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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

New York
18-19 November, 2020

Last year in a quick-fire round of presentations our 5 finalists Sensoria, Asensei, Athlete’s Guide, Black Box VR and FORTË showed us how innovation in fitness is disrupting the norm, and the industry need to keep up!

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

We are witnessing the rapid digitization of fitness, a growing demand for connected fitness and more consumers seeking a personalized experience both at-home and in-studio. Both emerging and established fitness brand leaders can’t ignore the driving forces and are striving to disrupt traditional fitness business models, drive innovation in products and services and keep building a community of fit and well consumers.

FAB NYC 2020 is the only platform for Founders and CEOs from both large and small brands in the entire eco-system of fitness to come together and unpack industry trends, market investments and learn from industry leaders on how they innovate and successfully lead the growth of their business.

Walk away with invaluable connections and insights on:

  • GROWTH: Understand what avenues for growth exist for your business – whether you are interested in strategic acquisition or partnership, venture funding, franchising or exceling organic growth, our brand and investment speakers have been there, done that and have authentic brand stories to learn from
  • TECHNOLOGY: investing in new fitness hardware, software or expanding your digital offering? You will meet and learn from expert technology partners to get your tech-spend right and innovation accelerated
  • INNOVATION: From smart clothing and footwear to the latest training concept - get an overview of the latest fitness industry innovation and hear from our selection committees Top 10 Start-ups transforming fitness
  • MARKET MOVES: Get under the hood of the key deals, M&A transactions and rapid growth brands that have shaped and shaken the industry
  • LEADERSHIP: Hear from Global fitness executives, sharing the challenges they faced and the partners, people and resources they needed to drive the success of their business
  • PARTNERSHIPS: Getting the right partners be they financial, brand or technology partners on board is crucial for growing your business. The FAB Conference App will allow you to book 16+, 20 minute 1-2-1 business meetings as part of your conference experience.

Who you will meet

45%
FitTech / Digital Fitness / Connected Fitness
15%
Investors (Private Equity/ Venture)
15%
Boutique/ Franchise Fitness
10%
Fitness & Sport Apparel
10%
Training Equipment & Hardware/Devices
5%
Multinational Incubator/ Accelerator

FitTech / Digital Fitness / Connected Fitness

Investors (Private Equity/ Venture)

Boutique/ Franchise Fitness

Fitness & Sport Apparel

Training Equipment & Hardware/Devices

Multinational Incubator/ Accelerator

Last year's attendees

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

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

2019 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

Principal
L Catterton

Matt Nugent

Principal
L Catterton

Matt Nugent

Principal
L Catterton
 

Adam and Ryan Goldston

Co-Founders
Athletic Propulsion Labs

Athletic Propulsion Labs was founded in March 2009, by then 23 year-old identical twins Adam and Ryan Goldston. As former two sport collegiate athletes, playing both basketball and football at the University of Southern California, Adam and Ryan envisioned creating a company providing revolutionary products symbolizing the ultimate intersection of design and performance.

Adam and Ryan Goldston

Co-Founders
Athletic Propulsion Labs

Adam and Ryan Goldston

Co-Founders
Athletic Propulsion Labs

Athletic Propulsion Labs was founded in March 2009, by then 23 year-old identical twins Adam and Ryan Goldston. As former two sport collegiate athletes, playing both basketball and football at the University of Southern California, Adam and Ryan envisioned creating a company providing revolutionary products symbolizing the ultimate intersection of design and performance.

 Today, Adam and Ryan Goldston are recognized as accomplished inventors with numerous U.S. and foreign patents including U.S. utility patents 8,112,905, 8,347,526, 8,495,825, 8,621,766 and 8,732,983 where they are named inventors for the company’s revolutionary Load ‘N Launch® Technology. With the launch of their inaugural shoe in June 2010, the Concept 1 basketball shoe, they became the creators of the first shoe proven to instantly make you jump higher due to APL’s revolutionary 8-spring Load ‘N Launch Technology in the forefoot. As a result, the Concept 1 became the first shoe banned in the NBA’s 64-year history for performance reasons for “providing an undue competitive advantage.”

