Voting For 2015 ILS Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Entering Final Week

SFIA’s 2015 Future Industry Leaders Scholarship voting is now in its final week. Voting closes on Friday, July 24th for the annual award program, the winners of which will be recognized during SFIA’s Industry Leaders Summit (ILS) September 9-10 in New Orleans. Winners receive complimentary registration for ILS to further their networking opportunities. The online voting determines three of those five winners.

SFIA has anonymously posted the application essays of the thirteen applicants that made it into the final voting. Voters can view the candidates’ essays and gain some insight into the opinions of some of the industry’s up-and-coming talents and future corporate leaders about key directions within the industry. A wide range of topics is on display this year; everything from product innovation and new technologies, to youth sports, to personal fitness, were submitted as key topics. Voters are allowed to cast votes for their top three favorite submissions.

This is the third year SFIA has awarded the Future Industry Leaders Scholarship. The previous two classes included Easton-Bell’s Advanced Concepts Engineer, and former Frontier League pro baseball player Keenan Long, former Adidas national running specialty sales director Mike Gugat, and VP of Marketing for Lose It!, Elyse Winer, among many others.

The scholarship adds an opportunity for the industry to give a nod to those who will lead the industry into new territory in the future and keep it growing.

“A key element of our mission statement is to promote industry vitality,” SFIA CEO Tom Cove said. ““The Summit helps ensure that current industry executives are prepared to lead their organizations into the next decade and the scholarship program provides our future leaders with a forum to develop the skills and relationships necessary to advance the profession.”

“Both the event and the SFIA Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program help position our industry to remain strong and vibrant for many years to come.”

The complementary ILS registration continues to be a prize worth striving for those interested in doing their part to cultivate and improve the world of sports and fitness products.

“After learning about the scholarship program and the annual event, I jumped at the chance to apply,” Winer told SFIA. “A rich and thought-provoking agenda coupled with the opportunity to network with [the] best and brightest mind in the industry was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Learn more about the ILS Future Industry Leaders Scholarship at: http://www.sfia.org/ilsscholarshipprogram

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SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholars Wrap Up

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With the inaugural SFIA Industry Leaders Summit two weeks away, we couldn’t be more excited to have the leaders of the sports and fitness industry in Baltimore to learn about where the future of our industry is headed and to discuss what they’re seeing from their own professional experiences. We’re also excited to have five very talented and goal-oriented young people attend in our Future Industry Leader Scholars. Alex Stone, Bob Najduk, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Keenan Long, and Nathaniel Woo have all proven themselves to be worthy of such an honor to be called Future Industry Scholars. From Isaiah’s past career as a former NFL player to Nathaniel competing in the Ironman, all five have a passion and desire for the sports and fitness industry. For this week’s post, we’re going to do a best-of summary from their individual Q&A sessions.

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