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Welcome to Stuart

Yesterday was the first full day for our new managing editor, Stuart Goldman. He was fortunate enough to spend part of a day last week training with our former managing editor, Amy Fischbach. Considering Amy's extreme efficiency, I know that he received thorough training.

Stuart spent yesterday setting up his computer and phone system. It's hard for me to remember my first day at the company since it was almost 15 years ago, but I always feel like a first day is never spent very efficiently. There's so many small items to take care of. I'm sure you face the same things at your clubs.

However, Stuart is up and running today with his first assignments. He is writing a story about functional strength training for the March issue. It details how the popularity of functional strength training is changing the layout of some health clubs. He's also working on a story about the women-only health clubs in California that are being sued for discrimination by the state of California. If you have comments to share with him on either subject, please use the comment button below or e-mail him directly at

Stuart will assume all of the managing editor's responsibilities, including overseeing production of the magazine, writing and reporting stories for the print and online products, editing print and online stories, and representing the franchise at trade shows. He also covers the for-profit and university beats.

Stuart has 10 years of experience in the newspaper business primarily as a sportswriter and sports editor. Most recently, he was the sports editor at The Emporia (KS) Gazette, where he worked for four years. Stuart won numerous awards in the annual Kansas Newspaper Association contest, including best sports feature, sports story and sports column. He also served as a sportswriter at The Kansas City Star and continues to contribute as a freelancer there. In 2000, Stuart published a book about Kansas City‘s Ban Johnson Amateur Baseball League. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, one of the highest-rated journalism schools in the country. He's a huge sports fan, but he's also a big fan of his wife and his very adorable 18-month old daughter.

We're excited to have him with us, and I'm certain he will provide you with some well-written and informative articles in the future.

Stuart will join us at the IHRSA show in late March and both Club Industry shows so if you are attending any of these shows, please stop by our booth and meet him. - Pam

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