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Fitness & Active Brands Summit

Driving growth, innovation and investment in the booming fitness and wellness market

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FITNESS & ACTIVE BRANDS SUMMIT

Los Angeles, CA
4-5 December, 2019

INNOVATION SHOWCASE: 5 fitness or active brands, revolutionizing products and services in the market will be handpicked by our prestigious selection committee to present in a quick-fire round of presentations on the main stage. Are you ready to get your brand in front of the industry giants?

PRE-SCHEDULED 1-ON-1 MEETINGS: Registered delegates will have the unique opportunity to get access to the entire attendee list pre-event and schedule up to twelve 20-minute-long networking meetings during the conference.

Why Attend

According to the IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association), the $30 billion health and fitness industry in the U.S. has been growing by at least 3 - 4% annually for the last ten years and shows no signs of slowing

It is no surprise that all types of industries want to capitalize on the health and fitness boom. The industry is getting heightened interest from a vast range of investors and strategic buyers including venture capital, private equity, hospitality, multinational brands and legacy big box gym operators. 

Thriving in this highly competitive market comes with complex business challenges, and strategic decisions around growth and funding are not easy to make.

The Fitness & Active Brands Summit is a unique opportunity to unpack the investment landscape, understand what strategic or financial partner is best for you and get lessons learnt from successful brands who have tackled business critical challenges to lead growth strategy and become a market leader.

Who you will meet

70%
Brands
20%
Strategic buyers & Investors
10%
Industry Supporting Brands

Brands

Strategic buyers & Investors

Industry Supporting Brands

Key Takeaways you can expect

  • Lead your growth - defining your vision and leading the business through the growth journey
  • Fund expansion – unpacking the investment landscape, M&A transactions and what it means for your brand
  • Innovate & differentiate – understand the importance of investing in innovation to compete
  • Build strategic partnerships – network and think outside the box to identify and build a strategic partnership or industry collaboration opportunities
  • Invest in the right technology & systems – to drive growth at the front and back end of the business and optimise data analytics for business improvement
  • Amplify digital marketing & expand distribution – exploring unique and innovative channels to access the active consumer
  • Strengthen customer loyalty & retention – strategies to keep your customers with you as you grow

Innovation Showcase

With fitness market performance going strong, the industry is in a good position to drive innovation.

5 companies will be handpicked by our prestigious selection committee to present on their innovative product or service in a quick-fire round of presentations on the main stage.

Gain visibility for your company. Someone has to win Best in Show—why not your company?

Submissions will be accepted from companies that are reimagining the outcomes and experiences of the active lifestyle consumer. From unique workout concepts to Fittech – no innovation is excluded.

Submission deadline for all applicants: October 11th, 2019

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Our Prestigious Selection Committee

Hannah Jones

Former Chief Sustainability Officer and Founder/President of Nike Valiant Labs
Nike

Lorin Hamlin

Head of Innovation Partnerships
Under Armour

Mark Grabowski

Managing Partner
Snapdragon Capital

Kim Karmitz

Senior Vice President
Triangle Capital LLC

Brands already attending

The Speakers

 

Julia Sutton

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer
Exhale

Julia Sutton currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for exhale enterprises, Inc, a leading lifestyle brand in the spa and wellbeing industry that operates 20 properties in 10 markets. As a member of the founding team, Ms. Sutton developed and scaled the Company's operating infrastructure that today successfully delivers dozens of award-winning wellbeing, spa, and retail programs and supports an employee base of 2000.  Ms Sutton is a recognized spa industry leader with a successful track record for developing and launching spa, fitness and retail in a number of different markets.

Julia Sutton

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer
Exhale

Julia Sutton

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer
Exhale

Julia Sutton currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for exhale enterprises, Inc, a leading lifestyle brand in the spa and wellbeing industry that operates 20 properties in 10 markets. As a member of the founding team, Ms. Sutton developed and scaled the Company's operating infrastructure that today successfully delivers dozens of award-winning wellbeing, spa, and retail programs and supports an employee base of 2000.  Ms Sutton is a recognized spa industry leader with a successful track record for developing and launching spa, fitness and retail in a number of different markets. Prior to joining the exhale team, she served as National Spa Operations Director for Wellbridge, where she directed ten spas across the country from Honolulu to New York. Ms. Sutton has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Manhattan College. She also completed the OPM program at Harvard Business School.   Julia belongs to several groups (COO network, American College of Sports Medicine, HBSCNY) and enjoys coaching basketball, playing tennis, hiking and surfing.

