BOSTON, MA—August 19, 2020—The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) CEO’s Joe Moore has been in the health and fitness industry for over 45 years, starting in 1972 when he opened his first commercial facility that grew from a single club to a health club chain with 20 locations in three states. Moore sold the company in 2004. He served as Chairman of the IHRSA Board during the 2005 – 2006 fiscal year prior to being named President and CEO. During his tenure at IHRSA Moore had many accomplishments and played a prominent role in coalition building for the industry.

Today IHRSA’s board of directors has announced that Joe Moore will be departing as the organization’s President and CEO, effective immediately. Moore became President and CEO in 2006 after the retirement of then Executive Director Emeritus John McCarthy. He has a life long legacy of working with and for the health club and fitness industry.

The IHRSA board of directors will be forming a CEO search committee to begin the process of identifying Moore’s replacement. An interim CEO will be named in a matter of days.

IHRSA acting Chairperson Carrie Kepple commented, “Given the pandemic’s impact on the entire industry, the board is assessing the mission and strategic direction of the association as it builds for the future. I want to thank our board members and staff for their dedication and hard work. We wish Joe all the best and thank him for all he has done and for his many years of distinguished service.”

Board Ex-Officio Jim Worthington shared, “IHRSA’s board of directors will undertake an even greater role in promoting, protecting, and growing the fitness industry which is so vital to so many people. We wish Joe the best and look forward to working with our members and vendor partners around the world to continue their resurgence during these unprecedented times.”


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.

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