PFP is excited to announce the Top 10 finalists for the 2013 Trainer of the Year, scheduled to be announced at Club Industry 2012 …

Valorie Ness
Valorie is the CEO of the award-winning Catalyst Fitness Midtown, a 15,000 square-foot facility located in Atlanta, Ga. Catalyst Fitness is Georgia's only medically-recognized personal training and performance enhancement facility.

Grant Roberts
Grant’s resume includes speaker; writer; host of a top-rated radio show in Los Angeles; blogger; advisor and consultant to the U.S. military and Surgeon General; celebrity trainer and philanthropist. He has approximately two million followers using his Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle-branded apps.

Mike Koskiniemi
Mike is the creator of SOAR-Student Optimization and Readiness, an innovative online "live" system that allows schools to have their students exercise daily with a certified fitness professional.

Joe Vennare
Joe has taken his in-home training to a 12,000 square-foot fitness center to what is now a four-company, international fitness empire that is developing innovative and top-notch online programs, books, DVDs, instructor certifications and manuals.

Elijah Bishop
Elijah is a recognized and trusted figure in the state of Kentucky. He is the creator of fitness programs for at-risk teens, mentally handicapped and other special populations including HIV/AIDS patients, cancer patients and the aging community.

Astria Goolsby
Founder of Verve Health and Wellness Consulting, Astria provides fitness and wellness programs for over 10 local schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, Job Corps and city officials to provide health and wellness programs, policies and training.

Frank Campitelli
Featured on ABC's reality show "Shark Tank," Frank is a leading fitness professional and the innovator behind several fitness products including the TITAN 1000 home gym and the NITROSWING home gym for golfers.

Jolie Glassman
Jolie, owner of South Florida Boxing, one of the longest-standing gyms in Miami Beach, is the energy behind several community-driven programs including "Lean Teens" offering after-school boxing and self-defense classes for students ages 11-17.

Lisa Coors
At Coors Core Fitness, Lisa trains "real athletes:" those who are afflicted by disease, joint and back dysfunctions, ability challenges and athletes who have been sidelined by injury. She is striving to define a new model of personal training.

Kyle Brown
Celebrity trainer, entrepreneur and host of Fox Sport Network's upcoming show "I Wanna be a World Class Athlete!" Kyle is committed to combat childhood obesity through his organization Strive 4 Fitness, Live Like a Champion, a program designed to offer kids a safe and affordable program through the National PAL (Police Athletics/Activities League).

Our finalists will now participate in the second round of judging, and soon a winner will be crowned. Congratulations to all of you!

Contest updates will be posted on PFP’s website (, and can be followed on Twitter (#TOTY2013).

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year' competition. We received a record-number of applicants, all from men and women doing incredible things in our industry. We thank all of you, and encourage you to participate again next year.

This year's winner will receive over $15,000 in prizes and donations!

• Free Precor AMT with Open Stride; winner's choice of either the 835 or 885 console (Value up to $11,495)*
• $500 Power Systems Gift Certificate
• $200 in spending money for your time at Club Industry 2012 from Power Systems
• Free domestic flight to Club Industry 2012 in October in Las Vegas courtesy of Power Systems**
• Free BodyMetrix Professional System – Ultrasound Body Composition ($1,895 value)
• Free NFPT Personal Trainer Certification, Premier Package or Master Trainer Course ($500 value)
• Free two-night stay at Club Industry 2012 show hotel
• 2013 PFP Trainer of the Year trophy
• Winner announced on stage at Club Industry 2012
• Cover and Journey to Success spotlight in the November-December issue of PFP

And to everyone who was nominated or filled out an application …

One of the benefits of your application or nomination is 50% off the Conference Program at Club Industry 2012, October 10-12 in Las Vegas. Stay current on your certifications and CEC/CEU credits and see the newest in training equipment and technology from leading manufacturers. Plus you'll be there to see the 2013 Trainer of the Year Awards! Don't wait, register today for Club Industry. View all session details, exhibitor list and special events and tour schedule.

Good luck to all of our finalists & see you in Las Vegas!
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*The unit will be shipped to a local authorized Precor installer after the winner has been notified and has determined which console they prefer. Precor will also pay up to $250 of installation/set up fee to the local authorized installer. Shipment via Precor's method/carrier of choice, to address/installer within the continental United States. Shipment/installation outside of the continental United States will be the responsibility of the winner. Award substitutions at equal or greater value at the sole determination and discretion of Precor Incorporated.

**One domestic round-trip ticket from your location to Las Vegas.