Your Opportunity to Learn From the People Who Share Your Passion - ACE

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ACE Fitness, Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Get all the intimacy you know and love about ACE Symposium on the East Coast on Oct. 17-19. For the first time in seven years, we’re holding our annual event away from the West Coast. Join us for a chance to meet with your peers from across the country, learn from carefully selected programming led by industry-leading experts, and explore all of the latest products and research.

ACE East will be held at the amazing Renaissance Hotel at SeaWorld in Orlando, a luxurious, aquatic-themed setting in close proximity to Aquatica, Discovery Cove, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In addition to a special room rate for Symposium guests, the hotel features the nèu lotus spa, five restaurants and lounges, a water park and state-of-the-art fitness center.

For years, ACE has delivered trusted, science-based information aimed at helping you build your expertise. Now the brightest minds in biomechanics, mind body fitness, equipment, business, nutrition, group fitness, behavior change and a host of other topics will help us continue to do that.


- Get inspired by fitness industry experts and hundreds of your peers
- Build your expertise with hands-on, interactive sessions on the hottest topics in
personal training, group fitness and health coaching
- Meet others in your industry at multiple networking events
- Earn up to 2.0 continuing education credits
- Explore our exhibitor showroom and special training sessions by ACE,

Learn From the People Who Share Your Passion

(08/15/2013) Dominique Adair, M.S., RDDominique Adair, M.S., RD, is well known for her work with the entertainment industry, athletes, and her contribution to cardiovascular and cadiometabolic wellness. She is a nutrition counselor, media consultant, certified fitness professional, certified Clinical Lipid Specialist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist and freelance health and nutrition writer. Adair serves as an advisor and on-air commentator to electronic and print media, develops curricula and texts, and sits on the advisory boards of several national fitness and wellness organizations. She recently partnered with Dr. Oz and ShareCare, making wellness and a healthy weight a realistic and accessible goal for hundreds of thousands of people. A Registered Dietitian, Adair earned her undergraduate degree at Barnard College/Columbia University and master’s degree in clinical nutrition from City University of New York, graduating from both school with phi beta kappa honors. After spending ten delightful years in Southern, CA, Adair recently returned to her native New York with her 12 -year old son and husband of 23 years.  Abbie AppelAbbie Appel is an internationally recognized fitness educator and speaker. As a consultant for SPRI products and TRX, she specializes in developing unique fitness programs and in transforming basic movements into something fresh and exciting. Abbie is a Ryka brand-ambassador and contributes material to fitness publications, including Self, Shape, Prevention and IDEA Journal. She stars in numerous fitness videos and most recently was chosen by ECA as Best Female Presenter of 2013 and by Canadian Fitness Professionals as “Best New Presenter of 2012”. William Baun, EPD, CWP, FAWHPWilliam B. Baun has 34 years of experience in worksite wellness and is the Wellness Officer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which was the first healthcare system and NCI-designated Cancer System to receive the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation. In March of 2012, the Houston Business Journal named MD Anderson the Healthiest Employer in Houston in the 5,000 or more employees during their Healthiest Employers awards. He is President of the National Wellness Institute, and serves on the Board of the International Association Worksite Health Promotion, Houston Wellness Association, and CAN DO a childhood obesity community program. His latest article “What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Program? The ROI data will surprise you, and the softer evidence may inspire you.” was published in the Harvard Business Review. His latest book, Healthy Women at Work was released by GlaxoSmithKline. He is a cancer survivor and his passion is wellness! James BeaucheminJames works at The Ohio State University, Counseling and Consultation Services as a Senior Staff Therapist. He has been a practicing therapist since 2006 serving individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of clinical needs. Prior to becoming a licensed therapist James worked extensively as a Health and Physical Education Teacher, as well as a fitness professional. James integrates Client-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Solution-Focused approaches in his work with clients. Additionally, he utilizes Motivational Interviewing techniques, as well as alternative therapeutic modalities such as Hypnotherapy and EMDR to support clients in facilitating proactive change. His professional interests include Mind-Body interventions, stress management, establishing healthy lifestyle trends, and performance enhancement for athletes. Jenna Bell, Ph.D., RDDr. Bell is a nutrition communications consultant in New York City and the co-author of Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle, and Launching Your Dietetics Career. Jenna is also the co-founder of and a 2-time Ironman competitor. Lawrence Biscontini MALawrence Biscontini, MA, is an award-winning group fitness instructor who has been recognized worldwide for his innovative programming at clubs and spas including Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold's Gym International, Bally and Golden Door Spa of Puerto Rico. He was the first Mindful Movement Specialist to win multiple awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, Can Fit Pro, and ECA, and currently serves as a senior fitness consultant for both ACE and Power Music®. As a nutritional counselor, Lawrence has created nutritional menus for spas from Manhattan to Mykonos, and has appeared on both CNN Headline News and LIVE! with Regis and Kelly. He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, an AFAA Certification Specialist and contributing author to industry magazines including AFAA's American Fitness, the IDEA Fitness Journal, and Spa Asia. Find Lawrence at Bob Calvin, MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N, CSCSCurrently, Bob works as a Performance Nutritionist for Athletes’ Performance in Pensacola, Florida, on the campus of the Andrew’s Institute. During his tenure at Athletes’ Performance, he has had the opportunity to coach, educate & motivate professional, collegiate, and high school athletes from a variety of sports, on 5 continents, through all aspects of performance nutrition. Prior to joining Athletes’ Performance, Bob worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Texas A&M University where he also worked with a variety of athletes ranging from male football players to female equestrian riders. Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, PhDCurrently a professor of exercise science in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport at Kent State University, Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, PhD, is editor of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity and president of the International Society on Aging and Physical Activity. He served on the scientific advisory committee of the World Health Organization, which recently issued its guidelines for physical activity in older adults, and as chairperson of the Fifth World Congress on Physical Activity, Aging and Sports. Chodzko-Zajko has traveled to Korea, Iran, Oman, Japan, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Germany, Hong Kong, and Israel to speak on topics related to aging and physical activity. This year, Chodzko-Zajko assumed the position of head of the department of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bryan ClayBryan Clay is a father, philanthropist and a long-time Olympic athlete who earned a Gold Medal in the Decathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. After already winning a Silver Medal in 2004, Bryan joined an exclusive group of American decathletes by earning the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” with his 2008 win. A native of Hawaii, Bryan was deemed “Hawaii’s Hero” by local media and is still considered one of the state’s most recognizable athletes. Prior to his Olympic win, he founded The Bryan Clay Foundation in 2005 aimed at empowering today’s youth to take advantage of opportunities available to them and reach their full potential. Bryan also wrote “Redemption,” the story of his unlikely path to Olympic Gold that began with a fist-fighting, drug abusive, pre-suicidal kid with no faith. Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RDEllen is a Registered Dietitian who also has a Master's degree in exercise physiology. She has many years of experience as a sports dietitian and has written several books in this area. Past chair of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association (SCAN) and is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). Dr. Natalie Digate-Muth MD, MPH, RDNatalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD, is a community pediatrician, ACE senior health strategist and a registered dietitian widely recognized for her expertise in childhood obesity, nutrition and fitness. Aside from writing articles and book chapters for more than 50 publications, Natalie has also received praise for her book “Eat Your Vegetables! and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters” released in 2012. She has been featured as an expert on San Diego Living and ABC World News Now, and in several publications including The New York Times. Natalie holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and physiological sciences from UCLA, a Master of Public Health in nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She also holds multiple fitness certifications from ACE, ACSM and NSCA. Chris FreytagA nationally recognized health and wellness expert, Chris Freytag is an accomplished blogger, author and motivational speaker. Aside from holding ACE Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach Certifications, she has been training and teaching classes for more than 20 years. Chris is the author of Two Week Total Body Turnaround, Move to Lose, Shortcuts to Big Weight Loss and Choose This!, a cookbook of healthy recipes made with whole food. With a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Chris has written numerous articles on health and fitness and serves as a contributing editor for Prevention magazine. She has produced dozens of fitness DVDs including the popular 10lb Slimdown Xtreme available on QVC, and she serves as the ACE chairman of the board of directors. Known for her high-energy style and dynamic presentations, Chris still teaches regular classes at Life Time Fitness in Minneapolis. Find her at  Chan GannawayChan has been working in the Health Club industry for 17 years as a Personal Trainer, Personal Training Director, Master Presenter and Educator and National Fitness Director. He has also been an approved education provider for ACE Fitness and NASM since 2001. When not at his corporate office desk or teaching new franchisees the product, he travels around the country training and educating new Orangetheory Fitness staff on the science, program design and delivery of what NY Times article says is "The Best One Hour Workout in the Country". Most recently, he presented his 19th training certification for Orangetheory Fitness in Hollywood, Florida. Andrew Garrison, MS