Meet The Conference Track Chairs

Marisa Hoff - Programming Track Chair

Director of Operations | E3 Consulting
Marisa Hoff has successfully managed Stevenson Fitness since its inception in 2010. Hoff has worked to build a membership base of nearly 2,000 members with a high net promoter score (consistently in the 80s) and high retention rates. Both group X and personal training have thrived under her leadership. Hoff has shared strategies for success at various fitness business conferences.

Bill McBride - Leadership and Managment Track Chair

Co-Founder | President & CEO Active Wellness
Bill McBride is a health club industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, medical fitness centers, residential, community, multi-tenant and corporate fitness sites. He co-founded Active Sports Clubs and Active Wellness LLC. McBride has served as chairman of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association Board of Directors, president of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association and served on the Industry Advisory Board for the American Council of Exercise. He is actively engaged as an author on industry education, serves on several fitness-related technology company advisory boards, serves on the Medical Wellness Association and MedFit Network advisory boards and speaks regularly on industry topics throughout the world.

Dr. Kevin Steele - Healthcare & Fitness Integration Track Chair

President | PTA Global, PTontheNet
Kevin Steele has been in the health and fitness industry for the past 30 years. He began his career with a private personal training business for celebrities and athletes while serving as the aquatic director and faculty member in physical education and sports medicine at Pepperdine University. During this period, he also worked with a local physician specializing in preventive executive healthcare programs for corporations throughout the United States. Steele then worked at Health & Tennis Corporation of America as the director of education, research and member services where he managed the fitness department and launched the first national platform for personal training.

Chris Stevenson - Retention Track Chair

Founder | E3 Consulting
Chris Stevenson is the owner of Stevenson Fitness, a full-service health club in Oak Park, California. The club’s success is based on providing an unparalleled member experience, which centers on proper staffing, systematic operations, and world-class leadership. Stevenson is an international speaker who presents viable, applicable lectures that resonate with every audience.


Matt Wright - Personal Training Track Chair

VP of Personal Training & Programming  | City Fitness
Matt Wright MS, EP-C is the VP of Personal Training and Programming at City Fitness in Philadelphia, PA. Matt has spent 10+ years in fitness leadership with an emphasis on member engagement, programmatic solutions for personal/group training, staff education/retention and team culture. Matt is an international presenter/educator, member of the IDEA World Personal Trainer Committee and former president of NEHRSA. Matt has educated as an adjunct professor teaching: Kinesiology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Exercise Technique & Prescription. He holds a masters degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology and is a certified exercise physiologist.