BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 26th annual Club Industry Conference and Tradeshow, the premier independent fitness industry event, drew over 4,000 attendees and included 365 booths at Chicago's McCormick Place, October 12 – 14, 2011. This show delivered upon its promise to showcase the 'next big thing in fitness'. Buyers from every type of fitness facility, personal trainers and the industry elite discovered cutting-edge cardio and weight equipment, new digital fitness technologies and in-demand nutrition products.
Industry professionals in attendance had glowing remarks. "Club Industry drew me back this year with their new CEO Summit, custom show floor tour and buyers club," said Jeff Skeen CEO of Titan Fitness. "The marketing and branding session was amazing and generated so many ideas for our gyms. I am eager to start implementing them," said Carrie Speicher of the Chicago Athletic Club.
"This year's Club Industry show was full of renewed energy," said Pamela Kufahl, editor of Club Industry magazine. "We welcomed over 40 executives to the CEO Summit and implemented several new events to create energy and facilitate networking, including the opening night reception and Club LIVE event area. Next year's show is already being planned with several exciting changes and additions to unveil."
Chris Powell, transformation specialist from ABC's "Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition," and John Moore, marketing mastermind from Starbucks and Whole Foods Market, delivered keynote addresses on the business behind wellness and the role fitness plays in the overall health of America.
Red Lerille, owner of Red's Health and Racquet Club in Lafayette, LA for over 50 years, was recognized with the Club Industry Lifetime Achievement Award for his unwavering dedication to innovation in his facility and for his members.
Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise recognized Nicole Nichols as America's top Personal Trainer to Watch. Nichols designs and implements prenatal and senior exercise programs and addresses eating disorders, body image, self-acceptance and strength training for women.
Join us for Club Industry 2012, October 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Club Industry Show, produced by Penton Media Inc. is the premier annual independent fitness industry event focusing on for-profit and not-for-profit facilities. The combination of unmatched professional development, strategic business solutions and industry networking make Club Industry a must attend event for the fitness business professional.
Contact: Heather Smith
Club Industry Tradeshow
Penton Media Inc.
p. 303. 998. 9232
SOURCE Club Industry