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SFIA and Exponent Agree to Gold Level Corporate Partner Program Relationship

Date: 8/28/13

SILVER SPRING, MD – August 28, 2013 – The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) is pleased to announce that Exponent, leaders in engineering and scientific consulting, has made a commitment to support SFIA as a Gold level Partner in the SFIA Corporate Partner Program starting September 1,2013. 

Exponent’s staff of over 650 consultants in more than 90 technical disciplines including biomechanics, materials/polymers science, mechanical design, electrical engineering & computer science, thermal sciences, warnings/labeling development, statistics/data sciences and environmental and health sciences.  Exponent provides its services through offices in the US, the EU and Asia.
“Our industry is evolving more than ever with advances in technology, design, and construction shaping how sports and fitness products are made,” said Tom Cove, SFIA President and CEO. “Our newest partnership with Exponent provides our members with a credible, reliable and best-in-class expert to leverage when designing, testing, or evaluating a new product. This partnership with Exponent is another example of how the SFIA Corporate Partner Program helps build relationships between the industry’s finest service providers and our membership.”
“Thanks to advancements in technology and innovation, the sports and fitness industry is experiencing unprecedented levels of growth at the product development level,” said Angela A. Meyer, PhD, PE, Exponent’s Vice President of Client Services. “We are confident that this new partnership with SFIA will help strengthen our position in the industry and that our suite of services including third party design analysis, product testing and regulatory support will continue to serve the sports and fitness marketplace and SFIA member companies well for many years to come.”
“Exponent has a longstanding history of delivering outstanding service to the sports and fitness market so this partnership aligns perfectly with the SFIA Corporate Partner Program mission to provide our members with access to the highest quality services and resources,” added Ron Rosenbaum, SFIA Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. “Any sports and fitness company that delivers products to the marketplace should, at the very least, consider a relationship with Exponent.”
The SFIA Corporate Partner Program is a collaborative effort between SFIA and up to fifteen (15) corporate entities who have demonstrated a leadership role within the sports and fitness industry. The program creates a bridge between industry professionals and the companies most closely connected and committed to serving the sports and fitness industry. The monetary commitments made by these select Corporate Program Partners support the broad range of member services and professional development programs developed, funded and offered by SFIA to its members. These member resources include SFIA advocacy and legislative initiatives, the monthly webinar series, National Health Through Fitness Day, Litigation and Risk Management Summit (LRMS) and the inaugural 2013 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit (ILS).
Exponent’s Gold Partnership will be highlighted at SFIA thought leadership events including the SFIA Industry Leaders Summit and the SFIA Litigation & Risk Management Summit. Exponent will also serve as an industry expert for the SFIA Webinar Series and industry councils. 
About SFIA – The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports and fitness product industry. SFIA’s membership represents 1,000+ premier brands who account for more than $150 billion in annual sales. As the #1 source for sport and fitness research, the SFIA serves as the voice of the sports and fitness industry in the media and on Capitol Hill. More information can be found at www.sfia.org.
About the SFIA Corporate Partner Program – Over the last few years, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association has recognized a need to create a bridge between its members and the companies who are most closely connected and committed to serving our industry.  In line with our recent strategic planning process and transition from SGMA to SFIA, our organization has established the SFIA Corporate Partner Program to address the need. This invitation-only partnership program is limited to fifteen leading firms and provides them with year-round exposure to SFIA members through customized marketing and sponsorship packages. In return, each selected SFIA Corporate Partner makes a long-term commitment to provide monetary support to the association that will fund, in part, the quality thought leadership, training and networking events that SFIA provides for its members. For more information on the SFIA Corporate Partner Program, please visit www.sfia.org/cpp or call Ron Rosenbaum, Sr. Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at 301.495.6321 or rrosenbaum@sfia.org.
About Exponent – Exponent’s staff of over 650, located in 20 offices throughout the nation and 5 international offices, combines unparalleled technical expertise with the ability, when necessary, to focus this knowledge in extremely short time frames. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists, physicians, engineers, and regulatory consultants provide in-depth scientific research and analysis, or very rapid-response evaluations, to provide our clients with the critical information that both day-to-day and strategic decisions can require.  We provide independent third party design reviews, product/process development support as well as regulatory compliance, product recall and litigation support services. Exponent is certified to ISO 9001.
For additional information on Exponent’s range of services, please visit them at www.exponent.com or call 888.656.EXPO (3976).

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