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Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas is the well-known founder and president of Fitness Management USA, Inc., a management consulting and turnaround firm specializing in the fitness and health club industry.
With over 25 years of experience owning, operating and managing clubs of all sizes, Mr. Thomas lectures and delivers seminars and workshops across the country on the practical skills required to successfully build teamwork and market fitness programs and products.

Since forming Fitness Management, Mr. Thomas has been turning health clubs around at an amazing rate and garnering a reputation as a producer of change…a sharp-eyed troubleshooter, a brilliant sales trainer, and a motivator. Fitness Management provides programs that show measurable results and Jim's team is proud of their ability to glean profit from every square foot of a client's investment.

A dynamic, articulate motivator, Mr. Thomas exudes confidence without artifice and accomplishes wonders without the bruised feelings that can so often accompany change. "We pride ourselves in reaching people and motivating change in a way that encourages self-esteem on the part of the players."Whether you operate a health club, fitness center, gym or other type club, Jim Thomas and Fitness Management have a program to fit your need, expand your market base, and keep your members and staff productive and enthusiastic



Chris Batchelor

Chris Batchelor is the Vice President of Vitality Marketing Group, a leading marketing, consulting and promotional firm in the fitness industry. Chris has spent that last several years working with fitness businesses across the country to build revenue, increase profit centers and streamline daily operations. Chris has a particular passion for low and no cost marketing methods and sales systems that have generated thousands of memberships nationwide. In addition to his consulting knowledge Chris also takes pride in his commercial real estate and acquisition background. His straight forward consulting approach will identify and solve the problems your fitness business is facing. Visit Chris at

Pat Rigsby

I am privileged to be a contributor to The health club industry has needed something like this for a long long time and I'm glad to see someone has stepped up to make it happen. In today's competitive health club industry, health club owners need all the help they can get. is going to make it much easier for fitness businesses to succeed. This resource is going to make your health club business more successful, myself and all of the other contributors are going to make sure of it.

Pat Rigsby
Industry Expert, Fitness Entrepreneur

Jen Graffice

Jennifer Graffice has been in the Fitness Industry for 16 years. With a degree in Sports Management and a Certified Athletic Trainer, this enabled her to operate athletic clubs and ensure quality of care for the members through strong personal training programs. Over the last 13 years she has been designing and developing small private facilities and Country Clubs from construction phase through Grand Opening. She feels that creating a culture in your club and programming for your specific demographics are the 2 keys to operating a successful Athletic Club and Spa.

Aside from owning Spachitects Inc., a Fitness and Spa development Consulting firm, Jennifer is currently the Sports Club and Spa Director at Superstition Mountain Country Club in AZ. She is also the West Coast regional representative for CSFA, an organization that specializes in creating and developing best practices for the Fitness and Spa industry in the Private sector.

Jennifer is an international speaker and affiliate for the Health and Fitness Industry for IHRSA, Club Industry, E-Max Group and other Health Club organizations. You can learn more about her at

Profit Partners

Profit Partners is the elite marketing company for the health and fitness industry.  Co-Founders Allan Boushie and Bob Sisk work exclusively with the health club and fitness industry and are recognized industry leaders.  Clients across 37 states, Canada and Australia benefit from their powerful Marketing FoundationTM  systems. 

Allan and Bob each bring over 25 yearsof marketing, sales and business experience to health club owners. The solutions focus and deliver results on the three areas to increase revenue in a health & fitness business: Selling More Memberships, Getting Members Spending More Money, and Getting Members Lasting Longer.

For more information and to see a video on The Marketing FoundationTM, visit or call 732-419-9001.


Amanda Bracks

Starting off as a membership advisor, Amanda was quickly promoted to Club Manager at the age of twenty three years old. Amanda grew her first club from 1800 members to 4500 members and personal training from forty sessions to over two hundred sessions per week. Since then Amanda has continued to be the growth factor in many other clubs driving the marketing, sales team, service and retention to continue to replicate her success. She has been the receiver of many awards including Fitness NSW Club Manager of the Year, twice winner of Fitness NSW Club of the Year, Australian Fitness Network Club of the Year and many Small Business Awards.