Following the success and media attention generated by the APL Concept 1 basketball shoe, the company quickly adopted the “Banned by the NBA” tagline to augment its original “Stop Dreaming. Jump Higher.” A new 6-spring running version of the patented Load ‘N Launch Technology designed to instantly provide a heightened level of running performance with less effort, was launched in June of 2014 along with the company’s new Propelium midsole technology for running. More recently APL successfully entered the active wear market with a variety of highly touted products that seamlessly mix technology and style.

Co-Founders Adam and Ryan have been honored at the White House as part of the Empact 100 which recognizes the Top 100 Entrepreneurs age 35 and under in the U.S. Athletic Propulsion Labs was also recently named as “One of the Five Best New Sportswear Brands in the World” by ISPO, the international sporting goods organization in addition to being named to the 2015 Game Changers List by Men’s Fitness. Most recently, Adam and Ryan were selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2016 in the Retail & Ecommerce category. This list recognizes America’s top young entrepreneurs and game changers representing the countries future and present leaders.

 

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.

 

John Burns

CEO
TB12

John Burns

CEO
TB12

John Burns

CEO
TB12
 

Michelle Wahler

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Beyond Yoga

Michelle Wahler is the Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond Yoga. Acting as CEO since 2011, Michelle has led the company in building a top tier management team that has successfully elevated the brand. By expanding the distribution and product line, she has made Beyond Yoga a globally recognized name. Michelle brings over a decade of experience in the retail industry with an extensive background and knowledge of design, production and sales.  Her prior experience includes time spent at People Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Yahoo.

Michelle Wahler

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Beyond Yoga

Michelle Wahler

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Beyond Yoga

Michelle Wahler is the Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond Yoga. Acting as CEO since 2011, Michelle has led the company in building a top tier management team that has successfully elevated the brand. By expanding the distribution and product line, she has made Beyond Yoga a globally recognized name. Michelle brings over a decade of experience in the retail industry with an extensive background and knowledge of design, production and sales.  Her prior experience includes time spent at People Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Yahoo.

 

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 is the General Manager of the at-home fitness business for Flywheel Sports. The Flywheel Home Bike brings the original athletic, metrics-based indoor ride right to the consumer’s home. As GM, Matt leads sales and distribution, marketing, product and content strategy, and operations for the at-home business. Prior to Flywheel, Matt served as Senior Director of Sales at MM.LaFleur, a digitally naive women's apparel brand, where he led the sales and customer experience teams.

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 is the General Manager of the at-home fitness business for Flywheel Sports. The Flywheel Home Bike brings the original athletic, metrics-based indoor ride right to the consumer’s home. As GM, Matt leads sales and distribution, marketing, product and content strategy, and operations for the at-home business. Prior to Flywheel, Matt served as Senior Director of Sales at MM.LaFleur, a digitally naive women's apparel brand, where he led the sales and customer experience teams. He previously led retail sales for a couple early-stage NYC-based hardware companies (Kinsa, Inc., maker of smartphone-connected consumer health products; and Starry, Inc., which produces consumer-friendly internet and wifi solutions). He's a native of the SF Bay Area, and he holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

If we want some fun / personal facts about me, could add:

  • In addition to being a dedicated Flywheeler, Matt is an avid runner and six-time marathoner 
  • Matt has lived abroad in both Buenos Aires and Mexico City 
 

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.

 

Nate Forster

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
NeoU

Nate Forster is a former professional tennis player turned entrepreneur. Nate started his career in hospitality and transitioned into the health and wellness industry in 2010. At the start of his entrepreneurial career, he was an operating partner at dek23 and b.e.d. nightclubs in Miami, in which he brokered the sale of both businesses.  In 2010, he  became the owner and operator of the first Reebok-partnered CrossFit gym and by 2014, he was the largest CrossFit affiliate owner globally with 15 locations.

Nate Forster

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
NeoU

Nate Forster

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
NeoU

Nate Forster is a former professional tennis player turned entrepreneur. Nate started his career in hospitality and transitioned into the health and wellness industry in 2010. At the start of his entrepreneurial career, he was an operating partner at dek23 and b.e.d. nightclubs in Miami, in which he brokered the sale of both businesses.  In 2010, he  became the owner and operator of the first Reebok-partnered CrossFit gym and by 2014, he was the largest CrossFit affiliate owner globally with 15 locations. Nate is now the co-founder and CEO 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.

