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Club Industry Business Summit Presenters
ANN MARIE BARBOUR
Ann Marie has been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. She co-founded SoulBody and created group fitness programming that would help level up Big Box gyms to compete with the boutique studio boom. SB’s group fitness programming become a success in over 200 clubs worldwide. Ann Marie has a graduate degree in Publications Design, as well as many years in product management, design and marketing which successfully led to her ownership role.
Travis Barnes is the founder and franchisor of Journey 333. He is an ACE certified personal trainer, coauthor of the bestselling book “Results Fitness” written with Rachel and Alwyn Cosgrove, author of Journey Fitness with forward written by Todd Durkin and co-author of 52 Amazing Journeys. He is an international presenter, franchisor and teacher of FitBiz Mastery. It is his passion to teach fit pros how to systemize their business for success
Cyndy Barnes and her husband, Travis Barnes, own Journey 333. They started the club on an unemployment check and now have five locations and are franchising across the country. Cyndy has been featured on NBC News and in Shape, which named her as one of the 50 most inspiring women of all time. Cyndy is a co-author of Journey Fitness and the best-selling 52 Amazing Journeys. Authentic and courageous, she will make you believe in the beauty of your dreams.
Michelle cures the business headaches of trainer professionals. For over 15 years, Michelle perfected game-changing solutions at her own training company, twice named the city’s best by the Chicago Reader. Her See Jake and Jane Train online courses now increase revenue by 18-41% holding an ROI of 35 days after completion. Michelle writes and presents for PFP, Club Industry, AFS, the NSCA and is a go-to source for Good Housekeeping, Prevention and Oprah.com.
For 25+ years, Whitney has been teaching and motivating students across the country. Whitney holds multiple certifications in several mind/body modalities. She has managed large for-profit and not-for-profit Group Fitness programs bicoastally. Currently, Whitney is JCC Manhattan’s Fitness Production Manager. Whitney created a nationally recognized Yoga for Parkinson’s program, trained in the MELT Method from its inception and specializes in teaching special populations. She teaches throughout NYC for Equinox, JCC Manhattan, and privately.
Adam Clark is a business owner, personal trainer, speaker and author. With seven years of experience in the personal training industry, Adam holds a B.S. in Exercise Science. He owns a personal training studio in Brewer, Maine. In addition to personal training, Adam has developed successful corporate wellness programs, delivered team-building seminars for area businesses and sports teams and is the author of an upcoming book titled, “How to Be a Champion Today and Every Day.” He founded Adam Clark Fitness with a mission to provide his clients with great coaching, accountability, positive energy and a fun-filled atmosphere so they can have the best possible training experience and has grown it to over 100 clients in just eight months.
Christine is a wife, mother of two, owner of Conti Fitness & Wellness, LLC, owner and co-host of Two Fit Crazies & A Microphone Podcast, Creator of Let’s Face It, Facial Exercise Program, Revo2lution Running Assistant, U.S. Chief Master Trainer for PLYOGA Fitness, Motivational Speaker, Competitive Marathoner, Triathlete, IronMan, Autoimmune Advocate, AFAA Group and Personal Fitness Trainer, Health Coach, and former investment banker, English teacher, coach and All-American Collegiate Athlete.
Carolyn is the President and CEO for CE Fitness Consulting LLC and has been in the fitness industry for over 34 years. From teaching classes and training clients to multi-unit health club management, Carolyn is a former District Manager for sixteen 24 Hour fitness locations in San Diego. She also served as the Director of Sales and Business Development for Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED. Carolyn is currently the National Education Sales Director for Savvier Fitness and the Education Coordinator for Stroops. She is a master trainer for Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™, GOFLO® Trainer, Barre Above™, and Stroops®.
Steve created the Speedball Fitness class format and developed the instructor training program. With 20 years of industry experience, Steve is well known for the implementation of group fitness/wellness programs across premier facilities, universities, and community associations. He is also a highly regarded group fitness instructor and strength and conditioning coach in New York City.
Andrew is a 13-year veteran of the fitness industry with focus on corporate wellness services, portable fitness equipment, and fitness accessibility. He is founder of both MostFit, LLC, the creators of the MostFit Core Hammer, SYN Rings and AGF Wellness, a corporate wellness services provider for a number of companies in the greater L.A. area. His experience in multiple corporate wellness programs has provided him with insight in habit development and change, an integral part of any healthy lifestyle.
