Stephanie and I arrived in San Francisco early this yesterday to a partly cloudy first day of the conference. After getting our badges at the Moscone Center, I showed Stephanie the way around the large conference center so she could get familiar with the site since it's her first IHRSA show.
We later attended the State of the Industry address by Joe Moore, director of IHRSA, and listened to Joe Montana's speech. We'll discuss those presentations in further detail in a later blog. After a quick change back at the hotel, we headed back to the Marriott to the opening night's reception where I was pleased to see some familiar faces in industry consultants Sandy Coffman, Rick Caro (and his wife Sue), Ed Tock, Jeff Masten, as well as some new faces in Yvonne Lin and Anatole Grigorenko of Y Lab, a Swedish media company that focuses in part on the fitness industry. My time with Yvonne and Anatoli was especially beneficial as I was able to hear from them that much of the Scandinavian and European countries are also facing similar issues with a slowdown in club memberships.