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Schwinn Teams Up with IHRSA

BOULDER, Colo. - Schwinn Cycling & Fitness is launching a "Building Membership" program for clubs in conjunction with the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA, Boston).

The goal of the program is to help clubs reach IHRSA's goal of 50 million health club members by 2010.

"We understand and empathize with the short- and long-term challenges that club owners and fitness operators face," said Kevin lamar, president of Schwinn's Fitness Division. "By teaming up with IHRSA, we are excited to be a part of the equation that will bring IHRSA club operators a formula to improve upon their efforts in building their membership bases. We value themember just as they do, adn we look forward to assisting them in their quest for success."

StairMaster Names New Chairman

KIRKLAND, Wash. - StairMaster Sports/Medical Products Inc. appointed Rene C. Jaggi chairman of the board. Outgoing chairman John Rutledge will continue to serve on the StairMaster board of directors.

"The appointment of Mr. Jaggi to the role of chairman for our company is a huge coup for StairMaster," said Tom Bryant, president of StairMaster. "To add his years of board-level, industry, international and operating experiences to out board, and to continue to have Mr. Rutledge playing a key role will enhand an already strong team."

Jaggi will continue to be based in Basle, Switzerland, whewre he is chairman and woner of Jstracon AG, a Swiss-based holding company. Previously, he spent seven years as president/CEO of Adidas; zone manager-Central Europe for Duracell AG/Dart + Kraft in Basle, Cologne, London, United States and Japan; sales manager of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa for R.J. Reynolds; and sales and marketing director for W.R. Grace Chemicals.

Supplier News Briefs

* The Step Co. now offers a special BodyPUMP Home Workout retail box which includes a coupon offering a free BodyPUMP class visit to a nearby participating BodyPUMP licensee club. Consumers can access the club list by logging on to The Web site provides a map to nearby clubs and a listing of each club's individual free visit offer.

* The ViaNet identity information software from Credentia, a Datacard Group (Minnetonka, Minn.) company, recently was selected as one of eight finalists for Novell's annual Network Developers Award. ViaNet identity information information software includes packages for data retrieval, image capture and card issuance.

Meanwhile, DataCard Corp. agreed to sell its Financial Systems POS subsidary to IVI Checkmate of Atlanta. The acquisition will result in IVI Checkmate gaining footholds in several new strategic markets, the company reported.

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