May 6, 2013
SCHILLER PARK, Ill., May 6, 2013 – Life Fitness, global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, today announced that President Chris Clawson was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program in the Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Under Clawson’s direction, Life Fitness recently introduced LFopen, the fitness industry’s first and only open API (Application Programming Interface) product platform that is changing the way exercisers interact with fitness equipment and, as a result, the future of fitness facilities.
“This recognition is a reflection of our company’s resurgence in not only executive leadership, but also industry leadership,” said Chris Clawson, Life Fitness president. “By pioneering game-changing new products like Synrgy360 and new advancements in technology like LFopen and our Discover Tablet Consoles, Life Fitness has signaled a new fitness era of personalization and connectivity.”
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. Clawson was selected from a strong pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges. Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 27, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
A Life Fitness veteran, Clawson has served the company in a number of different positions; including senior director of product management for cardio products, vice president of consumer sales and marketing, and general manager of U.S. fitness retailer Omni Fitness, owned by Life Fitness at the time. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and is a National Vice President for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. 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.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Midwest region, sponsors include: Winston & Strawn LLP, Benefitdecisions, LaSalle Network, PNC Bank, Smart Business magazine, Becker Professional Education, Merrill Datasite and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
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About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, as well as game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its well-known strength and cardiovascular equipment under its Life Fitness and Hammer Strength brands. It also offers billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture under the iconic Brunswick Billiards brand. Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and Brunswick Billiards equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., the company is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).