Executive Chairman and Managing Partner, Equinox Group
Harvey Spevak is the Executive Chairman and Managing Partner of Equinox Group – a high-growth collective of the world's most influential and differentiated lifestyle brands that are disruptive leaders in the convergence of fitness, experiences, and community. Grounded in his vision to empower people to maximize their potential and their lives, Spevak is responsible for fueling continued success, building long-term strategy and identifying growth opportunities for Equinox Group’s portfolio of brands including Equinox Fitness Clubs, Equinox Hotels, SoulCycle, Blink Fitness, Precision Run, E by Equinox, Pure Yoga, and Equinox Media.
Since 1999, Spevak has led the creative vision and strategic growth for Equinox – transforming four New York City fitness clubs into a global lifestyle brand and the authority on high performance living. In 2000, he led a management buyout of Equinox to two private equity firms, North Castle Partners and J.W. Childs. In 2006, he partnered with Related Principles to acquire and secure a significant minority investment from global consumer-focused private equity firm Catterton in 2017.
Under Spevak’s leadership, the company acquired SoulCycle in May 2011 with only six locations in New York City, having since grown its thriving community to expand globally. In the same year, Spevak launched Blink Fitness, a premium and value-oriented fitness brand with locations across the U.S., and the first American outpost of Pure Yoga, Asia’s premiere yoga studio.
Spevak has been the driving force behind Equinox Hotels, which unveiled its first property in Hudson Yards in the summer of 2019 as a true culmination of the company’s lifestyle brand promise. Conceived to offer an entirely new luxury hospitality experience to meet the needs of the high-performance traveler, Equinox Hotels is poised for category disruption with plans for global expansion of additional properties over the next 10 years.
Equinox also celebrated its 100th club milestone with the opening of its iconic Hudson Yards location, the epicenter of high performance at a grand scale. Set in one monumental location, the largest club yet, first-ever hotel and masterfully designed headquarters all stand together as a testament to the brand’s strength and foreshadow the tremendous opportunities ahead. The same year, the brand launched its first stand-alone U.S. iteration of its most exclusive offering E by Equinox, co-working venture Industrious at Equinox and bespoke travel experiences Equinox Explore. In addition, the Group formalized its venture arm, Equinox Ventures.
Throughout 2020, Spevak spearheaded the genesis of an integrated omni membership model that built upon Equinox’s touted in-club offering with the launch of its Equinox+ app to create a holistic, multi-layered approach to fitness. Offering seamless access to physical and digital programming with unlimited on-demand, in-club and live classes, personalized scheduling, activity tracking, and more, Equinox+ has established itself as the world’s first-ever truly digital-meets-physical experience.
Spevak is a member of the University of Michigan’s School of Business Advisory Board, sits on the board at The Shed, New York City’s center for artistic invention, and is a principal and board member of Motivate Bikeshare Holdings LLC, a global bike share operator, including Citi Bike in New York City. In addition, Spevak contributes to several charitable organizations including Cycle for Survival, of which Equinox is a founding partner.