2018 FITposium Speakers

We are looking forward to FITposium 2018! Here are some of the speakers who will be presenting at this year’s conference.
Tommy Baker

Tommy Baker

2018 FITposium Presenter
Business Coach

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Tommy Baker is a writer, speaker, author, coach, and host of the Resist Average Academy, a top-rated iTunes podcast designed to give you the knowledge, inspiration, and action steps to live a life by design – never by default. Tommy’s contagious enthusiasm and approach to life can be seen and felt in the wide array of content he creates, including podcasts, books, videos, and courses. As he likes to say, he doesn’t have it all figured out – but he loves the process. Learn more at www.ResistAverageAcademy.com.

Nicholas Bayerle

Nicholas Bayerle

2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur & Business Coach

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Nicholas Bayerle is the CEO of The Billion Dollar Body, a lifestyle brand for the business who wants to have it all. He went from obese, broke and no girlfriend to now married to the woman of his dreams, fit, and thriving in business. Nicholas is an international speaker, podcast host and was rated top 30 under 30 influencers. He has worked with some of the top businessmen and is passionate about seeing men prosper in health, business and relationships. Nicholas has shared the stage with Lewis Howes, Cole Hatter, and Jordan Harbinger and been interviewed on the top business podcasts. He is creator of the #1 annual businessmen’s event, Billion Dollar Body Live and has curated a successful community of men called The Billion Dollar Brotherhood.

Jon Boles

Jon Boles

2017 /2018 FITposium Presenter
Founder & CEO of Modus Apparel & Avintiv Media 

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Jon Boles is an entrepreneur and the founder of Modus Apparel, Avintiv Media and The Standard Private Label. Over the past decade he has devoted his time and energy to launching numerous brands for not only himself but clients all over the country.

Kirstyn Brown

Kirstyn Brown

2017 &2018 FITposium Presenter
Editor-in-Chief of STRONG Fitness Magazine 

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Kirstyn Brown has been a journalist in the fitness industry for almost a decade. Getting her start in editorial at Oxygen Magazine, she fell in love with health and fitness while going through her own transformation. Following her time at Oxygen, she helped create the vision for STRONG Fitness Magazine and bring it to life as the Editor-in-Chief. Today, she is very proud of STRONG‘s success and its growing community of empowered women.

Callie Bundy

Callie Bundy

2016/2017/2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent & Editor

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Witty, funny, irreverent & always smiling, Callie is an All-American Girl or as she likes to call it a “Professional American” who grew up in Connecticut. Early on it was clear what her passions were, in her third grade journal she wrote “I like sports, eating & sleeping & in my spare time I do my homework”.

Callie was a true “tomboy” and spent most of her life in cleats, sneakers & a hat playing soccer (lettered 4 years, Captain 1 year) at E.O. Smith High School, basketball (lettered 3 years, Captain 1 year), and softball (lettered 4 years, Captain 2 years, All-Conference & All-State honors). Callie played NCAA Division One Women’s Softball at Quinnipiac University while there; she earned Northeast All-Conference honors and was named captain of the team during her senior year. Callie completed her degree in Business Marketing with a concentration in advertising & communications.

Callie has also spent extensive time as a television host. Her first on-air job took her overseas to live and work in Japan. Callie worked for The Weathernews as a Video Jockey and a producer. Callie created lifestyle weather content for mobile phones in the U.S. Market.

Callie’s passion for sports has brought her to a new “playing field”, as she started competing in Bikini division in the NPC (National Physique Committee). She entered her 1st show at the end of 2011 & was hooked! She has continued competing in the 2013 season earned her professional status in the sport at one of the largest shows in NPC History, Team Universe. She now competes in the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness).

Callie has trained as a TV Host with Marki Costello of CMEG in Los Angles. She has interned & worked at ESPN Radio in Bristol CT & the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY. She has also worked as a Host for Cablevision, RSN, Outside TV, FUEL TV, Muscular Development, FitnessRX, Muscle & Fitness Hers, NPC News Online, Starwatch Media & more.

Callie is also a avid skier and lover of adventure, she is currently working as the Online Editor-In-Chief Of FitnessRXwomen.com.

Brandon Carter

Brandon Carter

2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur

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Brandon Carter has been a certified personal trainer & nutritionist for over 15 years. He has also served as a fitness model for Nike, Puma, Adidas, Men’s Health, and other major brands. He started his following with a flip phone in his house giving workout advice and ended up building a following of over 2 million fans between his YouTube and Facebook pages. His videos have been viewed well over 100,000,000 times. Brandon is also the author of several best-selling books on Amazon, including Ultimate Cuts, which has 800 reviews with a 5 star average. In 2013, he started his own supplement company, Bro Laboratories, which currently serves thousands of customers from countries all around the world.

Tana Ashlee Cogan

Tana Ashlee Cogan

2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Influencer & Entrepreneur

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Tana Ashlee is a certified personal trainer, weight loss specialist, and the creator and owner of Get and Stay Fit. She has been featured in Ironman Magazine and was named one of the Top 20 Online Trainers in Muscle & Fitness Hers. She has successfully built a social media empire by sharing her story and knowledge.

