Gamblers or not, those that plan to attend IHRSA's 23rd Annual Trade Show and Convention in Sin City are sure to be winners. The event, which will be held March 22 to 25 at the Las Vegas Hilton, in Las Vegas, will focus on the concept of leadership and how it applies to the industry. With more than 400 exhibitors, three keynote speakers and six feature presentations, it's a sure bet that the anticipated 8,000 attendees from more than 70 countries will get more than they expect from the event.

The theme of “leadership” is nothing less than perfect, as the highlight of the gathering will be a presentation by Rudy Giuliani, the man declared “the nation's mayor” following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. After guiding our country through the difficult time with poise and strength, Giuliani wrote “Leadership,” a New York Times' bestseller and founded Giuliani Partners, a management consulting firm that helps decision makers in both the private and public sectors operate more effectively in daily operations, as well as long-term planning. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to hear Giuliani speak on Tuesday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m.

Daniel Goleman and Bill Novelli will also give keynote speeches. Goleman is author of “Emotional Intelligence,” a New York Times bestseller, and co-chairman of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence. On Wednesday, March 24 at 8:30 a.m., he will focus on the insight each of us needs to understand our strengths and weaknesses so that we can work successfully with others. Novelli, the executive director and CEO of AARP, the non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization with 35 million members age 50 and older, will discuss political leadership on Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m.

Along with the keynote speakers, six feature presentations geared toward every club representative will be given. Joe Theismann, former NFL quarterback and on-air sports personality, will use his entertaining style to focus on “Managing to Win,” while Dr. Bob Arnot, the medical voice of NBC news will present on how we can all be our personal best. For those independent club owners, Jack Faris, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), will speak on the power of small business and Barbara Harris, editorial voice of Shape magazine, will pinpoint the seven elements that her publication considers the benchmark of total fitness. Other speakers include Dr. Jim Loehr, author of “The Power of Full Engagement,” and Pamela Peeke, M.D, M.P.H., fitness expert.

While in the educational mindset during the four days of the IHRSA event, you can also attend any of the 80 seminars, panels and forums covering 12 different instructive tracks. The tracks include fitness and personal training, healthcare and wellness, human resources, leadership, sales and marketing, supplier seminars, tennis, management and operations, member service and retention, programming and community development, spa and special populations. Each session is presented by leading authorities on the topic, including club representatives, authors and special interest groups, and several sessions will be repeated to ensure that every attendee has an opportunity to hear the information from the speakers.

If all of this educational instruction sounds a bit overwhelming, then make sure to hit up the more relaxed activities of the event. On Tuesday, March 23 at 7:35 a.m., SPRI Products is sponsoring a Kickbox/Core Training class by Jazzercise, while on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 a.m., The Pilates Coach is sponsoring a Pilates class. Also, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, an early morning workout sponsored by IDEA Health and Fitness Association will be held at 6:30 a.m. Another fun option is working on your golf swing during the golf outing at Canyon Gate Country Club. This activity is on Monday, March 22 at 7 a.m. and requires pre-registration.

We can't forget about the trade show itself. With more than 400 exhibitors, you will be able to check out the latest innovations in equipment, products and other services for your club. Even if you aren't looking to invest in the latest goods, the show is a great opportunity to meet those representatives in the industry that you might be working with in the future.

Networking opportunities will be readily available during the trade show and at other times, like during “AQUA,” IHRSA's opening reception. The event takes place on Monday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m., where poolside cocktails will be abundant amongst the sounds of jazz and blues throughout the evening. And as a farewell to Sin City, make sure to attend “ICE,” the grand finale of the convention on Thursday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m.

We all know what Las Vegas is famous for — cheap thrills, quickie weddings, fast dice, glitz and glamour — and because of these things, more than often the odds are not in our favor. But, one thing is for sure, among the bright lights and heavy betting in Las Vegas, you're sure to get more than you banked on at the 2004 IHRSA Convention and Trade Show.