 

Chris Patton

Vice President of Wellness Solutions
Peerfit

Chris Patton oversees the growth strategy, partnerships, and operations of the Peerfit Wellness Network. With more than 10 years of experience in the health & wellness industry he is continually focused on improving the strength and quality of the Peerfit network to ensure our users  have a place to engage with fitness no matter their location. Chris is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University's Executive MBA program in 2016.

Chris Patton

Vice President of Wellness Solutions
Peerfit

Chris Patton

Vice President of Wellness Solutions
Peerfit

Chris Patton oversees the growth strategy, partnerships, and operations of the Peerfit Wellness Network. With more than 10 years of experience in the health & wellness industry he is continually focused on improving the strength and quality of the Peerfit network to ensure our users  have a place to engage with fitness no matter their location. Chris is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University's Executive MBA program in 2016.

 

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 is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Before co-founding Triangle, Richard was a Managing Director at a boutique investment banking firm called Financo, Inc. While at Financo, Richard was responsible for a majority of the firm’s apparel industry transactions. Prior to joining Financo, Richard was a Partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. At Drexel, Richard was responsible for a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions around the world.

Richard is the co-author of three books on finance and computer programming. He is formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at the graduate program of the Stern School of Business at York University.

Richard received a BS in Accounting from New York University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Harvard University. Richard is married and lives in New York.

Click here to read Richard’s blog and follow him on Forbes.com.

 

Jeremy Newns

Director of R&D
KT Tape

Jeremy Newns is the Director of R&D for KT Tape and simply put, Jeremy’s role is to make ideas happen. This involves championing ideas into the pipeline, developing and capturing business opportunities, aligning them with design-driven solutions, navigating those solutions through development & innovation to a successful launch. 

Jeremy Newns

Director of R&D
KT Tape

Jeremy Newns

Director of R&D
KT Tape

Jeremy Newns is the Director of R&D for KT Tape and simply put, Jeremy’s role is to make ideas happen. This involves championing ideas into the pipeline, developing and capturing business opportunities, aligning them with design-driven solutions, navigating those solutions through development & innovation to a successful launch. 

Jeremy is a Los Angeles native who has always been discovery-driven, creative, mechanically minded, and fascinated by how things work. Jeremy views himself as a divergent thinker who has never been very respectful of the status quo, caution or tradition. Jeremy is a learner, a visual thinker, problem solver and constantly studying what makes products work, how they are made, their materials, how components are designed and come together.

In addition to his experience at KT Tape, Jeremy has 20+ years of experience that spans multiple areas of involvement as a creator including print production, graphic design, production design, product design & development, manufacturing, packaging, merchandising, and teaching.

Jeremy has a degree in graphic design and has taught in the Art & Visual Communications programs of both Provo College and Utah Valley University and he recently received his B.S. in Business & Marketing Management. Jeremy enjoys photography (@avacadokid), cooking, being outdoors, and advising product startups.

KT Tape info:

Based in American Fork, Utah and founded in 2008, KT Tape has revolutionized the sports medicine industry with the introduction of the most advanced and recognized kinesiology tape and recovery products. KT Tape develops breakthrough solutions that enable athletes to painlessly perform at their best. The Company currently designs, develops, and distributes a variety of kinesiology tape lines, including KT Tape (cotton) and KT Tape Pro (synthetic), engineered for targeted pain relief and enhanced functionality, as well as a lines of performance and recovery products. KT Tape is the largest kinesiology tape manufacturer in the consumer-facing channels, available in 42,000+ domestic retail locations and 40 countries. All Channels Domestic Share exceeds 90%.

 

Emily Santamore

Founder & CEO
Rune

Emily Santamore

Founder & CEO
Rune

Emily Santamore

Founder & CEO
Rune
 

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
 

Nicole Wolfe

Head of Corporate Programs
ClassPass

Nicole Wolfe is Head of Corporate Programs at ClassPass, the leading global fitness membership. Her mission is to work with businesses of every size to design the most cost-effective, customizable and employee-centric wellness program available in the market. For more than a decade, Nicole has been a passionate advocate for the needs of employees, working to shift the corporate wellness landscape from calorie counting to comprehensive programs that truly reward health behaviors such as workouts, meditation and self-care.

