Fitness Movin' & Shakin': Icon staff changes, Curves, Nautilus, Physical Fitness Month, PE Day, IHRSA

Icon staff changes, Curves expands into Denmark, Nautilus looks to expand internationally, Bush names May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Sports Product of the Year named.

For the week of April 25 to May 1

Two key executives have moved on from the ranks at Icon Health & Fitness: Jon M. White, senior vice president of manufacturing, has resigned “to pursue other interests,” but will remain with the company through the end of FY06. Brad H. Bearnson, who has been general counsel, has announced he will return to private law practice. Everett Smith, a 10-year Icon veteran with a law degree from Georgetown, will fill that role…. A subsidiary of Curves International, CFW Group Inc., has announced it will open approximately 130 facilities in Denmark over the next five years. The first opened in January, with two more slated for September….

Nautilus has announced it will look to grow its international business under the leadership of Darryl Thomas who has now relocated to London as the company’s president of international business. Thomas will add sales, marketing and operations staff to serve key accounts in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. He began with Nautilus in January 2004….

President Bush has named the month of May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month to commemorate 50 years of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In the official proclamation, President Bush used the opportunity to “encourage individuals, community organizations, and schools to celebrate with physical and athletic activities and to work toward the great national goal of an active, fit America.”… That declaration coincides well with SGMA’s annual PE Day — this year May 6-7 — where members lobby on Capitol Hill for increased funding for physical education and other related measures…. Other lobbying events this month include IHRSA’s Legislative Summit, May 17-18….

The three fitness-oriented finalists for the Sports Product of the Year competition may not have won top honors in the group of five, but they still got national exposure. SGMA’s spokesman Mike May announced the winner — Wego Kite Tube by Sportsstuff — live April 28 in the 8 a.m. hour on the Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” morning TV program. Fitness finalists were: Horizon Fitness’ Wireless Pedometer Treadmill, Keys Fitness’ CenterG Elliptical, and the Numetrix Sports Bra by Textronics. The other finalist was a never-go-flat basketball by Spalding.

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