Gold's Gym International, Dallas, held its 35th annual convention from July 10-13 in Las Vegas at the Mirage Casino and Resort.
More than 500 people attended the event, which featured an "All In" theme as a celebration of the brand's growth, a preview of new initiatives and the sharing of best practices. The event included keynote speakers and 30 seminars and roundtables.
"The term 'All In' has become our mantra here at Gold's Gym and has been driving every aspect of our business," Brandon Bean, CEO, Gold's Gym, said in a statement. "We're focused on leading both the brand and the industry into 2017 and beyond with innovation, expansion and optimization of our member journey through customer service and technology."
On the final night of the convention, the achievements of franchisees, vendors and a select group of Gold's Gym members were honored during the annual awards ceremony. Bill Austin, who is the CEO of several Gold's Gym franchises, was inducted into the Gold's Gym National Hall of Fame.
The 2016 Gold's Gym award recipients were:
- President's Award: Adam Ponzio, Gold's Gym Gwinnett, Georgia
- Franchisee of the Year: Casey Nielsen, Gold's Gym Northern Utah
- U.S Visionary of the Year: Mike Epstein, Gold's Gym Paramus, New Jersey
- International Visionary of the Year: Francis Wanandi, Gold's Gym Indonesia
- Master Franchisee of the Year: Jagdish K. Valecha, Gold's Gym India
Gold's Gym members recognized for their outstanding achievements included 2016 Gold's Gym Challenge male and female overall winners Todd McFarland and Renee Barnes. McFarland lost 54 pounds, 26 percent body fat and 20 inches. Barnes lost 40 pounds, 10 percent body fat and 30 inches. Both were recognized for turning to Gold's Gym to change their lives for the better.