Victoria BC native, Steven Nash, is a world class athlete and philanthropist. Currently playing for the L.A. Lakers, Steve is considered to be one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the league. A two time MVP and an eight time NBA all star, Steve has earned the reputation of being a leader both on and off the court.
Following an outstanding high school basketball career in Victoria, Steve garnered little attention from US College recruiters. He was eventually picked up by Santa Clara University head coach Dick Davey, and began his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns not long after. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998.
In the 2003-04 season, Steve signed back on with the Phoenix Suns. He was instrumental in dramatically transforming the fortunes of the Suns, leading them to an NBA-best 62-20 win-loss record, as well as into the Western Conference Finals. In 2012, Steve signed on with L.A Lakers.
Off the court, Steve is actively involved with multiple charities including his own. In 2001, he founded the Steve Nash foundation to help less fortunate children grow up in healthy and active environments. In 2006, Time Magazine named Steve as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his leadership in the sports and global community.
One of the leading business minds in the fitness industry. He is also the President of The Atwater Club, a private racquet club, and the Mansfield Club, a high-end fitness facility, both located in Montreal. Leonard was a co-founder of 24 Hour Fitness, one of the world's largest privately owned and operated fitness center chains and was its chairman from 1986 to 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University (great distinction) and an MBA from Harvard (with distinction). He received his CA designation in 1975.
Don Harbich, President / CEO of the Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club, is spearheading the development of the organization in Vancouver. His vision is to become the premier fitness destination in Canada as Harbich oversees the growth and expansion of the organization. Don has over 30 years of success in the Fitness Club arena. His notable expertise in Fitness Operations and Management spans from 1984 to 2008 with 24 Hour Fitness Centers in the US., where he held numerous key executive positions and supervised over 100 locations.
The downtown flagship Sports Club location offers 38 000 sq. ft. of state of the art amenities, including a stunning bamboo yoga room, specialty fitness classes, towel service and a juice bar. Harbich has opened the club’s second location in Richmond: a 55,000 sq. ft fitness and workout facility along with indoor swimming pool and indoor tennis complex. The company’s 3rd Sports Club location also opened at Morgan Crossing with over 40,000 sq. ft of pure fitness. He is also currently in process of expanding the brand with additional locations throughout the Vancouver Bay area...most recently, opening the newest Fitness World location in Brentwood. Harbich is also establishing the brand through partnerships with the Whitecaps and the Canucks, while bringing other high profile brands into the club, such as offering Nike clothing and other high end brands.
The integrated green design is one of the driving philosophies behind SNSC. One of Steve Nash’s top priorities in founding the club was using a LEED rating system that could positively impact the community as a leader in good global citizenship. SNSC President/CEO Harbich continues the legacy for each club, using rapidly renewable or recycled materials from bamboo floors and locker panels to rubber flooring made 100% from recycled car tires.
Harbich has put together a team of innovative personal trainers who work with people at all fitness levels and experiences. Key areas of expertise include: Active and Post-Injury Rehabilitation Training, Weight Management and Lifestyle Modification Programs. Sport Specific Conditioning programs include hockey, soccer, baseball, football, golf, and basketball to meet the all year round training needs of professional athletes. Corporate health and wellness is also offered to help companies mitigate rising employee health concerns, while focusing on increasing productivity and morale.
Steve Nash has commented, "At the Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club, we are dedicated to offering Vancouver the best in high quality health and fitness. Don Harbich has the exceptional experience, leadership and vision we need to help us achieve our goals. I am excited and thankful to have Don leading our team." Founders Mark Mastrov and Leonard Schlemm state that "Don Is truly one of the best operators we have ever had the pleasure of working with, a true partner in all sense of the word". When asked about his position at Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club, Don Harbich says, “I am very excited to be part of this organization and to have the opportunity to work with a world class team in Mark, Leonard and Steve. Steve Nash is a class act and we plan on maintaining our brand around the high standards he has set for us as we expand within the Vancouver area. I have worked with Mark and Leonard for over 25 years now and they are the most experienced influential minds in the fitness industry today... and I couldn’t be more proud to be on their team.”