John’s Musings, By John Mickelson

Soapbox readers

Next to the month of March where we all attend IHRSA, July has become the month for all IHRSA regional conferences and events. MACMA (covers the states of Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Delaware and Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and Fitlife (covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana) are regional IHRSA organizations that provide conferences that educate and provide a tradeshow venue to view the latest items for improving your membership experience. If you are not a member of these organizations, please email me and I’ll provide you all the contact info.

This month, Will Phillips (Founder, REX Roundtables ) has shared with us his perspective on hiring….you hire for attitude, and train for skills. I believe its one of the best written articles on what to look for when hiring a new employee. In being a preferred vendor for the REX Roundtables organization, we have found REX to be an organization where you receive much more than you give. It truly does change lives. If you are not a member, you need to talk with Will or Eddie Tock ((914) 643-3207) about how your facility would benefit by joining.

Bill McBride and Brent Darden have been regular contributors to the Soapbox. Both Bill and Brent along with Allison Flatley will be presenting at Club Industry (October 4-6) the topic of “Leadership Mastery, Leadership – The Direction & Strategy”. We have included a copy of the speaking notes and itinerary. If you haven’t experienced a session where Brent and Bill are presenting together, you need to make sure you attend. Add Allison Flatley of Corporate Fitness Works talking about “Service & Member Experience” into the presentation and you have three industry icons that will exceed your expectations.

Brent Darden –  Allison Flatley- Bill McBride –…

 At the Fitlife Summer Conference, both Sal Pellegrino ( and Greg Dearholt ( from Precor will be presenting and have shared with us there presentation notes. I’ve known both Sal and Greg for a number of years and their knowledge of the fitness industry is such that if you don’t know these guys, you need to. Knowledgeable, insightful, and willing to help describes how they live their life and I look forward to attending their presentations at Fitlife.

Lisa Dougherty the CEO of Medical Fitness Education Foundation ( is previewing her upcoming tour that starts in Phoenix in Feb 2018. Topics may include and not be limited to: Active Aging, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Autism, Cancer, Diabetes, working with those with Disabilities, Fall Prevention, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Joint Replacement, Mental Health Challenges, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis, Respiratory Disease, Stroke and women’s health issues including pre & postpartum care. If you believe your membership would find these topics of interest, please contact Lisa for further information.

We like to update our readers on Augie’s Quest and the affect it has on so many people. Kelly Campbell ( has provided us a letter from Matt Bellina who is a husband, a veteran, a father of three small boys, and in April of 2014 he was diagnosed with ALS. He was only 30 years old. Because of people like Augie and Matt, we feel fortunate to be able to promote and donate to this worthy cause.

Finally, we offer our Soapbox readers a special ClubWipes promotion. Special wipe prices that are on par with spray bottles and paper towels. Add free wall mounted dispensers along with free shipping and you have an opportunity to improve your membership experience and save money at the same time.

Thank you for reading and being a member of the Soapbox family and….it a pleasure and privilege to serve you and your membership.


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