CPTAndrew Garrison, MS, CPT, is a 27-year veteran of the Bernalillo County Government in Albuquerque, N.M., and a 10-year ACE Personal Trainer. Andrew serves as the principal health and wellness administrator throughout Bernalillo County, delivering wellness education to more than 2,600 full-time employees. In the realm of public safety, he validated the Metropolitan Detention Center physical fitness test battery for corrections officers and serves as a trainer in the cadet academy. In the Sheriff's Office, he developed and delivers a wellness education course that has been accredited by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Andrew’s unique expansion of the exercise and diet equation explores the profound worlds of psychology and neuroscience, and drives home tactical wellness skills from private sector strategic planning principles. A former Division I football player, Andrew holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of New Mexico in physical education and Spanish, as well as a master’s degree in sports administration. He currently serves as a subject-matter expert for ACE. Craig Horswill, Ph. DCraig is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) where he teaches and oversees research by students. Craig joined the UIC faculty in 2011 after working for 16 years in industry as a scientist and manager with The Gatorade Company (Gatorade Sports Science Institute). Craig also spent eight years conducting research in pediatrics at Columbus Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University (1988-1994), and teaching and conducting research in the Human Performance Lab at Ball State University (1986-88). Craig earned a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 1986. He did his undergrad in natural sciences/chemistry and an MS in exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Craig’s general research interests include examining the effects of hydration status, nutrition, and dietary supplements on high-intensity intermittent exercise performance; pediatric exercise physiology; and methodologies for assessing body composition. Donna HutchinsonDonna is the founder and co-owner of On The Edge Fitness Educators. She is a strong advocate for the development of fitness leaders into community leaders who can then inspire people to add movement into their every day life. Donna travels extensively, consulting and speaking about business growth and development. She shows how individuals and organizations can improve their business by creating innovative and creative work environments for employees to take charge and reach their full potential. Born in Montreal, Donna now resides in Vancouver in the beautiful Province of British Columbia where she shares her passion for life with her dog Bailey.  Mark P. Kelly Ph.D., CSCSAs an ACE exercise physiologist, Mark P. Kelly, Ph.D., CSCS, produces workshops, presentations and articles aimed at teaching fitness professionals how to bridge the gap between science and application. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, he has been involved in exercise science as author, presenter, trainer and athlete. He has been teaching sciences in universities, performing research, and physiological assessments in exercise science for more than 20 years. Aside from being a nationally ranked duathlete, Mark has written several research studies published by ACSM, NSCA and FASEB. He holds a doctorate from the University of New Orleans.  Ben Le VesconteCalled 'the World's best barefoot running coach' by Chris McDougall, author Born to run and 'Exceptional' by Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman, Lee Saxby is at the forefront of applied barefoot science. Lee has been coaching movement for 20 years and has spent the last 10 years coaching barefoot technique to help runners overcome injury and increase performance. Ben Le Vesconte is Lee Saxby’s protégé. Ben has been learning intensely from Lee since 2009. Having undertaken a 3 year apprenticeship Ben has now coached hundreds of personal trainers, medical professionals and runners of all ages, transitioning them safely to injury free, skillful barefoot technique. Ben co-developed the Barefoot Movement Science Online Module and delivers 1 Day Running Technique Instructor courses and learn the skill of barefoot running days in the UK, Europe and USA. Michael Mantell Ph. D.Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D., earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Hahnemnann Medical College, where he wrote his thesis on the psychological aspects of obesity. He coaches world-class athletes and fitness enthusiasts for mental and behavioral performance enhancement. Michael serves as a ACE senior fitness consultant for behavioral sciences, chief behavioral scientist for Anytime Fitness, and as a member of the faculty at Equinox Fitness Training Institute. He also works as a national community ambassador for Experience Life Magazine's health initiative and appears weekly on San Diego's CW channel 6. Aside from writing two best-selling books, Michael is a consultant to Total Gym and Les Mills International and a contributing author for IHRSA. He is a member of the Sports Medicine Team at the Sporting Club of San Diego, specializing in fitness behavioral science. Michael provides opinion, commentary and analysis in print and broadcast media throughout the world.  Jessica Matthews MS, E-RYTJessica Matthews, MS, E-RYT, wears many hats in the fitness industry, most notably with her work as an ACE exercise physiologist, a noted media spokesperson and fitness blogger. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Miramar College, where she teaches courses within the Department of Exercise Science, Health and Nutrition. Aside from holding both ACE Personal Trainer and ACE Group Fitness Instructor certifications, Jessica is also an experienced registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Jessica has been featured as a fitness expert on CNN and by various publications including Shape Magazine, Self and Oxygen. She holds a bachelor’s degree in PE teacher education from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s degree in physical education from Canisius College. Dianne McCaughey, Ph.D.Dianne McCaughey, PhD, is an award-winning fitness specialist with more than 30 years of experience in personal training, group exercise and coaching. She is an international publisher, speaker, author, consultant, master trainer and presenter who has been practicing and teaching the ways of the Medical Health Expert for decades. Dianne’s passion is being a personal growth and team-building seminar facilitator. Some of her previous clients include Hewlett Packard and the United Nations. Her first self-help book, “Y-U-R, Your Universal Reality,” provides insight on how to understand and heal many aspects of people’s true selves. Her goal for her industry is to inspire professionals to create a fully integrated system to help patients, members and clients achieve optimal well-being. Chris McGrathChris McGrath is the founder of Movement First, a New York City-based, health and fitness education, consulting, and training organization. Drawing on more than 20 years of fitness and coaching experience, Chris specializes in a variety of training modalities including sports performance, injury prevention, post-rehabilitation, and lifestyle and wellness coaching. He has successfully established himself as an international fitness expert and has presented and consulted for some of the most successful fitness organizations in the world including ACE, Functional Movement Systems, TRX, Reebok, EA Sports Active and numerous others. Chris holds a master’s degree in exercise science, a bachelor’s degree in health education and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.  Dina MijacevicDina Mijacevic, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Kinesiology at Washington State University and mentors undergraduate and graduate students interested in fitness, personal training, strength and conditioning, and professional certifications with ACE, ACSM and NSCA. She also teaches movement philosophy, fitness and wellness, human motor development, and strength training. Prior to teaching at WSU, Dina worked for the University of Idaho Wellness Program, where she taught group fitness and trained clients with various needs. Her research focuses on sport philosophy and phenomenology, and how lived experiences impact sport and exercise participation and retention. A former Division I track and field collegiate athlete, Dina recently published her first book, “Where Soul Meets Body: It’s Not Just a Workout.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Idaho State University, a master’s degree in recreation and leadership, and a doctorate in sport pedagogy. Valorie NessValorie Ness, CEO of Catalyst Fitness in Atlanta, holds personal training certifications through ACE, NSCA and NASM. In addition to more than 15 years of experience in the industry, she was recently voted the 2013 PFP Trainer of the Year. She serves as a Master Trainer for ACE and Red Cord, and is currently pursuing an additional certification through PTA Global. In addition to being a nationally recognized speaker and educator on health and wellness, Valorie enjoys working with clients who have mobility conditions and various diseases including multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, Parkinson’s and diabetes. As a competitive athlete in practically every sport, she also invests much of her time training athletes. Valorie holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition with a minor in athletic coaching from Minnesota States University. Brian NunezBrian Nunez is the owner and creator of the FNS Training Center in Santa Clara, CA which is based on his philosophy, Fitness Never Sleeps. He has created a unique training center which combines the customization of one on one training harnessed with group energy and support. With his wonderful team, they focus on training the whole athlete and person. From Yoga, chiropractic care, goal coaching, vision training, nutritional counseling, and performance training, the FNS training center has become the most quickly growing facility in the the Bay area, training everyone from professionals to the everyday athletes. With over 10 years of experience, he has held tens of thousands of personal and group training sessions resulting in successful stories. Brian prides himself in his wide range of cliental, consisting of professional athletes to everyday athletes striving to improve their individual fitness level. Through his positive, yet challenging methods, his clients gain the confidence needed to reach their goals. Bill ParisiWidely known as the leading authority on youth speed and performance training, Bill Parisi and his Parisi Speed Schools have helped set the standard in youth performance training since the company’s inception 20 years ago. His facilities have become the leading model of youth fitness programming with over 75 franchises in 26 states. Today, Bill presents to thousands of business owners, athletes and coaches each year. He has served as a lecturer for the NFL, Nike, Reebok, IHRSA, IDEA, NSCA, Club Industry and Perform Better, and has delivered multiple consecutive presentations at the NFL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Junior Development Clinic in Canton, Ohio. He has been featured on Fox Sports, ESPN, CNBC, CBI, and within Running magazine. He holds a degree in finance from Iona College and was a multiple-time, NCAA Division I All-American in track and field during his time there. Justin PriceJustin Price is a biomechanics specialist and expert in corrective exercise techniques with more than 20 years of experience helping people overcome chronic aches and pains. He