Dave Dreas

Dave Dreas

2015/2016 FITposium Presenter
2017 & 2018 Emcee

Cover Model & Entrepreneur

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Fitness model, co-owner of Arizona Traning Lab, an online fitness coach & creator of ModestlyRefined.com. He is a signed talent who has appeared on multiple covers, worked with ESPN The Magazine, filmed two in-store Reebok commercials, appeared in Men’s Health Next Top Trainer & earned ISSA’s Famous Alumni Award. Dave is a contributor for Men’s Fitness Online, IronmanMagazine.com and a sponsored Reebok Athlete. At FITposium Dave will teach the ins and outs of monetizing your business, developing a better understanding of opportunities available to fitness entrepreneurs. As the CEO of your business, you’ll grow as your business grows.

Ashley Drummonds

Ashley Drummonds

2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneur on Season 7 of ABC’s Shark Tank, Ashley Drummonds is the creator of ABS Protein Packages, ABS Fitness Business School and ABS Fit Life TV. She has been featured on and with HSN, ABC Action News, Oxygen Magazine, Forbes.com, and much more! After starting a personal training business out of a passion for helping others, she has taken that online and created numerous successful ventures. Ashley’s focus is to empower others to create a life, body and business they love through various coaching methods that involve inner and outer strength training. Using her personal experience and education, she has helped hundreds of individuals, not just regain control of their health and fitness, but also empowering individuals to create a life, business and body of their dreams.

Matt Englehart

Matt Englehart

2016 & 2018 FITposium Presenter / 2017 Portfolio Review Panel
Commercial Talent Agent

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On-Camera/Commercial Print Director FORD/Robert Black Agency

A former actor himself, Matt Englehart started his career as an agent at the famed William Morris Agency (Now William Morris/Endeavor Entertainment) in Beverly Hills, CA. He then went on to have a brief stint as a digital animator at Fox Animation Studios in Phoenix, AZ, working on the animated feature film, Anastasia. Currently, he is the On-Camera/Commercial Print Director for the FORD/Robert Black Agency in Scottsdale, AZ where he has handled actors and models for TV, film, commercials; voice-overs and commercial print for the past 19 years. Some notable actors Matt has handled over his career include Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy); Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Josh McDermitt (The Walking Dead).

Jocelyn & Aaron Freeman

Jocelyn & Aaron Freeman

2018 FITposium Presenter
Business and Relationship Coaches

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Jocelyn and Aaron Freeman are authors of The New Power Couple, speakers, coaches and angel investors. They have shared the stage with Tony Robbins, were nominated as Arizona’s 40 Under 40 Influencers, and have been featured in national media for mentoring couples and individuals on fulfilling their dreams and living in their full potential. They also host one of the top relationship podcasts on iTunes and lead two thriving companies. They are passionate about investing in socially conscious businesses and one of the companies they invested in was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. They coach and train entrepreneurs on becoming profitable as speakers and coaches. They speak around the world in their mission to reach one million people to have thriving relationships at home and in business.

Sean Gagnon

Sean Gagnon

2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur

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Sean Gagnon has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and has a BS in Exercise Science and MS in Clinical Psychology. He is a former trainer and health club owner, and founded The Abs Company in 2007. He and his team and invented and marketed 9 multi-million dollar brands to the fitness industry and have sold well over $100M worth of fitness equipment. Their products can be found in more than 10,000 clubs and millions of homes in more than 40 countries!

Mindy Harley

Mindy Harley

2018 FITposium Presenter
Social Media Business Coach

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Mindy Harley is a Social Media Business Coach and Consultant, owner of Social Empire, Podcaster and Published Fitness Model. She has been in the Fitness Industry for more 12 years and has been behind the scenes as a Social Media Manager for many prominent fitness businesses since 2010. Mindy has consulted for some of the industries largest influencers including Muscle Insider and Bedros Keuilian. Her unique coaching approach has helped influencers and small business owners alike break perceived limits and add exponential growth in both revenue and branding power.

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Faith Hibbs Clark

2017 & 2018 FITposium Presenter
CSA, Good Faith Casting

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Faith Hibbs-Clark has been casting in Los Angeles, Arizona and New Mexico for more than 16 years. She has enjoyed the experience of casting thousands of studio and indie films, network television productions, commercials and new media. Her recent castings include Dick’s Sporting Goods, MLB and Under Amour.

Stephanie Joanne

Stephanie Joanne

2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur

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Stephanie Joanne is known online as The Entrepreneurial Enabler and creator of her signature program Build your Online Empire. She’s also known as “SJ,” for short. She’s a serial entrepreneur renowned for her self-made empire—online and offline—and her refreshingly relatable and no-BS approach.

Inc. once said about SJ, “What sets Stephanie apart is her straightforward advice, applicable experience and passionate blend of tried and true business methods. Unlike other business coaches in this space, Stephanie has firsthand experience.” She’s been named “10 People Who Will Change Your Life by CityLife Magazine” and her name, and brand, stood proudly next to Celebrity Investor Robert Herjavec from the Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den.

In her former life she was a proud fitness junkie who built a multi 6 figure business in less than 12 months. She has since gone on to help thousands of entrepreneurs learn, apply and leverage the power of branding and online marketing in today’s digital landscape. Stephanie has been featured in over 200 media appearances including: eTalk, Huffington Post, Hello!, Slice Network, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur.com. Under her public relations and marketing umbrella she has worked with an impressive roster of companies including Nike, VitaCoco, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Adidas.

