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SFIA Announces Class of 2015 Future Industry Leader Scholars

Date: 7/28/15

SILVER SPRING, MD – July 28, 2015– Five model young sports and fitness professionals have been named to the class of 2015 Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced today. This competitive, application-based scholarship program provides complimentary SFIA Industry Leaders Summit registration, affording a learning and networking opportunity unmatched in the industry. Eligible applicants were required to be under 40 years old, currently work for an SFIA Corporate & Non-Profit member companies and have executive, “C” level aspirations. All applicants were asked to provide their vision for the future of the sports and fitness industry and how they intend to contribute to that vision.

This year’s class includes:

·         Nathan Adelman (Associate Marketing Manager, Callaway Golf)

·         Ed Kane (Brand Manager, RAGE Fitness/Gibson Athletic)

·         Chuck Rodriques (Director of Sales, SKLZ)

·         Richelle Smith (Apparel Manager, Champro Sports)

·         Aretha Thurmond (Associate Director of International Teams, USA Track & Field)

 In the following weeks, each scholar will be highlighted with in-depth interviews on the SFIAinsider blog and featured in the SFIA Weekly e-newsletter.

“We’re proud of the accomplishments and diversity this year’s class brings,” said SFIA President & CEO Tom Cove. “As the association for the sports and fitness industry, it is an integral part of our mission to help develop our future leaders. We look forward to recognizing these outstanding professionals in front of the industry’s leading executives.”

The scholarship recipients will be acknowledged at the SFIA Industry Leaders Summit on September 9, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. With a focus on preparing attendees and their businesses for the future, the 2015 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit brings together the industry’s most influential leaders to build relationships and ensure their organizations remain “Relentlessly Relevant.” To view the current agenda and register for the Summit, please visit www.sfia.org/ils.




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