teaches to health and fitness professionals around the world through the educational program he created called The BioMechanics Method®. As a result, his methods are used by hundreds of thousands of people in more than 25 countries. He has consulted to Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, MSNBC, WebMD, FoxNews, Discovery Health, Prevention Magazine, British Broadcasting Association, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Fitness, Tennis Magazine and Arthritis Today. Justin also works one-on-one with clients in San Diego, Calif., where he helps professional athletes, celebrities, Navy SEALs, business leaders, people with musculoskeletal injuries and neuromuscular disorders. He serves as an ACE senior fitness expert, an education provider for PTontheNet, PTA Global, TRX, BOSU and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Rochelle Rice, M.ARochelle Rice, MA is the President of In Fitness & In Health in New York City. She is a nationally recognized speaker, author and educator for the plus-size population and the author of Real Fitness for Real Women. Rochelle earned her Master’s Degree at NYU specializing in her Plus-Size Exercise Program. She is an advance Somatic Experience Practitioner and a graduate of the CHRIS ® Technique and has been working passionately with the plus population since 1997. Rochelle has appeared on Fox News, ABC World News Tonight and the CBS Early Show. She has written numerous articles for IDEA Fitness Journal and the ACE Fitness Blog. She has spoken at IDEA, ACSM and the Medical Fitness Association conferences. Rochelle is a member of the National Speakers Association and an Accredited Speaker with Toastmasters International. She is also a member of IDEA, The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). For more information, visit Jonathan RossJonathan Ross is the two-time recipient of Personal Trainer of the Year awards (2010 IDEA & 2006 ACE), has served as Discovery Health Fitness Expert. He hosts the Discovery Health series “Everyday Fitness,” and is an accomplished author of Abs Revealed, a modern, intelligent approach to training the abdominals. Owner of Aion Fitness, Jonathan uses his business to deliver exceptional fitness training, speaking and writing services. A master trainer for TRX, he has shared his renowned thought-leadership philosophy at many conferences and in the media. A former astronomer, Jonathan used to study stellar bodies – now he builds them!  Phil RossA fitness enthusiast and combat arts competitor since the mid-70s, Phil Ross is an internationally known instructor in martial arts, kettlebell training, self-defense, wrestling and a variety of other sports. He has successfully competed on a national level since 1979 in forums hosted by NAGA, AAU, ABA and WAKO. In 1988, he opened his Martial Arts and Fitness Academy and began coaching champions and athletes in martial arts, wrestling, triathlons, volleyball, football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, football, and track and field. In addition to being a member of the Martial Arts hall of Fame, Phil served as a coach in the UFC for four years and as a matchmaker for the UCC professional MMA Fight League. Phil operates S.W.A.T. kettlebell-based training at his facility and provides off-site workshops and seminars. He has also developed the No. 1 Rated S.A.V.E.™ Video Series, the Self Defense Fitness System, produced a Top 10-Rated kettlebell video, and has appeared in numerous publications for his expertise. Lee Scott, B.A.Sc., M.ALee Scott, B.A.Sc., M.A, trained to be a mechanical engineer and then found passion and purpose drew her to the health and fitness industry more than 20 years ago. A dynamic coach, she developed the WoW Power Walking® program and the Simple Secrets for a Great Walking Workout DVD-CD as a way to engage people in a challenging and sustainable lifelong activity. She has coached thousands of walkers for fitness and marathons. She has power walked more than 65 distance events including a 50k ultramarathon and 25 full marathons. Her engaging presence and considerable knowledge of the latest research in exercise science has made her a popular expert with North American magazines, and at fitness conferences, corporate workshops, marathon expos, and on television. Bill SonnemakerBill Sonnemaker MS, is an internationally sought after Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer, and Educator. Bill's impressive credentials, first-class scientific education, and numerous national and international awards distinguish him as a cutting edge leader in the fitness industry. In 2007, Bill received both the IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year and the NASM Pursuit of Excellence Awards. He is recognized worldwide by his peers in the health and fitness industry as a highly motivated and committed leader and advocate for the advancement of fitness professionals’ training and competence standards. Michele StantenWalking coach Michele Stanten is the author of Firm Up in 3 Weeks and Walk Off Weight, co-author of Walk Your Butt Off, and creator of As the former Fitness Director of Prevention magazine, she created a marathon walking program and coached thousands of readers to walk full and half marathons. Michele has also created walking programs for Avon and ACE and is a member of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. She is also an ACE board member and certified group fitness instructor. Nancey Tsai, M.D.Nancey Trevanian Tsai, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) having commenced her training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Louisiana State University and completing her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation at Stanford University. She has been an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and fitness advocate since 1996. Anthony J. WallAs ACE director of professional education, Anthony J. Wall oversees the development, quality assurance and strategic focus of the organization’s continuing education programs. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, he has created internationally-recognized training programs and high-caliber educational materials for several academic and government organizations. Prior to joining ACE, Anthony was the national personal training manager for Les Mills in New Zealand. There, he created and directed education programs, and managed training practices and policies organization-wide. Anthony has also managed fitness club operations, and assisted in the promotion of sports and fitness events. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Demontfort University in Bedfordshire, England, and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from San Diego State University in California. An avid sprinter, Anthony lives in Poway, Calif., with his wife and two daughters.  Keith Wheeler, Ph.D, FACSMKeith is divisional director Global Performance Nutrition, Research, Development, & Scientific Affairs for Abbott Nutrition. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in life science from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio. He earned both a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from The Ohio State University. Keith is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of The American Society for Nutrition. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Youth Sports. He is a frequent speaker on sports nutrition and clinical nutrition to health professionals. He has more than 25 publications to his credit in the areas of clinical nutrition and nutrition as it relates to athletic performance. Antonio Williams, Ph.D.Dr. Williams is a true innovator, scholar, speaker, and author in the field of personal and corporate brand management. His brand consultations and workshops stem from his scientific consumer behavior research at Indiana University and his experiences in the sport and fitness industry. Through his company Identity Branding, LLC, Dr. Williams’ passion for branding and people manifest into lifestyle tools that his clients and participants rave about. As a presenter, Dr. Williams delivers his own brand of translational research that transforms the lives and businesses of his clients. His programs are designed to help organizations, professionals and athletes in the sport and fitness industries build winning brands. Jacob Wilson, Ph.D. CSCS*DDr. Wilson is an assistant professor and director of the human performance & sports nutrition laboratory in the department of health sciences and human performance at the University of Tampa, Tampa Fl. Dr. Wilson has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and published abstracts on sports nutrition, supplementation, and resistance training in athletic and clinical situations. His research has covered both the cellular and molecular responses to supplementation and nutrition, as well as the whole body changes in muscle size, strength, and power. Vonda Wright, MD, MSVonda Wright, MD, is a practicing orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility. She specializes in sports medicine and is one of the few female orthopedic surgeons in the United States. Vonda is the founding director of Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA), and CEO and founder of UmuvU: Moving You to Your Best Life. In addition to her practice, Vonda serves as the only orthopaedic surgeon on the board for the Dr. Oz show and She regularly appears as an expert on The Doctors, ABC, CNN, CBS and NBC, and she’s been featured in Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Maxim, Prevention, Fitness, MORE, Runner’s World, Best Life, Esquire, O, The Oprah Magazine and Arthritis Today. She has written two mainstream books, “Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age” and “Guide to THRIVE: 4 Steps to Body, Brains & Bliss.” Vonda holds a master’s degree from Rush University and her medical degree from the University of Chicago. 

Keynote Speakers

(12/31/1969)  Bryan ClayBryan Clay is a father, philanthropist and a long-time Olympic athlete who earned a Gold Medal in the Decathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. After already winning a Silver Medal in 2004, Bryan joined an exclusive group of American decathletes by earning the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” with his 2008 win. A native of Hawaii, Bryan was deemed “Hawaii’s Hero” by local media and is still considered one of the state’s most recognizable athletes. Prior to his Olympic win, he founded The Bryan Clay Foundation in 2005 aimed at empowering today’s youth to take advantage of opportunities available to them and reach their full potential. Bryan also wrote “Redemption,” the story of his unlikely path to Olympic Gold that began with a fist-fighting, drug abusive, pre-suicidal kid with no faith.Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, PhDCurrently a professor of exercise science in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport at Kent State University, Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, PhD, is editor of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity and president of the International Society on Aging and Physical Activity. He served on the scientific advisory committee of the World Health Organization, which recently issued its guidelines for physical activity in older adults, and as chairperson of the Fifth World Congress on Physical Activity, Aging and Sports. Chodzko-Zajko has traveled to Korea, Iran, Oman, Japan, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Germany, Hong Kong, and Israel to speak on topics related to aging and physical activity. This year, Chodzko-Zajko assumed the position of head of the department of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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