Nicole Wolfe

Head of Corporate Programs
ClassPass

Nicole Wolfe

Head of Corporate Programs
ClassPass

Nicole Wolfe is Head of Corporate Programs at ClassPass, the leading global fitness membership. Her mission is to work with businesses of every size to design the most cost-effective, customizable and employee-centric wellness program available in the market. For more than a decade, Nicole has been a passionate advocate for the needs of employees, working to shift the corporate wellness landscape from calorie counting to comprehensive programs that truly reward health behaviors such as workouts, meditation and self-care. She previously built wellness initiatives with Kaiser Permanente, Global Corporate Challenge and TRX training, and consulted with Fortune 500 companies to design impactful wellness offers that increased productivity. As an expert on corporate wellness, Nicole was also invited to offer her insight on Fast Company’s Productivity Confidential podcast. She has an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Babson College and an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Boston University. Nicole lives with her husband in San Francisco.

 

Shari Castelli

Director of Partner Expansion
ClassPass

Shari Castelli has a deep understanding of the fitness market, having spent the past five years supporting boutique studios and gyms as the Director of National Accounts at ClassPass. In this role, Shari consulted with studios of all sizes to implement yield management systems that optimize revenue, and drive more business to each studio. Due to the massive impact Shari made on studios, she was promoted to Director of Partner Expansion, where she has spearheaded the ClassPass Empowerment Program.

Shari Castelli

Director of Partner Expansion
ClassPass

Shari Castelli

Director of Partner Expansion
ClassPass

Shari Castelli has a deep understanding of the fitness market, having spent the past five years supporting boutique studios and gyms as the Director of National Accounts at ClassPass. In this role, Shari consulted with studios of all sizes to implement yield management systems that optimize revenue, and drive more business to each studio. Due to the massive impact Shari made on studios, she was promoted to Director of Partner Expansion, where she has spearheaded the ClassPass Empowerment Program. This initiative offers in depth regional analysis and expansion plan support for eligible studios. The program has already helped 35 fitness partners to develop launch and expansion plans throughout the US and UK. Shari also has firsthand studio experience from her time as a boutique fitness instructor, where she taught at As One Fitness in New York City and earned her Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification. Shari holds a B.A. from New York University and currently resides in Orange County, California.

 

Matt Evans

Vice President of Business Development
Implus

Matt currently serves as Vice President of Business Development for Implus, an innovative leader in the fitness category with brands such as SKLZ, TriggerPoint, Harbinger, RockTape, and Balega. In this role, he manages the company’s mergers and acquisitions, along with related integrations, and also oversees Implus’ international operations in Australia, Canada, and Latin America.

Matt Evans

Vice President of Business Development
Implus

Matt Evans

Vice President of Business Development
Implus

Matt currently serves as Vice President of Business Development for Implus, an innovative leader in the fitness category with brands such as SKLZ, TriggerPoint, Harbinger, RockTape, and Balega. In this role, he manages the company’s mergers and acquisitions, along with related integrations, and also oversees Implus’ international operations in Australia, Canada, and Latin America.

Prior to joining Implus, Matt ran mergers and acquisitions for Driven Brands, a portfolio of automotive aftermarket service centers with locations throughout North America. Before Driven Brands, he was part of the Consumer Group of Robert W. Baird, an investment bank with a focus on Active Lifestyle and Fitness brands.

Matt has a BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and resides in the Raleigh-Durham area.

 

Massi Sardi

Managing Partner
Gympass

Massimiliano Sardi, Head of US Partnerships of Gympass, is responsible for the company's network of fitness Partners across the United States and its related strategy. Prior to this role, Massi led the corporate client expansion in the US Northeast region. In addition to his experience at Gympass, Massi has 10+ years of experience working for companies such as Bain&Company and Google Inc., across multiple countries. Massi’s experience spans across multiple industries including technology, finance, and fitness. He has a degree in Economics from Universita’ di Bologna and an M.B.A.

Massi Sardi

Managing Partner
Gympass

Massi Sardi

Managing Partner
Gympass

Massimiliano Sardi, Head of US Partnerships of Gympass, is responsible for the company's network of fitness Partners across the United States and its related strategy. Prior to this role, Massi led the corporate client expansion in the US Northeast region. In addition to his experience at Gympass, Massi has 10+ years of experience working for companies such as Bain&Company and Google Inc., across multiple countries. Massi’s experience spans across multiple industries including technology, finance, and fitness. He has a degree in Economics from Universita’ di Bologna and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in NYC.

