The Rush Announces New Leadership Team

Nov 27, 2012, 09:30 ET from The Rush Fitness Complex

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rush Fitness Complex announced the promotion of Steve Saxton from president to chief executive officer and David Carney from chief operating officer to president and chief operating officer. Larry Gurney, founder and current chief executive, will retain his position as chairman of the board.

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Founded in 2000, The Rush is a 23-club fitness concept with units in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Last year's fitness industry magazine Club Industry listed The Rush as the 22nd largest fitness club chain in the United States.

Saxton and Carney both joined The Rush in August 2012 after a nationwide search for a COO yielded two exceptional candidates, which led to Gurney and the board deciding to hire them both. Previously, Saxton was chief operating officer of In-Shape, a Stockton, Calif.-based chain of fitness clubs. Carney was an executive at Denver-based Wellbridge after serving as SVP operations at Tampa, Fla.-based Lifestyle Family Fitness.

"It's been over a year since we started our original search for a new COO to join our executive team. As good fortune would have it, we not only found our new COO in David Carney but also found our new President in Steve Saxton. Our objective was to create a leadership team that would take our company to the next level of growth, and allow me to take a less active role in the day-to-day operations," said Gurney. "Our decision to elevate them so soon is a testament to their ability to fit in with our team and adapt to the unique culture that defines The Rush."

"I am deeply honored to follow Larry Gurney's inspired leadership of The Rush and to serve this great organization as its next chief executive officer," said Saxton. "The Rush has built an unparalleled reputation for serving its members with care and excellence and providing a fun, exciting and motivating club environment. I am thrilled by the opportunity to continue to build out the concept into new geographies and to maintain the reputation for top quality service that has been the hallmark of The Rush."

Founded in 2001, The Rush Fitness Complex is one of the fastest growing Health Club Companies in America, with 23 locations, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Rush mixes entertainment and fitness to create an exciting environment that allows its members to experience a Rush of their own. For more information about The Rush visit


SOURCE The Rush Fitness Complex