On this St. Patrick's Day when everyone seemed to remember their green, the IHRSA show launched with an 8:30 a.m. awards presentation and keynote event featuring Marcus Buckingham.
The first award presented was the Julie Main Emerging Woman Leader Scholarship, which went to Karen Jashinsky, founder and CEO of O2 Max Fitness, Santa Monica, CA. Main is co-owner and president of the West Coast Athletic Clubs in California, founder of the Cancer WellFit Program and a member of our magazine's advisory board. She could not attend the event due to health issues, but Jashinsky was there to pick up the award, which goes to a woman who exemplifies courage, perseverance, excellence, professionalism and contribution to the industry and community.
Jashinsky works to combat youth obesity and developed an initiative to promote fitness and wellness in the teen community.O2 Max Fitness is a youth fitness media company with a fitness studio whose mission is to teach youth how to exercise and adopt healthy lifestyles while preventing injury through the use of social media and educational programs.
IHRSA also handed out another first-time award this year, the Outstanding Community Service award. This one went to Dave Patchell-Evans, founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness Clubs, the largest fitness chain in Canada, for his mission to advance medical research and education in finding a cause and cure for autism. He established the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group at the University of Western Ontario to honor his daughter. He was also appointed president of the Autism Canada Foundation.
The John McCarthy Industry Visionary of the Year Award went to Jeff Klinger and Chuck Runyon, founders of Anytime Fitness, which opened in 2002 and has grown to 1,000 open clubs this year. The award is for individuals who have made an unprecedented or unique contribution to the advancement of the club industry as a whole. Klinger accepted the award for both men (Runyon was on a long-ago planned Disney cruise with his family). Klinger thanked the 190 people in his company's corporate office and the company's franchisees for their work.