CHICAGO — Club Industry 2007 is four months away, but the editors of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine have already selected this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner who will be honored at the show in October. Alan Schwartz, chairman of TCA Holdings Inc., was chosen to receive the award this year. This is the fifth year that the magazine has presented the award, which goes to an individual who has contributed to the betterment of the fitness industry.
Schwartz co-founded Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago with his father, Kevie, in 1969. Later, Schwartz expanded the business to encompass ownership and management of multi-purpose and corporate fitness centers throughout North America. The company, now called TCA Holdings, has four divisions: Proactive Partners, which manages corporate centers and wellness programs; Columbia Equities, a real estate and health club investment company; Tennis Corporation of America, which develops and licenses tennis products and programs; and Midtown Athletic Clubs, which manages the company's sports and fitness clubs.
Previous Lifetime Achievement winners have been Joe Weider, Joe Gold, Judi Sheppard Missett and Rick Caro.