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
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a $14 billion global provider of food service, facilities management and uniforms wherever people learn, work, play and recover, announced today it will pilot acceptance of mobile payments from Apple Pay and Softcard at select arenas this hockey season.read more
Source: Eldorado Climbing Walls
BOULDER, Colorado (October 15, 2014) – Boulder, Colorado-based Eldorado Climbing Walls won the top prize at the fourth annual Wright Award. The award acknowledges Eldorado’s role as a Colorado lifestyle industry leader and the company’s positive impact on the business environment in the state. And living up to the company motto, “Everyone Should Climb”, Jerad Wells, CEO of Eldorado, donated the $3,000 award to Paradox Sports, an organization that improves people’s lives by creating physical adaptive sport communities, including climbing.read more
Source: Qualite Sports Lighting
HILLSDALE, Mich., Oct. 15, 2014 -- Qualite Sports Lighting, a leader in the sports lighting industry for more than 30 years, has selected Ephesus Lighting, Inc., a leader in developing high efficiency LED Lighting solutions, as the preferred supplier for outdoor LED sports lights as part of its new Q-LED™ System, an innovative lighting system for outdoor sports venues. The Q-LED™ System combines the Ephesus Lighting high impact outdoor Stadium LED lighting solution with Qualite's industry-leading pre-wired, pre-aiming technologies and mounting hardware. By choosing the Q-LED™ System, clients can be assured of a winning combination for their sports lighting needs.read more
Source: Gerflor USA
CHICAGO, IL – (OCTOBER 6, 2014) – Gerflor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of modern resilient flooring, today announced the launch of its “Floors for ReStore” program with a donation of nearly 185,000 square feet (more than three football fields) of its high quality commercial-grade flooring used in healthcare, education, sports, retail, and industrial environments to numerous Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations. These nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers sell building materials with a portion of the proceeds used to build affordable housing in the communities they serve.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore concept of providing new or gently used building materials to the public aligns with Gerflor’s environmental philosophy of reuse and recycle. Similar to Gerflor’s environmental practices, this donation will help eliminate material waste, while improving the indoor air quality and operational efficiency of the spaces its used in. Gerflor’s resilient flooring is 100% recyclable, low-VOC, FloorScore™ certified, low maintenance, and has a lifecycle of more than 20 years.
“We are thrilled to accept this donation from Gerflor as they are known throughout the flooring industry as a provider of high quality flooring solutions,” says Marcus Hayes, Operations Manager of Habitat for Humanity ReStore Chicago. “Our customers can rest easy knowing they’ve selected a great product, and more importantly, that they’ve contributed to providing simple, decent, and affordable housing to families in the Chicagoland area through ReStore proceeds."
“Gerflor is a global company with a strong commitment to the U.S. and our local communities,” says Benjamin Bachman, CEO, Gerflor USA. “The donations are a win-win for everyone involved because it diverts potential waste from local landfills, gives ReStore customers access to a wide range of high-quality, environmentally-friendly flooring, and allows Gerflor to be a good corporate citizen. We are proud to support the development of affordable homes and healthy communities with Habitat for Humanity.”
To learn more about Habitat Humanity ReStores or to find one in your area, visit http://www.habitat.org/restores.
About Gerflor USA
For designers, installers and facility managers who want design-forward, sustainable, durable flooring solutions, Gerflor is the manufacturer of choice for commercial and sports environments. As a result of Gerflor’s cutting-edge technology, history of innovation, and manufacturing capabilities, Taraflex® is the world’s leading sports flooring, and Mipolam – the original homogeneous resilient sheet flooring – is a leading healthcare solution. Gerflor is present in 100 countries around the globe with more than 2500 employees. It has an excellent environmental record which includes outstanding whole life cycle performance, full compliance with ISO 14001 standards, and FloorScore™ certification. Find Gerflor USA on social media: Gerflor USA for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. For more information, visit www.gerflorusa.com, call 877-437-3567 or email email@example.com.
On Sept. 30, 2014, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers and marketers in the sports products and fitness industry, announced the 2014 class for its Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program.read more
New York – October 9th, 2014 – Ektio®, the leader in innovation in the prevention of ankle sprains on the basketball court, today announced a partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Alexio, Ektio’s newest basketball shoe, is now available for sale at DICKS.com.read more
Source: STANLEY Security
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – (October 7, 2014) – STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries, announces nominations are now open to higher education institutions for this year’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program.read more
(Clearwater, FL) October 6, 2014—The Sports Facilities Advisory, a company whose growth recently necessitated its expansion to include sister firm Sports Facilities Management (SFA|SFM), has announced the recent appointment of Emily Pfeiffer as Marketing Manager. SFA|SFM Chief Revenue Officer Eric Sullivan state that SFA’s market position as the industry leader is not something the company takes for granted, (1) making SFA|SFM’s new hire a natural progression in response to the growing market. As Marketing Manager, Emily will oversee and develop the company’s upcoming rebranding and launch of the new SFA SFM Website as well on on-going marketing efforts, including social media and print campaigns, in addition to authoring formal proposals for public and private prospects.read more