FRED Turok, founder and chairman of LA Fitness, will be the next chairman of the FIA after being unanimously elected at the latest board meeting.
He will officially succeed the current chairman, Harm Tegelaars, this month.
Mr Turok has been a vice-chair of the organisation for over a year and has almost 30 years of experience in the health and fitness sector.
As a former PE teacher who used his house as surety to buy his first club, he is very aware of the pressures of management, for single sites or multiple chains.
He said: “The next three to five years are critical to the success of our industry.
“The team has made huge strides in raising the industry’s profile at Westminster and securing crucial funding for our activity based programming.
“But our challenge is to accelerate this funding stream and make sure we are seen to be a vital part of the Government’s 2012 legacy planning strategy.
“We must make FIA members so critical to all consumers’ health and well being aspirations and plans, that they never shop anywhere else.”
FIA CEO Andree Deane said: “The Board is confident that Fred’s energy, drive, vision and ambition for the industry will use this platform as a springboard to ensure that every single public and private operator will maximise the twin opportunities of the public health agenda and 2012.”
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