 

Todd Andrews

Founder & CEO
tasc Performance

Todd Andrews

Founder & CEO
tasc Performance

Todd Andrews

Founder & CEO
tasc Performance
 

Rick Stollmeyer

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
MINDBODY

Rick Stollmeyer

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
MINDBODY

Rick Stollmeyer

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
MINDBODY
 

Conor O'Loughlin

Chief Executive Officer
Glofox

Conor O'Loughlin

Chief Executive Officer
Glofox

Conor O'Loughlin

Chief Executive Officer
Glofox
 

Martin Tobias

CEO
Upgrade Labs

Martin Tobias

CEO
Upgrade Labs

Martin Tobias

CEO
Upgrade Labs
 

John Peters

Founder
BPT Works

John is a results-focused business development executive, operating in the active lifestyle, youth sports/fitness technology industries. John enjoys problem solving and has experience advising entrepreneurs and companies in the following areas: youth sports, venture capital, private equity, sporting goods, fitness and sports technology companies, and retail.

John Peters

Founder
BPT Works

John Peters

Founder
BPT Works

John is a results-focused business development executive, operating in the active lifestyle, youth sports/fitness technology industries. John enjoys problem solving and has experience advising entrepreneurs and companies in the following areas: youth sports, venture capital, private equity, sporting goods, fitness and sports technology companies, and retail.


John has been immersed in innovations driving the fitness and sports industries forward, largely due to launching the Sports Technology Marketplace for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2014. John is an advisor to several sports technology accelerators, angel groups, venture capital funds and startups. John also created the SFIA Startup Challenge in 2016 – an international pitch contest that has attracted 300+ companies to apply and in just 3 years, the 16 companies who have been selected as finalists, have raised $135M+ in venture funding. John is a frequent keynote speaker on innovation and trends in fitness, technology and youth sports. John also was responsible for launching the ‘Future of Sports’ event franchise for UBS Group on Wall Street.

John recently launched the Sport Lifestyle Podcast with a focus on the industry, featuring influencers driving the sports, footwear, fashion, retail and sports tech markets forward.

In 2016, John was named a 40 Under 40 by Sporting Goods Business, an annual award that has featured industry leaders such as Kevin Plank, Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Josh Luber and many other industry executives. 

The Agenda

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Become a Sponsor

Kisaco Research provides the much-needed platform on which industry executives can network, connect and learn from each other as well as meet potential industry partners.
Far from the typical ‘meet-and-greet’ exhibition experience, you – as a sponsor or exhibitor – will be positioned as a partner of the event with a focus on the benefits of your product and brand, rather than just a name on an exhibition list.

With our extensive marketing experience and strategy, your partnership with Kisaco Research will grant you a sponsorship package that is an extension and enhancement of your current marketing and branding efforts. We value your ROI and will work with you directly on your specific goals and targets – that’s why we take special care in finding the most relevant end-users to attend, so that your financial and resource investment is smartly allocated.

Find out more by calling us at +44 (0)20 3696 2920 or email us at [email protected].

Venue

Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles Westside, 6161 W.Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230

The venue will be announced shortly

Conference Packages

Sending Your Team? Group Discounts Available!

Applicable for Primary Market, Service Provider and Industry Rates Only. Not available for Academic or ‘Start-Up’ rates

Book a Team of 3+ - Save an Additional 10% Off
Book a Team of 5+ - Save an Additional 15% Off

If you would like to register a team of 3 or more, please email [email protected] for your discount coupon code before registering. PLEASE NOTE: Discounts cannot be combined with Early Bird Pricing or any other discount or offer. If you have any questions about your registration, please call us on +44 (0)20 3696 2920

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About Kisaco Research

Kisaco Research produces, designs and hosts B2B industry conferences, exhibitions and communities – focused on a specialized selection of topic areas.

Meet industry peers that will help build a career-changing network for life.

Learn from the mistakes of your peers as much as their successes—ambitious industry stalwarts who are happy to share not just what has made them successful so far but also their plans for future proofing their companies.

Note down the inspired insight that will form the foundation for future strategies and roadmaps, both at our events and through our online communities.

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