President & Co-founder of Anytime Fitness and Self Esteem Brands
With more than 25 years experience managing, consulting, owning and franchising health clubs, Dave Mortensen has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. Mortensen revolutionised the fitness industry when he and Chuck Runyon co-founded Anytime Fitness – an alternative to big-box gyms. In contrast, Mortensen and Runyon designed smaller, neighbourhood clubs featuring the things members want most: convenience, a affordability, quality equipment and surprisingly personable service in friendly, non-intimidating facilities.
The first Anytime Fitness club opened its doors in Cambridge, MN in May of 2002. In the years since, Anytime Fitness has quickly become an international powerhouse - with more than 3,500 gyms located in all 50 states and nearly 30 countries on five continents, serving 3 million members.
Under Mortensen’s leadership, Anytime Fitness has earned numerous industry accolades, including “One of America’s Most Promising Companies,” “Top Global Franchise” and “Fastest-Growing Fitness Club.” Additionally, Anytime Fitness has been honoured as a “Top Franchise for Minorities” and “The Best Place to Work in Minnesota” four years in a row.