Greetings from the Club Industry Show Group

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Since I'm new to this blog and blogging in general, I'd like to introduce myself and our staff to you. We're the folks that produce the Club Industry trade shows twice a year. Our partners at Club Industry magazine have been gracious enough to share this blog space with us so we can bring you behind-the-scenes information on our upcoming shows.

I'm Zari Stahl, Club Industry show director, and in the upcoming weeks, you'll be hearing from Program Managers Stacey Orlick and Cristina Cotto, Marketing Manager Herb Greenebaum and Sales Manager Sam Posa.

I've been with the shows since 1993—back when our national show was held at the Chicago Hilton, as you long-time attendees may remember. It almost goes without saying that the shows—and the fitness business itself—have changed a lot in the years since. We do everything we can to give you the most updated information, the most interesting speakers and the most topical events. But we could use your help to do an even better job.

We'd love to get your feedback and input on what you'd like to see at our events—special activities, conference topics, speakers, networking functions, etc. And, I hope you'll indulge us if we use you as a sounding board. We thrive on feedback and suggestions as the shows continually evolve to meet your needs.

I recently received a letter from a past attendee who was disappointed that our upcoming Club Industry East show (in New York at the Javits Center May 5-7) will take place from a Wednesday through Friday instead of its usual Wednesday–Saturday format. Actually, we've compressed the show a bit for your convenience—both the show and the conference will take place over three days with a gala opening reception in the exhibit hall on Wednesday.

Anyway, this person operates a small studio and cannot close his studio to attend the show. Understandably, he'd prefer to give up his weekend than give up the income. But over the years, we've seen a sharp decline in the Saturday attendance, hence our decision to shorten the number of days for the show.

What about you? What are the best days for you to attend a show? Which days are easier to get away? Saturdays….love them or hate them? (If you love them, where have you been?) Please let us know. I'm looking forward to meeting you. To check for upcoming details on the show, check out www.clubindustryshow.com/east

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