September 8, 2011, Independence, VA—Med-Fit Systems, Inc., manufacturer of Nautilus® commercial products, announced today that Sean Smith, former 24 Hour Fitness Executive will serve as Chief Operating Officer for Med-Fit Systems, Inc.
Smith, 44, will be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Med-Fit’s finance, IT, purchasing, manufacturing, logistics, certification and compliance as well as facilities and legal. Smith will report directly to Dean Sbragia, CEO of Med-Fit Systems, Inc.
Smith most recently served as Senior Director at 24 Hour Fitness, a fitness club chain with over $1 billion in annual revenue. While at 24 Hour Fitness, Smith delivered $335 million in savings due to operational improvements over a 10-year period, while implementing a procurement process that produced annual savings in excess of $33 million.
Before that, Smith spent 5 years as the Systems and Operations Planning Manager for Toyota Motor Sales, USA. He spent significant time training in Japan and then implementing and teaching their continuous improvement process (Kaizen) and JIT (Just in Time) methods to North American operations. He achieved the highest level of Certified Kaizen Master.
“I am extremely excited to have Sean join Med-Fit’s executive leadership team, where we will benefit immensely from his experience, proven track record of success and running a best-of-class operation, while implementing quality controls and value to customers. Sean is ideally suited to assist us in maximizing the facilities and personnel in our Virginia manufacturing facility,” said Dean Sbragia, CEO of Med-Fit Systems, Inc.
“More than ever, Med-Fit’s growth opportunities abound as a result of our strong product innovation pipeline. Sean’s leadership will help ensure we harness this potential and fully realize the growth opportunities before us. He will be a vital attribute to our team and our success moving forward, added Sbragia.”
“I appreciate all of the opportunities that 24 Hour Fitness has provided to me during my 12-year career and I’m thrilled to bring that experience to Med-Fit Systems. As one of the global commercial fitness equipment leaders, Med-Fit Systems offers limitless opportunities, said Smith.
I’ve worked with Med-Fit Systems for years as a customer and when you look at the incredible lineup of innovative products and technologies Med-Fit Systems is poised to deliver over the next couple of years, it is a very exciting place in which to contribute and work to change the fitness world, added Smith.”
Med-Fit Systems, Inc. is a twenty-three year old physical therapy and senior care products provider located in Southern California. On February 19, 2010, the company purchased the assets of the commercial fitness equipment division from Nautilus, Inc.