Unafraid to tell it like it is, she is passionate about teaching her audience to stop letting their passion get in the way of their profit. She is big on taking the taboo away from money, sales, and numbers in the solopreneur world. As far as she’s concerned, if you want to serve people with your work, building your empire can be an act of altruism.

Danny-J Johnson

Danny-J Johnson

2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur

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Danny-J is an award-winning entrepreneur, coach, podcast host and storyteller. As the former founder of The Sweaty Betties, an online fitness community, Danny-J discovered the most effective method for capturing attention and increasing revenue—sharing personal and brand stories. Danny-J’s work can be heard in her weekly podcast, The Best Life Podcast and can be followed in real time on all the social media platforms. As a real life example of “Truth is Stranger than Fiction” she uses her real “Jerry Springer Life” stories to engage with her audience, teach life lessons and inspire others to rewrite their stories. Danny-J now teaches innovative brands and influencers to close more sales, become better leaders and blow up their brands with the irresistible power of sharing. She also helps tens of thousands of families become debt-free by sharing her real life getting out of debt story and challenge #FindTheMoneyProject

Julia (Jules) Kelly

Julia (Jules) Kelly

2018 FITposium Presenter
Strategic Marketer

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As VP of Sales & Marketing with Troon, the global leader in third‐party management, Jules Kelly delivers expertise in positioning, lead generation and sales while coaching the private club teams to achieve results in sales, revenue, and retention. In her spare time, she thrives on sharing the art of differentiation and productive programming with solo‐preneurs and small business owners as part of her quest to eradicate random acts of marketing. Over the years, her passion for holistic wellness has led her to run two marathons, practice veganism, and compete in bodybuilding and bikini at the age of 50.

Angie Lee

Angie Lee

2018 FITposium Presenter
Entrepreneur & Life Coach

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Angie Lee is a serial entrepreneur, vibrant speaker, life coach & marketing mentor for wellness coaches. Angie’s genius is helping women embrace fear, take messy action & monetize their passion online. Her superpower is marketing & helping women to turn their story into sales.

Corporate + College dropout, $100k in debt, to 7 figure entrepreneur under 30, Angie’s passion runs deep for helping women unlock their full potential & finally create the income & life they desire.

Angie is the host of the top rated business podcast, The Angie Lee Show & The Founder of Pays To Be Brave Summit. She is also the upcoming Author of Raise Your Hand, the ultimate guide to asking for what you want in life.

Angie is the CEO of the Wellpreneur Mastermind; an online school that has taught over 1500 wellness professionals how to grow their social brand & close sales with ease. Angie’s cracked the code for organic marketing by successfully producing multiple 6 & 7 figure product launches, with no paid advertising or complicated funnels. She now teaches her loyal community how to grow & scale their online business with stand out branding, authentic messaging & intuitive marketing.

Erin Lutz

Erin Lutz

2017 & 2018 FITposium Presenter
Creative Director of STRONG Fitness Magazine 

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Erin is the Creative Director and co-creator of STRONG Fitness Magazine, a cutting edge health and fitness publication for the modern woman. Majoring in Advertising and Marketing and with a keen interest in health and fitness, she has spent the past ten years creating content with the top fitness photographers and models. Before STRONG she was the associate art director of Oxygen Magazine. There she had the opportunity to work with and learn from some icons in the industry and has seen the culture evolve into the brand it is today.

Jessica Marksbury

Jessica Marksbury

2018 FITposium Presenter
Senior Editor, Golf Magazine

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Senior Editor Jessica Marksbury joined the GOLF editorial team in 2007 as a graduate from Columbia University with a degree in English. She was also a four ­year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers. In addition to overseeing GOLF.com’s popular “Most Beautiful Women in Golf” and “GOLF’s Most Stylish” franchises, she also interviews athletes, celebrities and Tour players for her monthly series, “A Round With,” which debuted in November 2015. Jessica hosted GOLF’s lifestyle television show, “Inside GOLF Magazine” on Fox Sports from 2009­2010, Sports Illustrated’s “SI at the Majors” in 2012, and is the current host of GOLF.com’s “Live From” series of major championship preview and recap shows.

Karey Northington

Karey Northington

2017/2018 FITposium Presenter
Co-Owner, Northington Fitness and Nutrition 

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Karey Northington is the owner of Northington Fitness and Nutrition. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Nursing and Psychology and is currently pursuing her PMHNP. Karey is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals without restriction. Karey is also an IFBB professional athlete who competes in the bikini division and a published fitness cover model. Most importantly, she is a wife and mother of a sweet 6-year-old boy, Nolan.

James Patrick

James Patrick

2015/2016/2017/2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Photographer

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Internationally published photographer in the health and fitness industry. His work has been featured in Max Sports & Fitness Magazine, Oxygen Magazine, Muscle & Fitness Hers Magazine, Fitness Magazine (SA), Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine, Natural Muscle Magazine, MMA Uncaged Magazine and more! At FITposium James will be presenting on how fitness talents can take their brand and present it using story form for higher resonance with their target audience. This session will cover the four elements of what makes a successful brand story and how this applies to the fitness modeling industry.

