Two former CEOs of The Rush Fitness Complex, Knoxville, TN, which was acquired by Gold's Gym in July, have found new roles in the industry.
David Carney, most recently the president and CEO of The Rush, was announced today as the new COO of Orangetheory Fitness, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Carney has more than 29 years of experience in the industry, with the last two years at The Rush.
"David's arrival comes at a serendipitous time, as Orangetheory continues to expand and strengthen the internal resources that bring value to our franchise partners," Dave Long, CEO of Orangetheory Fitness, said in a statement. "He has a reputation as a leader who is collaborative, passionate and humble. Our entire leadership team unanimously believes that David is a stellar addition who can lead and inspire our franchise network towards success."
Earlier this month, Fitness Evolution, Modesto, CA, hired Steve Saxton as its COO. Saxton was CEO of The Rush for seven months before his departure in February 2013. He served as COO of In-Shape Health Clubs, Stockton, CA, for more than seven years before arriving at The Rush. After leaving The Rush, he was COO of Smart Gym, Scottsdale, AZ, for a little more than a year.
"Steve is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results," Fitness Evolution CEO Sanjiv Chopra said in a statement. "He is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability within Fitness Evolution with a laser-focus on operational excellence."
Larry Gurney, founder of The Rush, hired both Carney and Saxton in July 2012.