Mark Miller is the Chief Operating Officer of Merritt Clubs with over 25 years of experience at the Senior Management level; Mr. Miller joined the Merritt Team in 2000 as Regional Fitness Director responsible for all Fitness, Programming and Operations. Since that time he has moved into the strategic role of COO.
In addition to running the Merritt Clubs, Mark speaks at several industry conferences, such as the IHRSA Institute, IHRSA international show, MACMA, NEHRSA, Club Industry and other shows locally and nationally. He trains and certifies other trainers, sits on a Round table of Executives as both a Chair and participant and writes for industry magazines, as well as consults for other clubs and operations.
Marks areas of expertise lies in Leadership and staff development, revenue generation through both sales and non dues revenue programming, strategic operations and systems development to name a few. He is adept at cultural development and structure and is dedicated to providing and ensuring organizational health and success through proper employee development, cultural and service design.
During this weeks show we discuss the danger of only learning from people in our industry, applying outside lessons into a fitness business and Mark shares tips on staying up to date with whats happening outside the industry.
Derek Gallup is the Chairman for IHRSA (effective 7/1) and Executive Vice President of Fitness for New Evolution Ventures. He works with several different brands including Crunch, UFC Gyms, Steve Nash Sports Clubs. Derek has 23 years in the fitness industry and has worked with other brands on Fitness and Retail including Hard Candy Fitness, A-Rod Energy Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness. Yoga Works and Gold's Gym. During the show Derek tells us what's on the IHRSA agenda for the next 12 months, How to grow the PT revenue in your club and he shares tips for growing retail income line on your P&L.
Dr Bill Sukala is a Sydney-based health communications consultant and clinical exercise physiologist who has over 25 years of experience working as a health professional and over a decade of web programming and SEO experience.
He recently launched Health Pro SEO, a niche website consulting service specifically created to help health professionals 1) audit and overhaul their websites (or start a website the right way) to make them fast, secure, healthy; and 2) create quality content that people are desperately searching for and will rank well in Google’s search results.
Rick Caro has been in the health club industry for 44 years as club owner, operator, Chairman of the 10th largest U.S. club company and as a consultant of over 3,000 assignments. Rick runs 2 major industry events, sits on Boards and Advisory Boards of several companies serving the club industry. He wrote the Financial Management textbook for the industry and has received every award, including the only recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. He is known for his market analyses, club valuations, expert witness testimony and especially, his knowledge of club finances.
During the show we focus on 5 key areas, Rick starts by sharing his thoughts on Selling A Club, Studio or Any Type of Fitness Facility, next up we discuss why Are So Few Deals Actually Getting Done In This Industry. He then talks us through the 5 Phases of Selling A Club, he answers the question, Why Don't Clubs simply Use A Club Business Broker? And last of all we discuss Who Are Potential Buyers?
With over 25 years Fitness Industry Experience, Kristen Green is the Executive General Manager of the multi award winning Aquafit,a large multipurpose fitness & aquatic centre located in South West Sydney.In 2004, Kristen was engaged to start up the Aquafit business. Aquafit was an immediate success, having achieved profitability within 6 months. this role, Kristen has developed and implemented a well-executed strategy to position Aquafit as a valuable community asset, especially for older adults.