Billy Polson

Billy Polson

2018 FITposium Presenter
Business Coach

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Billy Polson is a nationally recognized fitness entrepreneur and business coach. In 2004, he founded DIAKADI Fitness in San Francisco, which currently houses the practices of 90+ of the Bay Area’s leading entrepreneurs from the fitness and health industries. The Business Movement, DIAKADI’s fitness entrepreneur education program, has helped hundreds of personal trainers with gaining the skills and confidence to leave their corporate training jobs, develop their own brands, grow their private practices, and find great financial success as fitness entrepreneurs and independent personal trainers.

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Chris & Heidi Powell

2017 & 2018 FITposium Presenters
Fitness Entrepreneurs

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Chris Powell is widely known as the transformation specialist and host of ABC’s documentary-style series, “Extreme Weight Loss.” Chris holds a degree in Exercise Science with concentrations in biomechanics and physiology, and the training accreditation: The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Chris appears regularly on nationally syndicated television shows including “Good Morning America,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The View,” and “Live with Kelly and Michael.” He has been featured on the cover of several publications to date and has written numerous articles for publications such as Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, SHAPE, and Women’s Health.

Heidi Powell is the ultimate female force. She is a trainer, transformation specialist, devoted wife, mother of four, savvy businesswoman, author, nutrition nut, and overall health guru. Heidi became a fixture in America’s living room as she worked side-by-side husband Chris Powell on ABC’s hit show, “Extreme Weight Loss.” Heidi empowered thousands across the globe as the matriarch and tour de force for the often-struggling participants, serving as their daily fitness coach, voice of reason and biggest cheerleader. Season 5 premiered to high ratings in 2015, and the Powells continue to touch lives weekly as EWL airs in syndication on TLC and OWN networks worldwide. 

Chris and Heidi released their most recent book in December 2015 entitled, Extreme Transformation: Lifelong Weight Loss in 21 Days, which provides a comprehensive blueprint for changing your body—and life—in just 21 days. Chris has also written two other best-selling books, Choose to Lose,  and Choose More, Lose More For Life. Heidi writes an incredibly successful blog, where she shares her insight and expertise on health and wellness trends, fitness regimens, healthy recipes, family-friendly workouts, marriage and parenting advice, navigating life with a blended family, and her secrets to balancing it all.

This past March Chris and Heidi launched their debut digital platform, TRANSFORM with Chris and Heidi, with the goal of transforming one million lives by the end of 2017.

Lisa Simone Richards

Lisa Simone Richards

2018 FITposium Presenter
PR & Visibility Strategist

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Lisa Simone Richards is a PR & visibility strategist for health, fitness, and wellness entrepreneurs who want to get seen as experts and go from invisible to influencer. She’s here to show you how to build your brand, business & influence. Lisa Simone helps her client get free visibility using PR to get in front of their ideal client, but also build the credibility that gets clients to take the next step and invest in working with you. When she’s not shooting national TV segments or working with editors on magazine features, you can find her swinging a kettlebell, getting her zen on at hot yoga, or shopping at her local farmer’s market.

Gabby Richman

Gabby Richman

2016/2017/2018 FITposium Presenter
Editor in Chief, Scottsdale Health Magazine

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Gabby Richman is the editor-in-chief of both Scottsdale Health Magazine as well as Uptown Magazine. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. At FITposium 2017 Gabby will be on our media panel and answering questions about what modeling talents should know when it comes to pitching to magazines, particularly how to stand out to local market publications.

Felicia Romero

Felicia Romero

2015/2016/2017/2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent & Entrepreneur

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Felicia Romero received her Masters in Exercise and Wellness from ASU. She has been featured in Muscle and Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, Oxygen and Flex Magazines, Ironman and Muscular Development and has graced over 7 covers including Muscle and Fitness Hers, Flex Magazine’s annual swimsuit issue, Muscle and Performance, Status Fitness and Oxygen Magazine 2 years in a row! Felicia also works locally with frequent stints on NBC, CBS and her own segment on FOX new called “Felicia Romero’s Fit Method Tip of the Week. Additionally she holds an annual NPC event – Felicia Romero Classic in November. She has spoke all around the world with her most recent in the Philippines talking to over 50,000 people. With over a decade of experience Felicia has used her years of experience and trials and tribulations to evolve herself into now what is known as Felicia Romero’s Fit Method.

Jodi Rumack

Jodi Rumack

2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur

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After 14 years in the fitness industry, Jodi became a Fitness Business Coach in 2013. Jodi works with her clients across North America to help them MAXIMIZE their businesses through systems, sales, staffing and productivity. Jodi has successfully helped her clients build multi‐six figure businesses, has personally driven over $15 million in personal training sales, and hired & trained over 1000 trainers.

Features include: The Personal Trainer Development Centre, Fitness Business Podcast and Fitness Business Canada Magazine.

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Cynthia Sassi

2018 FITposium Emcee
President and Founder, FabulousArizona.com 

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Cynthia Sassi is the President and Founder of FabulousArizona.com, a local online lifestyle publication covering restaurants, resorts, spas, events, homes and more. Cynthia has been in online publishing for 11 years, working with some of the top digital publications and brands in the world. Her passion for helping local business owners and knowledge of online publishing is what led her to create FabulousArizona.com.

