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press release: GymNation

GymNation celebrates double victory at UAE Employee Happiness Awards

14 Jun 2024
/ GymNation
GymNation, the UAE’s largest gym chain, is proud to announce its outstanding achievements at the UAE Employee Happiness Awards.

The company secured double award honours:

Best Company to Work For – SME.
The Rise to Success Award for UAE Country Director - William Rasmussen-Dean.

Six years ago, Rasmussen-Dean walked into an interview for a sales executive position, completely new to the industry (and wearing a dodgy three-piece suit!).

Today, he is the country director for the UAE’s largest gym chain, overseeing 12 open locations (with three more coming soon), serving more than 75,000 members, and leading a team of approximately 500 GymNation professionals, reflecting his ongoing leadership capabilities and dedication.

Loren Holland, CEO of GymNation, praised Rasmussen-Dean's achievements:

"There's no more deserving winner of this year's 'Rise to Success Award' than our very own William. I knew he was cut from a different cloth when he worked an entire Dubai summer out of a Sheikh Zayed Road shipping container, with no AC, to deliver a 5,000-member pre-sell for a non-existent start-up gym brand.

“William’s rise since those start-up days, from our first sales agent to now being our country director, has mirrored that of GymNation's growth and he's played an integral part in building GymNation into the business and brand it is today.

“As well as William's individual Rise to Success Award, GymNation also collected the award for 'Best SME Company to Work For' on the night. Having a great culture and investing in our team is central to our company ethos, and it was fantastic to see this recognised by the Employee Happiness Awards- UAE.

“I’d like to give a huge shout-out to every member of the incredible GymNation team and the unstoppable culture we’ve all built together. These awards are for all of you to share!”


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press release: GymNation

GymNation celebrates double victory at UAE Employee Happiness Awards

14 Jun 2024
/ GymNation
GymNation, the UAE’s largest gym chain, is proud to announce its outstanding achievements at the UAE Employee Happiness Awards.

The company secured double award honours:

Best Company to Work For – SME.
The Rise to Success Award for UAE Country Director - William Rasmussen-Dean.

Six years ago, Rasmussen-Dean walked into an interview for a sales executive position, completely new to the industry (and wearing a dodgy three-piece suit!).

Today, he is the country director for the UAE’s largest gym chain, overseeing 12 open locations (with three more coming soon), serving more than 75,000 members, and leading a team of approximately 500 GymNation professionals, reflecting his ongoing leadership capabilities and dedication.

Loren Holland, CEO of GymNation, praised Rasmussen-Dean's achievements:

"There's no more deserving winner of this year's 'Rise to Success Award' than our very own William. I knew he was cut from a different cloth when he worked an entire Dubai summer out of a Sheikh Zayed Road shipping container, with no AC, to deliver a 5,000-member pre-sell for a non-existent start-up gym brand.

“William’s rise since those start-up days, from our first sales agent to now being our country director, has mirrored that of GymNation's growth and he's played an integral part in building GymNation into the business and brand it is today.

“As well as William's individual Rise to Success Award, GymNation also collected the award for 'Best SME Company to Work For' on the night. Having a great culture and investing in our team is central to our company ethos, and it was fantastic to see this recognised by the Employee Happiness Awards- UAE.

“I’d like to give a huge shout-out to every member of the incredible GymNation team and the unstoppable culture we’ve all built together. These awards are for all of you to share!”


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GymNation
Address: Control Tower, Motor City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Loren Holland: founder and CEO
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Key personnel
Loren Holland: founder and CEO
Frank Afeaki: founder and COO
Ant Martland, founder and CCO
William Rasmussen-Dean, country director
Karl Foster, CTIO
Ishan Patil, head of finance
Ian Mullane, board member
Key customers
GymNation is a community to support everyone, to celebrate and inspire each other to become better versions of themselves, by living happier, healthier and more active lives.
Plans for the next 12 months
Today, GymNation stands at 12 open UAE locations, with 12 more locations in fit-out across the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Once these locations mature we will reach 23 gyms and over 150,000 members, and with many more in the pipeline our aim is to become the largest gym chain across the GCC.

Behind the scenes, we’re diligently advancing our position as a world leading operator in the integration of technology, artificial intelligence, and data analytics.

Our commitment extends beyond mere application, aiming to spearhead discussions and set benchmarks within the fitness industry and beyond, ensuring GymNation remains at the cutting edge of innovation.

We’re not just building gyms; our vision is to play a lead role as the region’s movement partner, championing healthy and active lifestyles alongside the importance of mental health and well-being.
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