Ann Gilbert is an owner of two, Shapes Fitness for Women, franchises. Ann oversees the operations of as many as 25 certified Personal Trainers, 50 Group Fitness professionals, and coordinates fee-based group personal training programs. Ann was awarded ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year in 2001 and has been a popular speaker at Club Industry, SCW MANIA, IAFC, and IHRSA Conventions since 2002. Ann writes for Fitness magazines and can be seen on local TV weekly.
Scott’s a 35-year industry veteran & owns Saco Sport & Fitness. He’s served on the IHRSA Board, the Industry Leadership Council and chairs his Chamber of Commerce Board. Scott’s a frequent presenter for IHRSA, NEHRSA & Club Industry. He’s been featured in and contributed to CBI, Club Solutions and Club Insider magazines. Scott consults with independent clubs on expanding programs and improving sales systems for Membership and Programs.
Jenn is a former professional dancer who performed with many superstars including Beyoncé Jay-Z and Usher. Her love of movement led her to a career as an international presenter, educator, author and fitness business consultant. She is also a sought-after choreographer with credits including the Miss America pageant, the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, GA, and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Jenn is excited to share her passions of movement and the business of fitness with SCW MANIA®!
Jenn Hogg is a driving force in the Fitness Community: 5-time US Aerobic Gymnastics Champion, Master Trainer for Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Platinum lululemon Ambassador, Lakeshore Sport & Fitness GF Education Manager & Co-Founder of H.E.R.O. Fitness in Chicago where she and her husband Help Everyone Reach Optimal Fitness. Jenn believes that fitness is attainable for everyone – each road traveled is personal & unique – so find what moves you, inspires you & enjoy the adventure.
Jeff is a world-renowned fitness presenter who has lived in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States. As part of the SCW Faculty, he has starred in numerous SCW Fitness videos and has educated fitness professionals at conventions worldwide for over a decade. Jeff trained countless celebrities as the pioneer instructor at the Golden Door Spa and has appeared on several national TV shows. Jeff is currently the Promotional Director of Fitness for Milestone Baptist East.
With more than thirty years in the fitness industry Erin Kelly’s career began as a fitness trainer and quickly progressed to group exercise instructor, personal trainer, group exercise director, general manager, VP, COO, & CEO with companies such as Brick Bodies, Star Trac, Schwinn and Les Mills. Quite a ride that has led to extensive experience in corporate B2B sales, developing and managing high performing teams, executive leadership, consulting with top 100 fitness brands and generally an understanding of what it takes to run successful health & fitness facilities.
SGT Ken® is an award-winning international speaker, six-time Army Soldier of the Year, Master Fitness and Resilience Trainer, Counterintelligence Agent and highly decorated combat veteran. SGT Ken® is the recipient of the “Best New Presenter of the Year” award, the “Male Presenter of the Year” award, has been featured numerous times on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox news and serves as a host for the Fit for Duty show on the Pentagon Channel. SGT Ken®’s mission is to provide safe and effective fitness and resilience training to help people turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities.
SARA KOOPERMAN, JD
Sara, CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader that has transformed the fitness education community. A successful business owner and advisor, she is a keynote speaker, published author, podcast presenter and sought-after industry trailblazer. Sara has a unique ability to share her passion and devotion towards fitness education through her humor, enthusiasm and her effervescent no-nonsense personality. She serves on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank, is on the Women in Fitness Association Board of Directors and is a proud inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Sara has left an indelible mark on the fitness industry as a whole.
LEN KRAVITZ, PhD, CSCS
Len Kravitz, PhD, CSCS is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He is a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Dr. Kravitz was awarded the Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise and has received the Canadian Fitness Professional Lifetime Achievement Award.
NATHALIE LACOMBE, MS
Mover, shaker and joie de vivre giver! Blending 25 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie will passionately share her inspirational insights. As the former Vice Presidnet of CanFit Pro,she uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting change with her team, clients and participants.
MELISSA LAYNE, MEd
Melissa is a Kinesiology Department faculty member at the University of North Georgia. She has 30 years of experience and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She taught elementary PE and coordinated fitness programs for Royal Caribbean, Home Depot and orthopedic surgeons. Melissa is the author of WATER EXERCISE (Human Kinetics 2015), a member of the educational faculty and a DVD presenter for SCW. She is well versed at taking complicated material and breaking it down into easily understood pieces.
JENNIFER URMSTON LOWE
Jennifer graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Business Administration. She worked for Eastman Kodak in sales. Subsequently, she managed personal training and corporate fitness centers. Jennifer joined Sports & Fitness in 1998. Presently she is their Underwriting Supervisor, National Account Manager, and Marketing Manager. She is a founding board member of AFS and a member of WIFA. She is included in the 2018 Insurance Business America Elite Women.
