The 33rd Annual International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Convention and Trade Show is set to open March 12 in San Diego, drawing an international crowd of commercial club operators and staff to the San Diego Convention Center for four days of seminars and two days of exhibits.

Seminars and keynotes will occur March 12-15. The trade show floor, which has 375 exhibitors in 190,000 square feet of exhibit space, will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, March 13, and again on Friday, March 14. The early-morning workout will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 14, on the trade show floor. Attendees will be able to participate in 25 exercise classes at both the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina (including one in the hotel pool) and the convention center in addition to everything on the exhibit hall floor. 

This year's first-day keynote presenter is Sally Hogshead, a best-selling author, whose presentation "How to Fascinate: From First Impressions to Lasting Value" will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12. That evening at 7:30 p.m., IHRSA will host its opening night reception at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. For the first time, trade show-only attendees also can attend the opening reception by purchasing a ticket for $50.

Back at the convention center, Dan Heath, author and senior fellow at Duke University's CASE Center, will offer the keynote "Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work" at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13. Gary Vaynerchuk, author and co-founder of VaynerMedia, will present his keynote "The Thank You Economy" at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 14. The final keynote speaker is Luke Williams, who will deliver his presentation "Disrupt: Sparking Business Transformation with Innovation" at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. Williams is an author, professor of innovation at the New York University Stern School of Business and executive director of the Berkley Entrepreneurship Center at NYU.

IHRSA will hand out several awards during the conference. ABC Financial, Sherwood, AR, will receive the Associate Member of the Year award on Wednesday, March 12. This award is presented annually to recognize an IHRSA member for its significant contributions to the advancement of the health club industry, as well as its support of IHRSA, its members and its mission through program and event participation, advertising and sponsorship. ABC Financial, an IHRSA member since 1986, was selected as this year's honoree due to its decades of achievements, innovations and support of the health and fitness industry, its continued investment in leading-edge technology, marketing programs and software solutions, and its support of IHRSA and its members, according to an IHRSA press release.