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Mar 2018
Mar 2018


San Diego Convention Center 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego , California 92101
Tel: (619) 525-5000
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IHRSA Annual Convention & Trade Show - International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association






Event Overview:

You want the best for your members.

The IHRSA International Trade Show is the place for health club operators to discover the newest and best fitness equipment and technology the world has to offer.

More than 350 exhibitors come from around the globe to showcase their products and services in a vibrant, high-energy environment that you won’t want to miss.

From our floor to yours. Bring home the best.

Try out the latest cardio and strength machines equipped with the most cutting-edge digital electronics and ergonomic designs.

See live demos of club management software, locker room amenities, retention technologies, and more.

Experience the latest group exercise class trends (and get your own heart rate up) with early-morning workouts taught by the industry’s leading instructors, right on the show floor.

Meet face-to-face with manufacturers and score IHRSA Trade Show-only prices. 

The IHRSA Trade Show has everything your members want!

Exhibitor Information:

The Broadest Spectrum of Qualified Buyers

Every year the IHRSA Convention & Trade Show attendees include the Presidents, CEOs and Senior Executives of the largest health club groups in the world, as well as thousands of independent club operators whose drive and ambition to propel their clubs to the next level of success make them just the kind of customers you need.

Exhibitor Benefits

With over 30 years of industry-defining events under our belt, IHRSA delivers relevant and valuable exhibitor benefits, as well as unparalleled service support to all exhibitors.

FREE support from the team of experts at IHRSA, including complimentary consulting services to maximize your presence at this global event, both pre-event and onsite . . . we value our members' support, and are a part of your team.

About IHRSA:

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry.


Mar 21   

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | "Making Connections" Orientation

Learn how to navigate your way through the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show. This session will help you establish your game plan for success, meet like-minded attendees, and make the most of your IHRSA 2018 experience!

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Education Sessions 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Keynote Session & Award Presentation

Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution
Lisa Bodell, Author, & Founder & CEO, futurethink
Sponsored by MYZONE

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | 9th Annual IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Education Sessions

Several IHRSA 2018 sponsors are offering presentations to share their story, provide industry insights, and further educate participants. These interactive sessions will provide participants with pertinent information to continue a dialogue with the sponsors during the Trade Show.

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Education Sessions / Networking Roundtable / Education Tutorial

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Education Sessions / Networking Roundtable / Education Tutorial

4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | 21st Annual IHRSA ILC Summit - A Gathering of Global Leaders

For Industry Leadership Council members and invited guests. To become involved, email Meredith Poppler.
Sponsored by ABC Financial

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Opening Welcome Reception

Join your colleagues from around the world to network and celebrate the energy and excitement of the industry!
Sponsored by MINDBODY

Mar 22   

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. | Exercise Classes

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. | "The FAST Track" Continental Breakfast

“The Fast Track” learning concept is intended to jump-start your morning breakfast with three concurrent 20-minute presentations per time period. Each is designed to educate early-risers with the best practices on a variety of topics for immediate application in any club.

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Exercise Classes

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Keynote Session & Award Presentation

Making Ideas Happen
Leah Busque, Founder & Executive Chairwoman, TaskRabbit
Sponsored by Technogym

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | TRADE SHOW

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | "Member Center" Networking Roundtable

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | IGNITE!

IGNITE! is a fast-paced, 75-minute event where guest speakers have 5 minutes and 20 slides to convey a concept they are passionate about. Presenters share their personal and professional insights on a host of topics that are informative, enlightening, or just plain fun! To become an IGNITE! presenter, simply complete the brief application at by December 1, 2017. 

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Industry Leadership Council (ILC) Meeting

Industry Leadership Council members and guests are invited to talk about public policy opportunities to encourage physical activity as well as to discuss other risks and opportunities for the club industry. For more information about the ILC, contact Meredith Poppler.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Education Sessions / Networking Roundtable / Education Tutorial

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Education Sessions / Networking Roundtable / Education Tutorial

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Canadian Forum: The State of the Industry

Sponsored by the Fitness Business Canada Magazine

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Latin American Forum

Sponsored by Fitness Brasil and Mercado Fitness

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | California Club Operators Meeting

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Canadian VIP Reception

Hosted by the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Planet IHRSA: The International Attendee Reception

International Attendees & Invited Guests

Mar 23   

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. | Exercise Classes

6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Early Morning Workout

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. | "The FAST Track" Continental Breakfast

"The Fast Track" learning concept is intended to jump-start your morning breakfast with three concurrent 20-minute presentations per time period. Each is designed to educate early-risers with the best practices on a variety of topics for immediate application in any club.

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Exercise Classes

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Keynote Session & Award Presentation

Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results
Josh Linkner, Author, and Five-Time Tech Entreprenerur & Hyper-Growth CEO
Sponsored by Matrix Fitness

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | 22nd Annual IHRSA Financial Panel

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | TRADE SHOW

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Education Sessions / Networking Roundtable / Education Tutorial

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Education Sessions / Networking Roundtable / Education Tutorial

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Australian & New Zealand Forum

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | "Member Center" Networking Roundtable

6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | 13th Annual BASH for Augie's Quest

Pre-Registration & Donation Required – Email

Mar 24   

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Education Session

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Education Sessions

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Keynote Session

Eyes Wide Open
Issac Lidsky, Author, Entrepreneur and Founder, Hope for Vision
Sponsored by Daxko

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Bodell

Author, and Founder & CEO


Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution

Wednesday, March 21 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by MYZONE


Winning innovators embrace change - do you? What holds you back from better innovating, every day? In too many organizations, we’re stuck in the land of status quo. We’ve forgotten how to think differently, and lack the simple tools to solve problems creatively. The very structures put in place to help organizations grow are now holding us back. So, it’s time to Kill the Company! This keynote is an inspirational call to arms: to start a revolution in how we think and how we work.

