Jake Steinfeld is one of the fitness industry’s reigning icons, responsible for creating the personal fitness training industry over 30 years ago. A street-smart entrepreneur, he continues to develop successful products, brands, and businesses as Chairman and CEO of Body by Jake Global® (www.bodybyjake.com).
He is revolutionizing the training industry for the digital age with the creation of the web platform FitOrbit® (www.fitorbit.com). FitOrbit is a ground-breaking fitness and weight loss solution that combines the irreplaceable human touch of personal training with the efficiency and affordability of the internet. Prior to FitOrbit, Jake had launched FitTV, the first 24-hour fitness lifestyle network, which he later sold to News Corp.
In the literary world, Jake’s book, I’ve Seen a Lot of Famous People Naked and They’ve Got Nothing on You! was a New York Times® business bestseller and Wall Street Journal® best seller. His other titles include Get Strong! Body by Jake’s Guide to Building Confidence, Muscles and a Great Future for Teenage Guys; PowerLiving by Jake, Eleven Lessons to Change Your Life; and the instructional’s Don’t Quit, and Body by Jake.
Jake’s passion and success has allowed him to make another of his dreams a reality with the creation of Major League Lacrosse® (www.majorleaguelacrosse.com). The nation’s first professional outdoor lacrosse league, MLL is entering its twelfth successful season with teams in Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chesapeake, MD; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Long Island, NY; Rochester, NY; and Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Select games will be nationally televised each week on CBS Sports Network or ESPN2, providing fans with a total of twenty live broadcasts throughout the season. Additionally, all 18 episodes of Inside the MLL, the League’s 30-minute magazine show, will air on CBS Sports Network.
He served under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Jerry Brown as Chairman of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports® (www.calgovcouncil.org), with the mission of establishing California as the nation’s first “Fitness State”. Jake’s goal is to inspire kids to have a “Don’t Quit!” attitude while completing the Governor’s Challenge that requires them to be active for 30-60 minutes a day, 3 days a week for a month. In 2006, the first year of the Challenge, there were 10,000 participants but in 2011 there was a record-breaking 1,408,997 participants in the Governor’s Challenge. Another one of the council’s more successful initiatives that Jake implemented are the Spotlight Awards which honor individuals, organizations and events that positively impact the physical activity and fitness levels of California’s children. The National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) named the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as State Council of the Year two times in a row recognizing Jake’s leadership in promoting health and fitness as a model for the country.
Utilizing the model he developed in California, Jake looks to replicate that success on a national level as the Chairman of the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils (www.nationalgovcouncil.com) which supports state councils by providing fitness centers to schools across our nation.
Ahead of the trends, Jake continues to utilize evolving media, an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to philanthropy by providing hope and solutions to help transform people’s lives.
David Morrow has experienced the sport of lacrosse from all angles - as a player, coach, public relations specialist and equipment manufacturer. Founding Warrior Lacrosse, Inc., one of the leading providers of innovative and high performance lacrosse equipment in the world, and now serving as its CEO/Chairman, Morrow has been involved with the sport of lacrosse for over 15 years. By the time Morrow graduated from Princeton in 1993, he had an earned a stellar lacrosse resume that includes 1992 and 1993 All-American honors, 1992 and 1993 Defenseman of the Year and 1993 NCAA Most Valuable Player in Division I Lacrosse. In 1994 and 1998, Morrow competed for Team USA, which won World Championship honors in Manchester, England and Baltimore, Maryland, respectively. In 1995, Morrow was selected to the "NCAA Silver Anniversary Team“ recognizing the 25 all-time best athletes to play collegiate lacrosse. Since Warrior's inception in 1993, the company has revitalized the country's oldest team sport and emerged as the leading equipment brand in lacrosse. As one of the founding partners of Major League Lacrosse, Morrow and company bring total commitment and passion for the sport and a complete knowledge of the game, the market, the players, the equipment, and the fans. Morrow has always put his "money where his mouth is" when it comes to investing in grassroots lacrosse. In addition to sponsoring various professional and intercollegiate teams (as well as over 200 youth programs, tournaments, and camps each year), Warrior representatives put on clinics, demos and appearances constantly throughout the year. Morrow's prior playing experience and awards has put him in an extremely visible and respected position in the lacrosse community. He has used his experience as a player, in conjunction with his industry relationships, to promote the game of lacrosse throughout the world. Major League Lacrosse is the ultimate extension of the work that he began so long ago.
