Our Staff

Meet Janice Jaicks

Janice Jaicks has been an aquatic fitness professional since 1985 when she founded Waterworks On Wheels, Inc. In 1997, FitnessFest Conference & Expo was formed. The first conference was attended by 66 fitness professionals. Twenty years later, FitnessFest serves more than 500 fitness professionals each year, offers an amazing expo, and brings the most talented presenters in the country to the Southwest. Janice attributes the success of FitnessFest to her loyal, dedicated and talented staff.
 

Janice is a continuing education provider for ACE, AFAA, and AEA and currently serves as the Fitness Coordinator for Fitness Forum Health Club in Chandler, Arizona. She has gained valuable experience as a national presenter with IDEA, SCW, IAFC, Body Revival and her own FitnessFest conferences. Janice is the founder of FitnessFest Conference & Expo and AquaCon.

Meet Gretchen Carter

Gretchen Carter, B.A. English, worked as an editor and instructional designer before joining up with Janice Jaicks and FitnessFest Conference & Expo. Gretchen has been the conference coordinator, office manager and jack-of-all-trades for FitnessFest for twelve years. Putting her writing, editing, planning, organization and customer service skills to use, Gretchen sees FitnessFest and our other events through from start to finish each year.

“Anyone who has communicated with or has had contact with Gretchen knows, she is the foundation of this company. Gretchen has the attention to detail that is needed to keep everything organized, and she is the true definition of a self-motivator, which is hard to find! She is also always looking for creative ways for us to grow. Loyal, dedicated, and truly kind-hearted, Gretchen is my right and left hand “man” and we would be lost without her.”  - Janice

Meet Joanna Ferguson

Joanna Ferguson has been with FitnessFest Conference & Expo for the last year, serving as a jack of all trades until finding her niche in sponsor/vendor relations. After focusing on her family and being a stay at home mom for ten years, FitnessFest coerced Joanna into rejoining the workforce as part of the team. With a strong customer service background from more than 15 years working in hospitals, restaurants and volunteering with local charities, Joanna is known for her exceptional customer service skills and outstanding attention to detail. Joanna has also organized numerous charity golf tournaments, parties and other functions throughout the past ten years, which fits perfectly with her new job here!

“It amazes me how many people who have been in the workforce for years have no follow-through, no pride in their work, and no loyalty to their employer. Being a boss for over 25 years, I have met and hired (and had to fire) my share of personnel. When you have a small company, you need loyalty, dedication, and people you can trust. You also need an employee that cares about more than just a paycheck. I am truly blessed to have someone like Joanna as part of our team. She has all these qualities, as well as the skills that our team needs!” -Janice

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