Our Leaders

Bahram Akradi

Bahram Akradi founded Life Time®, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, in 1992 with a goal of helping people achieve their health and wellness goals by delivering entertaining, educational, friendly and inviting, functional and innovative experiences with uncompromising quality and unparalleled service. From the very beginning, Akradi led the company with a focus on serving members' needs first with the belief that business results naturally would follow. Nearly 30 years later, it's a principle that has proven itself time and time again. Not only has Life Time established a unique and powerful model in the health and fitness space, the company invented an entirely new industry – Healthy Way of Life – in which Life Time operates in a category of its own.

Today, Akradi continues to apply his more than 35 years of experience in the evolution of Life Time and its brand, beginning with Life Time's category redefining, high-end, multi-purpose health and wellness resorts, and extending to the development of comprehensive, healthy way of life villages that are destined to change the way consumers live, work and play.

Within the ever-changing retail landscape, Akradi has formed partnerships with leading commercial property owners and developers nationwide to transform former mall anchor store spaces into Life Time's large, healthy way of life athletic resort destinations. The company also introduced Life Time Work, an entirely new concept that is redefining the shared workspace industry. Through the thoughtful and deliberate application of space geometry, color psychology, timeless materials and finishes, Life Time has created environments that promote a healthy mindset. Plus, since each Life Time Work membership includes access to its athletic resorts, members and their teams can be productive, engaged and healthy.

Akradi and Life Time now are extending this thinking further with the launch of Life Time Living – high-end, leased residences that combine functional space design, luxurious amenities and finishes, and the latest in connected home technology to provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Here too, Life Time Living residences are being built onsite with several Life Time athletic resorts, meaning resident members always have Life Time's healthy way of life programs and services available within quick reach.

Prior to launching Life Time, Akradi led U.S. Swim & Fitness Corporation (formerly Nautilus Fitness Center, Inc.) from 1984-1989 as co-founder, Executive Vice President, and part owner. U.S. Swim & Fitness was the second-largest health club company in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market when Akradi and his partners sold it to Bally Total Fitness in 1986. After continuing to operate the business as a division of Bally for more than two years, Akradi left the company to develop business plans and secure investors for Life Time, which was launched three years later.

Akradi began his career at Nautilus Fitness Center while attending the University of Colorado and completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

Life Time is headquartered in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

For more information about Bahram Akradi or Life Time, please contact Jason Thunstrom at 952-229-7435 or jthunstrom@lt.life, or visit lifetime.life.

Other Leadership

 

Freddy Akradi  
Vice President-Life Time Technology
Kyle Beste          
Vice President-Group Fitness
John M. Brennan
Vice President-Human Capital
     
Matthew J. Brinza
Senior Vice President-Architecture and Engineering
Kari Broyles
Vice President-Deputy General Counsel

Matthew Troy Busot      
Vice President of Product and Engineering

     
Amy Cervantes
Vice President-Compensation and Payroll
Jessica DePetro
Senior Vice President-Finance
Keith Dieruf
Vice President-Digital Marketing
     
Brian J. Everson
Vice President-Product Development
Joseph Gallagher
Vice President-Web and New Club Opening Sales
John Griffith
Senior Vice President-Real Estate and Development
     
Joseph A. Hall
Vice President-Club Operations
Matthew Heinrichs
Vice President-Life Time Technology
Bryan M. Janowiec
Vice President-Facility Operations
     
Abdollah Javidan
Vice President-New Club Openings
Kelly Johansen
Vice President-National Sales
Alicia Northey Kockler
Vice President-Aquatics and Kids Programming
     
Aaron T. Koehler              
Vice President-Development
Nicholas Peter Koros
Senior Vice President-Construction
Christopher P. Lacher
Vice President Finance- Life Time Construction
     
Steven Larson Jr.
Senior Vice President-Club Operations
Mark W. Laylin
Senior Vice President-National Sales
Paul R. Lijewski
Vice President-Membership Product and Pricing
     
Erik A. Lindseth
Senior Vice President-General Counsel
Kevin T. Logan
Senior Vice President-East Region
Renee Main
Senior Vice President-Marketing
     
Tom Manella
Vice President of Personal Training Operations
Amber N. McMillan
Vice President-Revenue Growth Initiatives
Michael Melley
Vice President of Operations
     
Laura L. Messerli
Regional Vice President
Nicholas Mulkey
Vice President-Life Time Technology
Benjamin Nelsen
President of LifeCafe
     
Mark Nordland
Senior Vice President-Mixed Use Development
Dennis J. O'Connell
Regional Vice President
Lisa Pollock
Senior Vice President-Human Resources
     
Patrick D. Regan
Vice President-Procurement
Eric Rose
Vice President-Construction
Levi Severson
Vice President-Asset Management
     
Kimo Seymour
Senior Vice President-Media and Events
Kevin D. Siegel
Vice President-Member Experience Officer
Efonda Sproles
Vice President-Scouting
     
Marc Stephens
Vice President-Creative
David Pettrone Swalve
Vice President-Life Time Education
Jason Thunstrom
Vice President-Public Relations and Corporate Communications
     
Brett Michael Walek
Vice President-IT Infrastructure and Operations
Erik D. Weaver
Vice President and Controller
Julie W. Yager
Senior Vice President-Architecture and Design
     
Alexandra M. Yanez
Vice President-LifeSpa