Trade Show Hours:

Tuesday, March 23

1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Trade Show

Wednesday, March 24

6:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
Early Morning Workout and Exercise Classes
11:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Trade Show

Thursday, March 25

6:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
Early Morning Workout and Exercise Classes
10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Trade Show

Special Events

Monday, March 22

7:00 a.m. — Noon
Golf Outing Canyon Gate Country Club
(Pre-Registration Requested)

8:30 a.m. — Noon
Concurrent Sessions

12:15 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.
Open Forum: Leadership*

2:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Open Forum: Management and Operations*

2:00 p.m. — 3:45 p.m.
Independent Club Council Meeting (by invitation)

4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

4:00 p.m. — 5:45 p.m.
Industry Leadership Council Meeting (by invitation)

6:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Feature Presentation: “The Power of Full Engagement” — Dr. Jim Loehr, LGE Performance Systems

7:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: “Aqua”

Tuesday, March 23

8:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.
IHRSA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation

9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.
General Session “Leadership” — Rudy Giuliani

10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
VIP Event with Rudy Giuliani (by invitation)

10:30 a.m. — Noon
Concurrent Sesssions

10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Global Industry Summit “First, Break All the Rules” — Marcus Buckingham (by invitation)

1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
8th Annual IHRSA Financial Panel: The Latest Debt and Equity Perspectives On the Fitness Industry

2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Open Forums: Member Service and Retention; Sales and Marketing; Management and Operations*

2:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Tennis Forum

4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Open Forums: Sales and Marketing; Programming and Community Development*

6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Fitness Management Nova7 Awards Presentation and Reception

6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
New England Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (NEHRSA) Reception (by invitation)

7:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
Planet IHRSA International Attendees Reception (by invitation)

7:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Government Relations VIP Dinner (by invitation)

Wednesday, March 24

8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.
General Session “Emotional Intelligence” — Daniel Goleman

9:45 a.m. — Noon
Feature Presentations

Noon — 1:30 p.m.
Open Forums: Leadership; Management and Operations*

2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Open Forums: Management and Operations; Human Resources*

6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
California Clubs of Distinction (CCD) Reception (by invitation)

Thursday, March 25

8:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.
IHRSA Awards Presentation, ACE Fitness Professional of the Year Awards

9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.
General Session: “Active Aging: A Marathon and a Spirit” — Bill Novelli, AARP

10:30 a.m. — Noon
Concurrent Sessions

2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

4:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Grand Finale: Ice

*For all Open Forums, pre-registration is requested.

