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Headlight 111: A Heartfelt Thank You From IHRSA’s Interim President & CEO, Brent Darden

Posted: June 30, 2021 in IHRSA

Brent DardenBrent Darden

As members of a Headlight Team(s), each of you have been vital to an inclusive, integral, and effective strategy in the story of IHRSA’s revival! Quite simply, the reimagination of the trade association would not have been possible without all of you. The volunteer groups you were part of included in total, one hundred spectacularly talented and unstoppably optimistic industry leaders who, without a doubt, played a fundamental role in shaping a brighter future for all of us.

It has been a blessing to work with all of you and I am indebted for your support of IHRSA, and by extension, the broad health and fitness community. The outcomes you achieved in a very short period of time were extraordinary at a time when the association and our industry were at a monumental crossroads. So much so, that I repeatedly hear praise about all that we have collectively accomplished over the recent months.

Each of you have selflessly and graciously donated your time without an expectation of renumeration or recognition. It is an unfailing norm that in any movement to affect change, there arises a nucleus of passionate and driven individuals who step forward to lend a hand and lead the way. Who shoulder the lions’ share of a responsibility, that is really not theirs to bear, out of their own sense of duty to serve the greater good.

Individually and as members of headlight teams, you are indeed representative of the best our beloved industry has to offer. There are no words that can express how sincerely grateful I am for the privilege of working with you.

Live Well ~ Be the Salt & the Light,


Headlight Teams:

  • John Aglialoro, Gym Source;
  • Ray Algar, Oxygen;
  • Frank Ancharski, American Family Fitness;
  • James Annesi, Ph.D., University of Alabama Birmingham and Kennesaw State University;
  • Adrian Antigua, Gainesville Health & Fitness;
  • Daron Allen, VFPnext;
  • Annie Appel, The Bay Clubs;
  • Jason Beck, M.D., Arkansas Specialty Radiology;
  • Richard Beddie, Exercise New Zealand;
  • Kari Bedgood, Active Wellness;
  • Mike Benton, Genavix;
  • Rickard Blomberg, Eleiko Sport Inc;
  • Sue Boreskie, Reh-Fit Centre;
  • Maria Borodina, M.D., Ph.D., Russian Federal Medical-biological Agency;
  • Vicki Brick, Brick Bodies Fitness & Wellness Centers, Welld Health;
  • Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, American Council on Exercise (ACE);
  • Dan Burns, Columbia Association;
  • Steve Cappezzone, Healthtrax;
  • Luke Carlson, Discover Strength;
  • Rick Caro, Management Vision Inc.;
  • Chris Clawson, Life Fitness;
  • Larry Conner, REGYMEN Fitness;
  • Tyler Cooper, M.D., MPH, Cooper Aerobics,;
  • Chris Craytor, ACAC;
  • Art Curtis, Curtis Club Advisors;
  • Bill Davis , ABC Fitness Solutions;
  • Lori Deemer, M.D., Hancock Wellness Centers;
  • Greg Dowd, Hawkeye;
  • Mike Downing, Pulse Middle East;
  • Sandra Dunne, Gym Plus;
  • Ed Eickhoff, PFMG Development, Planet Fitness;
  • Allison Flatley, Allison Flatley Consulting;
  • David Freeman, Life Time;
  • Brent Gallagher, Avenu Fitness;
  • Scott Gillespie, Saco Sport & Fitness;
  • Henrik Gockel, Prime Time Fitness;
  • Ori Gorfine, US Fitness Group;
  • McCall Gosselin, Planet Fitness H.Q.;
  • Priscilla Hagstrom, Cooper Aerobics Enterprises;
  • Mark Harrington Sr., Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women;
  • Anna Henwood, Les Mills International;
  • Tiffany Hoeye – Matrix Fitness;
  • Paloma Ishii, Gympass;
  • Mikel Izquierdo, Ph.D., Public University of Navarra, Navarrabiomed, Spanish Olympic Committee;
  • Rachana Jain, ABC Fitness Solutions;
  • Doug Johns, Precor Inc.;
  • Lee Johnson, M.D., Baptist Medical Center, Arkansas State House of Representatives;
  • Kevin Jost, Jost ADK (Planet Fitness);
  • Cristine Kao, ABC Fitness Solutions;
  • Randy Karr, California Family Fitness;
  • David Katz, M.D., MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, DietID and True Health Initiative;
  • Carrie Kepple, Style Studios Fitness;
  • Sara Kooperman, J.D., SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION;
  • Gale Landers, Fitness Formula Clubs;
  • Frank Lawrence, Little Rock Athletic Club;
  • Alan Leach, West Wood Club;
  • Erik Lindseth, Life Time Fitness;
  • Monica Marques, Companhia Athletica;
  • Graham Melstrand, American Council on Exercise (ACE);
  • Bill McBride, Active wellness;
  • Jake McCabe, Genesis Health Clubs;
  • Laurie McCartney, NASM, AFAA and ClubConnect;
  • Scott McIester, Orangetheory Fitness;
  • Blair McHaney, MXM and Worx Health Clubs;
  • Kevin McHugh, The Atlantic Club;
  • Linda Mitchell, Newtown Athletic Club;
  • Aaron Moore, VIDA Fitness;
  • Pete Moore, Managing Partner, Integrity Square | HaloTalks;
  • Brian Morris, Aspria UK;
  • Justin Musgrove, Leejam Sports Company;
  • Carol Nalevanko, DMB Sports Club;
  • Al Noshirvani, World Gym Dale City;
  • Mike Olander, O2 Fitness Clubs;
  • Greg Oliver, Fitness & Lifestyle Group;
  • Bryan O’Rourke, Vedere Ventures, Fitness24Seven Thailand;
  • Kent Orrgren, World Class Romania;
  • Ryon Packer, ABC Fitness Solutions;
  • Mark Panigutti, M.D., Southwest General Medical Center;
  • Bonnie Patrick-Mattalian, Club & Spa Synergy Group;
  • Karen Raisch Siegel, LifeWorks of Southwest General;
  • Ken Reinig, Reinig Insurance;
  • Matt Remick, Rochester Athletic Club;
  • Petra Robinson, Zumba Fitness;
  • Al Rousseau, Precor Inc.;
  • Jeff Sanders, Athletic Apex;
  • Robert Sallis, M.D., FAAFP, FACSM, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center;
  • Michelle Segar, Ph.D., MPH, MS, University of Michigan;
  • Steve Schwartz – Midtown Athletic Clubs;
  • Laurie Smith, VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa;
  • Robert Stedman, The Works Health Club;
  • Rodney Steven, Genesis Health Club;
  • Debra Strougo Frohlich, Row House, Row House / Xponential Fitness;
  • Justin Tamsett, Active Management;
  • Sean Tan, True Fitness;
  • Jose Teixeira, Solinca Fitness;
  • The late Steve Tharrett, ClubIntel;
  • Eddie Tock, RexRoundtables;
  • Dan Toigo – FreeMotion Fitness;
  • Jeff VanDixhorn, Club Automation;
  • Barry Walsh, Iconic Health Clubs Lt.;
  • Alastair Watson, Keiser Corporation;
  • Brad Wilkins, Cooper Aerobics;
  • Chad C. Waetzig, Crunch;
  • Dan Wille, Life Fitness;
  • Emmett Williams, MyZone;
  • Mark Williamson, ClubIntel;
  • Jim Worthington,, Newtown Athletic Club;
  • Anastasia Yusina, Strata Fitness Holdings;
  • Adam Zeitsiff, Intelivideo, Inc..

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