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The Biggest Loser Resort Expert Team

Each member of The Biggest Loser Resort's expert team is dedicated to one goal: Your success! To provide the best environment for you to achieve real results, The Biggest Loser Resorts employ an experienced, professional and passionate staff of experts in fitness, nutrition and coaching and/or counseling. All Biggest Loser Resort trainers hold certifications by nationally-recognized organizations, all nutritionists hold a Registered Dietitian designation and/or degrees in dietetics/nutrition from respected universities and all counselors hold degrees and are certified or hold certificates in their respective fields.

The Biggest Loser Resort Co-Founders & Origins

Tami Clark, Michelle Kelsch, and Cameron Kelsch partnered in 2002 to create their own health and wellness company. Each owner presented a unique business component and in 2007, as the company evolved into a successful weight loss destination, the trio built a new fitness center, retail shop, salon, and guest housing and renamed their company "Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa." That same year, they received international recognition as one of the top 10 spas in the world. The resort has helped over 30,000 guests thus far and continues to do so through motivating and encouraging people to make positive changes to their bodies and lives through health, exercise and total body wellness.

The Biggest Loser REsort Management Team

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Lawrence S. Bond

Chief Executive Officer, Fitness Ridge Worldwide

As the Chief Executive Officer of Fitness Ridge Worldwide, LLC, Lawrence Bond is responsible for developing and executing growth strategies to expand The Biggest Loser Resort into a global brand similar to that of the television show, which is viewed in 90 countries around the world. Bond brings extensive strategic experience in hospitality, real estate development, ownership and management to this venture. He is passionate and focused on assisting others and positively impacting the people and communities in which he has invested. The Biggest Loser Resort offers is a unique opportunity to directly impact thousands of people and their families each year. With obesity and unhealthy living habits increasing at epidemic rates, there is no better time than now to expand The Biggest Loser Resorts to help empower people to create a healthy lifestyle.

As Chairman of Bond Companies, a company he co-founded in 1987, Bond has completed transactions on three continents. Besides hospitality, Bond has invested in social game, energy and music companies. Bond is a member of multiple real estate organizations, such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Business Council, Junior Achievement of Southern California, Young Presidents Organization-Malibu Chapter (past chapter chair), World Presidents Organization - Angeleno Chapter (currently vice chair), and is a past board member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

He was a co-founder of the Giffoni Hollywood Children's Film Festival along with his wife, Jennifer, Jon Voight, Steven Paul and Will Smith. He is a Trustee for Alternative Living for the Aging, a nonprofit organization assisting seniors living below the poverty line, and was the 2003 recipient of its Annual Achievement Award. Bond also was honored by the Covenant House of California as its 2006 Platinum Dove Award winner in recognition of his visionary work in Hollywood. His company has received numerous sustainability awards and Bond also has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as its "Developer of the Year.”

Bond is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of business administration degree in real estate and finance, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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David Marshall

Managing Partner, Fitness Ridge Worldwide

As the Managing Partner of Fitness Ridge Worldwide, LLC, David Marshall is responsible for furthering the growth and development of The Biggest Loser Resort brand. He is a serial entrepreneur who brings extensive experience with brand building and has a successful track record with launching both private and public companies.

Prior to Fitness Ridge Worldwide, Marshall was the founder, chairman and CEO of Youbet.com. Under his guidance, Youbet.com became the largest legal online gambling company in the United States, one of the largest broadcasters of live online audio and video, and eventually processed more than 40 percent of all horse race bets in the United States (roughly $8 billion per year). He was also the founder and chairman of ProElite, which, in partnership with Showtime and CBS, became the second largest mixed martial arts league in the United States. ProElite achieved the largest broadcast and live audience for an MMA event (40,000 people at the LA Coliseum) in U.S. history. Prior to that, Marshall founded the Santa Monica Media Corporation, a special purpose acquisition corporation that raised $100 million with Citigroup to pursue acquisitions in the telecom, media, entertainment and gaming sectors.

