Josh Trent, Founder
Josh Trent, NASM CPT, CES, BCS is the founder of www.wellnessforce.com and host of the Wellness Force Radio Podcast, a top ranked iTunes show in Health, Self-Help, and Fitness & Nutrition that showcases world class experts in both physical and emotional wellness.
As the host of the Fitness Industry Technology Council’s “Fitness + Technology Podcast,” Josh spotlights the work of global fitness and wellness brands, and how their contributions through new technologies are positively influencing the industry.
Awarded “Top 50 Digital Health Influencers 2015” by Onalytica, Josh is a wellness content creator and coach with over 12 years in the industry. As a regular contributor to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, and WellnessFX, Josh believes we are now in the most exciting time ever known to use new technologies for enhancing our personal wellness.
His vision for Wellness Force is to empower greater wellness in over one million lives through the channels of technology and emotion that help men and women live life well + enjoy the process.
Bryan K. O'Rourke, Business Advisor
Bryan O'Rourke is an accomplished CEO, strategic adviser, entrepreneur, investor, author and professional speaker. His expertise in technology, strategy, development, marketing, management and finance has led to a track record of results in fitness and wellness, food and beverage, international trade, technology and franchising.
Bryan has led organizations and projects in Asia, the EU, and the Americas. He has transformed organizations and brought stakeholders together in a variety of roles. Bryan has served as a court appointed expert and advises public and private for-profits, non-profits, NGO's and government agencies. He has successfully closed a number of private and public financings and managed M&A activity as a principal, agent or adviser.
He is an acknowledged thought leader in fitness, wellness and technology. His articles have been published in a variety of established periodicals and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and New York times, among other leading newspapers. Bryan O'Rourke has been a featured speaker and presenter at industry conferences in the heath club, fitness, business and technology space on four continents. He served as a member of the American Council on Exercise/s Industry Advisory Panel and was named by IHRSA's CBI as one of 13 to watch in 2013.
Lauren Bryant, Podcast Production
Lauren Bryant is the Podcasting Assistant and Show Notes Writer for Wellness Force Radio. She has a BBA in both Marketing and Spanish for Business as well as certificates in Advanced Business Communications and International Business from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
Lauren’s wellness journey began at a young age when she joined her local YMCA swim team, The Wave, of La Crosse, WI. One of the most profound views on wellness that anyone has said to her was when she was an assistant swim coach for that same YMCA swim team.
One day during a practice, former head swim coach, Jon Brenner, shared with her that the most important thing about coaching the swimmers was that “It doesn’t matter if they become the best athletes in the world. What’s important is that we give them the tools and guidance they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle for the rest of their lives.”
Since hearing those words, she has taken it to heart to not only focus on continuously living her own healthy lifestyle, but to help others pursue their wellness goals as well.
Lauren’s not only an avid swimmer, but a fan of running, yoga, cooking, and doing any activity outside that involves being surrounded by nature. In the Fall of 2014, she completed a long-awaited goal of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
According to Lauren, wellness is about finding gratitude and joy in doing any type of physical or self-care activity that we love. Wellness means providing ourselves with self-love, good nutrition, and the inner peace that our individual minds and bodies need.
Buzzy Torek, Podcast Sound Engineering
Buzzy Torek is the Sound Engineer for the Wellness Force Radio Podcast and the Co-Founder of Epicast Network, which supports production of 20 podcasts on iTunes in 2017. Buzzy and his team produce Multimedia/Entertainment specialists based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
They also provide high-quality multimedia in virtually every format, from live podcasts and live streaming to audio engineering and more.
Buzzy has been engineering audio for over a decade and is a consummate professional at organizing, indexing, and structuring podcast information to make relevant podcasts show up in the right iTunes searches, as well as white-hat SEO strategies that maximize being discovered by potential listeners.
He lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is a pillar of artistic talent in his community.
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Fitness Industry Technology Council
The Fitness Industry Technology Council is a group of professionals representing leading companies/organizations in the fitness industry. The council seeks to grow the fitness industry, improve fitness user experience and mature the collection of real-time wellness data through the creation of interoperability standards for technology-based fitness devices. FIT-C is established as a non-profit membership organization and was formed to address the following industry issues:
– Mobilize resources to drive the fitness industry forward
– Develop and promote technology standards for fitness equipment
– Protect the intellectual property of current and prospective participants
– Provide a means for all sectors of the fitness industry to participate