Source: Athletic Business Media

MADISON, Wis. (October 4, 2012) -- Athletic Business Media and fitness software leader Motionsoft have announced that Amanda Bender, owner of Bender's Gyms in Alabama, a five-location independent operation, is the first winner of the "Win a Free Trip to iClubs Conference" contest. The winner was picked using a random-number software program. Bender will receive a two-night hotel stay, a $250 airfare credit and free registration to the iClubs Conference, held in conjunction with the Athletic Business Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

The three-day ideas exchange includes roundtables, seminars and networking events focused on strategies for new and veteran independent club operators. Among the dozens of featured speakers will be Peter Guber, Hollywood producer and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, and industry veteran Art Curtis of Curtis Club Associates, who has guided the growth of some of the industry's largest independent organizations.

"Benders Gyms is a perfect example of the spirit of the iClubs Conference." said Hossein Noshirvani, Motionsoft EVP. "They are a smart, successful and forward thinking independent operation who've embraced their individualism and the opportunity that comes with having your own vision. We are thrilled that they will be represented at this event."

"Since 2006, my husband Tom and I have opened five Bender's Gyms locations through hard work and passion, traveling a road that has been filled with challenges but incredible opportunities as well." said Bender. "I'm excited to hear what other independents are doing and how they are succeeding, and see what we can learn from their experiences."

Athletic Business Media and Motionsoft will be offering another chance to win a two-night stay at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, $250 Southwest Airlines credit and free passes to attend the iClubs Exchange at Athletic Business Conference & Expo. Visit motionsoft.net/fillmygym and enter by Nov. 7 for your chance to win.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.