Tanja Schmitz

Tanja Schmitz

2018 FITposium Presenter
Publisher, Fitness Magazine

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Tanja Schmitz is the Publisher of Fitness Magazine South Africa. She has been a driving force in the South African fitness and wellness industry since the magazine’s inception in 2006 to create a local platform for fitness enthusiasts to launch careers and celebrate achievements. She now manages multiple digital platforms and creates exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer, in the gym or on her trail bike dreaming up new ways to improve of create opportunities in the world of fitness.

 Lindsey Schwartz

Lindsey Schwartz

2017/2018 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur & Author

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Lindsey Schwartz is an Arizona-based, Wisconsin-born, entrepreneur and big dreamer. After college she packed up everything she owned and moved west to pursue the corporate dream, only to realize that it was not for her. She dove into personal development in search of a way to make a living building her own dreams instead of someone else’s. Lindsey started her first business part-time at the age of 26 and over the next several years became an accomplished fitness athlete, full-time entrepreneur, speaker, and best-selling author. Through her network marketing business (Isagenix) she has helped hundreds of individuals create lasting breakthroughs around their physical and financial well being. She has also mentored dozens of aspiring entrepreneurs in starting businesses of their own. Lindsey is passionate about building community and believes that women are most successful when they collaborate and sincerely root for one another to win.  She’s on a mission to help women connect with their purpose and change the world!

Sibyl Smith

Sibyl Smith

2018 FITposium Presenter
Branding Specialist

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Sibyl is a graphic designer and visual brand artist with 20 years of experience in the design industry. Her additional experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach has given her a natural career path in helping health and wellness professionals to find their uniqueness and develop bold, visual brands that reflect impactful messages. Sibyl works with inspired business owners who recognize that their highest purpose is to serve a specific audience. Through her comprehensive branding process, Sibyl’s clients understand that they will accomplish more by establishing brand clarity and creating messaging that resonates with their target market. This hard work is what sets the foundation for what comes next…defining the visual elements! In addition to her extensive branding portfolio, Sibyl’s work can be seen in a variety of popular publications like HGTV Magazine, Garden & Gun, and will be featured at the 2018 Winter Paralympics on a snowboard design for a fierce Paralympian competitor.

Kelly Spartonos

Kelly Spartonos

2017 FITposium Emcee, 2018 FITposium Presenter
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Transformational Coach and FITposium Special Projects Manager

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Kelly Spartonos received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Arizona, and her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University.  She works for the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tucson Arizona as a crisis clinician and substance abuse counselor in addition to co-owning You in Focus Consulting with her Fiancé James Patrick. Her coaching practice is enhanced through her roots as a trained psychotherapist.  She specializes in teaching mindfulness, developing healthy relationships, strengthening communication and navigating times of transition with ease.

Shaina Weisinger

Shaina Weisinger

2018 FITposium Presenter
Video Marketing Professional

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Shaina Weisinger has spent more than a decade in video production with the last five years dedicated to creating strategic content for digital marketing through her production company, WAKE brand media. With “consistency is key” as her mantra in video marketing, Shaina created a brand that fosters that mentality. Video Podcast Producers creates and produces highly successful video podcasts using tried and true processes for clients looking to grow their influence with their audience.

Mike Zeller

Mike Zeller

2018 FITposium Presenter
Business Coach

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Known as a Business Architect, Mike has had a hand in starting or part-owning 11 businesses across multiple industries including technology, real estate, fashion, digital marketing, and high level entrepreneur masterminds and coaching. In total, Mike has helped generate over $200 million in sales in his different businesses.

His love for travel takes him to an average of 5 countries per year, and this year he has spent a month in Europe for both his wedding and honeymoon. At his core, Mike is most passionate about helping entrepreneurs and thought leaders gain clarity on their personal strengths and areas of genius, how to design an organization around that genius, and how to ultimately live a fulfilling life.

2015-2017 FITPOSIUM SPEAKERS

FITposium has been privileged to have the following individuals present at our past annual conferences.

Mike Arce

Mike Arce

2017 FITposium Presenter
Owner, Loud Rumor & The GSD Show

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Mike Acre is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach and advertising professional who owns Loud Rumor, a seven-figure advertising agency for fitness studios and independent gyms. Mike is also the host of at op fitness business podcast, The GSD Show.

Tiffani Bachus

Tiffani Bachus

2016 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent, Writer & Entrepreneur

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Tiffani Bachus RDN, is an ACE Certified Behavior Change Specialist and wellness professional dedicated to helping her clients develop a healthy balanced lifestyle. An accomplished fitness competitor and dancer, Tiffani won Fitness America Pageant in 2009 and Arizona Dancing With The Stars in 2014 and has graced the covers of numerous fitness health magazines including Oxygen Magazine. She has been featured as a fitness expert on Channels 3 and 15 in Arizona and is a columnist for Oxygen and Clean Eating Magazines. Tiffani co‐authored the book, “No Excuses! 50 Ways to ROCK Breakfast” featuring 50 healthy clean eating breakfast recipes. Tiffani is also is the co‐founder of U Rock Girl, a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.

