Planet Fitness Chief Executive Officer Chris Rondeau Named Ey Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 2016 Award Winner In New England Region
NEWINGTON, NH, June 30, 2016 – EY announced that Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer of Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Consumer Services category in New England.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“I’m incredibly honored to receive this prestigious award, especially in the Customer Services category,” said Planet Fitness' Chief Executive Officer, Chris Rondeau. “Planet Fitness was founded with the purpose to enhance people’s lives by providing an affordable, high-quality fitness experience in a non-intimidating environment where everyone feels like they belong. My passion for my work is continuously inspired by the drive to deliver value for our members and success for our franchisees.”
Chris Rondeau has been with Planet Fitness for over 20 years and has played a key role in developing the fitness concept that has revolutionized the fitness industry with its extremely low prices and hassle-free, non-intimidating environment called the Judgement Free Zone®. Mr. Rondeau has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2012, leading the $1.5 billion business and franchising powerhouse which currently has more 8 million members and over 1,100 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic.
Chris Rondeau was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA on June 23, 2016. Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. As a New England award winner, Chris Rondeau is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2017.
About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. With more than 1,100 locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the Dominican Republic, Planet Fitness’ mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 90% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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