Chief Executive Officer
Gale Landers co-founded Fitness Formula in 1984 and is the sole owner of the company. Under his leadership, the firm has developed its Chicago area network of Fitness Formula Clubs. He holds a Bachelors of Business degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Athletic Administration from Western Illinois University. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), serving as IHRSA Board President in 2000. In 2004, he was elected into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He is a current Board Member of the Chicago Sports Commission.
Human Resources Director
Barb Farruggia joined Fitness Formula Clubs late in 2011 as the Human Resources Director. She has an extensive Human Resources background and intimate knowledge of the hospitality and fitness industries. Barb oversees all HR-related areas of the company including recruiting, benefits, policies, training and compliance.
Chief Technology Officer
Greg Cibura joined Fitness Formula in the summer of 1998. Greg is responsible for designing and implementing technology solutions to support the policies and directives of the company. He maintains existing enterprise systems, while providing direction and support of technology and information operations in accordance with the company core values.
Chief Financial Officer
Brian Singleton joined Fitness Formula in 2008 following seven years in public accounting. He earned his accounting degree from Purdue University. His responsibilities as CFO include managing the firm’s corporate accounting department which oversees all financial reporting, cash management, insurance, and banking relationships.
Vice President of Fitness
Scott Lewandowski, MS, Regional Director for Fitness Formula, joined the company in 1994. He has direct oversight of several FFC locations and leads the development, standardization and growth of our fitness programs and member retention initiatives. He was the 2001 IHRSA/ACE Fitness Director of the Year and is a veteran presenter at fitness industry conventions and conferences. Scott obtained a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Benedictine University in 1997 and is a Certified Personal Trainer with The National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise, a USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach, and Certified Resistance Training Specialist.
Vice President of Operations
Jeff Riney joined the corporate team in the last quarter of 2010 as Regional Director. Jeff has managed multiple club regions in several markets during his 15 plus years in the fitness industry. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Marketing. His focus for FFC will be to provide the leadership and operational support for the amenity and business components, and drive the growth of membership sales to effectively and positively impact business growth.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Daniela is a fitness industry veteran with extensive experience in senior level marketing and communications, multi-channel media planning, public relations management, and community outreach. She held several management positions with FFC in prior years and ascended to her current position in 2013. Daniela is a strong advocate of a healthy lifestyle, has a passion for impacting lives through fitness and wellness, and holds a B.S in Finance from Northern Illinois University.
Regional Spa and Retail Director
Lisa Ellis joined Fitness Formula in 2011 as Regional Director of Spas and Retail. Lisa is responsible for spa operations, spa brand and service direction, and retail for 8 FFC clubs. She has almost a decade of experience in spa management at several award winning spas in the US and PR, and also in the fitness industry. Prior to her career as a Spa Director, Lisa worked for direct and internet marketing companies in operations and business development. Fairly new to Chicago, Lisa is also a licensed massage therapist and originally hails from New York.
Regional Director of Pilates
Liv assists all the clubs with recruiting, staffing, training, selling, and marketing of FFC’s Pilates programs. Liv has taught Pilates for 17 years and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance from the University of California at Irvine. She has owned 2 Pilates studios in Chicago and is also the founding member of the United Pilates Collective (Illinois Chapter), helping to unite Pilates studios and teachers throughout the region and nation.
Regional Director of Corporate Wellness
Kat Byrne is a veteran of the health club industry and focuses primarily on corporate wellness programs. She implements Wellfit, the corporate fitness and wellness program of preventative health service plans to reach new and often inactive membership markets. Kat facilitates corporate sales, business partnerships, and wellness programs as the core of Fitness Formula’s Wellfit, creating a healthier work environment for our corporate clients.
Corporate Staff Accountant
Mike Drozd joined Fitness Formula in the summer of 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a degree in Finance. Mike is responsible for assisting the Director of Finance with the accounting processes in support of all Fitness Formula Clubs.
Human Resource Generalist
Monica Wehba joined Fitness Formula Clubs in late 2011. She took on the role of Human Resource Generalist and will be handling the candidate sourcing, recruitment and various HR responsibilities moving forward. She has several years of healthcare recruitment experience and is eager to utilize that knowledge and background within the fitness industry. Monica is also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management.
Corporate Staff Accountant
Rodney joined Fitness Formula in 2012 with over 15 years experience in payroll and commission analysis administration. He is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds a Bachelor of General Studies in Music Education. Rod is responsible for administration and auditing of all commissionable payrolls, membership gift certificate programs and the FFC Wellfit program accounting.
Corporate Staff Accountant
Shirley joined Fitness Formula in 2009 as was promoted to Corporate Accountant in 2012. She has an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Shirley is responsible for accounts payable and assisting FFC’s Senior Staff Accountant with the accounting processes in support of all Fitness Formula Clubs.
Renee Watts joined Fitness Formula in 2013; she has almost a decade of technology maintenance and repair experience. She holds a B.F.A. in Interactive Arts and Media from Columbia College in Chicago. Renee is responsible for supporting, maintaining and advancing the clubs’ technologies.
Regional Manager of Retail
Amy is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She was recently married, is the proud Aunt of 4 nieces and nephews, and “mom” to two great pups! Prior to joining FFC, Amy worked at the original Kiva Day Spa for five years after receiving her license in massage therapy from Chicago School of Massage.
Sheila Castle joined FFC in 2013 as the Corporate Administrator. She has an extensive executive support and graphic design background. With her previous experience in the the health and wellness industry, she is responsible for providing the corporate office and individual clubs with multi-tiered support.
Josh joined FFC in 2013. He hails from the great North, the frozen tundra of Green Bay. He has worked in graphic design for the past 10 years. One of his main goals as Art Director is to turn everybody at FFC into Packer fans. His passions are music and video/motion design. He is married with two children.