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Breezy Beginning

Trade shows are always a busy few days of meetings, seminars, exhibitor visits and more that tend to blur together after awhile. I always feel as if I've been in a whirlwind after even just one day at a trade show. Well, I guess it's only appropriate that on Tuesday, the day that I arrived in San Francisco for the IHRSA show, the city greeted me with a blustery wind that my cabbie assured me was unusual for the city.

I spent my first afternoon here with a quick visit to the Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood City, CA (one of the Western Athletic Clubs). A few weeks ago, I interviewed Jim Gerber Sr., owner of Western Athletic Clubs, for an Executive Insights that will appear in our April issue. I was lucky enough on Tuesday afternoon to tour the Pacific Athletic Club with Jim Gerber Jr., who works at that facility. The facility was impressive from the stone-floored lobby with a nearby restaurant and cafe to the four pools, tennis courts, spin room, aerobics room, mind/body studio, child care area and Kids Club area, stretching room and cardio and strength areas. I saw many mothers with children in strollers at 3 pm at the club. It's a very family-oriented club and a model of many of WAC's new facilities.

It was a great way to start my first day in San Francisco, which is one of my favorite cities in the country to visit--even with the windy greeting!-Pam

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