Feature Article - June 2010
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What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities

Who Are You?

But, before we dive into the specific information we gathered on budgets, staffing, programming and facilities, let's take a look at the general survey population. This year, we collected responses from a wide range of professionals in all areas of the market, the vast majority (99.6 percent) in the United States.

As in last year's survey, more than one-third of the responses (34.6 percent) came from directors, while just over one-fifth (20.1 percent) represented administration management positions, such as administrator, manager or superintendent. Another 15.4 percent serve in operations and facility management roles (operations manager, facility manager, building manager or supervisor). Program and activity administrators (activity or program directors, managers, coordinators, specialists, coaches and instructors) made up another 12.1 percent of the survey population; and 9.3 percent hold titles such as chairman, CEO, president, vice president or owner.

From a regional perspective, this year's survey saw similar proportions of respondents as in years past, with the largest number of respondents hailing from the Midwest. (See Figure 1.)

In fact, compared with last year, 2010 saw slightly more responses from professionals in the Midwest. While 28.8 percent of last year's respondents called this region home, this year, 30.9 percent are from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The second largest region in this year's survey was again the West, with 20.6 percent, a very slight increase from last year's 20.3 percent. This region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.