Exhibitor List

EXHIBITOR BOOTH NUMBERS
MembersFirst 2141
Philips Medical Systems 2019
Zoll Medical Corporation 2043
HRH Insurance 1742
BookingPlus Inc. 1351
CYBEX International Inc. 239
Zoom Rooms 240
Island Oasis 2210
Graham Meus Inc. Architects 1750
Hoffman Insurance Services 1948
Sasaki Associates Inc. 1149
International Fitness Club 2715
Healthy Inspirations 2239
SwimEx Inc. 1749
WaterRower Inc. 2205
M-F Athletic Company & Perform 1747
CONCEPT2 1939;1941
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 2105
Aqua Massage International 1401
FitLinxx 1313
UCS Inc. 2109
Fabiano Designs International 2515
Creative Agency Group 1845
Landice Tradmill 1550
Spa Partners 2905
The Ramp Company 2539
Sales Makers 2614
Air Structures 2503
Sussman Lifestyle Group 2729
EBM Publications 2811
Fitness Equipment Depot 2747
Sportsbeat Inc.
POLAR 1007
Fit Digital 2208
Pawling Corporation 2153
Mateflex 1645
Steam Sauna 1649
Powerhouse Pilates 2027
ClubCom/Cardio Theater 938
Strive Smart Strength 2419
CSSI Resilient Surfacing 1253
EVERLAST Performance Flooring 1050
The Physician's Resource for 2712
Philadelphia Insurance 2846
Vortex Fitness Equipment 1309
FitSync 2844
BIOMETRICS Nutrition & Fitness 1838
ActivTrax LLC 1609
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2612
Gerstung 1738
Conexion 1943
Treeforms Inc. 1310
AM-FINN Sauna Co. 2830
Retention Management 1821
Sports & Fitness Insurance 1215
Soft Play L.L.C. 1647
Contec Inc. 2047
Banana Bakana 1250
Body Training Systems 1839
GETMEMBERS.com 2812
Admiral's Casual Furniture 1651
Oxygen Fitness Wear 2810
Magnetic Automation Corp. 1849
Diesel Fitness Equipment Inc. 2431
Blue Fish Active Wear 2719
Pilates Method Alliance 2046
Hydrorider by Coco Consulting 2828
POLESTAR Pilates 1926;1924
Hydro-Massage 1701
Worldwide Sport Nutrition 2042
Tropic Craft 2242
MedX Core Spinal Fitness 1201
Novagrass International Inc. 2348
Power Systems Inc. 1905
CheckFree Corporation 1039
QuanComm 2346
Trackmaster Fitness 1709
Fair Financial Services 1748
BOSU 2439
Tune Belt Inc. 1641
Nebula Fitness Equipment
Exerflex 1538
RenoSys Corporation 1303
Mustang Company 1746
MorFam Inc. 2247
K & K Insurance Group Inc. 1245
Polaroid ID Systems 2505
United Leasing Inc. 2146
Commercial Building & 1405
NuStep Inc. 1613
Stone Soap Company Inc. 1819
Powerhouse Gyms International 1803
ITE/HEX 1510
Connor Sports Flooring Corp. 2542
Goalsetter Systems Inc. 2814
Magnum Fitness Systems 1909
Woodway USA 1001
Athletic Business 2244
McArthur Towel & Sports 2252
UniMac 1252
Speed Queen 1400
Nicros Inc. 1305
Yeadon Fabric Domes Inc. 2118
New Leaf Health & Fitness 2338
SAFE-O-MAT Locks 1840
Extreme Degree Fitness 2711
Club Marketing & Management 1151
Tanita Corporation of America 1402
CorePole Inc. 2125
Grainger 2513
SPRI Products Inc. 2119
Life Fitness 219
Human Kinetics /Active Living 2248
Intek Strength 1551
TANCO/The Tan Company 1901
Airex 2200;2051
TRUE Fitness Technology Inc. 807
Affiliated Acceptance 2126
A & J Wholesale Mirrors Inc. 2511
Club Industry 1249
NSCA Certification Commission 1847
Pellerin Milnor
Body Masters Sports 1119
ABC Financial Services Inc. 1239
It Figures LLC 2739
SCIFIT 1439
Hollman Inc. 1739
Legacy Lockers 2507
Sports Solutions Inc. 2233
Source Distributors/Cateye 2813
Quik n' Crispy
The Amenities Company 2832
Mondo USA 1546
Visual Fitness Planner 2818
TKO Sports Group Inc. 1101;2619
Aphelion Inc. 1848
Pro Maxima M.F.G. 2749
Troy Barbell & Fitness 1413
CSI Software 1045
Cap Barbell Inc. 2609
Aspen Information Systems Inc 2342
X-Vest 2544
Quantum Fitness Corporation 801
Ready Care Industries 2149
Nautilus Health & Fitness 519
