Longtime Gold’s Gym Executive Leaves Company


Joel Tallman, the senior vice president of franchising and global operations for Gold’s Gym International (GGI), is no longer with the company.

Tallman had been with Irving, TX-based GGI since 2000. Before joining Gold’s, Tallman was an area director for Bally Total Fitness, Chicago.

Tallman joined Gold’s shortly after private equity firm Brockway Moran and Partners took over the company in 1999. TRT Holdings, another private equity firm, bought GGI from Brockway Moran in 2004.

Through it all, Tallman has seen several shake-ups in the corporate structure. During Tallman’s tenure, Gold’s CEOs have been Kirk Galiani (1999-2001), Gene LaMott (2001-2006), David Schnabel (2006-2008), James Weaver (2008-2009) and current president Jim Snow.

According to an internal GGI email, the company has shifted some responsibilities within the organization. David Fowler will handle ongoing franchise gym operations, and Chris Finch will report to Fowler for international franchising. Tim Hicks, vice president of franchise sales, will handle franchise sales and administration, Todd Scartozzi will manage vendor relationship management and product development, and Henry Fernandez will continue to oversee ongoing procurement and purchasing.

GGI declined to comment about Tallman’s departure. Tallman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Gold’s New Jersey Franchise Featured on TV Sunday

“TurnAround King,” which premieres at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on the National Geographic Channel, will feature a Gold’s Gym in Whippany, NJ. Grant Cardone, a sales training expert and host of the show, tries to help struggling owners Joe Puleo Sr. and his sons, Joe Puleo Jr. and Jon Puleo, from closing the club.

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