Alexia Clark

Alexia Clark

2016 FITposium Presenter
Commercial Fitness Talent

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Alexia Clark has been a fitness professional and fitness model for 5 years. She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is a sponsored athlete by Reebok and iFit and is known for bring a creative spin on fitness. Fitness to Alexia is not just being in the gym. It is more than that, it is; mental, emotional, social and physical. She believes having a fitness mindset can change every aspect of your life for the better.

This is what she believes:

We can all do a little better each day to improve our health physically, mentally and socially, fitness is not only about how we look, it is also about how we feel, love and inspire each other. There is a difference between having a fitness mindset and being a ‘gym junkie.’ You discover inner strength that is just waiting to help you become a better you. Having a fitness mindset is about setting a realistic goal, and then not stopping until you get there.

Fitness goals help promote life goals. I’ve seen how fitness mindset empowers relationships not just in myself but in my friends and clients. I see how it helps aspire to be better at work. Most incredibly, I’ve seen how workouts help work through darker times. The ones we all sometimes face. The breakups. The struggles. The things we wanted so much to go our way, and for whatever reason, don’t go the way we planned. In both workouts and in life, we have bad days. But having a fitness mindset is about having control over our minds and our bodies. These obstacles are just another challenge for us to overcome. Because everyday we step out of bed we are one step closer to reaching your goals. That’s why I encourage everyone to focus on right now. Today, you are stronger than yesterday. You are stronger this week than you were last month—and tomorrow—you’ll be even stronger. As long as you dedicate some time everyday toward working out on you, I promise you will get to your goals.

Jill Coleman

Jill Coleman

2017 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur

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Jill Coleman is the founder of JillFit.com, a lifestyle company helping women become freer, smarter, happier and more effective. She works with her clients so they can create a life they love including improving their mindset, physique and their business. Jill received her BS in Exercise Science from Wake Forest University and her MS in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport.

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Anthony Cox

2017 FITposium Presenter
Creative Director, Scottsdale Health Magazine & So Scottsdale Magazine

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Anthony Cox ix the Creative Director for Richman Media Group and is responsible for the art direction and look for both Scottsdale Health Magazine and So Scottsdale Magazine. He has worked on numerous spreads featuring celebrities, professional athletes and fashion features.

Tiffany Gaston

Tiffany Gaston

2016 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent & Entrepreneur

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Tiffany Lee Gaston is an author, philanthropist and highly published fitness personality.  With recurring appearances on local television networks, she promotes her own unique brand of fitness, with an emphasis on the discovery of our own best-self, not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Her passion for health and wellness began over 20 years ago when she discovered fitness and truly believes it saved her life.  Her newly released memoir, From Broken to Badass, shares the story of the many unhealthy hurdles she faced during her early years, and her ultimate desire to rise above her past.

Having competed as a high ranking national figure athlete, she has additionally graced the covers of 9 magazines along with countless features in the likes of Oxygen, STRONG, Inside Fitness, Health & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers and many more! She has discovered her strength and passion lie in motivating others to seek their own “inner badass.”

Learn more at tiffanyleegaston.com

Larue Gillespie

Larue Gillespie

2015/2016/2017 FITposium Presenter
Editor of Max Sports & Fitness

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LaRue Gillespie graduated summa cum laude from California State University Fullerton in 2000 and has since pursued a heavy career in journalism, first as a reporter for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin then as a features reporter for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. She has freelanced for multiple publications over the years and she even helped start an upscale fitness lifestyle publication covering Orange County, California. She landed the job as Editor in Chief/Creative Director for Max Sports & Fitness magazine in 2006 and has diligently worked to turn the magazine into a well-rounded fitness lifestyle publication fit for newsstands. She is proud to be doing work that she absolutely loves and strives to put out content that will help change lives for the better. Aside from work, LaRue is an avid traveler, a shameless foodie, a proud Dachshund owner and newlywed.

Michelle Glicksman

Michelle Glicksman

2015 FITposium Presenter
Editor

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Michelle Glicksman has been in the media industry for more than 15 years beginning as a television reporter for a New York CBS Affiliate station and later making the move into newspapers and magazines.
In addition to her editor roles, Michelle is a frequent radio and television guest.
At FITposium Michelle will be sharing information models needs to know about pitching to magazines including what features editors look for, what defines a great story, what are the best methods of pitching as well as proper etiquette for following up with editors.

 

Bizzie Gold

Bizzie Gold

2017 FITposium Presenter
Personal Development & Wellness Expert

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One of the world’s top Personal Development + Wellness Experts, Bizzie Gold has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, E!, EXTRA, Home & Family, Bethenny, ABC NEWS and MSNBC to discuss her unique approach to sustainable transformation that has garnered widespread Hollywood praise (past clients include Julia Roberts + Jennifer Love Hewitt, among others). Gold’s off-the-cuff humor and focus on diligent accountability, helps clients achieve striking breakthroughs in record time. An industry disruptor to the core, Gold is bulldozing the model of “coaching” that financially preys on countless people across the globe, replacing it with a sustainable model that puts the clients swift breakthrough at the forefront of all sessions.

