Attention Chicago Cub Legends Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Ryne Sandberg: Come October, some new players will be in the Windy City, and they're looking to light up the scoreboard. Club Industry 2007, the conference and exposition for health and fitness facility management, will set up shop at McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 10-13, to bring education, networking and business opportunities to nearly 6,000 fitness business professionals.

“This is the gathering spot for the commercial industry,” says Zari Stahl, show director of Club Industry 2007. “Club operators need to be out there to network, to see what the competition is doing. Just existing in your neighborhood is not enough.”

This year's show focuses on a number of topics to help facilities better compete and optimally run their businesses, Stahl says.

“The theme of the industry is wellness and integration, but it's also about being different, setting yourself aside, developing a niche,” Stahl says. “That's why everyone is looking for different programs. They all want to increase revenue.”

To meet that demand, the show has partnered with four groups: The Corporate Fitness Show, OnSite Fitness, Small Business Review and SCW Fitness Education. The Corporate Fitness Show will include seminars, panels and workshops on the issues facing corporate fitness; OnSite Fitness will have an entire educational track geared for nonprofits; and the Small Business Review will provide a small business forum track for independent or single club owners. There will also be a free shuttle between SCW's Midwest Mania at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Oct. 12-14, and Club Industry 2007, along with special sessions on group fitness for profit.

The show will also feature sessions and educational events about customer service, an all-day session about club design and redesign, and a presentation by a representative of the University of South Florida about the school's recent study on active gaming and children.

High-profile speakers at the show will include world boxing champion Laila Ali, the famous daughter of Muhammad Ali. Laila Ali will speak on Thursday, Oct. 11, about how to motivate yourself and your clients to live a healthy lifestyle. Her address will follow the 11:30 a.m. presentation of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's Lifetime Achievement Award to Alan G. Schwartz, chairman of the board of TCA Holdings and founder of Midtown Tennis Club.

At 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Dr. Mike Nichols, CEO and founder of the TempusClinic, will give his keynote address on fitness and medicine. (For biographies of Nichols and Laila Ali, see page 53.)

“The TempusClinic is one of the first clinics to really bring in the whole idea of modern medicine working with fitness and how those two really work together to create a healthy human being,” says Stacey Orlick, Club Industry 2007 conference director.

Later that day at 2 p.m., Pamela Kufahl, editor of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro, will present the winners of the magazine's annual Best of the Best competition. The first-time event will be a 90-minute educational awards program in which attendees can gain insight into why each facility won. Also, attendees will hear more about the winning programs from the recipients themselves.

Other notable events include the welcome reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, that will get the show started with networking, music, food and cocktails. Attendees can get their workout and shopping in early by trying out equipment first-hand on the show floor during the early morning workouts from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13. From 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, Lincoln Park Athletic Club will start the day off by presenting a free Turbo Kick class at the Hilton Palmer House. The high-energy interval-based class uses intensity drills and increased energy springs followed by work recovery segments, allowing participants to customize their workout.

New this year is the official Club Industry bookstore. Located in the north hall lobby next to registration, the bookstore will showcase literature by the show's presenters along with other books on fitness, nutrition and business. As of press time, author signings were being scheduled, Stahl says. Check www.clubindustryshow.com for times as the show approaches.

A Club Industry show wouldn't be complete without the exhibit hall floor, a three-day frenzy of hot products and services. This year, more than 900 exhibitors are scheduled to attend.

“There are so many ideas out there, and if you come see them, then you can also see what you can implement in your business,” Stahl says. “Why settle on attracting a few people when you can really make an impact in your community? At Club Industry, you can understand the trends and see how you can implement those trends.”

Club Industry 2007 Schedule of Events

Conference: Oct. 10-13, 2007 • Exhibits: Oct. 11-13, 2007 • McCormick Place, Chicago, IL Club Industry Travel Desk: 800-631-5294www.clubindustryshow.com

Wednesday, Oct. 10

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All-Day Sessions (A1, A2)
Noon - 1:30 p.m. B Sessions
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. C Sessions
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. D Sessions
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Welcome Reception

Thursday, Oct. 11

7 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Turbo Kick Workouts
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All-Day Session (A3)
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. E Sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. F Sessions

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan G. Schwartz, TCA Holdings

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Laila Ali, World Boxing Champion

12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. G Sessions/Executive Roundtables

Friday, Oct. 12

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Early Morning Workouts
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All-Day Sessions (A4, A5)
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. H sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. J Sessions

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Dr. Mike Nichols, TempusClinic

11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Best of the Best Awards Presentation/Educational Seminar

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

K Sessions/Executive Roundtables

Saturday, Oct. 13

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Early Morning Workouts
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. L Sessions
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. M Sessions

