The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced that Rick Stollmeyer, executive chairman and co-founder of Mindbody will keynote at the 2020 event. Taking place November 8–11 at The Breakers Palm Beach with the theme of “Resetting the World with Wellness,” the 14th annual Summit brings together top thought leaders in the business of wellness.
“At this year’s Summit, we are celebrating the individuals, companies and products that are reimagining wellness through technology, and Rick is a pioneering example of a well tech entrepreneur,” said Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GWS.
Stollmeyer will share his unique experience as a successful wellness tech industry entrepreneur and innovator, as well as one of the leading architects of the wellness industry. He will also dive into where he thinks the industry is headed as it enters what he has dubbed the “fourth wave of wellness.”
“Rick is a true innovator who has long advocated for wellness businesses and has proven himself able to understand, envision and create the solutions needed to succeed often before the businesses themselves know they need it,” said Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GWS.
Stollmeyer explains that the first wave of wellness hit when baby boomers came of age and big box health clubs were all the rage. Then, came a second wave with Gen Xers and a love of boutique wellness fitness studios (i.e. yoga, Pilates, SoulCycle, etc.). The third wave is thanks to millennials who brought on the onslaught of mobile fitness apps and digital technology in wellness and started to revolutionize at-home fitness.
“The fourth wave has just begun – accelerating the at-home fitness craze in ways not imaginable pre-COVID, but live streaming is just the tip of the iceberg in the digital wellness revolution to come,” said Stollmeyer.
“Rick led Mindbody for two decades and, more recently, oversaw the company’s successful and lightning-fast pivot to a business-saving digital platform for tens of thousands of its wellness, fitness and spa clients. Rick clearly has a proven track record and brings insight into what’s coming next in our industry,” stated Ellis.