New Director of Business DevelopmentDecember 02, 2019
John Harris hired as Director of Business Development as Freemotion prepares to make a big impact in 2020
JOHN HARRIS HIRED AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AS FREEMOTION PREPARES TO MAKE A BIG IMPACT IN 2020
With 2020 set to be an exciting year for Freemotion Fitness, as it prepares to launch a series of innovative new products, John Harris has been appointed as Director of Business Development to help accelerate its business growth at this pivotal time in the company’s evolution.
John joins Freemotion – one of the world’s most pioneering fitness equipment and technology companies – with over 30 years of leadership experience in non-profit, health club, hospitality, and healthcare management. Freemotion will use that expertise to help grow and enhance its presence within its target markets.
Most recently, John served as the President and CEO of The Granite YMCA in Manchester, NH, where he helped to expand its philanthropic and operational impact as New Hampshire’s largest YMCA. He also concurrently served as the Vice-Chair of the State Alliance of YMCAs.
Prior to that, John held several other senior positions, including Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit (where he was responsible for the management of six facility branches, numerous child-care and school-based programs, and two resident camps), Regional Vice President for Midtown Athletic Clubs (formerly Tennis Corporation of America), and regional management roles for The WellBridge Company, Health Development Corporation, and Fitcorp Healthcare Centers.
Speaking of his appointment, John said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Freemotion team with a company that I’ve respected for a long while. I’m looking forward to contributing to Freemotion’s growth as we expand our customers’ ability to drive their business results while helping people live more productive and fulfilling lives. I’m very excited by the prospect of the innovative products we’re bringing to the market in 2020, like our content-driven cardio series with 22-inch HD touch screens and the Fusion CST, the highly innovative group training product which unites cardio and strength exercises in a way that’s never been done before.”
A graduate of Springfield College, with a degree in exercise science, John enjoys a range of sports, including motorcycling, skiing, hiking, and kayaking, and will bring a genuine passion for health and fitness to the role. Freemotion believes this versatility will allow him to continue his strong track record of developing excellent working partnerships with customers and colleagues, both internal and external.
Marcy Spaulding, Director of Sales for North America, said of John’s hire: “John brings with him a great deal of experience which can benefit our team as we enter this new and exciting phase of growth for our company; most notably his leadership and team development skills, industry relationships and significant experience in multiple markets, including for-profit and non-profit organizations. We’re excited to have John on our team and – with so many great developments on the horizon – we’re looking forward to working alongside him to continue strengthening and expanding our brand to reach an even wider audience to share the benefits of our products and technology.”
As Freemotion continues to live by its ethos of being the first to innovate, delivering truly groundbreaking products to the market, John’s appointment is additional evidence of its strong intent to become a global force within the industry. As a continuation of Freemotion’s recent employment push, John joins fellow new recruits, Apostolos Seintis (Sales Director Europe), Leopoldo Torres (Sales Director Latin America), Sheldon Guy (Sales Director Canada) Tony Ali (UK Country Manager), and Jill Drummond (Global Education and Program Manager). Chris McGill and Marcy Spaulding have also been promoted to Vice President of Global Sales and Director of Sales for North America, respectively, as Freemotion advances its global expansion strategy.
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ICON Health & Fitness is a global health and fitness leader and owner of iFit, NordicTrack, ProForm, Freemotion, and other fitness brands. Based in Logan, Utah, the 43-year old company has a multi-decade heritage of innovation, quality, and profitability. ICON and iFit currently hold more than 330 technology patents, with 80 pending, and its products are present in 116 countries. iFit workouts are streamed in English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese, with more languages planned for 2021.
For more than 20 years, Freemotion Fitness has been the global pioneer in fitness equipment and technology, introducing the world to cable-based strength training, the Incline Trainer, the first road simulating indoor bike, and is now leading the way in connected fitness. With science and innovation at its core, Freemotion questions how we work out in commercial fitness facilities, and then redefines it – creating products that deliver an unbeatable user experience and ultimately drive revenue for its partners.