In addition to her groundbreaking work in personal development, Gold is a serial entrepreneur with 5 global brands held by her successful Buti Inc. parent company. In addition to her consulting work with male and female-led brands, she works passionately to help women expand their presence in c-suite positions and access funding from private equity.

Whether Gold is helping a client break through emotional addiction or bring a consumer product to market, she does it with harsh accountability, thought-provoking Directed Storytelling® exercises and a lot of humor. Dubbed “the millennial voice of personal development,” Gold infuses her teaching and advisory services with her core belief that millennials build the world they want to live inWhether a client is 50 or 18, Gold’s teaching style transcends age and finds its way into the brain chemistry of each and every student looking to BREAK THEIR WORLD WIDE OPEN. 

Lori Harder

Lori Harder

2015/2016 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent & Entrepreneur

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Lori Harder is a leading expert in the field of fitness, transformational work, mindfulness, and self-love. As a self-made millionaire, successful entrepreneur, network marketing professional, author, cover model, and three-time fitness world champion, she offers a carefully curated set of practical tools to promote sustainable health, spiritual well-being, and financial freedom. Through her books, unique coaching methods, and programs, she has helped countless people connect with their soul, transform their bodies, empower their minds, gain financial independence, and fall in love with themselves and their lives.

Throughout her career, Lori has regularly appeared on the covers of and published articles for Oxygen Magazine, STRONG Fitness Magazine, Health & Fitness Magazine and Prosper Magazine. She has also been featured on NBC, Fox, and TLC networks.

Lori has also helped dozens of people reach six figure or more salaries through her network marketing business (Isagenix), and she has helped hundreds of others to start their own home-based business. Most recently, Lori has taken her passion for human potential and created The Bliss Project and Bliss Habit, a women’s empowerment retreat and online course that has thousands of women per year taking this breakthrough curriculum.

Lori Harder Santa Monica, California www.LoriHarder.com

Cover Model Cookbook Author Expert Trainer 3x World Bikini and Figure Champion

Jessie Hilgenberg

Jessie Hilgenberg

2016 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent & Entrepreneur

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Jessie Hilgenberg is the creator of Jessie’s Girls and the Jessie’s Girl’s Training Camps. She is also a professional figure athlete in the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB), a published writer and fitness model living her dream with her husband Alex, and their daughter, Samantha.  She represents one of the largest health and fitness organizations in the world, Bodybuilding.com, as an athlete on their team.

She also represents a top women’s sports supplement line, NLA for Her. Being fit and living healthy is what she knows and loves. Since a very young age, she has been involved in fitness and sports.

Always an artist at heart, Jessie began transforming her physique in the weight room (and kitchen) and taking her conditioning to new levels to compete in Figure.

Her goal is to inspire others and illustrate a lifestyle to as many people as she can reach that eating clean, training with intensity, being healthy and smart and staying consistent can truly change your life!

Sidney Jarvis

Sidney Jarvis

2017 FITposium Presenter
Entrepreneur

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At the age of 27, Sidney Jarvis founded Bunzies Organic Spray Tanning. Within 12 months Sidney was able to create a 6 figure income working from home while raising her baby girl. By the end of her 2nd year in business Sidney had grown Bunzies by over 300%. Bunzies has since grown to become one of Arizona’s top leading airbrush tanning companies. Sidney’s focus on fitness models and organic health has been showcased on multiple magazine covers, spreads and business marketing campaigns.

Sidney Jarvis launched her first business at only the age of 18 in the freelance beauty industry, working with top photographers and elite clients, utilizing her cosmetology license in a unique way. During this time, she maintained business relationships with CEO’s where she was mentored and shaped into the Entrepreneur she is today. At 23, Sidney continued her education and achieved a Master Certification in Airbrush Tanning.

With an appetite for risk, creativity, and a growth-oriented mindset, Sidney catapulted Bunzies Tanning from just another tanning girl in the industry, to a noticed and desired brand that leading fitness entrepreneurs craved to work with.

It takes a lot of savvy, heightened awareness and good judgement to identify a viable business opportunity and figure out how it can be transformed into a high growth business model. Sidney is a single full time mother, and grew her business utilizing these skills without any outside investment. A good network is one of the most crucial assets of an entrepreneur, but more importantly, the ability to leverage that network effectively can be the difference between a failed and a successful startup.

The tanning industry grosses over a billion dollars annually. Sidney has developed a turnkey business system offering other women the opportunity to cash in with her. Sidney knows as an entrepreneur you must continuously reinvent yourself and not stay complacent. Now at age 30, Sidney has launched her most recent business venture, Sunless Bunzies Institute. SBI is a new form of residual income that will allow other women to be a part of the Bunzies Tanning Team. SBI provides the training, tools and support to help other mothers and motivated women earn a 6 figure income working from the comfort of their own home.

Samantha Kozuch

Samantha Kozuch

2015/2016 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent & Entrepreneur

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Samantha Kozuch is an internationally-published commercial and fitness model who travels all over the world for projects. She’s the founder and owner of a successful video production company where she is an and also produces marketing and commercial videos for businesses.

