ABC Fitness Solutions Unveils ABC IGNITE, Next Generation Club Management Solution

Proven.
Powerful.
That’s ABC.

With our deep industry knowledge and decades of fitness experience, ABC offers the most proven club management solution in the fitness marketplace.

We empower club owners and operators to achieve better financial performance and offer an exceptional member experience that’s true to their brand and mission. Our holistic solution includes an innovative SaaS platform, top-notch Revenue-cycle Management and an unwavering commitment to customer service.

Founded in 1981, ABC has offices in Little Rock (Sherwood), Arkansas, and Dallas (Frisco), Texas, and we partner with nearly 16,000 health clubs and 150,000 fitness professionals. ABC is part of the Thoma Bravo portfolio of companies, a private equity firm based in San Francisco and Chicago.

Our Mission

Promote healthier lives by helping clubs put their members first.

Our Vision

Innovate club management solutions of unparalleled quality and service that enable exceptional member experiences every day.

 

Our Team

Bill Davis

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Bill Davis

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Prior to joining ABC Fitness Solutions, Bill served as the Chief Financial Officer for Paycor, Inc., a Cincinnati-based Human Capital Management Company.

Before joining Paycor, Bill served as the Chief Financial Officer for Blackboard, Inc., from 2012 to 2016. Blackboard, a Washington, D.C.-based technology company, is the global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions, working to improve the experience for millions of students and learners around the world.

From 2002 to 2012, Bill served as the Chief Financial Officer at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, a Chicago-based publicly traded healthcare IT company focused on providing solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results throughout healthcare delivery systems. While at Allscripts, Bill oversaw revenue growth from $80 million in 2002 to approximately $1.4 billion in 2012.

Prior to joining Allscripts, Bill served as the Chief Financial Officer of Lante Corporation, a Chicago-based technology consulting firm, where he helped lead the company’s IPO in February 2000 and subsequent sale in September 2002. From 1991 through 1999, Bill was an accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and his Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.

Bill serves on the Board of the University of Cincinnati Foundation as well as the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.

Khal Rai

Chief Operating Officer

Khal Rai

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to starting at ABC Fitness Solutions, Khal served as the President and CEO of SRS Health, a software and services company in the healthcare industry. He joined SRS in 2014 and was instrumental in creating the company’s vision and strategy. He also consistently collaborated with customers and partners, which resulted in the company receiving the top KLAS rating in its sector.

Khal has over 20 years of global leadership experience serving in technology and software companies. Prior to joining SRS Health, he spent 15 years at General Electric (GE) in increasingly prominent management roles in the organization’s healthcare IT group — including General Management, Product and R&D Leadership positions. He then served as Chief Technical Officer at Omnyx, a joint venture between GE and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

At ABC, Khal will apply expertise from his career in healthcare and technology to develop insightful strategies and solutions to position the company and its clients for future success.

Khal holds a B.S in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.S in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, Indiana.

David Dye

Chief Financial Officer

David Dye

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining ABC Fitness Solutions, David served as Vice President of Finance at BMC Software, a global provider of IT management software solutions. During his tenure at BMC, he led all aspects of financial stewardship for a key business unit and directed various strategic initiatives and process improvement projects in support of that unit’s exceptional results.

David brings over 25 years of corporate finance experience to ABC including strategic planning, budgeting, mergers & acquisitions, contract structuring, and building world-class planning & analysis organizations. A servant leader, David is passionate about leveraging data and automation to create predictive analytics in support of improved decision-making.

At ABC, David will align our finance operations more tightly with our business leaders, accelerate the availability of information and ensure we have the right expertise and optics to deliver insightful analytics in support of our growth objectives.

David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Texas Christian University and his Masters of Business Administration from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Jennifer Mellet

Chief Revenue Officer

Jennifer Mellet

Chief Revenue Officer

Jennifer is a career sales leader with over 20 years of experience. Her career has spanned 3 different industries; telecommunications, travel and most recently senior housing at A Place for Mom.

While at A Place for Mom, Jennifer was an instrumental member of the leadership team who drove nearly 4 times revenue growth resulting in a successful private equity transaction from Warburg Pincus to General Atlantic and Siverlake. She brings with her experience in running both inside and outside sales, account management and operations, while consistently driving high growth and transformation. Jennifer is a driven and thoughtful leader who is not only passionate about driving results focused teams, but passionate about fitness.

Jennifer will be accelerating the ABC revenue growth while maintaining the client intimacy.

Jennifer received her MBA from University of Texas Dallas, and her bachelor’s in criminal justice from San Diego State University.

Cristine Kao

Chief Marketing Officer

Cristine Kao

Chief Marketing Officer

Prior to joining ABC, Cristine served as the Vice President of Global Marketing at ACTIVE Network, a portfolio company of Global Payments Inc., where she accelerated the marketing organization to better serve as a growth engine and to retain its client base.

Cristine has 20 years of experience in the health sector, fueled by her passion to help companies and communities create healthier lives using Information Technology. She has held sales, operations, and marketing positions at Carestream Health, Phreesia and GE Healthcare where she helped launch award-winning products, create global brands, and open up new and niche markets.

Cristine brings her knowledge of modern marketing that includes demand generation, product marketing, sales enablement, and client success to ABC Fitness. Her focus at ABC will be creating compelling and inspirational market engagement and engaging content that will help ABC support the health and fitness club community through ongoing education and engagement.

Cristine has a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Business with a Biochemistry option from the University of Waterloo. She is also an alumna of the Harvard Business School.

Rachana Jain

Chief People Officer

Rachana Jain

Chief People Officer

Rachana brings over 20 years of strategic management experience to the Human Resources function, where she has led teams through organizational development and transformation.

