Years ago “Mr. Smith” took a trip to Washington, D.C. and made quite an impact. Next month, the Club Industry East conference and trade show will make its first appearance in the nation's capital.

From June 26 to June 29, this year's show is expected to draw upward of 3,000 fitness professionals, predominantly from the East Coast, but also representing the rest of the U.S. and foreign nations. Among the attendees will be members of Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA), a non-profit regional trade association representing more than 120 clubs and over 800 members throughout the Mid-Atlantic States.

“Making Club Industry East this year's official event gives our members the best of both worlds,” said MACMA Executive Director Tina Carroll. “We're delighted to provide them the enhanced opportunity to see more new products and enjoy the broad scope of educational sessions offered without leaving their home area.”

Zari Stahl, group show director for PRIMEDIA Business Exhibitions, feels that the joint arrangement will benefit the industry as a whole. “Holding Club Industry East in association with MACMA gives operators and suppliers alike the ability to better concentrate their time and resources this spring,” she noted. “The show is always a major attraction: the alliance this year will make it an even more significant event.”

And the event will be significant indeed, as attendees will have nearly 100 presentations by leading authorities to choose from, with over 75 percent of them new to the Club Industry East show.

The show kicks off on Wednesday the 26th with a slate of educational seminars. But it won't be all work and no play at the show. After a day of education, stick around the hall for the Opening Night Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and begin your show experience with an exciting evening of food, drink and music, while meeting and networking with operators and exhibitors. But that's not all the excitement planned away from the show floor. After the show on Thursday, June 27, board a luxury coach for a wonderful evening driving tour with a tuxedoed waiter offering gourmet chocolates, champagne and sparkling water. You'll see such spectacular sites as the U.S. Capitol, White House, Smithsonian Mall, Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. The optional tour is $47 per person (for details, call Robin Leven at 800-541-7706).

Highlighting the education sessions will be a Keynote Address given by Lisa E. Oliphant, executive director, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The Keynote, entitled “Making A Difference: How Fitness Facilities Can Reach Out to Their Communities” will take place on the second day of the sessions (June 27) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oliphant's presentation at Club Industry East is part of her ongoing mission to promote efforts aimed at achieving important national fitness-related goals through cooperative efforts with the public, private and voluntary sectors. Learn how your club can do more to build community fitness.

When taking a break from the numerous educational seminars, attendees can see some of the newest products and services with displays by more than 100 top industry suppliers at the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center. While walking the floor, be sure to stop by the Club Studio and watch or participate in 45-minute demonstrations of the latest cutting-edge group fitness activities and learn how these programs build attendance for clubs.

But, if you really want to try out the latest classes and equipment take part in the Early Morning Aerobics on Thursday, June 27 from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m., at the Washington Hyatt hotel. On the following two days you can workout at the Early Morning Workouts from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall and put the equipment to the ultimate test-your own workout. Free Continental breakfast will be available to help you refuel for a day of education and walking the show floor.

If you'd rather watch athletes than work out like one be sure to catch the Regional Special Olympics Bench Tournament presented by Developmental Fitness Co. and Special Olympics on Saturday, June 29. At this event you can see Special Olympian powerlifters in action, affiliated with fitness facilities from the entire Mid-Atlantic region. Bench press events begin before show hours and will continue all day.

No matter how far or near attendees and exhibitors travel, there will be plenty of things to see and do both inside the show and around the nation's Capital.

Club Industry East 2002 Exhibitor Listing by Organization*

ACE
(American Council on Exercise)

5820 Oberlin Drive #102
San Diego, CA 92121
Booth 901

Acumen Inc.

101 A Executive Dr., #100
Sterling, VA 20166
Booth 1009

Adams Design & Marketing Solutions

300 Congress St., #300
Quincy, MA 02169
Booth 102

AGM Group

1590 Oakland Rd., #B106
San Jose, CA 95131
Booth 118

Apex Fitness Group
909

123 Hodencamp Rd., #B106
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Booth 901

Aphelion Fitness Management Software

1100 Nasa Road 1, Ste. 606
Houston, TX 77058
Booth 912

Aqua Massage International

P.O. Box 808
Groton, CT 06340
Booth 821

Aspen Information Systems

6607 Ampton Dr.
Spring, TX 77379
Booth 120

Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness

15825 Shady Grove Rd., #60
Rockville, MD 20850
Booth 724

Body Bar Systems Inc.

5045 Winship Ct.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Booth 921

Body Cycle/Millenium Fitness Int'l

63 Pointe LAnglois
Ste-Rose, Laval PQ H7l 3J4
Booth 700

Booking Plus

P.O. Box 64
Winchester, MA 01890
Booth 807

Brewer's Ledge

34 Brookley Rd.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Booth 1021

Broadcast Vision

5126 Clareton Dr., #160
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Booth 913

Cardio Theater Inc.

