Health & Fitness Association Adds Asia-Pacific Rep, Appoints Board Members

Health & Fitness Association Adds Asia-Pacific Rep, Appoints Board Members

Attorney and fitness industry vet Sean Tan joins the HFA as APAC senior rep as the organization seeks to expand its international presence

The Health & Fitness Association has named Sean Tan, a Singapore-based attorney and fitness industry advocate, as its senior representative in Asia.

Among his many initiatives, Tan will collaborate with other regional organizations, expand the Health & Fitness Association’s membership base, and represent the organization at public, government and NGO events. He will also help establish and expand regional and national federations and industry partner groups.

“I have witnessed and experienced the benefits of having a national industry association, which helps to pull together the entire industry,” Tan said. “I am excited about the opportunity to represent the Health & Fitness Association serving this industry in a vital region and to help support the work our industry does to improve physical and mental health in Asia and around the world.”

Tan also serves as president and co-founder of the Singapore Fitness Alliance, and founder and CEO of RX Health, a startup that is launching health clubs in Singapore in partnership with healthcare providers.

Health & Fitness Association president and CEO Liz Clark said that Tan will be a prominent team member in a region that is a “hub of activity for fitness facilities of all sizes, industry organizations, equipment and technology development and production, and home to a diverse population and thriving national and regional economies.”

Tan’s appointment comes as the Health & Fitness Association seeks to become an international player, having rebranded from IHRSA in March.

“Every industry evolves, and the next step of evolution for our association is to have a name that exactly reflects the breadth, diversity and consumer-oriented focus of the businesses in our sector,” Clark said during the association’s annual keynote as the rebrand was announced. “The Health & Fitness Association is clear, compelling, and can also be easily translated into any language, which is vital given the international reach of the association and the global operations of our members.”

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Earlier this month, the Health & Fitness Association’s board of directors elected Fitness World Canada president and CEO Chris Smith as its chair, Discover Strength founder and CEO Luke Carlson as vice chair and Fitness Club Management Inc. owner Al Noshirvani as treasurer.

Five new board members have also joined the Health & Fitness Association board of directors:

  • Ahmar Azam, founder and CEO of TriFit
  • Deborah Fiorella, chief technology and digital officer at 24 Hour Fitness
  • Richard Idgar, chief operating officer of EoS Fitness
  • Mel Kleist, CEO of East Bank Club
  • Matthew Stevens, president and CEO of The Bay Club Company.

Courtney Rehfeldt

Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.

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