Source: Precor Woodinville, WA - May 13, 2013 - President Paul Byrne announced today that after 28 years with Precor, including 13 as President, he will begin his retirement on September 1. Precor Vice President - EMEA & APAC, Rob Barker, will assume the presidency in the culmination of a long-developing succession plan. When announcing his retirement Byrne shared: "Over the past 35 years, I have been fortunate to have been part of an industry that has contributed to the well being of so many people, and to have spent 28 of those years at Precor has been beyond fortunate. It has been an immeasurable gift. I will retire with great pride in what we have accomplished and with eager anticipation of what lies ahead." Byrne, one of the most recognized and respected executives in the fitness industry, began his career as the co-founder of Concept 90, a chain of stores that helped introduce the concept of specialty fitness retail in the United States. In 1985, Precor founder David Smith invited Byrne to join the then fledgling company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 2000, Byrne took the helm as president. Over the course of 28 years Byrne has been a consistent visionary, guiding the transformation of Precor, the fitness industry and the way millions of people exercise. Under his leadership, Precor: · Grew from a $20 million manufacturer of home rowing machines in the United States to a $350 million supplier of home and commercial fitness experiences globally· Developed a corporate culture admired for openness and loyalty which is regularly recognized in media surveys of "Best Places to Work"· Introduced the Elliptical Fitness Cross-Trainer (EFX®) , establishing what is now the second largest category of cardio equipment found in homes and gyms· Introduced the Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT®), the most personalized piece of cardio training equipment available· Established the standard in the newly developing category of networked fitness with Preva®, which now operates in more than 1,000 commercial installations across 37 countries Upon Byrne's recommendation, Rob Barker was unanimously approved as the new President by the Amer Sports Board of Directors and Heikki Takala, President & CEO of Amer Sports. The promotion of Barker continues the legacy of internal leadership development at Precor. The expectation of a smooth transition and continued success of Precor was emphasized by Byrne: "Rob has been part of the Precor family since 1995, and I consider him a great colleague and a great friend. He has done an extraordinary job leading our international business and helping to shape our overall strategy as part of the global senior management team. I am confident in the future of the Precor business and the Precor culture with Rob as our new President." Barker joined Precor in 1995 as the U.K. Sales and Marketing Manager and has developed his experience through several positions. For the last five years Barker served as Vice President - EMEA & APAC and as a member of the global Precor senior management team where he has helped shape the company's growth strategy. During his five year tenure at the helm of EMEA & APAC, the Precor business has grown dramatically. From 2008 through 2012, sales increased 133 percent and now represent 45 percent of all Precor revenue. Barker will begin his transition now, enjoying several months of overlap with Byrne. He and his family will relocate to the United States this summer. In response to the announcement Barker remarked: "I am honoured and excited to be asked by Paul Byrne and Heikki Takala to become the Precor President upon Paul's retirement. I congratulate Paul on his strong career and admire his extraordinary efforts in shaping Precor into the world-leading company that it is today. It has been my good fortune to work closely with Paul for many years and to see first-hand how Precor has, under his stewardship, innovated entirely new categories of fitness equipment and services like the EFX, AMT and Preva. It will be a pleasure to work with our employees worldwide to continue the Precor legacy of innovation." Precor operates as the fitness segment of Amer Sports, where the traditional Precor expertise in exercise is complemented by the other brands' deep understanding of sports and advanced sports equipment. Heikki Takala, President and CEO of Amer Sports, added: "I would like to thank Paul for his great contribution to the company as President of Precor. Paul leaves a huge legacy, with very strong business momentum coupled with a tremendous strategic business transformation from 'traditional' fitness company into a 'networked' business behind the successful introduction of Preva. As to Rob Barker's appointment, I'm really glad that we have been able to internally grow a professional like Rob to assume Paul's role. Rob's many years of experience with Precor has given him the skills to succeed in the new position." About Precor Precor designs and builds premium fitness equipment for effective workouts that feel smooth and natural. With a passionate focus on ergonomic motion, insight driven innovation and superior engineering, the company continually advances the home and commercial fitness industry with breakthrough new product categories, including EFX® Elliptical, Adaptive Motion Trainer® and Preva® Networked Fitness. Precor is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, the world's largest sports equipment company, with internationally recognized brands Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Salomon, Arc'Teryx and Mavic.