1380 Glenover Way
Marietta, GA 30062
Booth 525

Centaur Floor Systems

135 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Booth 618

Checkfree Corporation

4411 East Jones Brodge Rd.
Norcross, GA 30092
Booth 511

Club Industry Magazine

9800 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66212
Booth 601

Club Systems

77 Sugar Creek Blvd., #210
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Booth 825

Computer Outfitters

10235 West Sample Rd., Ste. 108
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Booth 907

CSI Software

3120 Southwest Freeway, #300
Houston, TX 77098
Booth 100

CSSI

P.O. Box 1563
Lancaster, PA 17608
Booth 521

Cybex International Inc.

10 Trotter Dr.
Medway, MA 02503
Booth 500

Dodge-Regupol

715 Fountain Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17601
Booth 625

Dr. Smoothie Enterprises

10532 Walker St., D
Cypress, CA 90630
Booth 1008

Electro-Steam Generator Corp.

1000 Bernard St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Booth 112

Fabiano Designs International

6 Fullerton Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042
Booth 605

Freemotion Fitness Inc.

1096 Elkton Dr., #600
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Booth 111

Futrex Inc.

130 Western Maryland Parkway
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Booth 425

I.F.P.A

14509 University Point Place
Tampa, FL 33613
Booth 114

IHRSA

263 Summer St., #800
Boston, MA 02210
Booth 721

International Youth Fitness

4025 Bill Moxley Rd.
Mount Ariy, MD 21771
Booth 1025

ISSA

1035 Santa Barbara, #7
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Booth 706

Ivanko Barbell Company

P.O. Box 1470
San Pedro, CA 90733
Booth 610

Jump Rope Technology Inc.

P.O Box 3
Woodbridge, VA 22194
Booth 905

K & K Insurance Group Inc.

1712 Magnavox Way
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Booth 818

K I eSolutions

P.O. Box 10805
McLean, VA 22102
Booth 816

Leisure Fitness/Precor

300 Woodfarm Ct.
Swverna Park, MD 21164
Booth 615

Life Fitness

1061 West Belmont Ave.
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Booth 101

M-F Athletics Compan

P.O. Box 8090
Cranston, RI 02920
Booth 427

MedX Corporation

1401 NE 77th St.
Ocala, FL 34479
Booth 125

MET-Rx

6111 Broken Sound Parkway
NW
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Booth 813

Miller Flooring

100 Mill St., #21
Clifton Heights, PA 19018
Booth 614

National Association of Professional Martial Artists

5601 116th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 33760
Booth 515

Nature's Best Inc.

195 Engineers Rd
Happauge, NY 11788
Booth 426

Nautilus

709 Powerhouse Rd.
Independence, VA 24348
Booth 512

Nustep Inc.

5111 Venture Dr., #11
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Booth 517

Oscoda Plastics

P.O. Box 189
5855 North Huron Ave.
Oscada MI 48750
Booth 1007

Paramount Fitness Equipment

6450 Bandini Blvd.
Commerce, CA 90040
Booth 501

Pawling Corporation

P.O. Box 200
Wassaic, NY 12592
Booth 820

Peak Performance

2285 116th Avenue NE, #101
Bellevue, WA 98004
Booth 607

PHI Enterprises

56001 Neely Ct.
Elkhart, IN 46516
Booth 1108

Philadelphia Insurance Companies

One Bala Plaza, #100
Bala Cynwynd, PA 19004
Booth 616

Polar Electro

370 Crossways Park Dr.
Woodbury, NY 11797
Booth 106

Power Systems

P.O. Box 31709
Knoxville, KY 37950
Booth 424

ProVita Inc.

27-39 164th St., #B
Flushing, NY 11358
Booth 924

RB Rubber Products

904 E. 10th Ave.
McMinnville, OR 97128
Booth 704

Schwinn

1690 38th St.
Boulder, CO 80301
Booth 512

Shuttle Systems by Contemporary Designs

10005Mt. Baker Highway
P.O. Box 5089
Glacier, WA 98244
Booth 327

Strive Enterprises

2403 Washington Rd.
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Booth 824

True Fitness Technology

865 Hoff Rd.
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Booth 707

Twin Oaks Software Development

1463 Wilbur Cross Highway
Berlin, CT 06307
Booth 812

Under Armour

1600 Bush St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Booth 819

Universal Nutrition

3 Terminal Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Booth 1012

VersaClimber

3190 E. Airport Loop
Costa Mesa, CA
Booth 92626

Vita Mix Corporation

8615 Usher Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44138
Booth 920

Warthan Associates Inc.

P.O. Box 1378
306 N. Second Ave.
Hopewell, VA 23860
Booth 1020

Woodway USA

W229 N591 Foster Ct.
Waukesha, WI 53186
Booth 801

Worldwide Sport Nutritional Products

6111 Broken Sound Parkway
NW
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Booth 813

* As of 3/29/02