Life Fitness President Wins Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Congratulations to Life Fitness President Chris Clawson for winning the 2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Midwest Region. Chris shares this honor with his predecessor, Life Fitness co-founder Augie Nieto, and former Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Award recipient. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
When Chris Clawson took on the role of Life Fitness President in 2010, he wanted to return the company to its roots as innovators and industry leaders. His first move was to position Life Fitness as tech leaders in the fitness industry, while also creating products that would dictate the market, as opposed to react to it. Under his leadership, Life Fitness introduced a wave of ground-breaking tech advancements in the fitness industry, including the Discover Tablet Consoles and LFopen, the industry’s first and only truly open product platform.
In 2011, he oversaw the second-highest year for total exercise units sold in the company’s illustrious history, and has led the company to increase sales approaching record levels. Today, sales for Life Fitness represent security in diversification with profits nearly split evenly inside the U.S. and outside the U.S., truly an anomaly for a fitness manufacturer.
Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world, and recognizes outstanding leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Chris will now move on to the national awards round, which will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013.