Samantha is also an advocate for health and fitness and aims to inspire and educate others along their journey to a better self through social media, her blog and youtube channel. She has a varied athletic background ranging from basketball to track and has competed and placed in NPC and other numerous bikini competitions internationally. As a busy traveling entrepreneur herself, she’s learned the way to have her cake and eat it too – literally! She believes you can have it all, but in moderation, and that is the key to a happy, fit, and healthy lifestyle!

Kim Dolan Leto

Kim Dolan Leto

2015/2016/2017 FITposium Presenter
Model, Writer & Entrepreneur

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Published author, inspirational speaker, creator of the F.I.T. DVD series, and the Director of Family Health and Wellness for ISSA. She is a 4-time Oxygen cover model with her work published in Muscle & Fitness hers, Fitness, Success and 100s of other magazines. Kim is an ESPN Fitness America Champion and the recipient of the ISSA’s Famous Alumni Award with TV appearances on CBN, TBN, FOX Sports, ESPN & ABC. At FITposium Kim will teach about the management of your brand, relationship building with clients (i.e. the media), the importance of authenticity, and growing your platform through your unique message.

Tana Nelson

Tana Nelson

2016/2017 FITposium Presenter
Online Marketing Specialist

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Tana Nelson is the multifaceted marketing expert, designer, entrepreneur and founder of Your Marketing BFF blog. She started her blog as a creative way to give free marketing advice to small businesses, photographers, and other creatives, but it quickly turned into a profitable business.

Tana has done marketing for brands such as Apple, Tag Heuer and Tiny Prints. She is a go-getter, an early riser and a ‘tell it like it is’ kind-of gal. She enjoys sour patch kids, the classic style of European sophistication, being a wife and mother of two…and a closet rocker chick!

Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen

2015 FITposium Presenter
Professional Actress & Model

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Phuong Nguyen  is a professional actress, model, host and presenter. With over 10 years of experience, her talent and determination has allowed her to work on several national and local commercials, campaigns, as well as films. She has booked commercials for McDonald’s, Sprint, Honda, and Mountainside Fitness. Phuong has also been a very successful commercial model with campaigns that include MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Budweiser, Monster Energy, and Century 21. These have featured her in magazines like Glamour, Instyle, Men’s Health, and Self Magazine. She has hosted several events and tradeshows for brands like Maxim Magazine, Panasonic, and SMS Audio. Currently, Phuong has focused on acting and is training as a Meisner actor. Her studio films include The Kingdom and Middle Men as well as indie films like Duel at the Mound and I’m Perfect. Phuong has proven that with hard work and focus, you can branch out and be successful in many fields.

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Elisabetta Rogiani

2017 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Entrepreneur

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Elisabetta Rogiani has styled countless magazine covers and owns Rogiani.com fitness apparel. She will be presenting on how models should select the best outfits for their next photo shoots.

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott

2016 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent & Entrepreneur

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Author, Coach, Speaker Jeremy Scott owns & operates Jeremy Scott Fitness in Scottsdale, AZ as well as their online coaching programs and affiliates.

Jeremy has authored two books including the Amazon Best Seller “Make Success Mandatory,” and his website has been voted Top 20 Fitness Blogs Online by Breaking Muscle in back to back years.

In addition to his writing Jeremy is x 4 cover model, and SHAPE Magazine named him one of the top 50 hottest trainers in America. He is an expert contributor, consultant for numerous fitness brands including Men’s Health Magazine, and their MetaShred Fitness DVD series. Jeremy has also been a Sponsored Athlete with Reebok for the past 5 years.

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Erin Stern

2017 FITposium Presenter
Fitness Talent

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Erin Stern is a former Division I Jr. All-American High Jumper and multi-eventer. After missing the 2008 Olympics Qualifier by 3cm, she stepped on the figure stage and went Pro at her third show. She won the Olympia a year and a half later, and again in 2012. She has 14 Professional IFBB victories, dozens of magazine covers and has created training programs that have helped thousands of people. She is the only self-coached, lifetime natural athlete to win the Figure Olympia. Erin has built a successful brand centered on her hybrid style of training, empowering and educating. She also strives to enrich people’s lives by promoting a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. Erin is a Dymatize sponsored athlete.

Katelyn Swallow

Katelyn Swallow

2017 FITposium Presenter
Editor in Chief, Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine

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Katelyn Swallow is the editor-in-chief of Women’s Health and Fitness magazine and is based in Melbourne, Australia. She supplemented her Bachelor of Arts degree (specialising in English) from the University of Western Australia with a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Melbourne in 2015. She has a keen interest in health, fitness and sports journalism, having interned at the Australian Football League (AFL) and promoted from her editorial assistant role at WH&F to her current position of editor at just 25 years of age. She also competes in the bikini division of both the WBFF and ANB.

Skip Wood

Skip Wood

2017 FITposium Presenter
Co-Owner, Muscle with a Motor & Cover Model

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Skip is a two-time cover model who’s appeared in numerous fitness publications including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal and Max Sports & Fitness. Skip has landed several sponsorship opportunities during his nearly 20 years in the fitness industry and is most recognized for appearing in nationally televised commercials promoting the popular weight loss product Hydroxycut.

Along with three business partners, Skip created the supplement company “Muscle with a Motor”. Muscle with a Motor’s advanced products are designed to help adventurous people, who work hard and play hard, strive for greatness.