- by Emily Attwood
- May 2013
DALLAS, Sept. 1, 2015 -- Fanwish today unveiled the first-ever, free mobile application that will change the way people win and participate in professional athlete and celebrity VIP experiences. The unveiling serves as the official launch of the brand's exclusive partnerships with the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Dallas Stars. While the company is featuring Dallas-based experiences at launch, future plans include additional US Markets followed by a global expansion to include music, entertainment and fashion-based experiences.
As part of the launch and professional team partnerships, Fanwish will create and deliver unique, one-of-a-kind experiences that focus on the characteristics and personalities of today's greatest sports stars and celebrities. The experiences will feature some of the most popular and recognizable athletes in the NFL, NBA, and NHL along with legends of the game, including, Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys), Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys), Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys Owner), Tim Tebow (Philadelphia Eagles), Drew Pearson (Retired NFL), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), and Michael Irvin (Pro Football Hall of Fame), among others.
"Fanwish was created on the principle of giving fans the chance to live their dreams," said Rob Wechsler, Chairman of Fanwish. "Our partnerships with local Dallas franchise teams provide us with the unique opportunity to create individual experiences inspired by the athlete's personalities off the field. We want to give fans a chance to get up close and personal with their heroes and put them in situations they previously only dreamed about."
Featuring more than 50 professional athletes, Fanwish is set to change the way people participate in sports. The app is free to download, free to play and most importantly, free to win. The more fans participate and use the app, the more chances they will have to win. New experiences will be announced weekly and prizes will be awarded daily.
"When Rob (Wechsler) approached me about the idea behind Fanwish, I immediately wanted to be involved," said Tony Romo, Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. "Fanwish is all about giving the fans a unique experience they never thought possible; like everyone else, I have a Fanwish and believe this is where dreams will come true."
Visit www.fanwish.com for more information and follow us on Twitter @myfanwish.
Fanwish believes personal interactions with athletes and celebrities should be available to everyone. We want the world to experience what makes these talented people so special up close and personal at the best sporting events, concerts, and entertainment celebrations. Fanwish is brought to you by successful entrepreneurs, professional athletes, and prolific sports owners who share a common love: sports, entertainment and sharing experiences with their friends. We want to give fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to meet their heroes, sit front row or watch from backstage, and win the chance to be a VIP.
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Sept. 1, 2015 – Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has partnered with the University of Mississippi to design, manufacture and install the largest centerhung video display system in terms of total square footage in college sports with a total of roughly 2,255 square feet of active LED display space. Installation is taking place this summer prior to the opening of The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
“We’re excited to partner with Daktronics to bring the largest centerhung video board in college basketball to The Pavilion at Ole Miss,” said Ross Bjork, University of Mississippi Director of Athletics. “The amenities of the Pavilion, especially the video and audio experience, will provide our fans with a world class entertainment destination in heart of the most beautiful campus in America.”
The centerhung configuration will consist of 11 video displays for a total of more than 3.6 million LEDs. It includes four main video displays, each measuring approximately 11.5 feet high by 22 feet wide, and four corner displays each measuring approximately 13.5 feet high by 5 feet wide. These displays feature a tight 6 millimeter line spacing and wide angle visibility ensuring a clear, crisp image from any seat in the facility. Variable content zoning allows the displays to show a single large image or be divided into separate windows filled with any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, animations, scoring information and sponsor highlights.
Three ring displays will be incorporated in the centerhung configuration. They will measure roughly 3 feet high by 116.5 feet in circumference, 4 feet high by 91.5 feet in circumference and 3 feet high by 83 feet in circumference. All of the ring displays feature a 10 millimeter line spacing. The installation will also include a large fascia display with 15 millimeter line spacing that measures roughly 2.5 feet high by 586 feet wide and a box office display with a 6 millimeter line spacing that measures roughly 9 feet high by 16 feet wide. These displays can be used to show versatile content to enhance the game-day atmosphere and highlight sponsors.
“We’re proud to partner with Ole Miss to bring a top-notch video display system that will contribute to a great game-day atmosphere,” said Daktronics Vice President of Live Events Jay Parker. “As the largest centerhung project we’ve ever done in the college market, we’re excited to see the final installation having a positive impact for the fans early in 2016.”
“It was a lot of fun to work on this project and we’re honored to continue our long-standing partnership with Ole Miss athletics,” added Andrew Rice, Daktronics sales representative.
Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with consistent, industry-leading performance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.
