Meet Our 2015 ILS Future Industry Leaders Scholars: Richelle Smith

Updated_Richelle_Smith_Headshot September 9th marks the beginning of the 2015 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit. Executives from all corners of the sports and fitness industries will come together in New Orleans’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel to connect over two days of networking opportunities, and seminar talks from notable industry innovators and corporate figures. During this time, SFIA will recognize some of the industry’s best up-and-coming executives that make up the 2015 class of SFIA’s Future Industry Leaders Scholarship program. These executives have displayed a potential to lead the industry forward for years to come through their executive talent, and vision for the future.

SFIAinsider, in collaboration with the SFIA Weekly Newsletter, will be posting profiles of each of the five winners of this year’s competition. Winners will be recognized for their achievement during ILS. In this edition, meet Richelle Smith, apparel product manager at Champro Sports.

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Meet Our 2015 ILS Future Industry Leaders Scholars: Ed Kane

Ed%20Kane%20Head%20ShotSeptember 9th marks the beginning of the 2015 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit. Executives from all corners of the sports and fitness industries will come together in New Orleans’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel to connect over two days of networking opportunities, and seminar talks from notable industry innovators and corporate figures. During this time, SFIA will recognize some of the industry’s best up-and-coming executives that make up the 2015 class of SFIA’s Future Industry Leaders Scholarship program. These executives have displayed a potential to lead the industry forward for years to come through their executive talent, and vision for the future.

SFIAinsider, in collaboration with the SFIA Weekly Newsletter, will be posting profiles of each of the five winners of this year’s competition. Winners will be recognized for their achievement during ILS. This edition highlights RAGE Fitness Brand Manager Ed Kane.

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Meet Our 2015 ILS Future Industry Leaders Scholars: Chuck Rodrigues

Chuck%20Rodriques%20New%20Headshot September 9th marks the beginning of the 2015 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit. Executives from all corners of the sports and fitness industries will come together in New Orleans at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel to connect over two days of networking opportunities, and seminar talks from notable industry innovators and corporate figures. During this time, SFIA will recognize some of the industry’s best up-and-coming executives that make up the 2015 class of SFIA’s Future Industry Leaders Scholarship program. These executives have displayed a potential to lead the industry forward for years to come through their executive talent, and vision for the future.

SFIAinsider, in collaboration with the SFIA Weekly Newsletter, will be posting profiles of each of the five winners of this year’s competition. Winners will be recognized for their achievement during the summit. In this edition, meet Chuck Rodrigues, Director of Sales at SKLZ.

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SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholar Profile: Mike Gugat

Mike Gugat 2Next week in Chicago, five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry will be recognized as the Class of 2014 SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholars. All five of these recipients will be present at SFIA’s Industry Leaders Summit on September 16-17, 2014 at the Drake Hotel.

Each of our scholarship recipients is incredibly talented and display an incredible amount of promise as they rise to the top of their field. This week, SFIAinsider, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be posting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight before the event.

Meet Mike Gugat, Oakland A’s fan and Senior Sales manager for SFIA member adidas Running and Reebok Cross Fit who knows the value of customer service. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholar Profile: John Bodin

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Next week in Chicago, five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry will be recognized as the Class of 2014 SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholars. All five of these recipients will be present at SFIA’s Industry Leaders Summit on September 16-17, 2014 at the Drake Hotel.

Each of our scholarship recipients is incredibly talented and display an incredible amount of promise as they rise to the top of their field. This week, SFIAinsider, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be posting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight before the event.

Meet John Bodin, a former University of Georgia football player, history buff, and Outbound Logistics Manager at SFIA member company Evoshield. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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SFIA’s Busy Summer

After a long nap, the SFIAinsider blog is back in full-swing! Just in time too, with the 2014 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit (ILS) coming up in a couple weeks.  From the welcoming of new team members Kathy Mejasich (VP – Business Development) and John Peters (Manager – Membership & Business Development) to the announcement of the first-ever dedicated Sports Tech Marketplace at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) we’ve had a busy summer at SFIA.

The SFIA Industry Leaders Summit has become the can’t miss event for the sports and fitness industry as it provides a unique opportunity for executives to network with peers and gain insight into challenges that will face their brand. At this year’s event, we’re proud to honor the 2014 Class of Future Industry Leader Scholars. Even though it’s only year two, this program has gained some real traction within our industry. Next week, we plan on highlighting all five scholars on the SFIAinsider for the entire week, so stay tuned!

The Future of Inactivity and its affect on our Industry

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The future was the theme at this year’s inaugural SFIA Industry Leaders Summit: the future of the economy, the future of retail, the future of mergers and acquisitions. A recurring topic throughout the event was the future of participation. With participation in sports and fitness activities being the lifeblood of our industry, it was a relevant topic to dive into, especially considering what the forecast looks like as inactivity could cost the industry $28 Billion by 2018. Take a look at this PHIT America page, to see how we figured out that number (http://www.phitamerica.org/News_Archive/Inactivity_Cost_The_Industry.htm).

Due to the overwhelming feedback we received from attendees, the SFIA is hosting a webinar along with PHIT America on Tuesday, November 12th addressing Inactivity and the affect it will have on the business of our industry. The webinar will delve deeper into the State of the Industry presentation that was given by SFIA President and CEO Tom Cove. The webinar will also feature PHIT America founder Jim Baugh and his take on what our industry can do so we can rise the tide for all of our boats. Click here to register for the latest SFIA Thought Leadership webinar.

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