Tim Robertson currently serves as Chairman of Bay Shore Enterprises, LLC, an investment holding company with activities in international media and Internet technology ventures. He most recently served as president and CEO of International Family Entertainment (IFE), which was best known for its flagship cable network, The Family Channel. IFE was acquired by Fox Kids Worldwide (FKW), in September 1997, and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of FKW. After taking IFE public in 1992, Robertson built The Family Channel into one of America's most watched cable networks. The company also grew to include MTM Entertainment, Inc., a company involved in development, production and distribution of television series and other programs throughout the world; Fit TV; the only 24-hour cable network dedicated to health and fitness; and United Family Communications, a joint venture with United International Holdings. A leader in the cable industry, Robertson has brought a vision to family television that has influenced the marketing of cable to a nation with shifting values. He has served on the boards of a variety of cable and industry groups such as the National Cable Television Association where he received its prestigious Vanguard Award for Young Leadership in 1992, the Cable Television Advertising Bureau, the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the National Academy of Cable Programming and Cable in the Classroom. Robertson is currently on the Board of Visitors for the University of Virginia and is recently appointed member of the Board of Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education in Virginia. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Regent University, Norfolk Academy, and the DON'T QUIT! Foundation and has been appointed to the boards of the Children's Health Foundation and Virginia Marine Science Museum. He is also a member of the Arts and Sciences Alumni Council for the University of Virginia and has served as past campaign co-chairman on the United Way of Virginia Beach and on the Board of Directors of Operation Smile. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Robertson also received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and completed the Executive program in Business Administration at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. Robertson and his wife Lisa have four daughters and a son and reside in Virginia Beach.
Jim Davis, Chairman of New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., bought the Boston-based firm in 1972 when its six-person work force was making 30 pairs of running shoes a day. Today, New Balance employs some 2,600 people worldwide including 1,200 manufacturing associates in five U.S. plants: Boston and Lawrence, MA and Norridgewock and Skowhegan, ME. The fifth facility in Norway, ME, was opened in August 1997. Annual revenues have kept pace -- $100,000 in 1972 to over $1.16 billion in 2001 and $1.54 billion worldwide in 2005. While Davis typically keeps a low personal profile, his success has come to the attention of many over the years, including Footwear News, which honored New Balance as ‘Company of the Year’ in December 1997, the highest award in the industry; the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) which inducted him into the ‘NSGA Hall of Fame’ in July 1997, Inc. Magazine which named him New England Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995 and Business Week magazine, which named him among the nation’s top 10 entrepreneurs of 1993. Davis has also been awarded several Honorary Doctorate degrees including one from his alma mater. Davis graduated from Middlebury (VT) College in 1966 with a degree in biology/chemistry. The year before he and his brothers founded a private business in real estate acquisition and management. Prior to taking over New Balance, Davis worked as a sales engineer at the L.F.E. Corp. of Waltham, MA, and as marketing manager for the Applied Geodata Systems Division of Techven Associates Inc. of Cambridge, MA. Besides being actively involved in New Balance, Davis also has taken time to serve the industry as a whole. He is a current and past board member of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association and, he has served on the boards of the International Athletic Footwear & Apparel Manufacturers Association and the Two/Ten Foundation, Inc. He is a member of the Athletic Footwear Council and is on the Executive Committee of the Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association. Davis also serves on the Industry Sector Advisory Committee (ISAC) on footwear, leather and leather products as well as the Industry Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC) which is the trade advisory committee to the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Locally, Davis serves on the board of trustees of the Sports Museum of New England and The Children’s Museum in Boston as well as the board of directors of Citizen’s Bank in Providence, R.I. He is also a current trustee of Middlebury College and a former trustee of another alma mater, Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA, and currently is a trustee at Newbury College. Under his leadership, New Balance has become a national sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure® series that works to eradicate breast cancer. New Balance is also a generous corporate contributor to a variety of charities in Boston and all the cities where New Balance facilities are located. Davis lives in Newton, MA, with his wife Anne and has two children.