 

Nate Checketts

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rhone

Nate Checketts is the Co-Founder & CEO of Rhone, a premium men’s active wear company founded in 2014. Prior to Rhone, Nate worked for and consulted with some of the biggest technology and entertainment properties in the world including Cisco, The National Football League, Legends, FanVision and Sport Radar. Nate is also an avid entrepreneur who founded and launched 4 companies before the age of 30, including Rhone and Mangia Technologies, whose patents were later acquired by the San Francisco 49ers.

Nate Checketts

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rhone

Nate Checketts

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rhone

Nate Checketts is the Co-Founder & CEO of Rhone, a premium men’s active wear company founded in 2014. Prior to Rhone, Nate worked for and consulted with some of the biggest technology and entertainment properties in the world including Cisco, The National Football League, Legends, FanVision and Sport Radar. Nate is also an avid entrepreneur who founded and launched 4 companies before the age of 30, including Rhone and Mangia Technologies, whose patents were later acquired by the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to Rhone, Nate also serves as Chairman of the Board to Beyond Type 1, a non-profit dedicated to the community of those with Type 1 Diabetes. Nate graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Finance.  He and his wife Dayna reside in Connecticut with their three young boys, Gabriel, William and Nicholas.

 

Bruce Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Hydrow

Bruce Smith is a lifelong entrepreneur, rower and coach. A Head of the Charles winner himself, Bruce coached the US Lightweight Eight to a Bronze medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships. Bruce is the former Executive Director of Community Rowing – Boston where he sought to increase access to the sport. His goal for Hydrow is to make a positive impact through the sport of rowing, allowing people to feel more connected and optimistic on a daily basis. Hailing from Canada, Bruce makes his home in Cambridge, MA just blocks away from the famous Charles River. 

Bruce Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Hydrow

Bruce Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Hydrow

Bruce Smith is a lifelong entrepreneur, rower and coach. A Head of the Charles winner himself, Bruce coached the US Lightweight Eight to a Bronze medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships. Bruce is the former Executive Director of Community Rowing – Boston where he sought to increase access to the sport. His goal for Hydrow is to make a positive impact through the sport of rowing, allowing people to feel more connected and optimistic on a daily basis. Hailing from Canada, Bruce makes his home in Cambridge, MA just blocks away from the famous Charles River. 

 

Matt Nugent

Vice President
L Catterton

Matt Nugent

Vice President
L Catterton

Matt Nugent

Vice President
L Catterton
 

Jonathan J. Gantt

Chief Financial Officer
Barry's Bootcamp

Jonathan J. Gantt

Chief Financial Officer
Barry's Bootcamp

Jonathan J. Gantt

Chief Financial Officer
Barry's Bootcamp
 

Bryan Myers

Chief Operating Officer
Solidcore

Bryan is the Chief Operating Officer for [solidcore]. Prior to joining the leadership team, he was a dedicated client and member of the [100 club]. In his role as COO, Bryan works to ensure that our Studio Managers and Coaches deliver an exceptional experience for our clients and leads the effort to bring [solidcore] to new communities all over the country. 

Bryan Myers

Chief Operating Officer
Solidcore

Bryan Myers

Chief Operating Officer
Solidcore

Bryan is the Chief Operating Officer for [solidcore]. Prior to joining the leadership team, he was a dedicated client and member of the [100 club]. In his role as COO, Bryan works to ensure that our Studio Managers and Coaches deliver an exceptional experience for our clients and leads the effort to bring [solidcore] to new communities all over the country. 

Prior to joining the [solidcore] team, Bryan was a member of the leadership team of sweetgreen, the national leader in the healthy fast casual category. He joined sweetgreen in 2014 as Director of Finance and, over the course of 4 years, wore many hats including his final role as VP of Development, helping the company grow from a regional chain of 22 restaurants to 90 locations nationally. Bryan began his career as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, providing strategic advice to Fortune 500 companies on topics of growth, organizational design, and operational transformation.

 

Massi Sardi

Managing Partner
Gympass

Massi Sardi

Managing Partner
Gympass

Massi Sardi

Managing Partner
Gympass
 

John Peters

Vice President
SFIA

John Peters

Vice President
SFIA

John Peters

Vice President
SFIA
 

Jon Canarick

Managing Director
North Castle Partners

Jon Canarick is a Managing Director with 18 years of consumer private equity investment experience. Since joining North Castle in 2001, Jon has actively managed North Castle’s investments across a variety of Healthy, Active, and Sustainable Living sectors and across all job functions at North Castle. Having started his career at NCP as an Associate out of investment banking, Jon has played a crucial role in the development of North Castle and many of its portfolio companies.

