IHRSA Announces Programming for 28th Annual Convention & Trade Show

Best-selling Authors Marcus Buckingham, Seth Godin, Fitness Industry Legend Augie Nieto, NFL Legend Joe Montana, 12-Time Olympic Medalist Dara Torres to Headline IHRSA 2009
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BOSTON - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has announced the keynote and featured speaker lineup for its 28th Annual Convention &Trade Show, which will take place March 16-19, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

“On behalf of IHRSA, I am extremely pleased to welcome such renowned professionals and accomplished athletes to our convention this year,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA's President and CEO. “In an increasingly competitive environment, it is essential to continue learning and gaining insight from those who have achieved success at high levels and have remained at the top of their respective professions,” said Moore.

The 2009 educational programming features over 100 speakers and presenters, bringing a wealth of motivation and information applicable to all industry businesses and practices. IHRSA 2009 is headlined this year by keynote presentations from best-selling authors Marcus Buckingham and Seth Godin.

Buckingham, an international best-selling author, independent consultant, and speaker, will present “Go Put Your Strengths to Work” sponsored by Precor Incorporated on Tuesday, March 17th from 8:30am-10:00am. Godin, accomplished author of several marketing books and his most recent “Meatball Sundae,” will deliver a presentation “Invisible or Remarkable?” sponsored by Technogym SpA on Wednesday, March 18, from 9:00am-10:30am. Arrangements for the appearance of Seth Godin are made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., NY, NY.

This year's distinguished speaker lineup includes a “State-of-the-Industry” address by IHRSA President and CEO Joe Moore; presentations from Life Fitness pioneer and industry legend Augie Nieto; NFL legend Joe Montana, sponsored by Matrix Fitness Systems, and 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres, sponsored by SPRI.

The annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, now in its 28th year, is one of the world's largest industry trade events offering commercial health and fitness club operators both extensive education and an expansive exercise equipment and support services exhibition. Held in March, the event attracts more than 12,000 fitness industry professionals from around the world and over 400 exhibiting companies. With the theme “A World of Opportunity”, IHRSA 2009 will bring fitness professionals and industry suppliers together to develop strategies to maximize the global growth of the fitness industry.

Additional information about IHRSA's 28th Annual International Convention & Trade Show can be found at www.ihrsa.org/meetings or by contacting IHRSA by phone at 617-951-0055. For media inquiries, including downloadable images of speakers, please contact pr@ihrsa.org or +1 617-951-0055.

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. The association's membership includes over 9,400 clubs in 78 countries, along with over 730 industry suppliers.