Few publications have the honor of winning a Jesse H. Neal Award, which is considered by many to be the highest editorial award in the trade media, but Club Industry may soon be able to say it has won two of those.
Stuart Goldman's feature story on Joe Cirulli, owner of Gainesville Health and Fitness Centers, Gainesville, FL, is a finalist in this year's Best Profile category of the Jesse H. Neal Award. The profile details Cirulli's early struggles in his career, including living in his car and working for several clubs that closed, before buying his own health club and turning it into a successful three-club operation.
Just as Cirulli can be tagged as a winner, Goldman, who is managing editor of Club Industry, is no stranger to winning either. Not only has he racked up several other industry awards for his writing, but he already won a 2011 Neal Award in the Best Profile category for his story about Curt Beusman, founder of the Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco, NY.
It seems that covering Lifetime Achievement Award recipients is a lucky charm for Goldman as Beusman was the recipient of Club Industry's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 while Cirulli was the recipient of the same award in 2012.
We will have to wait until the American Business Media awards ceremony on March 12 to find out whether Goldman beats out the other three finalists to bring home another winner. And we also will have to wait to find out which Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Goldman will write about this year for yet another run at a Neal. Stay tuned for that announcement coming in the next month.