Marshall also serves as managing partner of Santa Monica Capital Partners, an entrepreneurial merchant bank. Other companies founded by Marshall include, NURX Pharmaceuticals, a drug development and test equipment manufacturer; InterMetro Communications, a long-distance telecom network that utilizes VOIP technology; and NUI, a beverage and entertainment company.

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Tami Clark

Partner, Fitness Ridge Worldwide

Co-Founder, The Biggest Loser, Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa

Tami has over 10 years of experience in hotel management and operations, as well as 9 years owning and operating a successful health and wellness center. As a Partner at Fitness Ridge Worldwide, she is responsible for managing and maintaining strategic business partnerships for the Malibu and Ivins locations. She has invaluable experience with guest management and hospitality, alon with managing financial negotiations, city contracts and building and construction projects. Tami also is uniquely suited to motivate guests, having been through her own transformation after a spinal condition left her confined to a wheelchair in 1996. Her recovery, and her subsequent passion for results-oriented fitness, enables her to inspire guests of the resort to push themselves to achieve their health and wellness goals and ultimately change their lives.

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Michelle Kelsch

Partner, Fitness Ridge Worldwide

Co-Founder, The Biggest Loser, Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa

Michelle combines 15 years as a personal trainer with 10+ years of experience as a business owner in the fitness and health industry. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Fitness & Wellness Management, she has personally developed and overseen many of the exercise and wellness programs at The Biggest Loser Resort.

Michelle is a certified group instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). In addition, she is certified in step aerobics, cycling, kickboxing, mat Pilates, yoga, spinning and personal training.

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Cameron Kelsch

Partner, Fitness Ridge Worldwide

Co-Founder, The Biggest Loser, Fitness Ridge Resort & Spa

Cameron has 10+ years of expertise on both the training and business development side of the fitness and weight loss industry. He has contributed to nearly every aspect of The Biggest Loser Resort over the years, from marketing and sales to leading fitness classes and coordinating spa treatments. Currently, as a Partner at Fitness Ridge Worldwide, he is involved in the operations of all The Biggest Loser Resorts.

Cameron is certified as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

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Howard Cohl

Chief Marketing Officer, Fitness Ridge Worldwide

As the Chief Marketing Officer of Fitness Ridge Worldwide, LLC, Howard Cohl utilizes over 20 years of experience creating innovative marketing and revenue-generating strategies. As CMO, Cohl is responsible for overseeing all facets of marketing, media, strategic partnerships and business development activities in an effort to promote all resort properties as the destination choice for achieving optimal health, fitness and wellness.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of the San Francisco School of Law. After beginning his career as a corporate attorney, Cohl transitioned to the executive ranks of private and public media, marketing and consulting companies. He has subsequently spearheaded initiatives in publishing, licensing, cross-promotions, mergers and acquisitions, e-commerce and new product development across numerous sectors including health, hospitality, sports, consumer packaged goods, fashion and others. He is also a member of the State Bar of California and the author of three published books.

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Derek Johnson

Executive Nutrition Director, Fitness Ridge Worldwide

As Executive Nutrition Director of Fitness Ridge Worldwide, LLC, Derek Johnson is responsible for the overall direction, curriculum and management of the nutrition and integrative health goals of all the resorts. He also manages strategic partnerships and staff training and provides nutrition expertise for marketing and media-related outlets in order to help all guests learn to make healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes.

Derek is also an integrative/holistic nutritionist and celebrity food coach at New Metabolism, his thriving private practice located in Santa Monica, California. His practice provides personal and tailored nutrition and overall wellness programs that encourage people on how to making healthy, and sustainable, lifestyle changes. Derek is considered an expert in weight loss resistance, gastrointestinal health, adrenal fatigue and many other areas and also confers with a panel of notable physicians on a case-by-case basis. Since its founding in 2000, he has helped thousands of people across the country to reach and maintain their wellness goals. Derek lectures at seminars and corporation events and has been featured on various TV networks including E! Entertainment as well as in books and magazines including PEOPLE, ELLE and Men’s Fitness. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Dietetics from California State University, Chico, averages over 100 hours of CE per year and is a member of many nutrition associations.

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