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Industry Advisory Panel

The industry advisory panel brings together an experienced group of experts from academia and the fitness, wellness and recreation fields to advise on relevant consumer and core developments. An esteemed group that offers tremendous knowledge and real world experience, the Industry Advisory Panel solicits opinions on trends, opportunities and initiatives to help provide future direction to ACE as it carries out its mission. The panel's feedback is critical to ACE and the organization's commitment to always offer the very best in certification, education and training to our fitness professionals.

Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory Panel ChairIndustry Advisory Panel Chair

Shannon Fable, director of exercise programming at Anytime Fitness LLC, was named the 2013 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and the 2006 ACE Group Fitness Instructor of the Year. She is the founder and CEO of Sunshine Fitness Resources and owner of Balletone and GroupEx Pro. Fable is a contributing author for the ACE Group Fitness Instructor and ACSM Group Exercise Instructor manuals and has starred in more than 25 fitness videos. She is also a program developer for several fitness companies including Schwinn, BOSU, Power Systems and ACE.

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Graham Melstrand

Graham Melstrand - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelACE Liaison to the Industry Advisory Panel,
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs

Graham Melstrand develops opportunities and relationships that advance ACE health policy positions and fitness industry standards. He monitors existing and emerging legislation and regulatory policy and informs ACE of the potential impact they have on the exercise professional, the public, and other stakeholders. He serves in an advisory capacity on a number of boards and committees including: president of the board for the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP), within the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), he sits on the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (COAES) and on the Outcomes Committee of the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). Melstrand holds a bachelor's degree in physical education/athletic training from California State University, Long Beach. As a competitive cyclist, he participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials (1984, 1988) and was a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program (1983 – 1990).

Amy Boone Thompson

Amy Boone Thompson - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelAmy Boone Thompson is the national director of personal training for Wellbridge in Englewood, Colorado. She has been a presenter and author for franchise and fitness for more than 20 years, lecturing on topics from leadership to management and health. She has also served as program director committee chair for IDEA and co-chair for the San Diego Women's Franchise Network Chapter through the International Franchising Association. She currently writes about healthy choices for families for LiveWell Moms.

John F. Graham

John F. Graham - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelJohn Graham is the senior director of sports and human performance at St. Luke's University Health Network in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey in the Department of Health and Exercise Science and an editor for NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal. He previously served as a member of NSCA's Board of Directors (2001–2003). Graham has been recognized by the Medical Fitness Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pennsylvania State Senate and others for his contributions to fitness and sports performance.

Fred Hoffman

Fred Hoffman - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelA recipient of the 2007 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award, Fred Hoffman, M.Ed., is a registered respiratory therapist and holds certifications from ACE and ACSM. Author of “Going Global: An Expert's Guide to Working Abroad in the International Fitness Industry,” his 30 years of experience includes positions as international education development director for Batuka, director of international services of Club Synergy Group, fitness marketing consultant for Reebok and global master trainer for Reebok International. He is also a master trainer for BOSU, Lebert Fitness and TRX.

Jonathan Lever

Jonathan Lever - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelJonathan Lever currently serves as vice president for health strategy and innovation for YMCA of the USA and a member of its senior leadership team. Prior to the Y, he was the founding CEO of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Inc., an organization that provides management, legal and advocacy assistance to nonprofits. Lever has also served as a program officer at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, one of the largest private foundations in the Southeast, and practiced nonprofit law in Boston. Lever holds a bachelor’s in religion from the College of William and Mary, a master’s in education from Harvard University and a law degree from Northeastern University.

Rick Mayo

Rick Mayo - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelRick Mayo is the owner and CEO of North Point Fitness in Roswell, Georgia. He is also the president of North Point Personal Training Systems, which licenses North Point systems to facilities worldwide. Mayo has been featured as an expert source in several publications including Men's Health, Woman's Day and O, The Oprah Magazine. He also sits on the board for the Exercise Science Department at Georgia State University. Mayo's companies have educated thousands of gym owners, personal trainers and university students.

Kevin McHugh

Kevin McHugh - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelKevin McHugh, MBA, is COO of the Atlantic Club, a premier fitness club in the New Jersey Shore area, and has more than 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. The Atlantic Club supports Clubs for the Cure, a grassroots effort created to allow members and employees a means to support the communities of Monmouth and Ocean counties. McHugh also serves as chairman of the board for the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean counties, raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and helped launch the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Monmouth County.

Bryan O'Rourke

Bryan O'Rourke - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelBryan O'Rourke, CEO and founder of Integerus, is an experienced strategist and adviser who helps organizations and professionals solve their biggest challenges. With a proven track record of growing global brands, his network of associates and partners serves an array of large and small clients. He focuses on fitness, wellness, technology, finance, marketing and business development. O'Rourke holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans, a master's degree in business from Southeastern Louisiana University and is pursuing a doctorate in finance.

Steven Trotter

Steven Trotter - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelSteven Trotter is the assistant director of fitness and wellness for Virginia Tech and teaches multiple courses at the university. Trotter is a member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, where he serves on the fitness committee. He also is the committee chair for the 2014 National Fitness/Wellness Institute. He earned his bachelor's in exercise science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master's in health and physical education from Virginia Tech. He is certified through ACSM, ACE, IFTA, Zumba, LesMills, AFAA, Concept 2 Rowing and Powder Blue Productions.

Dr. Antonio S. Williams

Antonio S. Williams - American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory PanelDr. Antonio S. Williams is an assistant professor at Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He is also the CEO of Identity Branding and Marketing, LLC, and founder of Fit University, a healthy lifestyles program for youth. Williams was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and his work has been published in The New York Times, Fox News and St. Petersburg Times. Williams holds a doctorate in human performance (fitness and sport marketing) from Indiana University and a dual bachelor's in kinesiology and sport communication from South Carolina State University.