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3rd Annual Fitness Industry Personal Trainer Summit

Thursday, October 24, 2:00pm
Location: Level 3, Room E351, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Open invitation to all employers, trainers, educators and certification organizations. Why a meeting? We need to solidify and establish an industry wide image and policy to help support and direct our professional services. Much has been written about what "we" have come up with to meet legislative initiatives or to help obese children etc. Now you actually have a voice and a forum to formalize and legitimize our profession.

Beth McNeill, Key Note Speaker

Beth McNeill – Key Note Speaker
She has a BA in philosophy from the University of Louisville and graduated from the Academy of Natural Health Sciences (NJ) and became nationally certified (NCTMB) in 2007. She has practiced in health clubs, wellness centers and been in private practice in Woodbridge, NJ, San Jose, CA and Chicago. Beth was an instructor at the National Holistic Institute where she taught massage, anatomy and physiology and business classes. Beth was the director of the San Jose Campus from 2009-2012 and started the school's sports massage team and research club. She has presented at the AMTA Summit of Schools and at the AMTA National Conference in 2012. She is also an item writer and editor for the publishing company Elsevier. She serves as the newsletter editor and communication committee chair for the AMTA-IL chapter.
Download: AMTA Industry Development Powerpoint presentation

Expert Panel

  • Tony Books Avilez, Owner of The Body House in Staten Island
  • Jon Baraglia, VP of Education at Bally Total Fitness
  • Liz Callham, Master Trainer/Speaker for Fitness Formula Clubs
  • Mark Cassidy, Fitness Director of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • June Chewing, Education Director and owner of Fitness Learning Systems
  • Shawna Dosser, President and CEO BWI Health Promotion Training Institute
  • Barbara Farruggia , Human Resources Director for Fitness Formula Clubs
  • David Herbert, Industry legal expert and author
  • Mike Leve, Fitness Director/Master Trainer/Speaker for Fitness Formula Clubs
  • Kristopher Newbauer, President of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) board of directors
  • Michelle Maloney, Human Kinetics *Moderator*
Panelist Highlights

Jon Baraglia
I am currently the National Director of Fitness Services for Bally Total Fitness, leading Personal Training and Group Exercise operations, as well as fitness equipment procurement. I have worked in the industry for over 15 years in various fitness leadership roles, with a deep passion for changing lives, making exercise fun, and creating a motivating environment for fitness professionals.

Liz Callaham, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist, RTS Workshops I, II, III, Power Pilates Certified; Education: BS, Exercise Science; BA Public Relations, Illinois State University. I got started in personal training becuase I wanted a career that gave me the ability to make a difference in other people's lives. I've always taken a leadership role in life, whether it was on sports teams, clubs, or in school, and personal training allows me to lead in a team environment.

June Chewning has been serving the fitness industry since 1978 as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. She taught elementary physical education for 6 years before completing her Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology and Health Enhancement in 1985. June served as president and owner of Health Enhancement and Fitness Services (a corporate and community wellness provider) for several years, and owned/managed Harrison Health and Fitness Center (a full service fitness facility) for 18 years. She served as an Aquatic Exercise Association Training Specialist for 18 years, edited the Aquatic Fitness Research Journal (a peer reviewed professional journal), is chair of the AEA Research Committee, and works as an education consultant. She is recipient of the Aquatic Exercise Association 1995 Achievement Award and 2 time recipient of the Contribution to the Aquatic Fitness Industry Global Award. June currently serves as adjunct Faculty at Cincinnati State College and has developed curriculum and taught several courses for their Health Fitness Technician degree program. She is owner of Fitness Learning Systems, an education company developing and providing quality eLearning continuing education for the health-fitness industry.

Barbara Farruggia, Human Resources Director,
Barb Farruggia joined Fitness Formula Clubs late in 2011 as the Human Resources Director. She has an extensive Human Resources background and intimate knowledge of the hospitality and fitness industries. Barb oversees all HR-related areas of the company including recruiting, benefits, policies, training and compliance.

Mike Leve, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Primary Group Exercise; Education: Attended Carnegie Mellon and NYU; studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland; BS, Northwestern University, Psychology. My family has been in the industry for 35+ years. I worked with a physcian for two years and learned very quickly that the fitness end of the spectrum was where I belonged. I've been addicted ever since.

Kristopher Newbauer, EdM, MHRM, SPHR, CPLP, CPT is the 2013-14 president of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) board of directors. IACET accredits training providers and authorizes the issuance of IACET Continuing Education Units (CEU) to entities that demonstrate adherence to best practices in training assessment, design, delivery, and evaluation. In addition to his elected role at IACET, Newbauer is the Director of Learning & Organization Development and Manager of Human Resource Operations at Rotary International, the world's oldest—and one of the largest—humanitarian service club organizations. Newbauer holds a Masters of Education (EdM) in Global Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Human Resource Management (MHRM). Newbauer serves on the adjunct faculty in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.