Amanda has since travelled all over Australia consulting to over 500 clubs on sales, customer service, marketing and business development. She has presented at the Australian FILEX Convention with some of the world's leading experts. Amanda has also involved herself in helping develop the fitness industry and profile of the industry in Australia by serving on the board of Fitness NSW as well as various industry committees. She also has been an active author for Club Network and Australasia Leisure Management. Amanda is the author of Changing Lives: A hands on approach to successfully selling memberships. A book written to empower new sales people and give them the tools to be successful in this important role.

Jim Labadie

Jim Labadie has helped thousands of fitness professionals worldwide make more money while working less.

If you've seen the show The Sopranos, you have seen where Jim grew up. He now resides in Jupiter, FL, but doesn't have much of a tan.

And while he is losing his hair, he isn't losing his smarts. His newsletters, products and coaching continue to encourage personal trainers to leave the Meat Head image behind and be viewed as experts in a world that desperately needs their help.

Jim is also the CEO and co-founder of Prograde Nutrition. The only nutritional supplement company created by fitness professionals for fitness professionals.

You can follow his every move on Twitter at

Read his blog at

Learn about Prograde Nutrition at


Shayne Kohn

Aside from owning SPÄCHITECTS™, Inc., a consulting company specializing in Spa & Fitness Development, Shayne is currently the Spa and Fitness Director at Raymond Floyd's Old Palm Golf Club (WCI Community). Shayne has also acted as Spa & Fitness Director at Addison Reserve County Club, Spa Atlantis Health & Fitness Resort and the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa.

Shayne is a founding member of the Club Spa & Fitness Association. CSFA is a non-profit private club wellness organization whose mission it is to set best practices and maintain superior standards for fitness, spa and wellness professionals with in the private club industry.

Shayne can currently be seen presenting at such conferences as Club Industry, IHRSA and IDEA. Shayne believes that spa and fitness compliment each other to form a complete wellness program and healthy lifestyle.

Nick Berry

Nick Berry has been an entrepreneur for 12 years, owning or co-owning businesses in the fitness as well as other industries.  Specializing in Finance and Operations, Nick has helped other entrepreneurs and owners increase wealth and improve their lifestyles through business and operational planning, systems development and implementation, and financial management.

Keep up with Nick Berry at and


Ann Gilbert

Ann Gilbert is Executive Director of Fitness for Shapes Total Fitness for Women in the Tampa Bay area. As Director of the thirteen women’s only facilities, she oversees the operations of as many as 100 certified Personal Trainers and 250 Group Fitness professionals, and coordinates the signature fee based group personal training programs.

Ann is a faculty member of The Fitness Academy in Tampa and teaches the popular Launch Program, designed to mentor new trainers into the growing business of Personal Training. Ann was awarded  IHRSA/ACE Personal Trainer of the Year in 2001 and has been a popular speaker at Club Industry, ECA and IHRSA Conventions since 2002.

Ann writes for local magazines and can be seen on local TV. Ann has designed and implemented programs for children, is a coach for Women’s marathons and is passionate about educating the public on how to bridge the gap between fitness and nutrition.    

Popular presentations include, “Stop Revolving and Evolve”, and “Rev Up Your Dead Engine”.

ACE Certified Personal Trainer
EMAX Fitness Group


Curtis Mock

Curtis has quickly become a rising star in the health club industry. His candid personality and willingness to help others become successful has created raving fans among health club owners. Curtis writes a weekly newsletter, Gym Goldmine, which boasts over 3,000 subscribed health club owners. He is fast becoming recognized as the "go to" person for independently owned and operated gyms and clubs.

Curtis' ultimate goal is to become the thought leader for the health club industry, in hopes to unite the industry that he feels has become too scattered over the past decade. There is too much misinformation and too little solid information available to struggling health club owners. He has created to help fill that gap for health club owners.

You can learn more about Curtis at