Jon Canarick

Managing Director
North Castle Partners

Jon Canarick

Managing Director
North Castle Partners

Jon Canarick is a Managing Director with 18 years of consumer private equity investment experience. Since joining North Castle in 2001, Jon has actively managed North Castle’s investments across a variety of Healthy, Active, and Sustainable Living sectors and across all job functions at North Castle. Having started his career at NCP as an Associate out of investment banking, Jon has played a crucial role in the development of North Castle and many of its portfolio companies. Jon currently sits on the Board of Directors of Echelon Fit, CR Fitness, Encore Vet Group, Kettlebell Kitchen, The Escape Game, Barry’s Bootcamp, Brooklyn Boulders, Curves, Jenny Craig, Palladio, and SLT. Previously, Jon served on the Board of Directors of Mineral Fusion, gloProfessional, Flatout, International Fitness, Enzymatic Therapy, Performance Bicycle, Avalon and DDF and was actively involved in the Firm’s investment in Grand Expeditions. Prior to joining North Castle, Jon worked in the Financial Sponsors Coverage and Leveraged Finance groups of Bear, Stearns & Co., where he executed leveraged buyout transactions and provided advisory services for financial sponsors. Jon earned a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

 

Matt O'Connor

General Manager - At Home Bike Business
Flywheel Sports

Matt O'Connor

General Manager - At Home Bike Business
Flywheel Sports

Matt O'Connor

General Manager - At Home Bike Business
Flywheel Sports
 

Terry White

CEO & Founder
WOLACO

Terry is the Founder and CEO of the performance apparel brand Way of Life Athletic Company, known as WOLACO. The Harvard graduate moved to New York City after graduation and found himself restless by the sedentary and hierarchical lifestyle of the corporate world. As a lifelong athlete and former Division I lacrosse player, Terry was determined to build a brand that represented a healthier way of life.

Terry White

CEO & Founder
WOLACO

Terry White

CEO & Founder
WOLACO

Terry is the Founder and CEO of the performance apparel brand Way of Life Athletic Company, known as WOLACO. The Harvard graduate moved to New York City after graduation and found himself restless by the sedentary and hierarchical lifestyle of the corporate world. As a lifelong athlete and former Division I lacrosse player, Terry was determined to build a brand that represented a healthier way of life.

Through this, WOLACO's signature style, the North Moore, was born. The original 9” compression short featured first-of-its-kind sweat-proof compressive pockets designed for storing a phone and valuables during exercise. The product launched in 2014 with a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its funding goal by 400%. Since then, WOLACO has developed their collection to a full offering of men’s and women's performance apparel and capitalized on their loyal base of evangelical customers. The business has continued to grow impressively behind a strategy that is centered around building community organically and scaling their relationship with a highly engaged customer base.

 

Michael Alfaro

Co-Founder
NeoU

Michael Alfaro is a seasoned business operator, turned entrepreneur. From 2004 - 2007, Mike operated a diagnostic and intra-operative monitoring company servicing South Florida’s hospitals.  In 2007, he followed his passion and opened the first CrossFit in Miami.  By 2014, he was the largest CrossFit affiliate owner globally with 15 locations. Mike is now the co-founder and President of NEOU, a digital fitness platform that helps fitness influencer and workout brands scale to a larger audience.

Michael Alfaro

Co-Founder
NeoU

Michael Alfaro

Co-Founder
NeoU

Michael Alfaro is a seasoned business operator, turned entrepreneur. From 2004 - 2007, Mike operated a diagnostic and intra-operative monitoring company servicing South Florida’s hospitals.  In 2007, he followed his passion and opened the first CrossFit in Miami.  By 2014, he was the largest CrossFit affiliate owner globally with 15 locations. Mike is now the co-founder and President of NEOU, a digital fitness platform that helps fitness influencer and workout brands scale to a larger audience. The mission of NEOU is to bring consumers the best of all types of fitness, health + wellness concepts and trainers to anyone in the world at anytime.

 

Todd Andrews

Founder & CEO
tasc Performance

Todd Andrews

Founder & CEO
tasc Performance

Todd Andrews

Founder & CEO
tasc Performance
 

Scott Yamano

Chief Executive Officer
Yogaclub

Scott Yamano

Chief Executive Officer
Yogaclub

Scott Yamano

Chief Executive Officer
Yogaclub
 

Chris Picardo

President
WONE

Chris Picardo

President
WONE

Chris Picardo

President
WONE
 

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor
 

Jeremy Newns

New Product Development – R&D
KT Tape

Jeremy Newns

New Product Development – R&D
KT Tape

Jeremy Newns

New Product Development – R&D
KT Tape
 

Emily Santamore

Founder & CEO
Rune

Emily Santamore

Founder & CEO
Rune

Emily Santamore

Founder & CEO
Rune

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