Meet Our 2015 ILS Future Industry Leaders Scholars: Aretha Thurmond

           New%20Photo%20Aretha%20Thurmond 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. This edition highlights USATF’s Associate Director of International Teams, and accomplished US discus thrower, Aretha Thurmond.

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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.”

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SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholar Profile: Ryan Farrar

Ryan FarrarNext 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 Ryan Farrar, Director of Fall Hardgoods at SFIA member company Rawlings, former college baseball player who pitched a no-hitter in high school. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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