CHANHASSEN, MN -- Snap Fitness has promoted former Curves President Gary Findley to chief operating officer.

Findley, formerly Snap Fitness’ senior vice president of franchise sales, joined the Chanhassen, MN-based company in 2008. As COO, Findley will continue to lead the company’s franchise sales development both domestically and internationally.

“We’ve got a lot of great team members, and he’s a nice addition to our team,” Snap Fitness Founder and CEO Peter Taunton says.

Findley had spent eight years at Curves International. He also served two years as vice president of franchise sales for the Dwyer Group.

Taunton says Snap has about 70 clubs in development, with almost 2,000 sold locations and more than 1,000 open clubs.

Last year was a challenging one for the company and its franchisees, Taunton says, in terms of getting financing from banks. With a buy-back program in place, in which Snap Fitness is on the hook to buy back clubs that fail, Taunton expects a smoother year in 2010.

“We’re in six countries today,” he says. “It’s not a race for us to spread our wings around the globe. We have a very compelling product. People are reaching out all over the world to bring our product to their country.”