SAN DIEGO — The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the winners of its 2004 Achievement Awards at IHRSA 2004 in Las Vegas. Awards were presented for Personal Trainer of the Year, Group Fitness Instructor of the Year and Fitness Director of the Year to publicly recognize the contribution these professionals have made to the fitness industry.

Top honors were awarded to Karen Merrill, ATC, Personal Trainer of the Year; Stephanie Harris, M.D., Group Fitness Instructor of the Year; and Debi Pillarella, M.Ed., Fitness Director of the Year. Each winner receives a $2,500 scholarship toward continuing education in the fitness industry.