Gold's Gym International, Dallas, announced today that it has hired Konstantinos "Dean" Pappous as its chief operating officer.
Pappous has more than 20 years of experience in the health club industry, including a little more than 18 years in various positions at 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, California, and about a year at The Bay Club Co., San Francisco.
"Dean's extensive operational experience and strong passion for fitness will help us thrive as we continue to grow the Gold's Gym brand," said Brandon Bean, CEO of Gold's Gym. "He will play a central role in driving our day-to-day operations while also helping us develop talent and evolve the Gold's Gym experience. We are thrilled to have him on board."
This is the second big leadership announcement for the company this year. In January, Gold's Gym let go President Aaron Watkins, who had been in the role since Jim Snow's departure as CEO in 2013, and Executive Vice President of Operations David Fowler, stating that "new leadership was in the best interest of the company." At that time, Bean, who had been chairman of Gold's Gym and CFO of TRT Holdings, the parent company of Gold's, was appointed CEO of the company. The company announced then that it would seek a new COO.
Pappous started as a fitness instructor in 1994 and rose through the ranks at 24 Hour Fitness, according to a media release from Gold's Gym. After holding multiple positions, including general manager, district manager and regional vice president, he was eventually promoted to senior vice president of operations. In this role, he was responsible for managing 162 clubs, 8,500 associates and 1.8 million members.
Most recently, Pappous served as regional vice president at the Bay Club Co., an active lifestyle and hospitality company that focuses on sports, fitness, hospitality and family programming. He was responsible for the transformation of the upscale property, talent development, and mergers and acquisitions.
At Gold's Gym, Pappous will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company's 150 corporate-owned locations. This includes the key areas of sales, personal training, group exercise, facilities management and the Gold's Gym member experience.
However, the company has gone through several leaders in the past 10 years, starting with Gene LaMott's departure as president and CEO in 2006 and continuing with David Schnabel (2006-2008), James Weaver (2008-2009), Jim Snow (2009-2013) and then Watkins (2013-2016).
Last month, the company hired Adam Zeitsiff as chief information officer and Craig Sherwood as senior vice president of franchising. The company had been seeking a new senior vice president of franchising since September when Tim Hicks, who had held that role, left Gold's Gym.