Fitness Movin' & Shakin': Icon Fitness, Amer Sports, Todd Keller, At-Home Fitness, Vision Fitness, Brian Davidson, Steve Lindal, John Agoglia

Get the latest scoop on moves and news among fitness retailers and manufacturers.

For the weeks of Aug.1-20

Icon executives Scott Watterson and Gary Stevenson are back from their three-year missions as mission presidents for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They returned in early July and, after settling back in after three years in Asia, they returned to their former positions as of Aug. 1 at Logan, Utah-based, Icon Health & Fitness. In their absence, the daily operations of the company were managed by David J. Watterson, a 23-year Icon veteran who was elected chairman and chief operating officer…. Kari Kauniskangas, Amer Sports Corp.'s senior vice president of sales and distribution and executive board member, has resigned his position with Amer Sports at his own request. Kauniskangas will continue at Amer Sports until the end of 2007, after which he will become president and CEO of Fiskars Corp….

Todd Keller is back in the fitness equipment business as eastern regional sales manager for LifeCore Fitness. He was formerly national sales manager for Body-Solid. He can be reached at At-Home Fitness owner Paul Hinojosa attended his first Health & Fitness Business show since he opened the doors of the shop in early 2007 in Murrieta, Calif.….

Christa Walter of Vision Fitness was promoted recently to marketing manager. She will continue to report to Chris Cox…. BH Fitness, formerly Bladez Fitness, unveiled new members of its sales and marketing team at the Health & Fitness Business Show in Denver in August: Brian Davidson is national sales manager, specialty dealers and commercial sales; he was formerly at SportsArt Fitness. Steve Lindal is the new regional sales manager, central region; he was former director of retail sales at Spri Products…. John Agoglia, former SNEWS® and GearTrends® contributor and editor of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro, is now the general manager of Shrewsbury Health & Racquet Club, a 90,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility in Shrewsbury, Mass. He can be reached at

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Fitness Movin’ & Shakin’: Sacramento Exercise, Icon, Laura (Bond) Capes, Vision, Torque, Horizon, Nautilus, True, and more...

For Jan. 7 to Feb. 25, 2008 Sacramento Exercise has opened a “megastore” (11,000 square feet!) with signage fronting on the busy Highway 80 corridor from San Francisco and Sacramento to Lake Tahoe and all points west. Icon Health & Fitness has sued more

Outdoor Movin' & Shakin': Troy Ballard and Icebreaker; Michelle Barnes and OIF; Larry Harrison, Mark Fulton and JanSport

Get the latest scoop on moves and news among outdoor retailers and manufacturers. >> Troy Ballard has resigned as president of Icebreaker USA, effective Sept. 14, 2007. "There are a few reasons, both business and personal, for my resignation," Ballard told SNEWS®. "I take great more

Fitness Movin' & Shakin': Bladez, Todd Keller, Lyon Alizna, Precor, Life Fitness, 2nd Wind

For the week of Aug. 2-7 Bladez has hired a Midwest regional sales manager, Britton Kelly. Kelly comes to Bladez with more than a decade in specialty fitness retail…. Todd Keller, formerly of Body-Solid, is now the central region manager for ESB Tanning Systems…. Precor has more

Fitness: Movin' & Shakin' -- Lifecore, Diamondback, Superior, Charlotte Fitness, Landice and more…

For March 3 to April 3, 2008 Lifecore owners Roger and Traci Bates have as of April 1 closed their Southern California retail store, Boditekk Fitness & Spa, to focus on the growing Lifecore equipment brand they launched about three years ago. The company is also moving into a more

Fitness Movin' & Shakin': John McCarthy/Cybex, Busy Body/Gyms to Go, SportsArt, 24 Hour Fitness, IHRSA, Precor, Nautilus/Icon

For the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 Former IHRSA executive director John McCarthy has been named a member of the board of directors at Cybex International. McCarthy retired from IHRSA earlier this year…. Florida-based Busy Body/Gyms to Go is expanding again. Co-owner Carlos Vazquez more


Fitness Movin’ & Shakin’: Bob Harms, Cybex, Diamondback, Star Trac

For April 8 to May 5 Bob Harms reported to SNEWS® he was among the layoffs at Precor last month due to “economic conditions revolving around poor sales performance in Q1.” He had most recently been the company’s national sales manager, consumer, and that position, which he took more

Fitness Movin' & Shakin': Kettler, Reebok Fitness, Icon, Accell/Tunturi, G.I. Joe's, GoodLife Fitness, U.S. Fitness Products, LifeSpan, John Agoglia, Greg Ruffer

For the week Feb. 6-12From the halls of the ispo show in Munich, Germany, came a load of personnel news: On Kettler's executive team based at headquarters in Germany is now Hans-Hermann Deters, who is now head of sales and marketing for all divisions, including fitness, both more

Fitness: Movin' & Shakin'

For March 14-20 Stretchmate is now operating independently, no longer a licensee of Life Fitness after three years. To find out more information about the product and its function, contact Fred Dolan at 508-429-0707, ext. 201, or To take a look at the more


Fitness: Movin’ & Shakin – John Talley, Jason Shaw, Matt Elsesser, Ken Kruebbe, Fitness Experts, Life Fitness and more….

Got any news or tips about somebody, some product or some company doing some moving or shaking? Let us know so we can slip it into our occasional Movin' & Shakin' updates. Just email People >> John Talley has joined LeMond Fitness ( as more