Local Leader Picked From Pool Of 197K, Wins Nat’l CEO Award

Local Leader Picked From Pool Of 197K, Wins Nat’l CEO Award

Chief Executive magazine presented Chuck Runyon, co-founder and CEO of Hastings-based Anytime Fitness, with the award in its “Leadership” category.

Chief Executive magazine chose Anytime Fitness co-founder and CEO Chuck Runyon from a pool of 197,000 candidates as a winner of its inaugural “Mid-Market CEO Award” program.
 
Runyon, the leader of the Hastings-based fitness franchise, received the award in the “Leadership” category. Steve LaBella of iSend—a Middlebury, Connecticut-based money transfer website—won in the “Innovation” category and Jeff Silver of Coyote Logistics, LLC—a Chicago-based courier service—won in the “Overall Excellence” category.

 
Chief Executive magazine enlisted the help of industry experts to determine the “Mid-Market CEO Award” winners. Its selection committee—a panel of five judges from various companies and institutions including 1-800-Flowers.com, Snap-on, and Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business—chose the three winners.
 
The committee used qualitative and quantitative criteria to select 100 finalists from among 197,000 public and private firms nationwide whose annual revenue ranged from $10 million to $1 billion. When narrowing down the candidates, the committee considered firms with “compelling leaders” that demonstrated “superior growth” relative to their industries, “unusual” business practices or models, and an ability to leverage assets in unique ways. Additional research and personal interviews were conducted to choose the three winners.
 
“While the concept behind Anytime Fitness was clearly a winner, the company’s leadership philosophy—one the founders describe as ‘ROEI,’ or ‘Return on Emotional Investment’—is as integral to its success as its business model,” J.P. Donlon, Chief Executive’s editor-in-chief, said in a statement.
 
Runyon said that Anytime Fitness’ success stems from investments in its workforce.
 
“Some companies are good at reinvesting in their employees, but it’s about helping them become better employees,” Runyon said in a statement. “We invest a significant amount of resources to help our employees become better people.”
 
Those resources include regular workshops on a variety of topics, such as gardening, skydiving, financial planning, and parenting.
 
Runyon accepted Chief Executive’s award on Wednesday at the National Center for the Middle Market at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.
 
Anytime Fitness operates clubs that are open 24-hours, 365-days-per-year and serves approximately 2 million members in North America, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Grand Cayman, Qatar, India, Chile, and Japan. The International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recently named the franchise the world’s fastest-growing fitness club for the sixth year in a row, after it added 260 new locations last year. Anytime Fitness currently has more than 2,200 clubs worldwide and it acquired the Denver-based hair removal chain Waxing the City in April. Earlier this month, local chiropractor Tara Watson opened an Anytime Fitness club in North Minneapolis—one that she hopes will revitalize the neighborhood.