Pete Bazzel served 24 years in the Army, retiring as a Colonel, and 11 years in the fitness industry as an executive for Town Sports International; prior to assuming his current position as a Partner with the American Academy of Health and Fitness. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master in Industrial Relations from Purdue University and graduation from the National War College (a 10-month executive development program equivalent to a Master of Arts in International Affairs). His professional achievements include certifications as an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and a World Tae Kwon Do Federation Black Belt. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal and two Joint Meritorious Unit Citations. He was selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America by U.S. Jaycees in recognition of outstanding professional achievement, superior leadership ability and exceptional service to the community. Outside personal interests include exercise, reading and automobiles. And, of most importance to him are his three daughters, three granddaughters and three grandsons.
While a military officer, he led organizations ranging in size from 150 to 1,300 soldiers, excelling in optimizing unit effectiveness and setting standards for individual skills proficiency and physical fitness, as well as unit mission performance in peacetime and war. He directed the development and teaching of the senior level Organizational Behavior/Leadership core course presented to all students attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was a contributing editor to Leadership in Organizations, the Academy's Leadership course textbook. Serving in the Pentagon as Chief, Support Branch, National Military Command System, Joint Staff, he executed the primary staffing functions (personnel management, facilities maintenance and communications systems management) for an organization comprised of 250 senior military officers responsible for the "nuclear watch" maintained during the Cold War period. He downsized the organization from five to three divisions, reducing manpower requirements by ten percent; created a performance feedback scheme supporting the professional development needs of all the military services; and, planned and implemented the program management of 14 construction projects, renovating the National Military Command Center at a cost of $3.8 million with no cost overruns. Then, as Chief of the Foreign Nations Branch, Counter–Narcotics Division, Joint Staff, he coordinated the planning and execution of worldwide United States military counter–drug operation. He was also the military briefer to foreign dignitaries at the presidential and cabinet levels. Additionally, he was a contributing author to the National Military Counter-Drug Strategy—the document that guided the doubling of the military's commitment to reducing the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. He completed his military career as the Department of Defense Liaison to the Executive Office of the President. There he articulated Office of the Secretary of Defense political and operational positions in internationally sensitive counter-drug-related planning involving the National Security Council, Department of Defense, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs Service, Joint Staff and Military Departments. He promoted a cooperative, interactive approach to interagency coordination and teamwork in a sometimes parochial, contentious and turf-oriented environment.
Transitioning to the private sector, he led the Washington, D.C. regional growth of Town Sports International from five to 17 health clubs with over 29,000 members generating $27.5 million in annual revenue. In a dynamic 11-year career, he directed the establishment of the brand reputation of Washington Sports Clubs as the premier health club organization in the Washington D.C. area. Recognized as well maintained, extremely clean and friendly; this network of clubs was voted "Best Health Clubs" by Washingtonian Magazine readers.
Currently, as Partner with the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF), he ensures the success of this organization whose mission is to instill quality of life throughout the gamut of aging. The organizational goals are: (1) through correspondence courses, workshops and the website; provide continuing education for certified personal trainers and athletic trainers who are committed to safe and effective programs for youth, older adults and special populations; and, (2) provide easily accessible, relevant on-line training for certified nurse assistants/aides that focuses on increasing the functionality of nursing home and assisted living residents.
With his business partner, Tammy Petersen, he has developed twelve educational programs: SrFit Mature Fitness Specialty Certification™, JrFit Youth Fitness Specialty Certification™, Cancer and the Older Adult™, Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription for All Ages™, Exercise Management of Chronic Diseases and Disabilities for All Ages™, Nutrition for Special Dietary Needs™, Developing Agility and Quickness for Sport Performance™, Strength Training Older Adults™, The Janda System of Evaluation and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance™, Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy™, Exercise and Cancer Survivorship™, and Functionally Fit™.