Club Industry's purpose is to keep you informed about the news and trends that affect you and your fitness business, and to provide you with the information you need in other areas of your business. That is why we hire people and freelancers who are journalists first and teach them about the fitness business rather than hiring fitness professionals who must learn to be journalists.
I have been with Club Industry for more than 10 years, and Stuart Goldman, our managing editor, has been with the publication for more than five years. We have developed the contacts in the industry that help us break stories, and we have covered hundreds of stories that have not only deepened your knowledge of the fitness industry but have deepened our knowledge of it, too.
The consumer press now calls upon us for our thoughts on the fitness business and breaking stories. Our quotes have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, Shape, Women's Health, Mergers & Acquisitions Reports and others.
Our articles have won various awards, including the Jesse H. Neal Award, Eddie Award, American Society of Business Publication Editors Award and Maggie Award.
Most importantly, we have put this expertise to work for you. We have begun putting together additional content in our Club Industry Reports online section that is based on original research or original content from the editors and industry experts who write columns for us. These reports allow us to use our expertise to evaluate research and trends in a way that helps you respond to those trends.
We will continue to provide you with the news and trends that are most important to you and with the data that you need to run your business better. To do this, we need you to tell us what you think the unmet needs in the industry are, so we can evaluate whether we can fill those needs. Within the next month, some of you will receive a survey asking for your input about our website, print magazine and e-newsletter, as well as asking for input about what unmet needs you have. I urge you to take the time to complete that survey, as it will help us serve you better.
Of course, you do not have to wait for the survey. Feel free to contact us with your thoughts now about products, services and assistance that you feel the industry is lacking, even if you think it is not a need we can meet. Who knows? We may surprise you.