What better time to be in New York than early June?” Zari Stahl, Club Industry East group show director, says of the upcoming Club Industry East conference. Stahl promises a great line-up of seminars, exhibits and educational opportunities to go along with a beautiful time of year (June 8-11) in the Big Apple.

The show will give an expected crowd of 3,000 people panel discussions, a consultant's corner, morning workouts and more at the Hilton New York.

Stahl says that one of the show's most anticipated special events is Keith Hernandez's free keynote address from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9. With a 17-year major league baseball career, Hernandez earned a National League MVP award while leading his St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series Championship in 1982 and four years later won the 1986 World Series title with the Mets. “Seinfeld” fans may also remember Hernandez for his appearances on the sitcom. At the show, the six-time National League All-Star and current baseball color commentator will speak on “Building a Home Team That Can Win It All.”

“He epitomizes building a team,” says Herbert Greenebaum, marketing manager for the Club Industry East show.

Thursday's schedule also includes the panel discussion, “The Best and Worst of Exercise Programming,” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at which a number of experts will discuss what works and what doesn't when it comes to exercise.

“We want attendees to walk away with what they can apply to their business,” Stahl says about the panel session. “They will be learning from some of the most successful people in the industry.”

Another free event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, is the leadership summit, “Execs in the City — How the Biggest Clubs in the Big Apple Make Their Operations Work.” The session will include some of New York's most successful fitness entrepreneurs, and how they make their facilities the toast of the town, Stahl says.

“This is information that works for anyone, not just for those in New York,” she says. “The same principles that make a club work in New York are the same anywhere else. It's universal.”

Other feature attractions include Club Studio, open during exhibit hall hours, where attendees can get a look at new group exercise programs during 45-minute sessions. Attendees can also visit the Club Industry Career Connection to see the latest job opportunities at for-profit and nonprofit facilities. Club management can get their questions answered at Consultant's Corner, which offers free advice from consultants.

“This is one of the largest line-ups we've ever had for this,” Greenebaum says about the Consultant's Corner. “Their expertise goes across the board. I don't know anywhere else people can get this free insight.”

Before participating in these events, attendees have the opportunity to join in the festivities at the opening night reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, and to keep up their exercise routines with early morning workouts from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11.

Those looking to beef up their knowledge can attend some of the 80-plus presentations or earn continuing education credits from a dozen organizations. Seminars run throughout the show and include topics related to business and financial management; sales, marketing and promotion; service and member retention; programming, wellness and health care; people and self-management; and a specialized track for personal trainers. Some seminar highlights include: Getting Your Clients to Train Like Pros, The Cancer WellFit Program, Selling to Baby Boomers and the Senior Market, and Take Your Corporate Fitness/Wellness Program to the Next Level.

The International Fitness Professionals Association, the American Council on Exercise and the National Strength and Conditioning Association will also offer various certification exams at the show.

If that wasn't enough to see and do, attendees also should set aside a few hours to peruse the show floor. With more than 275 booths with major equipment manufacturers of everything from apparel and uniforms to insurance and treadmills, the vendors offer insight into some of the latest trends and products in the industry. The exhibit floor will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, and also 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

“New York is such a vibrant market,” Stahl says. “It's an important show, and we won't be back until 2007.”

Club Industry East as of 4/6/05

Organization Booth Number
ABC Financial Services Inc. 1110
ActivTrax 1012
Advantage Sport USA 2800
AED-Sales.com 1406
AESON Flooring Systems, a division of Stage Step Inc. 1701
American Council on Exercise 1719
Amino Vital 2120
Aphelion Inc. 310
Aspen Information 500
Athletix Products 2302
Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness 413
Blinc Inc. 2820
Blue Fish Activewear 2300
Body Masters 2112
Body Wedge 421, 427
Broadcast Vision 520
Cateye Fitness/Source Dist. 2104
Centaur Floor Systems 1808
CheckFree Corporation 302
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro 1705
Club Insider News 2304
Coral Springs Software 1006
Core Spinal Fitness Systems by MedX 416
Creative Agency Group 506
CSI Software 1000
Deep Muscle Stimulator 1816
Doggen.com 2816
Dr. Smoothie Enterprises 1814
EFI Sports Medicine 222
Emkay Designs 2223
EVERLAST Performance Flooring 2305
Fabiano Designs International 403
Fitdv 314
Fitness Equipment Depot 511
FreeMotion Fitness Inc. 400
Full Circle Padding Inc. 426
Fundamental Fitness Products 2812
Gymwipes - 2XL Corporation 136
Gym Source 122
Hampton Fitness Products 524
IFPA 237
IHRSA 401
Inner Strength Health & Fitness 2702
Intek Strength 1715
K & K Insurance Group Inc. 1004
Kleen-Machine 510
Lexabean LLC 2700
Liberty Paper & Janitorial Supply 422
Life Fitness 102
Lifewave Technologies 2308
Magnum Fitness Equipment 324
McNeil & Company 1709
MET-Rx / Worldwide Sports Nutrition 1400
Miller Flooring Inc. 2400
Muze Store-Plus 2306
National Council On Strength & Fitness 411
Nautilus 101, 204
Orthometrix Inc. 2301
Panasonic 2601
Paramount Fitness Corp. 1100
PaviGym USA 1711
Perform Better/M-F Athletics Company 410
Personal Training Listing Service 2818
Pharmanex 2814
The Pilates Coach 2406
Polar Electro 238
Posi-Trak Inc. 1008
Powerhouse Marketing 405
Power Music 2802
Power Systems Inc. 407
Precor Inc. 1005, 1800
Sasaki Associates 415
SCIFIT 502
Shake This 2108
Shape.net Software 316
Spa Partners/Chemspa 2122
SPRI Products Inc 1124
Star Trac 1112
Strive Smart Strength 1008
Tri Core Fitness Products 2704
Triton Swim Trainer 1820
True Fitness Technology 1601
Twin Oaks Software Development 417
VersaClimber 306
VPX Sports Inc. 2402
Walkvest 2500
Woodway USA 132, 232
X-Vest 1818

For more information on Club Industry East or to register please visit www.clubindustryshow.com.

The Conference and Exposition for Health & Fitness Facility Management

June 8-11, 2005

Conference June 8-11 • Exhibits June 9-11
Hilton & Towers NY, New York, NY

Pulse of the Fitness Business… In the Heart of the City

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 8

Exhibit Hall Closed
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All-Day Sessions (A-1, A-2)
Noon - 1:30 p.m. B Sessions
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. C Sessions
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. D Sessions
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

Thursday, June 9

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Early Morning Exercise
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All-Day Session (A-3)
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. E Sessions
10:15 a.m. -11:30 a.m. F Sessions
11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m Free Keynote Address:
Building a Home Team that Can Win It All — Keith Hernandez
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. FREE Panel Discussion
The Best and Worst of Exercise Programming
2:00 -4:00 p.m. G Sessions (Executive Roundtables)
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open

Friday, June 10

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Early Morning Workouts, Exhibit Hall
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. H Sessions
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All-Day Session (A-4)
Personal Training Can Mean Big, Big Profits for Your Club
11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m Free Leadership Summit
Execs in the City: How the Biggest Clubs in the Big Apple Make Their Operations Work
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. J Sessions
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. K Sessions (Executive Roundtables)

Saturday, June 11

7:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m. Early Morning Workouts, Exhibit Hall
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. L Sessions
11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. M Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open