About The University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi, which is known as OIe Miss, is a member of the NCAA and Southeastern Conference and features 18 varsity sports in its athletics department. Bearing the nickname Rebels and wearing the colors Cardinal Red and Navy Blue, these teams have produced 18 national championships and 125 conference titles since 1893, when the football program fielded the school's first varsity squad. Based in Oxford, Miss., with a student enrollment of over 22,000, Ole Miss operates with a $96 million athletics budget.
Daktronics helps its customers to impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format LED video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital billboards and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. Founded in 1968 as a USA-based manufacturing company, Daktronics has grown into the world leader in audio-visual systems and implementation with offices around the globe. Discover more at www.daktronics.com.
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Source: PHIT America
SILVER SPRING, MD – September 1, 2015 – PHIT America and the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced today that more than 50,000 U.S. children are being introduced to an active, healthy lifestyle through GO! Grants. These GO! Grants are going to 156 school-based programs in 22 states throughout the U.S. and funded by some of the leading sports & fitness brands in the industry. The purpose of GO! Grants is to jumpstart increased physical activity in schools, increasing physical literacy skills, health and academic performance among students aged 5-12.read more
Oshkosh, Wis.—Continental Girbau Inc. (Continental) recently partnered with two new on-premise laundry distributors – Atlantic Laundry Equipment, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and The Laundry Shop, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Both companies will represent the Continental E-Series, L-Series, G-Flex and LG Washer lines; Pro-Series II and LG Dryer lines; and the Continental feeder, ironer, folder and stacker lines.
Originally established in 1943 as Harold Snow Service Group – a commercial food and laundry sales, parts and service provider – Atlantic Laundry Equipment became a separate brand focused only on commercial laundry in 2014. A one-stop-shop for parts, equipment, service and support, Atlantic Laundry Equipment provides Continental on-premise and vended laundry equipment throughout the provinces of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Known for unrivaled service, Atlantic Laundry Equipment works with on-premise and commercial laundries to improve production using less energy and labor. Led by President Trevor Melendy, Atlantic Laundry Equipment offers 24/7 emergency service and personal customer care.
“While the Atlantic Laundry Equipment name is relatively new, its service to customers in the on-premise laundry industry isn’t,” said Joel Jorgensen, Continental vice president of sales and customer services. “The Atlantic Laundry team is highly experienced and responsive – offering high-caliber on-premise laundry expertise.”
Learn more about Atlantic Laundry Equipment at www.atlanticlaundry.ca, or call 855-602-7278 for the St. John’s office, or 888-567-6123 for the Halifax office.
The Laundry Shop, co-owned by Ron Jansen and George Rionda, now provides on-premise and vended laundry equipment, sales, parts and service to the Florida counties of Monroe, Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie. The company works closely with on-premise laundries at fire departments, resorts, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, spas, beauty salons and vet clinics, among many others. The Laundry Shop, which offers a total solution and innovation, operates with the mission, “Invest in Excellence.”
“Geographically located in south Florida, The Laundry Shop is operated by industry-trusted laundry experts,” said Jorgensen. “Both Ron and George have successfully sold hundreds of Continental on-premise laundry products over the years. They have excellent reputations, follow-through and character. We are happy to be partners with them as they serve south Florida.”
Discover more about The Laundry Shop at www.thelaundryshop.com or call 855-888-WASH.
To find out more about Continental laundry products, visit www.continentalgirbau.com or call 800-256-1073.
The largest of 15 Girbau Group subsidiaries, Continental Girbau Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary during 2015! Girbau laundry products – marketed throughout 90 countries worldwide – meet rigorous environmental and safety standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Girbau S.A. holds both ISO9001 and ISO14001 certifications. Ever focused on laundry efficiency, Continental Girbau is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGB), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.read more
Source: Shock Doctor
August 25, 2015 (Minnetonka, MN): Shock Doctor Sports and McDavid Inc. today unveiled United Sports Brands as the name of their combined global organization. With an innovative portfolio of performance and protective sports products, United Sports Brands will serve as the corporate parent for Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters and XO sporting goods brands.read more
SOURCE: Club Spa and Fitness Association
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA (August 26, 2015) The Club Spa and Fitness Association (CSFA) completed its annual conference Aug. 2-4 in Orlando, Fla., by introducing its first-ever certification curriculum and announcing a number of corporate partners.
SOURCE: American Council on Exercise
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, announced today that VERT, a leader in wearable athletic technology, has been named title sponsor of the VERT Challenge, a women's volleyball showcase involving IMG partner schools.read more
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