FIBO American Health & Fitness Forum

FIBO American Health & Fitness Forum

The FIBO American Health & Fitness Forum brings industry leaders to discuss topics aimed at enhancing operator excellence, including:

  • Overview of the global fitness market and relevant trends impacting the US
  • New and innovative sales and marketing tactics
  • The impact of digital media, data and technology
  • Collaboration with the medical world, focusing on exercise as medicine
  • The rise of the boutiques and franchising
  • The correlation between culture and success
  • New approaches to management and customer retention
  • Success stories and learnings from top CEOs of fitness chains

2018 Featured Speakers

AHFF Speakers

  • Kelly Card

    Fitness Industry Technology Council (FIT-C)

  • Roger Karsten

    CEO, fit20

  • Emma Barry

    Founding member of group fitness juggernaut Les Mills International

  • Josh Leve

    Founder + CEO, Association of Fitness Studios (AFS)

  • Matthias Lehner

    CEO and Founder of Bodystreet

  • Stephan Tharett

    M.S. Co-founder ClubIntel

  • Lynne + Victor Brick

    Owners of Planet Fitness Growth Partners, LLC

    John Treharne

    CEO & Founder at The Gym Group

    Jon Canarick

    Managing Director at North Castle Partners

    Paul Brown

    CEO & Founder at Face2Face Retention Systems

  • Steven Blair

    Professor, Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology/Biostatistics at University of South Carolina


2018 Agenda

Wednesday December 5, 2018

1.00 - 2.00PM


2.00 - 2.05PM

- Herve Sedky, President, Reed Exhibitions North America

2.05 - 2.10PM 

- Herman Rutgers, Moderator

2.10 - 2.40PM

Landscape of the global fitness sector
- Herman Rutgers, Moderator

2.40 - 3.20PM

The US Fitness Market From an Investor’s Point of View
- Jon Canarick, North Castle Partners

3.20 - 4.00PM

"Exercise is Medicine"
-Dr. Steven Blair, University of South Carolina

4.30 - 5.10PM 

How I Grew from One Club to a Stock Market Listed Company
- John Treharne, The Gym Group

5.10 - 5.50PM

The 4th industrial Revolution
- Stephen Tharrett, ClubIntel

5.50 - 6.00PM

Q+A and Day 1 Closing Comments
- Herman Rutgers, Moderator



Thursday December 6, 2018 

8.00 - 8.45AM

Breakfast Keynote | Best of Disney Institute: Disney Approach to Excellence in Health + Fitness
- Brent Centlivre, Disney Institute

9.00 - 9.50AM

Retention, Retention, Retention!
- Paul Brown, Face2Face Retention Systems

9.50 - 10.20AM

State of the Fitness Studio Industry: Trends and Research You Need to Know
- Josh Leve, Association of Fitness Studios

11.10 - 12.00PM

Case Studies: New Franchising Concepts from Europe
-Roger Karsten, Fit20; Niclas Bonstrom, Mrs. Sporty; Matthias Lehner, Bodystreet  

12.00 - 12.40PM

How Technology Can Help Run Your Fitness Business More Efficiently
- Kelly Card, Fitness Industry Technology Council

1.45 - 2.30PM

Lessons from the Road
- Emma Barry - Les Mills International

2.30 - 3.15PM 

How to Build a Great Company Culture, One Club at a Time
-Lynne + Victor Brick, Planet Fitness Growth Partners, LLC


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About the AHFF

In today’s exceedingly competitive landscape, it is crucial for owners and operators in the health & fitness sector to actively seek and seize innovation, trends and opportunities in the market today and the years to come.

The fitness industry has seen tremendous growth in the last decade. In order to continue this upward mobility, all stakeholders must be prepared to open new markets and further develop existing ones. Providing a platform on which the industry can achieve its goals, FIBO—the world’s largest health & fitness tradeshow—is coming to the USA.

Opening the show is the first-ever American Health & Fitness Forum, taking place December 5-6. This high-caliber congress and networking event invites managers from the health & fitness sector to learn from and interact with global thinkers and leaders on both the supplier and operator sides.

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