominent role in public policy and coalition building for the industry. Under his leadership, IHRSA is co-leader, along with the American Heart Association and the American Council on Exercise, of the Business and Industry Sector of the National Physical Activity Plan; is an Organization Affiliate of the plan; is an organizational member of the National Coalition to Promote Physical Activity (NCPPA); is a partner with HHS in promoting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines; is a Network Member of the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative; is on the advisory council of the Campaign to End Obesity; and is a member of the advisory board of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.



CEO, Russian Fitness Group, RUSSIA

Nikolay Pryanishnikov is CEO of Russian Fitness Group. Previously he was President of Microsoft in Russia and Microsoft Vice-President for Central & Eastern Europe. Under his leadership RFG expands its network of fitness clubs World Class in Russia, CIS and worldwide.




John Treharne is a former accountant and England squash player who’s experience in the fitness industry spans 29 years. In 1991, started his first gym business, Dragons Health Clubs, which listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1997, with 22 clubs.  Dragons was sold in 2000.  Treharne then lent his expertise to premium gym chain Esporta, before he concentrated on the launch of The Gym Group in 2008. Under his leadership, The Gym Group pioneered the low cost gym model with contactless, 24/7 operation and online sign-up. In November 2015, The Gym Group became the first UK health and fitness group to debut on the London Stock Exchange in over 15 years with a £250 million flotation (GYM.L). Today, the Gym Group is nationwide with 91 gyms and a roll-out programme of 15-20 new gyms each year. The business continues to thrive and in February 2016 was named as a finalist and Ruban d’Honneur recipient in the 2015/16 European Business awards.

“The IHRSA European Congress in Madrid was great! The presentations were incredibly valuable at the strategic, tactical, and operational level. The event was also well organized -- the accommodations, the location in the centre of Madrid, not far from the airport, etc. Given this experience, I intend to visit the Congress again next year. Thank You IHRSA.”

– Petro Hameleers, Owner, Anytime Fitness Benelux, The Netherlands

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The IHRSA European Congress features presentations delivered by executives from inside and outside the health club industry, providing thought-provoking commentary on trends shaping business and the fitness industry. Networking events, focus group discussions, and lunch and evening receptions provide the opportunity to build relationships with colleagues from throughout Europe.