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ACE Creates Industry Advisory Panel (IAP)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 29, 2008) – The American Council on Exercise (ACE), one of the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training providers in the world, is pleased to announce the creation of the ACE Industry Advisory Panel (IAP). The panel brings together an experienced group of experts from academia, and the fitness, wellness and recreation fields to solicit their opinions on trends, opportunities and initiatives to help provide future direction to ACE as it carries out its mission.

IAP Chair and ACE Board member, Ted Vickey, leads the group that is scheduled to meet several times per year. Vickey is President of FitWell Inc. LLC, a fitness management and design company serving the fitness and golf industries and Corporate America located in Vienna, VA.

Additional members of the IAP include:
Lisa Coors, Owner, Coors Core Fitness LLC, Cincinnati, OH
Michael Hewitt, PhD, Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ
Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, Lecturer Fitness Specialist Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Sol Mandel, Head Fitness Trainer, Quail West Country Club, Naples, FL
William McBride, Chief Operating Officer, Club One Inc., San Francisco, CA
Anthony Slayen, Continental Health & Fitness Consultant, Jewish Community Center, New York, NY Michael Spezzano, VP Program and Membership, YMCA of Greater NYC, New York, NY
Lisa Stuppy, Assistant Director for Fitness Programs, Exam Developer, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Cary Wing, EdD, Executive Director, Medical Fitness Association, Richmond, VA
Jeff Zwiefel, Senior Vice President, Life Time University, Life Time Fitness, Eden Prairie, MN

“The panel’s feedback is critical to the American Council on Exercise and our commitment to always offer the very best in certification, education and training to our fitness professionals,” said Scott Goudeseune, president, American Council on Exercise. “This group comes with a wealth of knowledge and real world experience. Their insights are invaluable when it comes to the ever-changing demands of the fitness industry.”

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE), one of the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training providers in the world, is dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. ACE-certified professionals uphold the highest standards and are among the most respected in the fitness industry. Targeting fitness products and trends, ACE continually sponsors university-based exercise science research. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at


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Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America's health and wellbeing. Over the past 30 years, we have become an established resource for health and fitness professionals, and the public, providing comprehensive, unbiased research and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on health and fitness.

Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit health and fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with more than 65,000 certified professionals who hold more than 72,000 ACE Certifications. With a long heritage in certification, education, training and public outreach, we are among the most respected organizations in the industry and a resource the public has come to trust for health and fitness education.