Jewell Insurance Associates 1209
Koala Corporation
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Blends 2947
ASF International 1013
Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative 2238
Body Bar Systems Inc. 1350
Club Performance Network 1611
EAS 2839
Ball Dynamics International 2735
A Best Enterprises Inc. 1409
FreeMotion Fitness 918;819
TRUE Nutrition 2049
Pneumex Inc.
Fitness Equipment Source 1500
Power Music 2346;2728
Korr Medical Technologies 201
Synergie By Dynatronics 2241
In The Paint 2245
NutriScan 2842
Tyree Strength Systems Inc. 2602
BeActive Sports Marketing 2714
Remuda Ranch Treatment Program 2111
Computer Outfitters 1844
BetaData Systems Inc. 1314
MATRIX Fitness Systems Inc. 1619
drj designs inc. 1949
Anti-Oxidant Laser Scanner 2818;2101
The Pilates Coach 2023
Fitness Management Magazine 1348
Prophecy Messenger 2943
Elixir Tonics & Teas 2040
Paramount Fitness Corp. 1326
DMX MUSIC 1246
Power Plate North America 1501
DIRECTV 1643
GYMPRO 2814
YogaFit Training Systems 1942
Wai Lana Yoga 2005
Bodyblade/Hymanson Inc. 2300
Plastic Display Lead Box Co. 2148
Hitech Trainer 2613
InFlight Fitness 2443
Card Integrators 1312
Ivanko Barbell Co. 1109
Lonseal Flooring 2847
BroadcastVision 1419
Personal Training on the Net 2948
A-1 Textiles & Hospitality 2723
Icarian Fitness Equipment 1127
TPC Education Group 1821;2327;2048
Aerobics & Fitness Association 1946
FITGEAR 2646
D S Technologies
CEMCO Physical Fitness 2039
FitCentric Technologies Inc. 1247
Ideal Products 2610
TUFF STUFF 2031
Maxion Design 2139
Fitness & Wellness Insurance A 2908
American Specialty Health 2045
American Council On Exercise 1539
efi Sports Medicine 2211
HOIST Fitness Systems Inc. 1831
Full Swing Golf Inc. 2411
Gym Systems 2142;2146
Fitness Outlet Inc. 2200
Flex Fitness Inc. 1631
Star Trac 503
Langdon Wilson Architecture 2025
Summit Cycles 2633
Venus Textiles 2708
VersaClimber/VersaPulley 1051
HeartSine Technologies Inc. 2606
Sports Display Inc. 1147
Mother's Intuition-Stretch 2725
Iron Grip Barbell Company 1139
innofit inc - Power Strength 2001
Dr. Smoothie 1542
Hampton Fitness Products 1501;1101
AGM Group/Aeromat 1922
Apex Fitness Group 1509
Centaur Floor Systems LLC 1211
Fitnus Chart Series 1846
NO SLACK! Gravity Challenge
GP Industries Inc. 1703
Keiser 1431
MicroFit Inc. 2334
Trixter North America Inc. 2301
Joel B. Cantor AIA Architect 2246
Jenkins/Athens Insurance 1947
Life Measurement Inc. 1313
Salutron Inc. 1843
Club Resource Group 950
Harbinger 2227
PowerBar Inc. 2305
Dosho Design Inc. 2633
California Clubs of 1846
Digilock 1842
First Service 1823
Petra Hygienic Systems 2809
AV Now Inc. 1743
City Blends Inc. 2327
Balanced Body Pilates 1919
Fitness Pak, A Division of 1918
Classic Woodworking Inc. 2743
RB Rubber Products Inc. 2249
Entre Prises Climbing Walls 2122
Peak Performance 1639
Precor Inc. 638
SportsArt America 1339
Health Care International 1451
Technogym USA Corp. 201
Shuttle Systems by 2547
TMI Salt Pure Corporation 1346
Teeter Hang Ups 2731
Cascade Fitness Technologies 1751
Uranium Fitness 1839
Brudden Technology 2629;1801
BodyCycle/Millenium Fitness 2100
Susan K. Bailey Advertising 2824
Visual Sports Systems
FITDV Inc. 2608
Kidzpace 1301
STOTT PILATES 1519
i2.ca 1710
Spider Court Inc. 1851
Fitter International Inc. 2629
CRS Products International 2730
DINOFLEX Manufacturing LTD. 1825
North West Rubber 2822
International Play Company 2946
Sports Mark 2147
Muscle Marketing USA 2639
Hur 2219
h/p/cosmos sports & medical 2113
The Big Sports Co. LTD 901
Dynaforce Marketing Pte Ltd. 2710
Pavigym - Pemarsa 2251
Taiwan Kuo Wei Enterprise Co 1752