The key lesson of this keynote: if we want people to approach change differently, we have to change our approach. You will learn how simplification lets us achieve more and better innovation. This can reignite critical aptitudes such as curiosity, inquiry, creative problem solving, and more. 

The keynote will bring to life the concepts presented in Lisa’s bestselling book, Kill the Company:

  1. Everyone is a change agent.
  2. Change involves a toolkit, not a process.
  3. Little changes can create big impact.

Lisa will introduce tangible ways to ignite innovation through the dynamic, yet simple exercises in the Kill the Company Toolkit, including Kill a Stupid RuleKiller QueriesImpossible to Possible, and many more. You will leave this keynote with ways to eliminate needless complexity with simple, inspiring ways to make innovation happen now!

Executive and futurist Lisa Bodell is a world-renowned leader on foresight and change management, and she has brought innovation to life for Google, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Merck, Fidelity, Accenture and the U.S. Navy. She is also the best-selling author of two books: Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. In her presentation, Bodell will share tools and takeaways on how organizations and individuals can eradicate complexity and allow simplicity to be their new operating system, resulting in a successful and innovative workplace culture.

Bodell’s takeaways are proven transformational methods that she and her team at futurethink, a consulting firm that helps businesses become world-class innovators, have successfully implemented with Fortune 500 companies around the world. The characteristics that define Bodell as a successful global speaker are the same as those that define her success as a CEO: a laser-focused ability to provide radical thinking and offer on-the-spot business solutions, with an inspired vision that motivates people to action.

Leah Busque

Founder & Executive Chairwoman


Making Ideas Happen

Thursday, March 22 | 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Sponsored by Technogym


Mom always told us not to talk to strangers, but are there really any strangers today? Five years ago it was unthinkable to flag down a random car and hop in for a ride, but today, with the use of technology, we don’t hesitate in sharing rides with people we don’t know. We are willing to hire a handyman through an app, such as TaskRabbit, and we are renting out rooms in our own houses to people we’ve never met before. How did the sharing economy begin and what will it evolve to next? In this dynamic speech, Busque will share her story of starting TaskRabbit and why 2008 was a pinnacle for the beginning of the sharing economy. Over the last 8 years, this new trend has evolved into mainstream adoption and continues to grow and scale in new ways that are changing the future of work. Busque will explore how businesses, large and small, will need to evolve to support this new fragmented workforce, and how, despite the skeptics, providing more flexibility and entrepreneurship in our work environments will drive innovation, support diversity, and ultimately translate to stronger, longer lasting companies.

Leah Busque has 15 years experience building and creating technology products that have reached millions of people around the globe. She started her career at IBM as a software engineer, where she worked on Lotus Notes and Domino. In 2008 Busque founded TaskRabbit, the world’s leading on-demand service marketplace. After serving as the CEO for eight years, she is now the executive chairwoman of the company.

Under Busque’s leadership, TaskRabbit has expanded internationally and raised nearly $50 million in venture funding. The New York Times named TaskRabbit “The Next Big Thing in Tech.”

Busque’s vision for revolutionizing the way people work and “service networking” has inspired legions of startups to launch in the collaborative and service networking space. Fast Company named her one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and her achievements have been featured in The Wall Street JournalWired, and Time.

Busque is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Forum of Young Global Leaders, a global network of under-40 entrepreneurs who’s bold, brave, action-oriented ventures are furthering social and economic progress.

Josh Linkner

Author, and Five-Time Tech Entrepreneur & Hyper-Growth CEO

Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results

Friday, March 23 | 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Sponsored by Matrix Fitness


As a four-time successful tech entrepreneur and investor in dozens of startups, Josh Linkner has seen thousands of companies loaded with creative buzz and big ideas. How is it that some harness their imagination to create game-changing drivers of growth and innovation while others miss the mark? The answer: the best companies have a systematic process to focus their team’s creativity into practical outputs — something Linkner discovered by founding and building companies that collectively sold for over $200 million. As a professional-level jazz guitarist, Linkner blends the improvisational qualities of a jazz ensemble with bleeding-edge business savvy to bring a completely fresh perspective on unleashing creativity in the organization. His inspiring presentation delivers practical tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results. You’ll learn to:

  • Use specific techniques to harness your most powerful ideas
  • Apply creativity on a daily basis across all business activities and roles
  • Break free from the three biggest blockers of creativity
  • Apply best practices from the world’s most innovative companies
  • Avoid the five biggest creativity killers
  • Master the three most powerful brainstorming techniques that you’ve never even heard of
  • Build a culture that celebrates fresh thinking and embraces new ideas

Josh Linkner has spent his career harnessing the power of creative disruption. As the founder and CEO of five successful tech companies, Linkner built his businesses from blueprints to million-dollar operations. In addition to his own startups, Linkner has been involved with the launch, growth or financing of more than 100 other companies and has mentored leaders and entrepreneurs through the opportunities and challenges of explosive growth.

He is also an award-winning digital marketer. As the founder and CEO of ePrize, Linkner built the world’s largest digital promotions agency, which served 74 of the world’s 100 most powerful brands. Linkner travels the globe inspiring audiences with his fresh insights on innovation, creativity and hyper-growth leadership, as well as proven business strategies that drive meaningful outcomes. He is also a two-time New York Times bestselling-author of three books: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation, and Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers.

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