Entrepreneurs in the Health, Active Lifestyle and Outdoor ("HALO") sector sharing their stories
Rich Novelli, Highpoint Sport & Wellness, General Manager
"The pandemic either will make you stronger, or will force you to get out of the way for new technology and new ideas . . . A huge portion of the value of a membership is the social experience. I can't see that ever really changing," states long time industry veteran, Rich Novelli. Pete and Rich touch on the many differences between High Volume Low Price (HVLP) business models versus a premium brand like Highpoint Sports and Wellness, the effect COVID had on both, and more.
Jon Canarick, Managing Partner, North Castle Partners
"Brands are very powerful. It is the ultimate moat. When someone has built something that resonates with a lot of consumers and drives passion, that's when something is investible," states Jon Canarick. North Castle is one of the most highly regarded private equity investors in the HALO sector. Pete and Jon discuss how North Castle evaluates a company, what they track, how to approach, criteria, why valuations these days tend to be very overblown, some fundamentals of finance, and more!
Jack Thomas, Founder & CEO BASE Gyms
"I'm very bullish on the return to boutique and studio in-person fitness," states Jack Thomas, Founder & CEO of the high end chain BASE out of Bangkok, Thailand. This discussion touches on the state of COVID in Thailand as well as addresses cultural differences of Asia's handling of the pandemic, how BASE created a unique technology for group classes, some lessons learned while visiting boutique facilities in New York, investor sentiment in the HALO sector in Asia, and more!
Kyle Bergman, CEO & Co-Founder, Sweat from Home
"Part of our Mission is to conduct an amazing, two way, connected, live stream workout with coaches that see and care about you. . . and two-way is the word I want to repeat! It's what the Peloton's of the world simply aren't doing," states CEO and serial entrepreneur Kyle Bergman. Kyle founded Sweat From Home due to COVID and this wide ranging chat touches on word-of-mouth growth, using the breakout rooms in ZOOM, how Five Guys Burgers are critical to the industry (not a typo!) and more!
Bill McBride, President & CEO, Active Wellness
When asked about the digital "hybridization" of the industry, long time industry veteran Bill McBride states, "It's going to be like a swimming pool. Not all your members are going to use it, but when you sell a membership, everyone wants it! So you must have a strong virtual, digital program available, now more so then ever." This wide ranging discussion touches on the effects of the pandemic, political issues, the need for licensure and standards industry wide, and more!
Ryan Drummond, The Athlete Book (2021 Update)
One thing campus recruiters, athletes, and professionals don't have a lot of is time," states Athlete Book Founder, Ryan Drummond. Ryan takes us through their new point based system focused around consuming content, creation of a leaderboard and more. This puts education about the company and culture ahead of the application links. Perhaps most exciting is their new, full integration with Remo's incredible event planning software which Integrity Square will be utilizing for an event, March 2021.
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