Prior to joining ABC, Rachana served as the Global VP of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition for Emtec, Inc. Over a six-year period, Rachana helped successfully execute a companywide cultural transformation initiative encompassing a complete organizational redesign that helped the company further focus on digitalization and innovation. Prior to Emtec, Rachana held multiple roles at Accenture within its global talent organization.

At ABC Fitness Solutions, Rachana is working to enhance the employee experience by creating a transparent and accountable, performance-driven culture. She will also be leading programs that are investing in employee workforce training and development so that every ABC employee is capable of delivering on our commitment to generating “Raving Fans.”

Rachana holds an MBA in Human Resources from the Delhi School of Economics.

Mike Escobedo

Chief Customer Officer

Mike Escobedo

Chief Customer Officer

In his role as Chief Customer Officer, Mike is responsible for delivering an engaging, proactive relationship with our clients that embodies true partnership. Whether it’s our client’s first day with ABC Fitness Solutions or they are several years into our relationship, his passion is ensuring we deeply understand our clients’ business, their growth strategies, and provide them with every available tool needed to succeed. His teams consist of highly skilled professionals who are business leaders, industry experts, specialize in ABC Fitness’ software, and share the overall vision of ensuring our clients become and remain Raving Fans!

Mike brings several years of executive management experience in the fitness industry, as well as working with many Fortune 500 companies, specifically in areas of client support and customer relations. He has held numerous leadership roles in both private and public sectors.

Mike’s collegiate studies include Computer Science at MTI School of Business & Technology, as well as Business Administration at California State University Sacramento.

Jill Dozier

Chief Services Officer

Jill Dozier

Chief Services Officer

Serving as the Chief Services Officer at ABC Fitness, Jill is responsible for the day-to-day services and support to our clients and members. She is extremely passionate about creating exceptional user experiences through the use of technology and automation.

With over 28 years of ABC experience, Jill has had the opportunity to serve in many different areas of the company. Starting as a Customer Service Representative in 1991, Jill gained extensive knowledge of ABC Fitness’ product and services. This knowledge along with her leadership skills has allowed her to assist with the development of several key areas within the company that has led ABC Fitness Solutions to be the preeminent company that it is today.

Lester Parada

SVP of Professional Services

Lester Parada

SVP of Professional Services

In his role as Senior Vice President of Professional Services, Lester leads the development, growth, and implementation of our various product lines.  His focus is on empowering clients to deliver on their strategic goals through optimization of technology and process.

Lester brings over 15 years of experience in technology operations and product management to the team having held roles in Professional Services, Product Management, Business Development, and Project Management.  Prior to joining ABC, he served as VP of Orthopedics for Nextech, a complete healthcare technology solution for specialty providers.

Lester earned a BS Finance and Management from Montclair State University and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing Management from Rutgers. In addition, he is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional), CSM (Certified Scrum Master) and CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner).

Sharad Mohan

Sharad Mohan

Chief SaaS Officer
Sharad Mohan

Sharad Mohan

Chief SaaS Officer

Sharad Mohan serves as the Chief SaaS Officer for ABC Fitness Solutions. Prior to ABC, Sharad was the Co-Founder and CEO of Trainerize—the company known for digitizing the fitness club experience—and the driving force behind their mission to “make fitness accessible”. Sharad is helping fitness businesses leverage technology to stay relevant in the digital fitness age and engage their members in new ways using mobile and wearable devices.

Sharad’s combined passion for customer experience and digital fitness fuel his commitment to help fitness businesses engage and empower their members through technology and wearables.

Paulo Akiau

President of W12

Paulo Akiau

President of W12

Paulo Akiau is the President of W12, a subsidiary of ABC Fitness Solution and fitness technology leader in Latin America.

With 35+ years of experience in the Fitness Industry, Paulo has dedicated his career to motivate thousands of professionals in more than 40 countries to active lifestyle, people management and leadership. As an entrepreneur, he revolutionized the Brazilian and Latin American industry by founding Body Systems, a company ultimately inspired W12 EVO, the most complete fitness management platform that serves over 4000 fitness clubs, gyms, studios, boxes, dance schools and sports centers.

Paulo is an enthusiast of the fitness technology with soul and leads the W12 EVO team under the united purpose of empowering and simplifying the management of those clubs responsible for improving the lives of millions of people through exercise.

Azeem Nizam

Azeem Nizam

Chief Information Security Officer
Azeem Nizam

Azeem Nizam

Chief Information Security Officer

In his role as Chief Information Security Officer, Azeem is responsible for all aspects of data and information security at ABC. From corporate polices to protecting personal data, Azeem and his team of security experts are working hard every day to make sure that the security, availability, and integrity of the data that our clients’ share with us is protected to the highest standards.

Azeem brings over 22 years of expertise to the team having honed his talents at various global, Fortune-ranked companies. His ambition to identify and mitigate otherwise “evolving industry risks” manifests in building a people-oriented community rooted in alignment, high performance, processes, and collaboration. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, as well as CISSP® and ISSAP® Certifications.

Brian Vidrik

General Counsel

Brian Vidrik

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Brian is responsible for all legal matters for ABC.  Brian brings nearly ten years of experience as the head of the legal departments in various industries including medical information, life and health insurance, private investigations, clinical trials, healthcare, and franchising. His broad range of experience includes an in depth focus on mergers and acquisitions, data privacy, compliance, and contract negotiations, while maintaining a high standard of customer service and creative solutions to his clients and business partners. Prior to joining ABC, Brian served as the General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Legal Officer of Examination Management Services, Inc.

Brian earned his Juris Doctor from The University of Oklahoma College of Law, and his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

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Careers at ABC

We’re always looking for energetic, forward-thinking associates to join our growing team. ABC offers opportunities across multiple specialties, from customer service, sales and marketing to IT and accounting.