Talks and Takes

Talks & Takes:
A Monthly Fitness Industry Talk Show

Join industry experts in collaboration with IHRSA and REX Roundtables, for a monthly talk show featuring current events, industry news, and hot topics.

Join us for our next T&T Wednesday, February 17th. 

Listen and contribute to the conversation around major topics impacting the fitness industry.

Tackle topics relevant to the current month, such as retaining members and staff, the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions, state alliances, and more!

Participate in a lively “after chat” at the conclusion of each session.

Brent Darden

Interim President & CEO
IHRSA Chairman
Rex Roundtables

Brent Darden has served as wellness director for Texas Instruments and Northern Telecom, Vice President of renowned Cooper Aerobic Enterprises. Darden served on the IHRSA Board of Directors until 2015. He has since then advised a number of fitness brands and delivered keynote presentations around the world on leadership, employee engagement, customer experience, strategy and brand frameworks.

Sara Kooperman, JD

CEO
SCW Fitness
Education

CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, Sara 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 trail-blaizer. Sara has launched nine successful MANIA® fitness-professional conventions and over 35 live and online certifications.

Blair McHaney

CEO, MXM
Owner, WORX
Health Clubs

Blair McHaney is CEO of MXM and President of Confluence Fitness Partners, which operates two gyms in Central Washington. He is a former president of the Gold’s Gym Franchise association and Vice President at Medallia. Blair is an educator, practitioner, student, and subject matter expert on operational member experience management.

Bill McBride

Co-founder, President
& CEO
Active Wellness

An industry veteran with over 25 years of experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, medical fitness centers, and more. He co-founded Active Sports Clubs and Active Wellness, LLC and owns a health club consultancy: BMC3. McBride has served as Chairman of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Board of Directors, and President of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA).

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