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Podcast Alert

By the end of this month, we'll have added yet another reason for you to visit our Web site: podcasts. Our managing editor, Stuart Goldman, interviewed Geoff Dyer, founder of Lifestyle Family Fitness, St. Petersburg, FL, for this month's Executive Insights column, and the tape of the interview has been turned into a podcast.

We plan to do more podcasts of our Executive Insights in the future. The space available in the magazine is limited, and we've found that the longer, online versions of these columns provide a wonderful opportunity for club owners and managers to read more about what some of the leaders of the biggest and most interesting club companies have planned and why they've taken the direction that they have with their businesses. With the growing popularity of podcasts, we decided to include the taped interviews as another way to hear the full questions and answers.

We hope these online and print columns as well as the podcasts ask the questions you would ask of these individuals. And we hope that their answers provide you with some insights about how you can do business better.

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