Exhibitors' List

Company Booth #
2XL Corp./Gym Wipes 336
AB Coaster 110
ABC Financial Services 849
Abcore Fitness Inc. 1419
Absolo 325
Active XL 116
Aerobics and Fitness Assoc. of America 1251
AGM Group / AeroMat 1433
American Specialty Health 359
American Council on Exercise 1415
Aqua Massage International 142
Ariel Scientific Group 241
Armasport-Duomed Inc. 1431
ASF 449
Aspen Information Systems 348
AthleteInMe LLC 967
Athletic Business 559
Athletix Products 438
AV Now, Inc. 235
Avanti Fitness/Cardio Gym 737
Axess North America LLC 860
Balanced Body 725
Bashham Management & Associates Inc. 561
Biocomfort USA 964
Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness 858
Blue Fish Active Wear 1060
Body Bar Systems 352
Bodyblade/Hymanson Inc. 1059
Boot Camp Challenge 1421
Brewers Ledge 648
BV Entertainment 864
Card Imaging 104
Cardiac Science Corporation 356
Centaur Floor Systems 959
Checkfree 949
CleenTec 1350
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro registration area
Club Insider News 106
Club Resource Group 750
Club Solutions Magazine 138
Concept2 337
Conexion 1259
Coral Springs Software 666
Creative Agency Group 971
Creative Health Products 671
CRS Products International 957
CSI Software 331
Cybex 901
CycleOps Power 665
DirectTV 458
Dr. Smoothie Enterprises 770
efi Sports Medicine 1049
Egg Whites International 249
Europa Sports Products 563
Everlast Performance Flooring 1129
Expresso Fitness Corp. 1335
E-Z Facility.com 758
Fabiano Designs Intl. 649
FD-Group 100
Fitlinxx 321
Fitness Anywhere Inc. 1161
Fitness Business News 871
Fitness Fit Active Wear 965
Fitness Insurance.com/Jewell Insurance Assoc. 558
Fitness Management 765
Fitness Master Inc. 1423
Freemotion Fitness Inc. 527
Fundamental Fitness Products 1056
GameBike, Hudson Fitness Products 936
Gojo Industries 767
Government Recreation and Fitness 126
Gym Valet 1255
GymTicket.com 1348
Hampton Fitness Products 1314
Haro Sports Floors 366
Health Club Managers Inc. 334
Healthways 761
Human Kinetics 1257
Hydromassage 1071
IDEAL Products 561
IHRSA 354
Inko Sport America LLC 970
Intek Strength 1402
International Tanning Equipment 1441
Iron Grip Barbell 1135
IRONWEAR 135
Ivanko Barbell Co. 1035
Juice Plus + Nutritional Systems 759
K&K Insurance Group Inc. 748
KBL America 1408
Keiser Corp. 935
KI Software 224
Laundry Loops 102
Learning ZoneXpress 772
Legacy Lockers 861
Life Fitness 501
Mad Dogg Athletics and Spinning 1149
Magnum Fitness Systems 419
Markel Insurance 237
Matrix Fitness Systems 101
MBT Physiological Footwear 124
McArthur Towels 350
Met-Rx/Worldwide Sports Nutrition 549
Microfit Inc. 764
Mind Your Body 1449
Motivatrix 119
Motus USA 929
National Council on Strength & Fitness 862
National Federation Professional Trainers 358
National Fitness 762
Nautilus Inc. 471
NESTA 1160
NewLeaf Health &Fitness Products 1403
NSCA Certification Commission 120
Octane Fitness 539
Oka b. 1253
Onsite Fitness Magazine 1411
Optimal Design Systems International 1052
Oreck Commercial Sales 363
Panasonic 1155
Paramount Acceptance 470
Paramount Fitness 1101
Perform Better M-F Athletics Co. 1241
Performance Food Centers 771
Personal Fitness Professional 1070
Personal Training on the Net 360
Pharmanex 248
Pneumex Inc. 865
Polar Electro Inc. 1063
Power Bottle USA 763
Power Plate 1355
Power Systems 749
Precor Inc. 301
Prime Play by Whitewater 660
Progio 1448
Promaxima Fitness Manufacturing 463
Pure Fruit Technologies 370
RB Rubber 436
RenoSys Corp. 756
Retention Management 1158
Royale International Beverage Co. 1064
Sales Makers 1401
SCIFIT 924
Shape.net Software 960
So Easy 3-Day Colon Cleanse 250
Soft Play LLC 651
Speed Queen 267
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. 1439
Sports Art America Inc. 923
SPRI Products 1121
Star Trac 701
Steam Sauna Inc. 1249
STOTT PILATES 217
Strive Smart Strength 519
Tanita Corp. 460
The Active Network 870
Treeforms Lockers 766
Troy Barbell & Fitness 1235
True Fitness 1219
TruForm Fitness 238
Tugs Fitness 1413
Twin Oaks Software Development 565
United Leasing Inc. 361
Valeo Inc. 555
Versa Climber 956
Visual Fitness Planner 130
Vitabot 1048
WaterRower Inc. 1349
Wellness Health Education Network 141
Woodway USA 229
XSport Fitness 349
Xvest 857
Zumba Fitness 1407

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, Oct. 11
12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12
11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.