CHUCK RUNYON For his “unprecedented and unique contributions to the fitness industry,” Chuck Runyon was honored as the “Industry Visionary of the Year” by the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) in 2009. More recently Runyon was honored by Chief Executive magazine with its inaugural “Leadership” award for his commitment to investing in people and relationships. Specifically noted were Runyon’s efforts to help his employees become not merely more productive workers, but better people. Central to Runyon’s leadership philosophy is the concept of “ROEI” – the return on emotional investment – which is characterized by an emphasis on people, profits, purpose and play.
Under Runyon’s leadership, Anytime Fitness has earned numerous industry accolades, including the #1 ranking on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious “Franchise 500” list for 2014… “One of America’s Most Promising Companies”… “Top Global Franchise” and “Fastest-Growing Fitness Club.” Additionally, Anytime Fitness has been honored as a “Military Friendly Franchise,” a “Top Franchise for Minorities” and “The Best Place to Work in Minnesota” -- two years in a row.