DIANNE MCCAUGHEY, PhD
Dianne McCaughey Ph.D. is an award winning fitness specialist with more than 35 years experience in personal training, group exercise, coaching, and post-rehabilitation. She is a master trainer for multiple companies and practices and teaches optimal wellness emphasizing the mind, body and spirit. Dianne is an international speaker, author and presenter who has traveled the world touching lives. As a gerontologist, her mission and purpose is to educate, inspire, and empower people to be the best they can be.
Billy Polson, is a nationally recognized fitness entrepreneur, presenter, and business consultant. In 2004, looking to build an unparalleled training facility and a community of the Bay Area’s leading independent coaches, Billy founded DIAKADI Fitness, awarded San Francisco’s ‘Top Trainers/Gym’ for 13 straight years. Three successful fitness brands later, he launched The Business Movement, a fitness entrepreneur education program, which has assisted hundreds of fitness business owners with developing powerful brands and maximizing their success.
Jeremy Purifoy is an ACE-certified personal trainer with a degree in health science. He is the chief operations officer of Journey 333 as well as the owner of one of the club’s five locations, which he grew from scratch to 430 members, cultivating profit margins above 30%. Jeremy co-authored the best-selling 52 Amazing Journeys and has been featured on NBC News sharing his knowledge and passion for fitness. Jeremy has a knack for helping coaches get to the next level, and that’s what he will do for you in this session.
Suzanne Rich is a Fitness Sales Consultant with over 20 years of fitness sales experience, owned a fitness center for 10 years, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree with Rowan University in Wellness & Lifestyle Management. Suzanne also holds various personal training certifications, group fitness certifications (including 3 Les Mills programs) and multiple other advanced credentials in the industry for over 20 years.
In the last five years, as leader of one of the fastest growing and most comprehensive SGT solutions for health clubs, J.P. has helped over 75+ clubs grow their Small Group Training into one of the most profitable departments for fitness facilities. J.P. was a top 25 world ranked swimmer and All-American for Alabama and has completed around the world. He has a keen knowledge of what it takes to be the best.
Dan Ritchie has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial, for-profit, not for-profit, and educational facilities. Expertise in personal training for special populations: athletes, stroke recovery, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, etc. He has also worked on state funded research on exercise for severe dementia Alzheimer’s type. He regularly presents at national and regional conferences and has been active on committees for the American College of Sports Medicine.
Keli has been inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and is a Schwinn® Master Trainer. She is the recipient of the IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year and OBOW ECA award for Best Use of Equipment, Best Female Presenter, and Lifetime Achievement Award. As SCW Faculty and an ACE Master Trainer, Keli is known for her acclaimed workshops worldwide. Her award-winning videos demonstrate her exceptional teaching skills. Keli is ACSM HFS-certified and holds certifications through AFAA, ACE Group Fitness, ACE Gold Personal Trainer and Level 1 Precision Nutrition.
Originally a native of Baltimore, MD and a former collegiate football champion at the University at Buffalo and several years in the AFL, Dane’s focus is to drive a next level boutique studio experience inside Onelife Fitness Atlanta. Dane is a CPT through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as a lululemon ambassador & a 2x Head Coach of the Year with the Atlanta Steam of the LFL.
Yury exudes fitness versatility as a land and aqua certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, mindful movement and meditation specialist, certified life coach and a world-renown continuing education provider. Yury won the SCW Instructor of the Year Award for 2016 and has appeared in internationally selling instructor training videos for specialty groups including active aging and the workout series for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Yury is CEO and owner of Ki Mind Body Studio in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dave Smith is an online health coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013 for pioneering the world of online fitness coaching. He is the founder of the Online Trainers Federation, which focuses on helping fitness professionals grow their brands and online businesses. In addition, Dave hosts two popular podcasts, wrote his first book called “Can’t Lose” and does speaking engagements at numerous fitness and business conferences each year.
Emily is a Myzone Master Trainer and Senior Account Manager, where she works with club operators to successfully integrate Myzone’s wearable technology into their fitness business. Emily has experience as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, online fitness coach, fitness manager, and master trainer. She is a certified personal trainer through NASM and group fitness instructor through AFAA. Emily holds her M.S. in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, from Long Beach State University.
TYLER VALENCIA, MS
After graduating from CSU Long Beach with a degree in Kinesiology, Tyler turned an internship with a fitness education company into a full-time position. Throughout his time with the same company, he excelled at several positions, developing his skillset with online instructional design and eventually leading him to accept an executive position with the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT). In 2016, Tyler founded the Kinesiology Institute for Performance Specialists (KIPS).